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Development of Natural Gas Liquefaction FPSO

[+] Author Affiliations
Sotaro Masanobu, Shunji Kato

National Maritime Research Institute, Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan

Arata Nakamura

Japan National Oil Corporation, Tokyo, Japan

Takashi Sakamoto, Toshio Yoshikawa

Nippon Steel Corporation, Tokyo, Japan

Atsushi Sakamoto

INPEX Corporation, Tokyo, Japan

Hideo Uetani

Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding Company, Ltd., Ichihara, Chiba, Japan

Kenichi Kawazuishi

Process Engineering Department, Yokohama, Japan

Kunihisa Sao

Ocean Engineering Research, Inc., Tokyo, Japan

Paper No. OMAE2004-51382, pp. 675-684; 10 pages
  • ASME 2004 23rd International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering
  • 23rd International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering, Volume 1, Parts A and B
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, June 20–25, 2004
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore, and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3743-2 | eISBN: 0-7918-3738-6
  • Copyright © 2004 by ASME


Natural gas is abundant and is cleaner than petroleum. Therefore, demand for natural gas is expected to grow significantly. However, the means of transporting natural gas is presently limited to pipelines and LNG tankers, thereby making its wider use unlikely. There are substantial numbers of known gas reservoirs that are difficult to develop utilizing current transportation means because of constraints such as the scale of gas fields, water depth, distance to shore, and distance from markets. A new, economical, reliable development technique or transportation means is required for developing such gas reservoirs. Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan National Oil Corporation (JNOC) and private corporations have jointly investigated the Natural Gas Liquefaction Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (NGL-FPSOs) units to effectively develop gas reservoirs by converting the gas into NGL. This paper presents the background on NGL-FPSO development and findings on its application.

Copyright © 2004 by ASME



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