Wärtsilä pushes satellite LNG terminals concept

Singapore: Engine maker Wärtsilä is pushing the idea of developing Asia’s small-mid scale LNG value chain with an intergrated LNG terminal-power plant concept.

The Finnish firm said in a release that demand for LNG terminals is particularly relevant in places where the gas infrastructure is under-developed but the demand for gas-fired power generation and natural gas for other industrial uses is big.

“Wärtsilä, with its recent acquisition of LNG expert Hamworthy, has expanded its contribution to the entire value chain on LNG industry. In addition to be gas power plant solution providers, we are deeply involved in gas liquefaction, LNG transportation and re-gasification activities having state of the art process solutions and EPC capabilities for most of the LNG related activities,” said Sushil Purohit, regional director Southeast Asia & Australia, Wärtsilä Power Plants.

“To develop the small-mid scale LNG value chain in Asia, we are building up an interesting concept of satellite LNG terminals. In this concept, there will be one larger central LNG terminal servicing an adjacent larger power plant, with an output over 200 MWe.  In addition, this central terminal is acting as a distribution hub for several smaller terminals within the region, which could be located on islands or remote areas where the gas infrastructure does not yet exist. These satellite terminals can feed NG for local industries or be single purpose fuel systems for smaller power plants in the 10 to100 MW range. Local distribution would be done by a purpose sized LNG carrier which is shuttling between the main hub and satellite terminals.”

Purohit will be speaking at the upcoming APAC LNG Forum in Singapore. [02/05/14]

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