Yokogawa Electric Corporation, represented by Yokogawa Australia , have announced that their subsidiaries have received two control system orders from LNG carrier owners based in Australia and Brunei. The Brunei order is their first involving LNG carriers with electrical propulsion systems.
The details of the Australia order are:
- LNG carrier owner’s representative: North West Shelf Shipping Service Company (NWSSSC) in Australia
- Parent Shipping Company: International Gas Transportation Company Limited
- Recipient: Yokogawa Electric (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.
- Order details: As part of a Longevity Project1, this order is for the replacement of the integrated control system (IAS) for an LNG carrier's cargo and machinery operations, including boiler control. This includes engineering, manufacturing, installation, and commissioning services for the CENTUM VP Integrated Production Control System.
- Delivery: June 2009
- Future plans: NWSSSC will implement an LNG Longevity Project for its five other Moss Rosenberg type carriers
The details of the Brunei order are:
- LNG carrier owner: Brunei Gas Carriers Sdn. Bhd.
- Contractor: Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering
- Recipient: Yokogawa Electric Korea
- Order details: Delivery of the monitoring and control systems for LNG carriers with Dual-Fuel Diesel Electric (DFDE) propulsion units. This order includes CENTUM VP engineering, manufacturing, installation, and commissioning services
- Delivery: November 2009 (for 1st carrier) and February 2010 (for 2nd)
According to Yokogawa Electric Corporation, the main reasons why they received these orders are:
- The proven reliability of their products
- Their technical expertise cultivated over a long period
- Their comprehensive maintenance services for LNG liquefaction terminals and LNG receiving and regasification terminals all around the world
Yokogawa Electric Corporation has a 22% market share with LNG liquefaction plant control systems and a 53% share with LNG receiving terminals*2. The control system orders for these three LNG carriers bring the Yokogawa Electric Corporation LNG carrier total to 42.
Yokogawa Electric Corporation business spans from LNG liquefaction plants to LNG carriers, LNG receiving terminals, and the currently spotlighted LNG floating production storage and offloading vessels (LNG-FPSO*3).
*1 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.
*2 Based on a Yokogawa market survey
*3 Also called FLNG. This is a floating facility 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.