Keppel goes global with its LNG ambitions

French LNG containment manufacturer GTT has signed a technical assistance and licence agreement (TALA) with Singapore’s Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M). Keppel O&M’s network of global yards will be licenced as outfitter to offer GTT’s LNG systems for the equipment and maintenance of LNG carriers, LNG bunker vessels, LNG-fuelled vessels, as well as floating storage and regasification units (FSRUs), with a particular focus on vessels with capacities between 30,000 and 80,000 cu m.

Having completed its first LNG carrier repair in 1990, Keppel O&M has a long lasting experience in the development of cryogenic solutions across the LNG value chain.

Keppel O&M’s expertise and experience in GTT’s systems began in 2004 when Keppel Shipyard became an approved repair yard for ships equipped with GTT membrane systems and was extended in 2014 when Keppel Singmarine, signed a licence agreement for newbuilds.

Abu Bakar, managing director of the gas and specialised vessels division at Keppel O&M, said: “This is a win-win partnership with GTT as it will allow us to offer more comprehensive LNG solutions to our respective customer base, across our global network of operations. With GTT’s proven LNG containment technology and Keppel’s track record in specialised shipbuilding as well as LNG expertise, we will be able to provide safer, more efficient and economical solutions for sustainable power generation.”

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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