Exmar’s natural gas floating liquefaction unit (FLNG) produced the first LNG during the performance tests carried out at the Wison Offshore & Marine’s yard in Nantong, China.
According to a Wison statement, during the 72-hour performance test, the FLNG unit achieved all key design requirements and production capacities resulting in first-ever liquefied natural gas produced onboard a floating facility.
Both gas trial and performance test were completed at Wison’s yard, under an engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning (EPCIC) contract the shipyard signed with Belgium’s Exmar.
It is the world’s first gas trial for a floating liquefaction unit before sail-out, Wison said, adding that all systems on the FLNG have been commissioned and tested without leaving the shipyard by using LNG to supply gas without connection to a pipeline.
The Caribbean FLNG unit, with a 16,100-cbm storage capacity, was scheduled for delivery to Pacific Exploration and Production in 2015, however, earlier in March, the agreement was terminated.
Exmar added at the start of the commissioning work of the Caribbean FLNG that the company is discussing several employment opportunities for the unit.
LNG World News Staff