Atlas Copco to supply world’s first floating LNG plant
Friday, April 3rd, 2009
Atlas Copco has won a multi-million USD contract to supply six turboexpander compressors for a new type of application related to liquefied natural gas (LNG). The customer, Norway-based KANFA Aragon A.S., part of the Sevan Marine Group, will use the equipment for the world’s first floating natural gas liquefaction plant.
Installed aboard a so-called M-flex storage vessel, the six turboexpander compressors will be a driving force at the plant, used to produce the low-temperature nitrogen necessary in the liquefaction process. The order was won in the fourth quarter by Atlas Copco’s Gas and Process division (through Mafi-Trench Company).
“This project is evidence of our position as a global leader in LNG applications, with a unique ability to serve customers for any application in this growing market,” says Ronnie Leten, Business Area President, Atlas Copco Compressor Technique. “The contract also shows that our acquisition of Mafi-Trench in 2007 is already paying great dividends.”
LNG-FPSO (Floating Production, Storage, and Offloading) is an emerging application in offshore gas processing, designed to safely process and store natural gas extracted from a nearby offshore site until it can be offloaded to an LNG tanker. The first site is expected to be off the coast of Nigeria.
Operating at full capacity, the vessel can treat and liquefy 1.7 million tons of gas each year, helping to meet the world’s rising demand for natural gas.
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