SGMF members Houlder and KLAW LNG have joined forces in the run up to the Gastech exhibition in Tokyo 4-7 April, 2017.

The collaboration was announced on 24 January as Simon Harris, Houlder’s Chief Commercial Officer and David Hill Chief Executive of Signum Technology Limited (incorporating KLAW LNG, a Group company) signed a memorandum of understanding.

This new collaboration will develop new bunker and transfer solutions in response to increased demand from the LNG small to mid-scale market. The team will work together to deliver safe and efficient Ship-to-Ship and Shore-to-Ship transfer products, christened “Hybrid” LNG Transfer solutions. The systems will integrate motion compensating handling equipment and proven LNG components to deliver LNG through flexible hoses.  They will provide a safe and efficient alternative to transfer of LNG, particularly compared to large, rigid fixed arm solutions. Alongside any new equipment, the collaboration will offer clients a full set of services available world-wide including vessel installation and integration, site assistance and support and crew training.

Houlder’s Simon Harris explains, “Houlder has expertise in marine design, engineering and equipment supply across the energy sector. Our Marine Design Consultancy business is already at the forefront of LNG bunkering system and vessel design. KLAW LNG adds an unrivalled track record of safe and effective operation.  Hundreds of LNG commercial transfers are safely and efficiently conducted every year using their components. Combining their know-how with Houlder’s marine and mechanical engineering experience is very exciting.”

David Hill continues “The team at KLAW LNG is proud to be in the forefront of hose based LNG transfer systems. The business has kept itself a market leader through continued evolution since the first ever commercial LNG transfer over a decade ago. We also recognise the development and engineering prowess Houlder has gained through long experience across the offshore energy industry.  Combining this with our engineers’ proven knowhow, experience and competence means we are confident this collaborative project will deliver an attractive option for small to mid-scale LNG end users.

The organisers of the Gastech 2017 Conference agree, inviting the Houlder and KLAW LNG team to present the results of their work at their Product Showcase: The Small-Scale LNG – Solutions, Technology & Bunkering Stream, Wednesday 5 April 2017, 14:25 – 14:45.