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SPE Floating Liquefied Natural Gas

18 – 21 May 2014

Perth, Australia | Rydges Perth Hotel

About this workshop


The Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) industry has seen substantial changes in recent years. The dynamics introduced by the increased gas availability in North America has generated LNG export opportunities in a region that until recently was destined to be a major importer. The continued increasing demand in Asia is driving the development of LNG projects in new regions and into environments that require new and innovative technologies. An increasing range of countries importing LNG has led to significant growth in the development in import terminals.

Floating LNG (FLNG) has received considerable attention in recent years. Final investment decisions have been taken on several projects including Shell Prelude in Australia, Petronas Kanowit in Malaysia and Pacific Rubiales/Exmar in Colombia. These have given confidence to decision makers to select FLNG concepts for gas field developments, and there are many in pre-FEED and FEED phases. The selection of FLNG is being made not only for previously stranded gas fields, but also for fields that would traditionally have been developed with onshore liquefaction facilities.

The term FLNG, or LNG FPSO, depicts a range of concepts from small quay-side barge mounted liquefaction units to 8 million tonnes per year full field floating production, liquefaction, storage and offloading facilities in remote harsh environments. They have in common the integration of facilities and technologies from onshore LNG and offshore marine floating production facilities. Issues of safety, reliability/availability, operations, maintainability, as well as the qualification of new technologies, need to be dealt with by separate specialists that are not normally closely interacting.

As we move into the design and execution of these facilities there may be questions about the capacity in the industry to supply the engineering, fabrication and construction services. Much focus for the larger projects to date has been on the Korean shipyards for execution. At some point there may be a limit to the capacity if all the aspirations for projects are realised.


The workshop will provide an overview of the key drivers for LNG developments and will focus on selection of the appropriate technology and the inherent technical and commercial challenges for FLNG facilities.  Specific topics to be covered are:

  • Key drivers of LNG supply chain
  • FLNG vs other LNG solutions
  • FLNG concepts such as the applicable process technologies, train size, storage and offloading, marine and shipping interface, mooring systems, start-up and operation, maintainability, reliability and availability.
  • Process safety and risk and mitigations.
  • Environment and regulatory issues
  • Project Execution
  • Cost and schedule and project economics
  • Details of current FLNG developments
  • Operations and operator training

Who Should Attend

This workshop will be of particular interest to professionals, researchers, and service
and technology providers from the upstream and downstream segments of the E&P industry, academics, government officials, etc. Registrants are also encouraged to present case studies and other experiences as discussion leaders.

Workshop Guidelines


1. Proceedings will not be published; therefore, formal papers and handouts are not expected from speakers.

2. Work in progress, new ideas, and interesting projects are sought.

3. Note-taking by participants is encouraged. However, to ensure free and open discussions, no formal records will be kept.

Workshop Deliverables

  • The committee will prepare a full report containing the highlights of the Workshop discussions. This report will be circulated to all attendees.
  • PowerPoint presentation materials will be posted on specific SPE URL address after the Workshop. Provision of the materials by the discussion leaders will signify their permission for SPE to do so.


In keeping with the Workshop objectives and the SPE mission, excessive commercialism in posters or presentations will not be permitted. Company logos must be limited to the title slide and used only to indicate the affiliation of the presenter and others involved in the work.

Attendance Certificate

All attendees will receive an attendance certificate attesting to their participation at the Workshop. This certificate will be provided in exchange for a completed Workshop Questionnaire.

Continuing Education Units

This Workshop qualifies for SPE Continuing Education Units (CEU) at the rate of 0.1 CEU per hour of the Workshop.

Attendees’ Information

General and detailed accommodation information will be posted on the Workshop website by March 2014.


Delegates are advised to book their international/domestic airline tickets early from their country/city to Perth, Australia. Further detailed transportation information will be available and included in the attendee package, which will be sent to registrants in March 2014.

All travellers to Australia must be in possession of passports valid for at least six (6) months with proof of onward passage, either return or through ticket. Visa requirements depend on country of origin. Please check with your travel agent or the Australian Embassy on regulations relating to immigration/visa before your departure.

Dress Code

Casual clothing is recommended. The Workshop atmosphere is informal.