Keppel Shipyard to convert second FLNG unit for Golar

Singapore: Keppel Shipyard has signed a $705m contract to convert a second Moss-type LNG carrier into a Floating Liquefaction Vessel (FLNGV) for Golar Gimi Corporation, a subsidiary of Golar LNG.

The LNG carrier, the GIMI, is the first of two options, which were part of a contract awarded in July by Golar to the shipyard for the conversion of another Moss-type LNG carrier, the HILLI, into an FLNGV.

Keppel Shipyard says it will provide the design, engineering and procurement of the vessel’s marine systems and all construction services involved in the conversion.

Global engineering and construction firm Black & Veatch will provide design, procurement and commissioning support services for the topsides, as well as the liquefaction process using its PRICO® technology.

Work will begin on the conversion project when Keppel Shipyard receives a notice to proceed, which is expected no later than November 2015, the shipyard says.

The Golar Gimi FLNGV should be delivered around 33 months after work commences.

“This second contract comes just six months after the first contract, and we are encouraged by this positive development,” said Michael Chia, managing director (Marine & Technology) at Keppel Shipyard’s parent company, Keppel Offshore & Marine.

“We, together with Golar LNG and our partner Black & Veatch, are confident that FLNGV conversion solutions are indeed the answer to a need to bring small and mid-scale LNG supplies to market in a more timely and cost-efficient manner.” [02/01/15]



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