Concrete deemed best option for LNG floater hull

Growing demand for natural gas and tougher competition is forcing liquefied natural gas (LNG) producers to look for cheaper methods. With gas developments anticipated in increasingly remote locations, one concept currently exciting interest is an extension of floating production, storage, and off- loading (FPSO) technology to LNG production. Jean Claude, project engineering manager, LNG storage systems, SN Technigaz, Paris, told delegates at the Deep Offshore Technology conference in The Hague last week of current studies for LNG floaters involving liquefaction and storage units on a concrete barge. "This new concept," said Claude, "will allow economical development of many o...

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