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Kawasaki’s new floating LNG power plant targets Asian market

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Kawasaki Heavy Industries of Japan is advancing the development of a floating power plant that will operate on regasified LNG, targeting utility customers in remote areas of Southeast Asia. The barge-based LNG-to-Power solution will be the first of its kind able to generate 100,000 kilowatts of electricity.

Kawasaki said it wants to sell the barge-based power stations in fast-growing Asia economies, where gas pipeline infrastructure remains underdeveloped and at a time when LNG supplies are plentiful in the region.

The Japanese manufacturer said previously the LNG-fired plants would each sell for around 20 billion yen ($184 million).

Technically speaking, the new floating LNG-fuelled power plant measures about 100 metres in length. Regasification of the LNG occurs in the fuel gas supply facility, situated on the deck; then the gas is being fed into the engine-driven power plant comprised of four gas fueled Kawasaki gas engines. The power barge is also equipped with fuel tanks and power distribution equipment.

The vessels will be assembled at a shipyard, towed to where they are needed and anchored to the sea floor. Once moored and commissioned, the ship can generate between 30,000 kW and 160,000 kW of electricity, enough to supply power to between 100,000 and 160,000 homes.

Design approved by DNV GL

The European classification society DNV GL has just granted Kawasaki an approval in principle for its LNG floating power plant facility. This approval is an independent assessment by the Norwegian-German watchdog that confirms the design is feasible and ready to be realized and marketed.

“As energy demand increases, this innovative technology could be used to provide supply on a long-term or short-term term basis, adding flexibility to the energy mix wherever it is deployed,” said Johan Petter Tutturen, DNV GL Business Director for Gas Carriers. 

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