Norway-based Kongsberg has signed a joint development agreement with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) to create a simulator to design a regasification control system for the BW LNG floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) being built at South Korea’s Okpo shipyard.
DSME will develop a high-fidelity dynamic simulator for the regasification plant to be installed on the unnamed newbuilding. It will use Kongsberg’s K-Spice dynamic-process simulator and K-Chief automation and control system to verify the design parameters.
The two companies also plan to work together to market the new LNG FSRU regasification control system. Kongsberg has supplied control systems to more than 200 LNG carriers and developed several gas-handling concepts. Simulation studies are increasingly important to verify design parameters to create robust designs.
DSME has delivered nearly 100 LNG ships. It first installed Kongsberg ship-control systems on this ship type in 2002. The FSRUs on its books include the 170,000m³ vessel to be delivered to BW in 2019 and Mitsui OSK’s giant 263,000m³ FSRU to be deployed off Uruguay from 2018.
Kongsberg Maritime Korea managing director Tore Wean (left) signed the agreement with DSME naval and energy system R&D vice-president Young Bok-choi.