The Caribbean floating liquefaction and storage (FLNG) facility undocked from the Wison Offshore & Marine dry dock in Nantong, China.
Wison Offshore & Marine dry dock.
Wison delivered the Caribbean FLNG project at its yard under an engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning (EPCIC) contract that was awarded in February 2014 with EXMAR.
Wison says the unit includes a non-propelled barge that will be operated off the Caribbean coast of Colombia for Pacific Rubiales Energy (PRE) and equipped to convert 72MMscf/d of natural gas into LNG (+/- 500,000 tons of LNG per annum) for temporary storage and export.Wison and Black & Veatch are in the process of completing the commissioning activities on the FLNG to prepare for sail away and delivery to its location in Colombia by the end of the 2Q 2015.
“This is a major milestone in the development of our Colombian project,” says Nicolas Saverys, EXMAR CEO. “The cooperation with both partners is excellent and we are very excited to bring a world’s first to the market when the first commercial LNG cargo from our FLNG project will be produced during 2H 2015.”
According to Wison, the Caribbean FLNG is expected to be the world’s first operational FLNG facility and was designed to reduce the cost and time required to monetize and deliver gas to the market, resulting in a broader use of natural gas globally.
“This event is another major milestone on the Caribbean FLNG project that brings not only this project, but the entire industry one step closer to making floating LNG a reality,” says L. Dwayne Breaux, Wison president. “By being an integral part of this premier project for EXMAR and their client Pacific Rubiales Energy, Wison is proving that by working with our key partner Black & Veatch that we can establish a cost-effective EPCIC solution to the market that can be repeated for other LNG developments.”
Wison is now working on the fabrication of a barge-based floating regasification unit, for joint venture EXMAR and Pacific Midstream Holding Corp., a fully owned affiliate of PRE. The JV ordered the second FLNG unit in February with an expected delivery date in 4Q 2015.