Connect LNG and Gas Natural Fenosa has completed the first LNG transfer from a floating vessel to shore using its recently launched Universal Transfer System (UTS).
The UTS at its launch on October 7th was used by Gas Natural Fenosa and Connect LNG for a complete operation including transfer of LNG from Skangas’ LNG carrier Coral Energy to the onshore LNG terminal at the Norwegian port of Herøya.
Connect LNG said the operation marks “a new era in LNG distribution”, launching the first floating LNG ship-to-shore system.
The new full-scale and market-ready technology "Universal Transfer System (UTS)" is reportedly the world's first floating LNG ship to shore system.
“We started an innovation journey and here we are today with a game-changing solution that is revolutionary for the LNG industry. From now on, we have a market-ready system that opens a world of possibilities in the LNG small scale business”, said Gas Natural Fenosa Representative.
Morten Christophersen, MD at Connect LNG said that the transfer is the first to use floating hoses and the first involving 30 m clean hoses. He describes the system as “a game-changing floating solution” that “replaces the need for cost- and environmental-intensive harbour and jetty structures”.
The UTS is a floating solution for LNG transfer between ship and shore that replaces the need for cost and environmental intensive harbor and jetty structures. According to Connect LNG, the solution allows for rapid expansion of the value chain and transfer of LNG at locations where it was previously not possible due to environmental and economic constraints.
The company said the UTS is a "plug-and-play system" using floating, flexible pipes and it is compatibile with any LNG carrier. It enables ports with shallow drafts to import LNG cargoes.
“From now on, we have a market-ready system that opens a world of possibilities in the LNG small-scale business” - commented Gas Natural Fenosa.
The complete UTS which has undergone an extensive classification process by DNV GL, took less than six months from design to completion. Connect LNG installed it in a day and the transfer was completed the next day.