The use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) is now a widespread, commercial reality, as the demand for energy continues to rise. To maximise the opportunities of this major fuel source, FLNG projects are increasingly being considered as the optimal project configuration.
Floating Storage and Regasification Units (FSRUs) represent the majority of FLNG projects currently being executed – or in the pre-FEED stage, as they provide an attractive “fast track” solution for small markets and emerging economies.
FSRU projects bring the need to combine elements of conventional jetty docking and mooring, as well as offshore ship-to-ship mooring systems. Additionally, with more than two entities required to interface with each other, systems integration becomes more complex.
There isn’t a “generic” docking, mooring and fendering package that can be applied to FSRUs and its essential that the requirements of all three entities are considered holistically in order to ensure the optimum solution for all three elements, and minimise operational difficulties down the line.
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