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Jun Zou, director of naval architecture in Atkins’ Houston office, has been awarded best technical paper at the Society for Naval Architects and Mechanical Engineers (SNAME) Offshore Symposium.

Jun’s winning paper, “Conceptual Study of a Paired-Column Semi-Submersible Platform for a 1.5 MTPA FLNG,” explores a generic study done to design an economical small floating liquid natural gas (FLNG) structure which can be achieved through modular topsides layout, robust hull configuration and turret-less mooring arrangement without sacrificing safety and operability.

The aim of this study was to explore an alternative option within current industry capability to reduce the overall investment, complexity and risk as much as possible. More specifically the topic addresses traditional field development strategy, FLNG production capability selection criteria and rethinking suitability of ship-shape hull for Western Australia metocean and regulatory requirements.

In the current low commodity market there is the need for a more economical solution with an innovative low-cost hull form and efficient field development strategy, which is possible with Atkins’ patented paired-column semisubmersible (PC Semi) technology.

The SNAME Offshore Symposium is held every February in Houston, Texas and is well-attended by naval architects, marine engineers, university faculty, students, and other oil and gas industry professionals. The Offshore Symposium is now recognised as one of the biggest offshore industry events in Houston. Find out more at


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Paul Childs
PR Manager, Energy
+44 20 7121 2828

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