TechnipFMC enters new waters with iLNGP Barge
Jean Marc Letournel, Group Senior Vice President of Business and Technology Offshore for TechnipFMC discusses the company’s iLNGP barge project with Philippe Cambos, Director of Oil and Gas at Bureau Veritas.
PC: Can you tell us how the Integrated Liquefied Natural Gas to Power (iLNGP) barge project began?
JML: The whole process started about two years ago. TechnipFMC was heavily involved in the floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) market, with a number of high-pressure and high-temperature platforms in Asia. However, our understanding of the gas-to-power and LNG-to-power markets was less developed. We started looking into the regasification/gas-to power market, and after extensive research, we decided to explore this integrated solution to develop our presence throughout the entire gas-to-power chain.
PC: What challenges did you face in developing your iLNGP design?
JML: The downstream end of the project was new to us, so it was difficult to determine what kind of solution to develop. Eventually we designed a unit with a barge-shaped hull and a cargo containment system of membrane type, as well as topside equipment for regasification and power.
We brought Bureau Veritas on board in the project’s early stages to inspect the design and assess the potential for an Approval in Principle (AiP). Their review covered the hull, marine systems and power plant of our iLNGP concept, known as the “Barge”. The unit was ultimately deemed suitable for the liquefaction, storage and loading of gas in coastal regions and on islands with no access to the gas grid.
PC: What attracts clients to TechnipFMC for these kinds of projects?
JML: Clients choose TechnipFMC for our reputation for excellence: we have a strong track record of delivering difficult projects in the harshest environments. Our ability to handle complexity and manage projects from end to end also adds value for clients.
Moreover, TechnipFMC is at the forefront of modular projects, able to adapt the production capacity of units from 150MW to 450MW. We used this expertise to help design the Barge.
PC: Why did you choose to work with Bureau Veritas on this AIP?
JML: TechnipFMC and Bureau Veritas have a special relationship, developed over many years of working together. For the AiP, there was no question that Bureau Veritas would be our class society of choice. No one else could provide an equivalent level of support and expertise, or understand our needs as well.
PC: Are you working with Bureau Veritas on any other projects?
JML: We are currently making the most of Bureau Veritas’ world-renowned expertise in FPSOs and the offshore industry for two projects. Bureau Veritas offshore experts are providing external advice on a TechnipFMC solution for unmanned offshore platforms, and we have a classification project pending for an offshore FPSO in Senegal.