Babcock's LGE Process presented with 'Approval in Principle' by Lloyd's Register for ecoSMRT technology

30 Apr 2017



Babcock’s LGE Process received an ‘Approval in Principle’ from Lloyd’s Register 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®


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.


With an impressive track record of success in Asian markets where Babcock has developed cutting edge solutions for its clients, including ecoSMRT® and its patented Vent Gas CoolerTM, SupercoolerTM and FGSV0TM  technology, the company brings an unrivalled depth of knowledge and skill to liquefied natural gas (LNG) operations.


Technical notes


Boil off gas (BOG) is supplied to the MR LNG reliquefaction plant by fuel gas compressor reducing the need of additional rotating parts.


Babcock’s MR LNG reliquefaction plant is suitable to be fitted on ships operating with WIN GD X-DF engines, where the reliquefaction plant will work at 16 bar, and MDT ME-GI engines, where the reliquefaction plant will work at either 7 bar or 30 bar, depending of the selected arrangements.


A full range of reliquefaction capacities have been developed at this stage covering 1,300 Kg/h and 3,300 Kg/h of NBOG (100% Methane).



About Babcock

Babcock International Group is the UK’s leading engineering support services company, delivering complex and critical support both in the UK and overseas. With revenue of circa £4.8 billion in 2016 and an order book of circa £20 billion, we manage vital assets within a number of industry sectors including energy, defence, emergency services, transport and education.  The unparalleled expertise of our 35,000 global employees means that – whether designing, building, operating, managing, maintaining or decommissioning vital assets - Babcock is a partner that can be trusted to deliver.


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