December 2014

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HP Gas Processing: Rocking the LNG boat: FLNG projects get liquefaction off the ground

Floating LNG (FLNG) projects have been receiving much attention recently as a flexible, alternative solution to onshore LNG projects. A review of major planned and under-construction floating liquefaction projects shows how the technology is gaining ground around the world.

Blume, Adrienne, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Floating LNG (FLNG) projects have been receiving much attention recently as a flexible, alternative solution to onshore LNG projects, which usually require extensive permitting processes and enormous capital investment for the land-based units. A number of floating regasification and storage vessels are also being planned and constructed. Excelerate Energy’s CEO, Rob Bryngelson, explained the benefits of FLNG vs. onshore LNG in a 2013 interview: “If you want to build an LNG project in a remote location, you have to go in and spend half a billion dollars to build a town and infrastructure and roads and an airport to get people in and out ... You’ve also got to fly everybody in

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