Offshore Cameroon liquefaction vessel nearing completion
Keppel Shipyard is preparing to deliver the world’s first converted floating liquefaction vessel to owner Golar LNG Ltd.
The vessel was namedHilli Episeyo at a ceremony in Singapore. It will soon sail to Cameroon to operate offshore Kribi for Perenco and Société Nationale des Hydrocarbures, and will be the first FLNGV project in Africa.
Chris Ong, CEO of Keppel O&M said: “Compared to newbuilds, converted FLNGVs are significantly more cost-effective and faster to market, without compromising safety and processing capabilities. With the experience gained from this first FLNGV conversion project, we are in a unique position to provide customers with reliable end-to-end solutions for the EPC and commissioning of FLNGV as well as FSRU (floating storage and regasification unit) conversions.”
TheHilli Episeyo was converted from a 1975-built Moss LNG carrier with a storage capacity of 125,000 cu m (4.41 MMcf). Sponsons were fitted on both sides of the hull to house the topsides equipment comprising pre-treatment systems, four PRICO single mixed refrigerant liquefaction trains, boil-off gas compression, and offloading equipment.
The vessel has a liquefaction capacity of around 2.4 MM metric tons/yr (2.64 MM tons/yr) of LNG.
Oscar Spieler, CEO of Golar LNG, said: “Hilli Episeyo represents a game changer in the LNG industry with its fasttrack, low cost project execution.”
Through its Gas Technology Development arm, Keppel O&M has also developed FLNGVs that can work in combination with floating storage units to provide cost-effective solutions for gas export terminals, and which are said to be faster to market compared to land-based terminals.