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LNG Production Platform Proto-type designed

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HongHua Offshore has announced that it has completed the basic design for its Proto-type LNG Production Platform (PLNG).

The PLNG, which required an investment of US$30 million, has been financed and led by HongHua. However, the project has required the combined effort of HongHua Infrastructure Partners (HHIP), along with several engineering companies.

HHIP is made up of HongHua Offshore, China Aerospace (CASC), Braemar Technical Services, and EnTX GasTek (Global) Ltd. HHIP is supported by Wood Group, GE Oil & Gas, ABS, Bureau Veritas, and ARUP.

The design was completed in conjunction with a pre-FEED study conducted by Wood Group with the participation of Braemar Technical Services and GE Oil & Gas in respect to a project anticipated to be located offshore in the West Delta area of the US Gulf of Mexico. ABS has granted an Approval in Principal (AIP) for this project design.

The PLNG facility is comprised of a number of different fixed offshore platforms joined to form a unit for the production, storage and shipment of LNG. It is designed to withstand weather conditions on the US Gulf of Mexico shelf but can be adjusted to most offshore conditions in water depths up to 100 m. The main components are GE liquefaction trains powered by GE LM2500 gas turbines, aluminium FSP storage tanks, and marine loading facilities.

GE Oil & Gas has designed the liquefaction trains as well as the power platform.

The FSP storage tanks were developed by TankTek Ltd in conjunction with Braemar Technical Services (under license from the Nassco division of General Dynamics), EnTX Tekmar, and Jamestown Metal Marine.

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