Honeywell will provide an integrated control and safety
system (ICSS) for the worlds first floating liquefied
natural gas (LNG) liquefaction, regasification and storage unit
(FLRSU) for the Exmar-Pacific Rubialis project located offshore
With the surge in demand for alternative cleaner energy, the
project will help to supply valuable natural gas to energy
users globally, Honeywell said in its Wednesday announcement,
noting that floating facilities allow companies to unlock
difficult-to-reach gas reserves.
Honeywells extensive experience in LNG shipping and
offshore was a key factor for our partners in this
project, said David Higgins, marine director for
Honeywell Process Solutions. We are working with Black
& Veatch on topside pre-treatment and liquefaction
processes and with Wison for the barge, cargo tanks and
utilities. Thus, we are bringing our process controls and
marine experience together in this groundbreaking project which will be the first to
produce LNG in the offshore environment.
The vessel is a non-propelled barge equipped to convert natural
gas into LNG. It is also able to store the LNG for offloading
to shuttle tankers or LNG carriers. Liquefied natural gas takes
up about 1/600th the volume of natural gas in a gaseous state
and allows companies like Exmar to more efficiently transport
the product to its end-customers.
While the industry continues to discuss the potential of
floating LNG facilities in bringing new sources
of clean energy to market, this partnership enables us to bring
the right technology and approach to make
production of LNG at sea a commercial reality, said Greg
Wayne, project manager for Black &
Veatch. We chose Honeywell because of its strong presence
in LNG marine applications.
The FLRSU will be constructed at Wison Offshore &
Marines fabrication yard in Nantong, China, with Black
& Veatch providing the topside LNG plant design as well as
LNG equipment and components.
International ship management group Exmar will own and operate
the FLRSU in the Caribbean Sea starting in the first quarter of
We are extremely pleased to introduce this innovation
into the LNG industry, said Exmar CEO Nicolas Saverys.
Exmar is the first operator to do re-gasification onboard
a ship, and we are the first one doing ship-to-ship liquid
transfer. Now, with the FLRSU, we will be the first one to do
floating LNG liquefaction, enabling us to bring
previously-untapped gas to consumers at a time when the world
wants cleaner fuels.
Honeywells ICSS solution is based on the companys
Experion process knowledge system (PKS). The critical
ICSS solution will manage control and safety operations of the
topside and hull and also monitor operational safety during
cargo handling. Additionally, closed-circuit television, and
fire and gas detectors will be integrated with the
This project is a ground-breaking effort
for the industry, and Wison is pleased to work with Honeywell
and Black & Veatch to assemble the best technological team
possible to ensure that this facility is capable of performing
to the level Exmar requires," said Dr. L. Dwayne Breaux,
executive vice president of Wison Offshore & Marine.