Gas Natural Fenosa and Connect LNG have together made the first ever floating LNG ship to shore system a reality. During the successful sea launch of the first full-scale and market-ready Universal Transfer System (UTS) on October 7, both companies carried out a complete operation including transfer of LNG from Skangas’ LNG carrier Coral Energy to the onshore LNG terminal at Herøya, in one of the largest and most energy consuming industrial parks in Norway.
The UTS is a game changing floating solution for LNG transfer, consisting in a platform which can connect to any LNG carrier. LNG is then safely and efficiently transferred from the platform to the onshore terminal through floating flexible pipes. The design and fabrication of the UTS has involved the highest safety standards, and the complete system has undergone an extensive classification process by DNV GL.
The patented UTS will replace the need for cost and environmental intensive harbor and jetty structures. This solution allows for rapid expansion of the value chain and transfer of LNG at locations where it was previously not possible due to environmental and economic constraints. It is a plug&play solution which requires no modifications to the LNG carrier.
“We started an innovation journey and here we are today with a game-changing solution that is revolutionary for the LNG industry. From now on, we have a market-ready system that opens a world of possibilities in the LNG small scale business,” said a Managing Director of Gas Natural Fenosa.
“With Connect LNG’s disruptive technology and agile company culture, combined with Gas Natural Fenosa’s long and strong track record in the energy market, there was an obvious foundation for collaboration and leveraging both companies’ strengths as a basis for enabling access to natural gas where today it is not economically viable”, added an Executive Director of Connect LNG.
Source: Connect LNG