DP World subsidiary, Drydocks World (DDW), has completed the conversion of two LNG carriers into a Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) facility for deployment off the coast of the Republic of Congo. The Dubai shipyard worked in collaboration with Antwerp’s Exmar and Italian energy company, ENI, on the five-month project.
The conversion is the first of its type. Two vessels were joined together using a ‘spread mooring’ system designed and patented by Exmar. Twelve steel mooring foundation structures weighing more than 4,000 tonnes and essential for the combined spread mooring arrangement were created at the shipyard.
The combined assets now form the Tango FLNG and Excalibur FSU. DDW was able to reduce the conversion time by pre-rigging the offshore mooring chains at its Mina Rashid shipyard. This complex exercise is usually carried out at sea.
When it is commissioned, the unit will gather, liquefy, store and offload LNG from Eni’s Marine XII block, offshore from Pointe Noire in Congo.
Capt. Rado Antolovic, Drydocks World CEO, said: “This high-profile project, completed under the highest industry standards, in partnership with our long-standing customers, Exmar and Eni underscores our unwavering commitment to excellence and innovation in the maritime industry. Our dedicated team delivered a fast-tracked project tailored to the needs of our clients and maintained exceptional quality throughout. We have a robust solutions-oriented system to deliver sustainable solutions that support cleaner energy usage across the maritime and energy sectors.