LR presents ‘Approval in Principle’ to Babcock’s LGE Process for ecoSMRT® technology

04 April 2017

Lloyd's Register presented Babcock’s LGE Process with an ‘Approval in Principle’ at this year’s Gastech 2017 for its LNG MR reliquefaction system, ecoSMRT®.

With innovation at the heart of its market-leading philosophy, Babcock is delighted to receive this ‘Approval in Principle’ for its new technology, recognising its assessment against demanding industry codes and standards.

Designed in response to the increased issue of excess boil-off gas (BOG) resulting from the introduction of dual-fuel propulsion engines (ME-GI/X-DF) with high efficiency, the ecoSMRT® LNG reliquefaction plant is designed for application on LNG Carriers to save excess BOG by its reliquefaction.

“We are pleased to present the Approval in Principle certificate to representatives of Babcock here today at Gastech”, commented Jose Navarro, Principal Gas Technology Specialist, Lloyd’s Register. He continued, “There is lots of discussion at the show around efficiency, so it is very fitting to be able to recognise Babcock’s LNG reliquefaction system, ecoSMRT®”

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The above photo shows Babcock’s Alan Duckett, Technical & Sales Director with Jim Smith, North Asia Area Manager, Marine & Offshore, Lloyd’s Register.

The scalable ecoSMRT® system, optimised for LNG carriers, uses the well-proven and reliable technology of mixed refrigerant (MR) refrigeration, but is based on a novel arrangement of these components. The improved single mixed refrigerant LNG reliquefaction system reduces complexity, minimises overall footprint and reduces cost at initial investment as well as during operation.

Alan Duckett, Babcock LGE Process; Technical & Sales Director said:

“As innovators in the field of LNG technologies it is a real privilege for Babcock to be recognised this way and to be presented with an ‘Approval in Principal’ from Lloyd's Register.

“Our ecoSMRT® technology can provide significant operational benefits to LNG carriers and is a testament to our ground-breaking design capabilities, developed along with long standing partner, HHI (Hyundai Heavy Industries), and with valuable input from LR.

“It is an exciting time for Babcock, as we introduce new technological solutions for LNG carriers as well as shuttle tankers (ecoVOCC®) and LNG GSV (FGSV0™)."

The presentation by LR closely follows the announcement that Babcock’s LGE Process would bring its award-winning innovation and extensive international experience to bear in a collaboration with ExxonMobil, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM), Calor and Orkney Islands Council in the ‘Caledonia LNG’ project, that will explore provision of LNG for Northern UK and North Sea customers.