After the war in Ukraine started, another 20 LNG projects are now being pushed forward – new records in LNG imports are foreseeable. Two import terminals for liquefied natural gas are planned for Germany, for instance. According to the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection, they could cover up to 20 percent of the annual gas consumption in Germany. The terminals and corresponding production facilities shall to contribute to security of supply – but require high investments, which also flow into crucial components such as fittings and drives.
High requirements for fittings
Herose, for example, has long focused on the emerging LNG sector – and, according to the company's findings, it is gaining in importance. However, liquefied petroleum gas fittings must meet stringent requirements in order for companies to be successful. "Transport vehicles for cryogenic liquefied natural gas are exposed to the greatest loads due to frequent filling, transport and unloading at the destination," explains Herose. In addition, service life and work performance as well as safety and reliability are central to the LNG storage. Powerful fittings would also be required for refuelling with LNG.
Emerson also has an eye on the LNG market. The company provides automation and control solutions for gas production, liquefaction plants, transport, regasification terminals and pipelines and wants to "contribute to more energy efficiency, reduced emissions, a higher production and use of renewable energies and cleaner fuels", emphasizes Emerson Automation Solutions. The company develops automated valves for cryogenic use.
From a technical point of view, production and transport operations generally require precise controls of pressure and temperature, high system reliability, and systems that minimize process variability and losses. “Emerson is helping LNG producers achieve more efficient operations through the application of digitalization, advanced process control strategies, and plant performance solutions,” the company explains.