• Black & Veatch Achieves World’s First LNG Production on a Floating Facility

    Mumbai based Energy professionals of Black & Veatch India played a pivotal role in project design. Its proprietary PRICO® Single Mixed Refrigerant Technology used in more than 30 LNG projects worldwide becomes the World’s First Proven Floating LNG (FLNG) Technology. Black & Veatch, a global EPC leader in delivering ‘concept to commissioning’ project solutions in the segments of power, oil & gas, water and telecom, has today announced that its patented PRICO® Single Mixed Refrigerant (SMR) technology has become the world’s first proven FLNG technology to achieve production on a floating facility after successfully completing performance testing of the liquefaction unit in Nantong, China. This is of immense significance for the company as, for the first time in history; LNG has been produced on board a floating facility.

    Project Details

    Black & Veatch’s patented PRICO® technology was used in the Caribbean FLNG project for the world’s first Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) unit by global oil and gas shipper Exmar to meet the rising demand for alternative, clean fuel for Pacific Rubiales Energy. The single train liquefaction unit has a production capacity of 72 million cubic feet a day of LNG (or about 500,000 ton per annum) on board the non-propelled barge. The LNG temporarily stored in on board tanks; can be subsequently offloaded to LNG carriers. Black & Veatch delivered engineering and procurement for the top side liquefaction unit, along with construction support, onsite commissioning and start-up services. From an Indian perspective, energy professionals in Black & Veatch’s Mumbai office in Vikhroli contributed to the project design.

    Test Results

    With the average liquefaction process load exceeding 100 percent during the 72-hour performance test, the flawless performance of the FLNG ensured all design requirements and production capacities were achieved for the unit’s operational effectiveness. In addition to the design and production capacity of the liquefaction unit, the 72-hour performance test also confirmed the other systems designed by Black & Veatch, including gas treating, boil-off gas handling, and supporting utilities, ensured that the entire FLNG production process worked seamlessly.

    “The results from the in-depth performance testing further confirms the leadership in FLNG project delivery that we are bringing to the industry through our floating LNG solutions program,” said Bob Germinder, Senior Vice President, Oil & Gas business, Black & Veatch. “Our PRICO® technology is being applied in more than 30 LNG operations worldwide, and with the completion of this performance testing, the first of five Black & Veatch designed FLNG trains are now proven in the marketplace, demonstrating how we are helping to meet the growing demand for energy”, he added. “This performance test completion is a major milestone in our company’s floating LNG liquefaction program to help meet the growing demand for energy. It demonstrates our leadership in FLNG solutions, allowing owners of stranded gas reserves to monetize their reserves on a very fast track basis under a build, own, operate basis with Exmar,” said Nicolas Saverys, Chief Executive Officer, Exmar. Marlon Mack Jersey

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