Coal remains the biggest challenge to LNG in Asia. Phase 1 of the development today marked the sail-away from Kværner’s yard of the 560-bed living-quarters topside, the largest of its kind in Norway. McDermott will provide EPC, hookup, and commissioning of the Cassia C topsides, a jacket, and a bridge to link Cassia C with the existing Cassia B platform. A project of “firsts,” Equinor’s Aasta Hansteen spar platform began producing gas on 16 December, opening a new region for gas export to Europe and the UK. A report from Rystad Energy shows a near-term boost in the global floating production market, with more than 30 new FPSO projects possibly reaching sanction from 2019 to 2021.