Companies connect to create unique model for FLNG industry
Add Energy, an international energy consultancy provider, has partnered with Transborders Energy (TBE) and joined forces with TechnipFMC and MODEC to create a unique and fast deployment business model for the FLNG (floating liquefied natural gas) industry that will free up small-scale stranded resources around the world and establish a new concept in global gas field development.
The new business model targets discovered gas resources of ≈ 0.5 to 2.0 trillion cubic feet of gas that have little value to their current owners because they are either in remote locations where tieback is capital intensive, or lack an economically viable development concept.
Key to the model is the deployment of an innovative small scale FLNG vessel. Rather than investing up to five years in identifying a gas resource, understanding its size and potential and creating a bespoke development concept, the new model establishes a pre-defined concept incorporating the use of a ≈1.0 million ton per annum FLNG vessel and applies it to fields that fit the concept.
This low cost concept represents a radical change in gas field development and will unlock hundreds of the world's previously uneconomic smaller natural gas plays.
TBE Managing Director Daein Cha said: "The economies of scale pursued by mega projects have not eventuated. They are too capital intensive and risky in terms of resilience and flexibility for what is a commoditizing business.
"However, the deployment of our pre-determined, low cost small scale FLNG concept on already discovered but stranded resources with innovative financial and commercial structures delivered by a small but high caliber team establishes a new value proposition to the resource owners and LNG buyers."
Add Energy will manage the drilling operations, maintenance, safety and risk management of the projects and is the exclusive partner to engineer, procure, drill and operate the wells.
TechnipFMC is a global leader in engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) of oil and gas projects. It is an industry leader for FLNG and subsea, umbilicals, risers and flowlines (SURF) and is the exclusive partner for TBE to EPCI the SURF and the FLNG vessel.
MODEC is a global expert in EPCI, operations and maintenance of floating production systems. It is the technical adviser for the EPCI of the hull, LNG tank and turret mooring system of the FLNG vessel, together with the operations and maintenance of TBE's FLNG vessel.