Gas Natural Fenosa, one of the largest LNG suppliers in the world, and Connect LNG have together made the first ever floating LNG ship to shore system a reality.

During the successful sea launch of the first full-scale and market-ready Universal Transfer System (UTS) on October the 7th, Gas Natural Fenosa and Connect LNG carried out a complete operation including transfer of LNG from Skangas’ LNG carrier Coral Energy to the onshore LNG terminal at Herøya, in one of the largest and most energy consuming industrial parks in Norway.

The design and fabrication of the UTS has involved the highest safety standards, and the complete system has undergone an extensive classification process by DNV GL.

The time from finalisation of the design to successful hook-up of the terminal took less than six months. The solution has been installed at the Herøya terminal one day after arrival from the dockyard, being in full operation the day after, which exemplifies the rapid deployment ability of the solution.

The patented UTS is a game changing floating solution for LNG transfer between ship and shore that replaces the need for cost and environmental intensive harbor and jetty structures. This solution allows for rapid expansion of the value chain and transfer of LNG at locations where it was previously not possible due to environmental and economic constraints. The UTS is a plug and play solution which requires no modifications to the LNG carrier.

The UTS is a floating LNG transfer solution, consisting in a platform which can connect to any LNG carrier. LNG is then safely and efficiently transferred from the platform to the onshore terminal through floating flexible pipes.

Gas Natural Fenosa, in collaboration with Connect LNG, is putting in the market a system to enable rapid expansion of the LNG value chain to allow end users to access cheaper and cleaner energy. The UTS is the Direct Link that will enable meeting the rapidly escalating natural gas demand for power generation in emerging markets.

Managing Director of Gas Natural Fenosa commented, “We started an innovation journey and here we are today with a game-changing solution that is revolutionary for the LNG industry. From now on, we have a market-ready system that opens a world of possibilities in the LNG small scale business.”