Keppel orders PG Flow Solutions tech for Gimmi FLNG conversion

Keppel Shipyard in Singapore has awarded Norwegian liquid handling and pump specialist PG Flow Solutions a contract to supply high flow seawater pumps to the Gimi FLNG that is being converted at the yard.

PG Flow Solutions will deliver four large seawater pumps, each with a capacity of 5,500 cubic meters of water per hour, for an undisclosed price, the company said in its statement.

The seawater pumps will be used to cool down the onboard turbine steam condensers. As the LNG-fuelled vessel has steam turbines for power generation, the seawater pumps will provide continues flow of cold seawater to cool down the steam condensers and liquify the steam. The pumps will run on energy optimization by frequency converters and are designed to be reversed to clean out the seawater circuit.

PG Flow Solutions will assemble the pumps at the company’s facility in Sande in Vestfold, Norway, and then transport them to Keppel’s yard in Singapore.

The company will deliver the four large seawater pumps in the fourth quarter of 2019, the statement reads.

Keppel Shipyard’s scope of work is to convert Golar LNG’s Gimi LNG carrier into an FLNG vessel. The Gimi FLNG will be customized for the 20-year BP’s Greater Tortue Ahmeyim contract offshore West Africa. Delivery of the vessel is expected in the first half of 2022.

When completed, the Gimi FLNG will be stationed at a nearshore hub located on the Mauritania and Senegal maritime border. It is designed to produce an average of approximately 2.5 million tonnes of LNG per annum.