The workshop will cover floating LNG liquefaction (LNG-FPSO) as an enabling technology for the monetization of ‘stranded' offshore gas fields. The workshop will cover technology building blocks and their maturity, the current solution providers and the distinctiveness of their offerings.  Current market opportunities,the development and production costs, and the economics within the overall value chain will also be connsidered. In addition, the workshop will include LNG transfer systems, identified as a major issue to deliver the required overall system availability to be profitable and give assurance to investors.

Attending this workshop will enable you to:

  • Discuss, clarify and work through the issues
  • Work up potential solutions
  • Lead us closer to sanction of the further LNG-FPSO projects following Shell’s decision
  • Better understanding of FSRUs and comparison with traditional onshore terminals


About the workshop leaders:


Brian Songhurst

Brian has an honours degree in chemical engineering from Imperial College, London and is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers. He has had 45 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry working for engineering contractors, operators and specialist consultants.

He is currently Director of LNG within Energy and Power, based in London and oversees a variety of LNG projects for both onshore and offshore applications. The offshore applications include floating LNG liquefaction units (F-LNG) and floating storage and regasification units (FSRU). He was previously Engineering Manager with MW Kellogg one of the world’s leading contractors within the LNG industry and Facilities Engineering Manager with J Ray McDermott one of the world’s leading offshore contractors.

Brian is chairman of the Institution of Chemical Engineers Subject Oil & Natural Gas group.


Huw Williams 


Huw is a chartered engineer with 15 years’ experience of multi-discipline marine and offshore engineering projects. He has a master’s degree in marine technology and is a member of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects. Huw has significant experience in the LNG industry, having worked for major engineering contractors and operators. At Energy and Power, Huw has led a number of FSRU feasibility studies, together with technical due diligence and field development studies for a number of FLNG concepts. Huw joined Energy and Power from ExxonMobil where he was involved in the development of the Q-Flex and Q-Max LNG carriers.


Energy and Power is an independent Professional Engineering Consultancy, formed in 2000. We add value to our clients operations through a responsive, flexible and impartial service tailored to their specific requirements.

We work with blue-chip, international clients as well as smaller independent oil companies, delivering an integrated service for project evaluation and management, engineering and technical development, and final commissioning.

Workshop programme

13:00 Registration & coffee

13:30 Description, providers, market & economics

15:00 Afternoon tea

15:30 What we need for FLNG market bonanza?

17:00 Discussion, summary and conclusions


Copthorne Tara Hotel

Scarsdale Place
London W8 5SR
United Kingdom

Copthorne Tara Hotel

The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.




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