FEBRUARY 11, 2014 — LNG membrane containment specialist GTT (Gaztransport & Technigaz) has signed a cooperation agreement with South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) for the industrialization of its new NO96 Max technology and the commercialization of the system within the course of this year.
A development of GTT's NO96 system, used in more than 120 vessels to date,NO96 Max offers an optimized compromise between low boil-off and system strength, for better thermomechanical efficiency.
The agreement stipulates that DSME will build a mock-up aiming at validating both the assembly and the cryogenic performance of the membrane containment system, and includes a study on the adaptation of industrial means in order to optimize manufacturing costs.
GTT says that the innovative design of NO96 Max offers significant mechanical and thermal improvements (Boil-Off Rate). The technology has already received AIPs (Approval in Principal) from the main classification societies.
Philippe Berterottière, Chairman and CEO of GTT, says, "The development of NO96 Max illustrates the continuous innovation efforts made by GTT in support of a more efficient LNG industry. The agreement shows once again that the partnership we have with DSME is strong and that this shipyard trusts our technologies."