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FLEX LNG has gone through a design process which has resulted in the current
LNG Producer design. Over time, the initial vessel design has increased both in
storage size and production capacity. Moreover condensate and LPG extraction,
stabilisation, storage and handling systems have been designed. All the design
and engineering that have been done were essential to develop an optimal generic
design. This generic design is the starting point for every project.
The overall design principles that have been used in this development process
Maximum use of proven and robust technologies
In order to enhance the project success a maximum use of proven and robust technologies
has been followed.
Commitment to safety – implement the industry’s best safety practices
The LNG industry has an excellent saftey record over the last 40 years. When
developing FLNG as a new branch to the LNG industry, safety will be at the top
of the agenda in design, construction and operations.
Simplify the design and remove unnecessary complexity
When moving offshore it is more important to have robust, reliable, maintainable
and inherently safe systems than some other criteria such as efficiency.
Market focused engineering – quickly adapting to the client needs
Many of the clients have a large knowledge base of liquefaction and/or offshore
floating production. Consequently, these have provided very valuable input on
important design choices that were made in the early design phases.
Standardisation of generic topsides
Irrespective of any project a large amount of pre-treatment, liquefaction and
utility systems can be genric. Standardising this part will provide cost savings
for both CAPEX and OPEX and support fast-track developments.
Field specific topsides on dedicated modules
The field specific requirements for the topsides may vary substantially depending
on the project. By introducing the field specific module(s) this can easily be
handled as a dedicated design and engineering task.
Adaptability for field/client specific requirements
No field is the same, no client is the same and no shelf state has comparable regulations. Sufficient adaptability has been built into the LNG Producer to
satisfy these varying requirements.
Combining the best of LNG Shipping, Offshore Production & Onshore liquefaction
The LNG Producer is an evolution of the LNG shipping, the offshore oil production
and land-based liquefaction industries. All these areas are vital to develop this
new branch of the LNG industry, and this is reflected by the experience and background
of the people in FLEX LNG.