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Control system orders for LNG carriers in Australia and Brunei

10 February 2009

Yokogawa Electric Corporation announced that its subsidiaries have received two control system orders from LNG carrier owners based in Australia and Brunei. The Brunei order is Yokogawa's first involving LNG carriers with electrical propulsion systems.

Control system orders for LNG carriers in Australia and Brunei
Control system orders for LNG carriers in Australia and Brunei

The Australian order was placed with Yokogawa Electric (Malaysia) by the LNG carrier owner's representative: North West Shelf Shipping Service Company Pty. (NWSSSC) in Australia, on behalf of the parent Shipping Company: International Gas Transportation Company Limited.

This order, which forms part of a longevity project, is for the replacement of the integrated control system for an LNG carrier's cargo and machinery operations, including boiler control. This includes engineering, manufacturing, installation, and commissioning services for the CENTUMR VP Integrated Production Control System. Delivery is scheduled for June 2009.

NWSSSC is also planning to implement an LNG longevity project for its five other Moss Rosenberg type carriers.

A longevity project renovates hulls and onboard facilities to keep ageing vessels in top condition and ensure that they can operate safely. This renovation is particularly necessary with high value-added ships such as LNG carriers because they are often operated longer than the standard 30- to 40-year vessel lifetime.

The Brunei order, placed with Yokogawa Electric Korea Co is for LNG carrier owner: Brunei Gas Carriers Sdn. Bhd. In conjunction with contractor Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co.
It covers delivery of the monitoring and control systems for LNG carriers with dual-fuel diesel electric (DFDE) propulsion units. This order includes CENTUM VP systems along with engineering, manufacturing, installation and commissioning services.

Delivery is scheduled for November 2009 (for the first carrier) and February 2010 (for the second carrier).
The main reasons why Yokogawa received these orders are the proven reliability of the company's products, Yokogawa's extensive technical expertise cultivated over a long period, and comprehensive maintenance services for LNG liquefaction terminals and LNG receiving and regasification terminals all around the world.

Australia is particularly active in the LNG field, with many projects underway, and Yokogawa will be paying very close attention to this market to ensure its continued success. Yokogawa boasts a 22% market share with LNG liquefaction plant control systems and a 53% share with LNG receiving terminals, and the control system orders for these three LNG carriers bring the company's LNG carrier total to 42.

Encouraged by these consecutive successes, Yokogawa is making every effort to achieve the top position in the global LNG-related industrial automation business by 2015. This business ranges from LNG liquefaction plants to LNG carriers, LNG receiving terminals, and the latest LNG floating production storage and offloading vessels (LNG-FPSOs).

Also called FLNGs, these are floating facilities for the processing, storage and offloading of natural gas from subsea fields. Most of the FPSOs that are currently in operation are for subsea oil fields. In 2003, Yokogawa delivered the first-ever LPG-FPSO control system.

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