Formal TALA Furthers Pact Announced Last Year
Paris-based GTT – Gaztransport & Technigaz – reports that its Houston-based GTT North America unit and Conrad Shipyard have signed a Technical Assistance and License Agreement for the design and construction of liquefied natural gas barges and LNG-fueled vessel bunker tanks using GTT’s membrane containment systems.
GTT-technology membrane tank model fabricated by Conrad Shipyard.
The formal TALA furthers an agreement signed by the companies this past autumn (HHP Insight, October 3).
“The partnership between GTT and Conrad Shipyard will enable both companies to leverage each other’s expertise and experience in LNG technology,” GTT says. It “demonstrates the continued commitment of both GTT North America and Conrad Shipyard to the development of the LNG fuel market in the U.S., including small and mid-scale LNG infrastructure to support development of this nascent market.”
‘Major Landmark for LNG in America’
“This agreement is a major landmark, not only for GTT and Conrad but also for LNG-as-a-fuel in America,” GTT chairman and CEO Philippe Berterottière says in the TALA announcement.
“It paves the way for implementing state-of-the-art containment solutions in American built vessels,” he said.
“GTT’s membrane system is first-in-class internationally,” Conrad Shipyard COO Terry Frickey says in the GTT release.
Membrane cargo tanks can hold 40% more LNG than Type C tanks in the same barge footprint, says GTT.
‘Capable, Reliable and Trained’
“There is now a capable, reliable and trained industrial partner in the United States,” says GTT North America business development manager Greg Denton told HHPi.
Conrad Shipyard received its approval after successfully completing the qualification process including dedicated training of its employees by GTT and the fabrication of a membrane tank model. Approval of the shipyard is necessary as the GTT-type tanks share structure and are built simultaneously with the vessel hull.
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Source: GTT with HHP Insight follow-up