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Bureau Veritas classes Ghana’s FRU

Classification society Bureau Veritas has completed the classification of the Torman LNG floating regasification unit (FRU) at Tema port, Ghana in sheltered waters.

Bureau Veritas classes Ghana's FRU
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The unit is combined with a floating storage unit (FSU) for the delivery of gas to onshore consumers in Ghana.

This development of Gasfin’s facility, involving the Torman LNG FRU and a Moss-type LNG floating storage unit (FSU), both classed by Bureau Veritas, paves the way for the first deliveries of LNG to a terminal in sub-Saharan Africa and will contribute to meeting Ghana’s growing energy demand.

The volume that Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) will be taking is equivalent to circa 1,300 MW of combined cycle power plant capacity.

The 95-metre length, newly built FRU was constructed at CSSC Jiangnan Shipyard in China and fitted with two IMO type-C tanks, and has a storage capacity of 28,000 cubic meters.

The LNG FRU is designed for a regasification capacity of around 1.7 million tons of LNG per year and will be in operation for approximately 20 years.

The classification and certification scope, successfully conducted by Bureau Veritas, included the design, review, approval, material certification, and construction surveys of the LNG FRU at Jiangnan shipyard, as well as Tema port.

Additionally, Bureau Veritas Solutions Marine & Offshore, the consultative arm of Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore, ensured verification and surveys associated with the design, fabrication, and incorporation of the natural gas send-out heater skid system onto the Torman LNG FRU.

During the unit’s service years, Bureau Veritas will be supporting Gasfin’s management, reassuring stakeholders of the structural soundness of the unit and its safety, through regular conformity checks to Bureau Veritas’ classification rules and international standards.