Undocking of world’s first FLNG facility


A ceremony was held today to celebrate the undocking of the Caribbean FLNG facility from the Wison Offshore & Marine dry dock in Nantong, China, bringing an economic, game-changing project closer to commercial reality.

Floating LNG liquefaction and storage (FLNG) facilities are expected to significantly reduce the cost and time required to monetise and deliver gas to market. The result will be broader use of natural gas globally, a key component of the world’s need for a balanced energy portfolio.

The Caribbean FLNG project, which is expected to be the world’s first operational FLNG facility,  is being delivered by Wison Offshore & Marine (Wison) at its yard in Nantong under an engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning (EPCIC) contract with EXMAR. The unit comprises a non-propelled barge that will be operated off the Caribbean coast of Colombia for Pacific Rubiales Energy and equipped to convert 72.0 million scf/d of natural gas into LNG (+/- 500,000 tonnes of LNG per annum) for temporary storage and export.

EXMAR was on hand at the ceremony alongside Wison’s key partner in the project, Black & Veatch, who is responsible for the engineering and procurement of the topsides equipment as well as providing the company’s patented PRICO® LNG liquefaction technology.

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