NFE taps Sembcorp Marine for FLNG facilities conversion project

Singapore-based Sembcorp Marine, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Sembcorp Marine Rigs & Floaters Pte Ltd, has entered into master service agreements with the US energy company New Fortress Energy (NFE) affiliates for the conversion of two drilling vessels into floating LNG (FLNG) facilities.

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Sembcorp Marine was awarded a contract for the engineering and conversion of two Sevan cylindrical drilling vessels to FLNG facilities, including the fabrication and integration of LNG topside modules.

The hull conversion and fabrication of topsides for the first FLNG liquefaction facility is scheduled for delivery in the first half of 2024 through the work engagement contract awarded by NFE, the company informed.

Work on the second FLNG liquefaction facility project is expected to be contracted through further work engagement contracts to Sembcorp Marine at a later date.

The two FLNG liquefaction units will host the NFE-designed fast LNG liquefaction production facility with a capacity of approximately 1.4 million tonnes per annum (mtpa).

LNG produced will be stored in a separate LNG tanker moored near the FLNG liquefaction facility.

William Gu, Senior Vice President & Head of Sembcorp Marine Rigs & Floaters Pte Ltd, commented on the project: “We are pleased and honoured to partner New Fortress Energy in its fast FLNG programme through these two FLNG conversion projects incorporating SCM’s proprietary Sevan cylindrical hull design.

“Marking SCM’s successful penetration of the FLNG market, these projects allow our customer to rapidly deploy FLNG facilities to capture the growing demand for LNG liquefaction terminals, and to tap on SCM’s full suite of floating and nearshore LNG solutions that are well placed to meet the needs of the burgeoning LNG market.”

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