Japan mulls power plants at sea

Sevan’s floating power plants could have up to 700 megawatts capacity with natural gas supply
Floating power plants are being considered by the Japanese government after it expressed interest in proposals from Norwegian firm Sevan Marine, maker of cylindrical vessels for the offshore oil and gas industry.

Yesterday, Sevan chief executive Carl Lieungh told City A.M. “A delegation from the company met government officials and industry partners earlier this year in Japan.”

Sevan’s proposals are for floating combined cycle power plants using natural gas, and has worked with German firm Siemens on its plans.

Lieungh said the plants could also be safer in the event of natural disasters such as earth­quakes, a big concern for Japan after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Twelve Sevan-designed platforms are now in operation or under construction, with two floating production storage and offloading vessels operating in the North Sea.