(EnergyAsia, May 24 2012, Thursday) — Italy-based RINA Group said it has secured a contract to manage a new floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) project that will deliver liquefied natural gas (LNG) to consumers in Indonesia’s South Sumatra province from 2014.

RINA will be involved in selecting the unit’s concept, front-end engineering design as well as provide support during negotiations with potential shipyards, project management during construction, and support for commissioning of the unit.

RINA said it was awarded the project by PGAS Solution, a subsidiary of PGN, Indonesia’s state-owned natural gas distribution company, which will own and operate the FSRU.

The 170,000 cubic metre FSRU Charlie will have the capacity to regasify 500 million standard cubic feet/day (mmscfd) of natural gas when it starts up in mid-2014. The facility will be installed at Labuhan Maringgai Lampung in a water depth of about 20 m and linked to the shore by a 21 km pipeline.

Angelo Lo Nigro, RINA’s energy development manager, said:

“RINA has been selected because we can deliver a wide range of engineering and marine competence and proven experience with offshore gas. Floating solutions for LNG and CNG exploitation and transportation are a fast-growing area. Our experience gives us a lead in helping utilities to bring projects on stream quickly and safely.”

RINA was recently appointed to deliver the world’s first marine CNG project in Indonesia.