Black & Veatch to proceed with FLNG conversion on Grand Tortue

Black & Veatch, a global leader in floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) topside solutions, announced that it has received a full notice to proceed from Grand Tortue Ahmeyim (GTA) project operator, BP.

Having received a limited notice in December 2018, prior to a final investment decision (FID), Black & Veatch and Keppel Shipyard Limited will work together to convert Golar LNG-owned LNG carrier Gimi. The announcement is in line with the developments of phase one of BP’s GTA project for which FID was announced at the end of December 2018.

Gimi project leaders will build on the successful Hilli Episeyo FLNG vessel, also owned by Golar LNG, which was the first ever conversion from an LNG tanker to a functioning natural gas liquefaction plant. Hilli Episeyo is currently producing LNG offshore Cameroon.

Black & Veatch will bring its global expertise to the project, including its patented PRICO liquefaction technology.

Bob Germinder, Black & Veatch Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Floating Oil & Gas Solutions stated: “The lower and highly predictable costs of projects constructed in a controlled shipyard environment are another critical advantage offered by FLNG. This notice to proceed underscores Black & Veatch’s standing as a trusted partner with companies moving to meet the world’s demand for LNG.”