Wison Offshore & Marine Ltd. has begun the installation of the topsides liquefaction equipment on a Caribbean FLNG project, which, once completed, will reportedly be the world’s first floating LNG liquefaction and storage vessel in operation.
The project, which is being undertaken by Wison Offshore & Marine under an engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning (EPCIC) contract from EXMAR, comprises a non-propelled barge that will be installed off the coast of Colombia and equipped to convert 69.5 million scf/d of natural gas into LNG (+/- 500,000 tons of LNG per annum) for temporary storage and export. The topsides equipment will utilize PRICO technology, a process developed by Black & Veatch, to liquefy natural gas, marking the first time this system has been applied to a floating LNG facility.
The Caribbean FLNG project began fabrication in late 2012 and is on schedule to begin operation in the second quarter of 2015. Three LNG storage tanks, with a combined capacity of 16,100 cubic meters, were installed in the barge hull in October, followed by the installation of the barge deck in November.