Looking for a specific product?

Make a search for products & suppliers, articles & news.

Simpler gas distribution using buoyant transfer system

A new, fully mobile solution for offloading natural gas from ships to land may lead to increased distribution to new markets around the world.

International demand for natural gas is high, and there are plentiful deposits to be found in many places. Gas is also more environment-friendly than other fossil fuels. The challenge lies in making it less difficult to transport to consumers – and Norwegian researchers are looking to do just that.

 

Buoyancy transfer technology to increase distribution and consumption

When natural gas is cooled, it becomes liquid and its volume condenses by a factor of 600. This liquefied natural gas (LNG) can be readily transported by ship or stored in onshore bunkers.

“Currently, a port requires specially constructed facilities for offloading LNG from carriers,” explains Morten A. Christophersen, Managing Director of Connect LNG. “We are developing an alternative solution for transferring the gas from ships to onshore bunkers that makes it possible to utilise simpler LNG terminals. This would help to increase distribution and use of natural gas, in more sparsely populated corners of the world as well.”

The Research Council of Norway

“The core of our system is a buoy loading system that is used to connect a flexible transfer line between ship and land,” says Mr Christophersen. “The LNG is transferred through this line.”

The company calls its solution the Universal Buoyancy System. It will help to cut costs and construction time, with the added advantage that it can be moved to wherever in the world there is demand for natural gas. In combination with conventional pressurised tanks, the buoyancy system is virtually 100 per cent mobile and is easy to set up. Different types of ships will be able to use the system with no need for redesign.

Read more about this on our website

Associated companies:


Related news

Latest news

Over 45,000 businesses risk EU energy fines for non-compliance

The previous compliance date of 5th December 2015,

“An Incredibly reliable net cleaning system”

Our predator nets are prone to fouling with scallops and mussels,

“An Incredibly reliable net cleaning system”

Good knowledge enables the customer to get the most out of the product. 

DNV GL initiates energy storage standard for Australia

DNV GL will lead the project and prepare a draft proposal for the standard,

Kvale acts for foreign ship owners in a direct action case

The case is against a Norwegian P&I underwriter and the alleged tortfeasor following a collision in the Singapore strait. Recently, the Supreme Court rendered a verdict on the issue of whether Norwegian courts hav...

Kvale recognized by IAM Patent 1000 2018

Kvale's IP-team receives great review from IAM Patent 1000 "The world's leading patent professionals 2018". 

Positive winds at the SeaWork International trade fair

- This is the place to be,

DNV GL and Brodosplit sign class contract for Quark polar expedition vessel

Quark has a long history of civilian polar exploration.

Elkem sustainability magazine 2017 and GRI report for 2017 is ready

Corporate social responsibility is one of the building...