Once the NGLs are removed from the natural gas stream, the predominant component is Methane. Cooling this stream to approximately -260 o F results in the condensation of the gas into liquid state, known as Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). In this state, the natural gas now takes up about one six hundredth of the volume in the gaseous state. This results in very cost effective transport, and even opens up economically those applications for stranded natural gas deposits where the pipeline construction is too costly to allow development of those deposits.
Also, when LNG is vaporized back to a gaseous state, it will only combust in concentrations of 5-15 % mixed with air. It also will not explode in an unconfined environment, therefore, there is very little opportunity for a detonation.
Processing for LNG includes liquefaction, which involves removal of acid gases, helium, water, and heavy hydrocarbons if necessary, prior to refrigeration and cooling to condense the gas to a liquid state. Other processes include the LNG storage and loading of LNG, regasification, and peak shaving facilities.
MEI Maverick Engineering has the experience and capabilities can meet your needs for your LNG projects, including:
- Front-end design packages
- Detailed Engineering & Design
- Procurement, including purchasing, expediting, and inspection services
- Project Controls (Cost Control and Scheduling)
- Total Installed Cost Estimates (per AACE guidelines)
- Construction services & management
- Project Management
- Commissioning & Startup services
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