Frames supplies HIPPS for FLNG mooring equipment
Frames has delivered a high integrity pressure protection system and a fluid buffer system to SOFEC.
Both will be featured in the external mooring system of anFLNG vessel. This project is the first cooperation between the two companies.
The FLNG vessel is designed to produce 1.5 MM metric tons/yr (1.65 MM tons/yr) of LNG. Frames will be responsible for integration testing and certification of the entire safety loop.
The HIPPS protects the FLNG vessel and its turret from over-pressurization by shutting off the source.
Thomas de Wolf, product manager at Frames Flow Control & Safeguarding, said: “Our HIPPS makes it possible to design a turret for lower pressure, which is more cost efficient and lighter than a turret dealing with high pressure.
“This even results in a lighter FLNG vessel.”
AlthoughHIPPS is not a new solution, it is gaining increasing favor for environmental reasons. The shutoff mechanism prevents emissions, de Wolf explained, which helps oil and gas producers meet their emissions reduction targets.
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