ECONNECT, partners wrap up jettyless LNG transfer in Norway

ECONNECT Energy said it has joined forces with several industry partners for a ship-to-shore LNG transfer in Heroya, Norway.

Gasum-chartered and Anthony Veder-owned small LNG carrier, Coral Energy, delivered the cargo with the IQuay jettyless transfer system to the Heroya onshore terminal, ECONNECT said in a statement.

The firm partnered with Spanish utility Naturgy on the transfer but also SINTEF, Air Liquide, Trelleborg, Heroya Industrial Park, the Grenland Port Authority, and the Norwegian Coastal Administration.

Moreover, the partners completed the operation via floating transfer technology with “minimal personnel for the aerial hose hookup to the LNG vessel and with remote monitoring of the asset onshore during the discharge operation,” it said.

“The LNG delivery was an opportunity to further benchmark the operational performance of the system against traditional solutions,” the firm said.

To date, ECONNECT and Naturgy have developed, built and commissioned the only existing jettyless floating LNG transfer system in the world, the Oslo-based firm, previously known as Connect LNG, claims.

By removing the need for fixed jetties, floating transfer solutions can accelerate LNG, carbon capture and renewable fuels projects as an important step in the transition towards a cleaner energy future, it said.

The IQuay has previously connected to a variety of vessel types – LNG carriers, chemical carriers, offshore supply vessels, tug boats – and operated in 3 different locations.

In addition to LNG transfer, the IQuay technology can connect to a wide range of vessels and terminals for the loading and unloading of ammonia, hydrogen, CO2, or any other fluid, the firm said.

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