Construction completed on world’s first floating LNG storage and regasification barge

Black & Veatch, a pioneer of liquefied natural gas (LNG) infrastructure including floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) production and regasification, has delivered the regasification system for the world’s first barge-based FLNG regasification and storage unit. Black & Veatch partnered with Wison Offshore & Marine Ltd. to provide engineering and procurement for the topside regasification unit.

The barge-based floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) was delivered in December from Wison’s shipyard in Nantong, China, for global oil and gas shipper Exmar.

“This is the first FSRU barge to complete construction, and enables Exmar to meet rising global demand for flexible, mid-sized LNG import solutions,” said Bob Germinder, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Floating Oil & Gas Solutions, Black & Veatch. “Our more than 50 years of experience with LNG enables the implementation of the most innovative practices in these cutting-edge projects, further proving the commercial viability of producing LNG offshore.”

Black & Veatch designed the topside units for the FSRU, including boil-off gas handling, LNG vaporization and natural gas metering, procured all topside equipment and instruments and provided support during the construction phase.

The FSRU contains 25,000 m3 of LNG storage and uses Shell & Tube vaporizers to provide a maximum send out rate of 600 MMSCFD. Once the FSRU is mobilized, Black & Veatch will support Exmar to complete the final commissioning and start-up of the unit.

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