LNG carrier first for Babcock technology
Babcock's first LNG carrier market order involves supplying ecoSMRT LNG reliquefaction technology to four newbuilds.
The ecoSMRT innovative technology for the ships, being constructed at Hyundai Heavy Industries’ Ulsan and Samho shipyards in South Korea, enables LNG carriers to operate at the cutting edge of efficiency with greater reliquefaction capacity and significantly reduced power consumption – at a lower cost – than competing mixed refrigerant or nitrogen expansion systems.
“These contracts underline Babcock’s innovative engineering capability and the benefits of ecoSMRT are clear: A flexible solution for LNG reliquefaction. It is easy to see why ecoSMRT is set to be revolutionary within the industry,” said Neale Campbell, Babcock LGE systems director.
Mr Campbell said that because the technology requires only one compressor, it benefits from a significantly lower power consumption, meaning reduced maintenance requirements and lower operating costs (OPEX).
Because it also minimises emissions, it is also helping to lead the way in meeting and exceeding global environmental legislations within the industry.
ecoSMRT is the result of a joint-development project between HHI and Babcock.
Mr Nam, senior vice president of the Basic Design Team at HHI, said: “We are delighted to have made the first sale of ecoSMRT into the LNG carrier market. Its technology provides customers with through life savings, making it an important solution for LNG ship owners and we look forward to its significant market success.”
Babcock LGE is celebrating 50 years providing engineering, procurement and operational support services to the liquefied gas and petrochemical industries across a significant stream of business activities.
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