|By ACN Newswire||
|May 16, 2014 01:50 AM EDT||
|Overview of Bluesky FLNG|
Bluesky FLNG, a company under the management of Mr. Nobu SU, entered into a memorandum of understanding ("MOU") in 2013 with its ship-building partner. While this is the first FLNG project in China, this cooperation will generate a synergistic effect to both parties.
A FLNG is a platform that features a LNG storage tank and FLNG liquefaction plant. It is principally used to liquefy and store natural gas produced from undersea gas fields found far away from land, and subsequently loaded onto LNG carriers. The length of the platform varies from 330m to 500m, while its beam varies from 60m to 75m.
The first application of FPSO will be on the Elephant series, which is a coated VLCC with dynamic positioning; hence making it suitable for this new system. The carrier, with its 5,500 kw power generator and hybrid motor driven pump for loading and discharging crude oil, will cost approximately USD120 million based on present cost estimates.
A Monaco-based oil services company; International offshore oilfield services providers; and one of the world's largest marine energy transportation, storage and production companies, are all potential buyers of FPSO, having already shown interest in this innovative system.
In Phases, the Whale series will integrate into the FLNG platform. Whale series are total coated carriers that are larger than VLCCs. These carriers are being converted to become among the world largest platform with 500m length. After completion of the installation work, they will become the world's largest triple hull LNG ships, with a size of 450,000 DWT, which is expected to generate significant value to the carrier owners. The time required to integrate the FLNG platform will be between 26 - 30 months.
Thus far, the FLNG platform has been tested under actual sea conditions using the existing Whale series for sloshing effect; pre feed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industry in Japan for liquefaction process and has completed ship-to-ship transfer trials at sea.
Mr. Nobu SU has been committed to assisting Asian companies better integrate into the global economy through innovative technologies. With respect to his inventions, i.e. FPSO and the FLNG platform, Mr. Su said, "While the patented and patenting technologies are highly useful for adding value to VLCC / VLOO, I believe that both technologies will also help bolster China's ship building expertise. Moreover, our target is to offer the FLNG platform to the US, and Africa, specifically natural gas companies that require FLNG liquefaction capabilities, which we believe will improve the production efficiency of carriers and benefit the industry as a whole."
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