Topsides assembly starts on Colombia FLNG vessel

Installation is under way in China of the topsides liquefaction equipment on the Caribbean FLNG project.

Caribbean FLNG topsides installation
Caribbean FLNG topsides installation

Offshore staff

SHANGHAI, China – Installation is under way in China of the topsides liquefaction equipment on the Caribbean FLNG project.

According to EPCIC contractor Wison Offshore & Marine, this will be the world’s first floating LNG liquefaction and storage vessel (FLNG) in operation. Owner Exmar will operate the vessel offshore Colombia.

It comprises a non-propelled barge which will be equipped to convert 69.5 MMcf/d of natural gas into LNG (around 500,000 tons/yr) for temporary storage and export.

Thetopsides equipment will use Black & Veatch’s PRICO technology to liquefy the gas.

Fabrication work for the project started late last year. In October, the three LNG storage tanks with a combined capacity of 16,100 cu m (568,566 cu ft) were installed in the barge hull, followed last month by installation of the barge deck.

The completed vessel is expected to enter service in 2Q 2015.

12/09/2013

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