French LNG Engineers Sign Wison Deal
French LNG specialist engineering firm GTT signed a technical assistance and licence agreement with Chinese shipyard Wison Offshore & Marine, it said December 3. The licence covers floating LNG units, floating storage and regasification units (FSRU), floating storage and regasification power units (FSRP) and LNG carriers that use GTT membrane solutions.
Wison is the first in the world to deliver barge-based FLNG and FSRU on a turn-key basis and obtained its GTT licence after having successfully completed a qualification process that began earlier this year.
As technology becomes more sophisticated, allowing more delivery methods, LNG will become more commoditised. GTT said the agreement will enable both partners to further expand their offer to ship owners, to target new markets, especially focusing on floating-based solutions, and to advance the development of LNG in the global supply chain.
GTT CEO Philippe Berterottiere said GTT was "very interested in developing and building together new LNG infrastructures that can provide innovative natural gas value chain solutions."
His counterpart at Wison Offshore & Marine An Wenxin said the licensing deal would "allow us to offer more actively LNG solutions with GTT's technologies in China, which is what the market is asking for."