Golar LNG is on course to take delivery next month of the world’s first converted floating LNG (FLNG) production vessel from Singpore’s Keppel Shipyard.
Keppel hosted a naming ceremony for Hilli Episeyo on Sunday. The vessel, owned by Golar Hilli Corp, will be deployed off Kribi in Cameroon.
Hilli Episeyo is a 1975-built, 125,000m³ LNG carrier with a Moss containment tank. Keppel has added sponsons that are 206.3m long and 10.5m wide to both sides of the hull to house the topside liquefaction equipment.
That equipment comprises pre-treatment systems, four Prico single mixed refrigerant liquefaction trains, boil-off gas compression and offloading equipment. The vessel also features 1,800km of cables, Keppel reports.
Once positioned off Cameroon, the vessel will produce up to 2.4 million tonnes a year (mta) of LNG. Golar takes delivery of the vessel in August and will anchor it off Cameroon in late September. It will start full production next year.
Golar LNG also aims to reach a final investment decision this summer on a second African FLNG project, off Equatorial Guinea. Golar has joined forces with Ophir and Schlumberger for the Fortuna LNG project. It aims to convert the LNG carrier Gandria to produce up to 2.5 mta from 2020.
Hilli Episeyo in figures
Storage capacity: 125,000m3
Added steel works: 8,900 tonnes (including new sponsons, topside and mooring structures)
Process equipment: 9,000 tonnes
Cables: 1,800 km