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FSRU INSPECTION

Our Project Director, Keith Walker, and his team have just returned from a trip to Korea to inspect one of the Floating Storage and Regasification Units (FSRU) that may be chartered for the Port Kembla Gas Terminal (PKGT).

The FSRU is a critical component of the PKGT. Moored at Berth 101 in Port Kembla, it will accept cargoes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from LNG carriers, store the LNG and convert it onboard from liquid to gas. The gas will then be transferred onshore, be piped into the gas transmission network and sent on to customers.

AIE recently announced it had entered an agreement with Höegh LNG, a global leader in FSRU technology and operation, to supply the FSRU for the terminal. Höegh has two vessels available and AIE will decide later this year which vessel it will use at the PKGT.

As one of the candidates is nearing completion at the Samsung Shipyard in Busan, Korea, our Project Team headed up to take a look.

Our Project team and Höegh LNG’s Captain Bjorn Berg (second from right) with the 170,000mvessel.

She is 300 metres long, 46 metres wide and her highest point, the bridge, is about 50 metres above the water line.

 

Inside one of the four LNG storage tanks onboard.

The internal scaffolding is still in place to allow the construction team to line the inside of the ships steel tanks with layers of heavy duty reinforced polyurethane foam insulation and barriers of composite materials, plus a primary stainless steel corrugated membrane.

These measures are designed to keep the LNG at the very low temperature (-161 degrees Celsius) needed for it to maintain its liquid state.

Each tank is about 30 metres tall providing the FSRU with the capacity to store enough gas to supply NSW for 10-12 days.