Bureau Veritas (BV) has completed the classification of the ‘Torman’ LNGFRU at Tema, Ghana in sheltered waters.
This unit is combined with an FSU to deliver gas to onshore consumers.
This development at Gasfin’s facility – involving the ‘Torman’ LNGFRU and a MOSS type LNGFSU - both classed by BV – paves the way for the first deliveries of LNG to a terminal in sub-Saharan Africa and will contribute to meeting Ghana’s growing cleaner energy demand, the class society said.
The 95 m long, newly built FRU was constructed at CSSC Jiangnan Shipyard in China and fitted with two IMO type-C tanks, and has a storage capacity of 28,000 cu m. It was designed for a regasification capacity of around 1.7 mill tonnes of LNG per year and will be in operation for around 20 years.
Classification and certification work, successfully conducted by BV, included the design, review, approval, material certification, and construction surveys of the LNGFRU at Jiangnan shipyard, as well as in Tema.
In addition, BV Solutions Marine & Offshore – the consultative arm of BV Marine & Offshore – ensured verification and surveys associated with the design, fabrication, and incorporation of the natural gas send-out heater skid system onto the ‘Torman’ LNGFRU.
While the unit is in service, BV will be supporting Gasfin’s management, reassuring stakeholders of the structural soundness of the unit and its safety, through regular conformity checks to its classification rules and international standards.
Kerem Kiper, BV’s Vice President of Middle East, Africa, and India, commented: “This is a great achievement for all the teams involved. This project proves that alternative solutions to produce and store electricity are available. It opens up new opportunities in Africa for LNG floating units. I am proud of the BV team as we continue to demonstrate our expertise across the LNG value chain.”