Barcelona, Spain (PortSEurope) January 8, 2018 – Spanish company Gas Natural Fenosa has developed a floating platform for the transport of liquefied natural gas (LNG) used as a ship fuel.
The platform has a connection compatible with any type of methane tanker, the company said.
Once connected to the ship, the LNG is transferred, safely and efficiently, through floating cryogenic hoses. Both the joint system that has been applied offshore for the first time in the world and the floating cryogenic hoses are two milestones that highlight the innovative aspect of the platform, Gas Natural Fenosa noted.
The infrastructure, developed in collaboration with Norwegian company Connect LNG, has been designed and manufactured in a record time, in just six months, in a shipyard in Brevik (Norway). It was towed to the Norwegian town of Herøya, where it successfully performed the first unloading operation.
The new system, called DirectLink LNG, based on the analysis of the needs of the market, allows the unloading of LNG from ship to land without the need for expensive fixed infrastructures such as a port or a jetty, for example, and with a minimum environmental impact.
Source: Gas Natural Fenosa
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