ABSTRACT With the rate of worldwide LNG demand expected to grow faster than that of gas demand, most major oil companies are currently investing their resources to develop FLNG facility. The global FLNG market trend will be reviewed based on demand and supply chain relationships.
Currently, several remarkable projects on FLNG are in progress among major oil and gas suppliers and shipbuilders. One of those projects, Prelude FLNG, will be introduced in this paper. Typical technical issues associated with FLNG design and constructions are categorized in terms of global performance evaluation.
Although many proven technologies developed through FSRU and oil FPSO projects are available for FLNG design, we are still faced with several technical challenges to clear for successful FLNG projects. In this paper, some of the challenges encountered during development of the largest floating LNG facility, its investigated solution and a way forward will be reviewed.
At the same time, a continued effort to improve the LNG-related technologies by each party, including oil and gas suppliers and shipbuilders, will be the stepping stone to overcome the unrevealed challenges for the FLNG development. A few items which can provide a positive solution to the sloshing problem of LNG cargo will be briefly introduced.