Chinese builder will be allowed to fabricate membrane tank solutions for FLNG, FSRU and LNG carrier applications
French cargo containment technology company GTT has signed a technical assistance and licence agreement with the Chinese shipyard Wison Offshore & Marine to utilise GTT membrane solutions for floating LNG units (FLNG), floating storage and regasification units (FSRU), floating storage regasification power units and LNG carriers.
A pioneer in floating LNG in China, Wison Offshore & Marine obtained its GTT licence after having successfully completed a qualification process that began earlier this year, including constructing a GTT Mark III technology mock-up.
GTT said the agreement will enable both partners to further expand their offer to shipowners to target new markets, especially focusing on floating-based solutions, and to advance the development of LNG in the global supply chain.
Wison Offshore & Marine president An Wenxin said the agreement with GTT would allow the Chinese shipbuilder to “offer more actively LNG solutions with GTT’s technologies in China, which is what the market is asking for.”
The deal with GTT follows on the heels of one Wison Offshore & Marine made with Japan Marine United in September in which it was allowed to fabricate and market the SPB containment systems as fuel tanks for LNG storage.