Vincent Lagarrigue on "Re-Thinking LNG transfer"
Re-thinking LNG Transfer - Rapid development in the LNG market demands that infrastructure growth keeps pace – not only by scaling up, but by evolving to suit the needs of a diverse market. Demand continues to grow beyond traditional hubs, requiring infrastructure that is more flexible, cost-effective at smaller scale, and adapted to the needs of a range of locations. At the same time, this infrastructure must develop quickly to meet demand, in a manner that is efficient in terms of capital expenditure, and sustainable in the long term.
This cost-effective technology has enabled a recalibration of traditional thinking around ship-to-shore LNG transfer. Designed for fatigue resistance in even the most hazardous conditions, cryogenic floating hose technology typically provides a viable alternative to traditional jetty-based transference for ship-to-shore operations in circumstances that would make such infrastructure unfeasible.
This technology was recently put to the test in October 2017, when it was used in the first sea launch of the Universal Transfer System (UTS), developed with Connect LNG and Gas Natural Fenosa. The success of this launch demonstrated a system that would bring bunkering infrastructure to a vessel using a floating platform, connected to the shore by cryogenic floating hoses. It demonstrated how flexible floating hose technology can underpin new solutions that could easily be used to upgrade existing ports, or establish new bunkering facilities with lower start-up costs than heavier infrastructure would require.