HOUSTON -- The LNG 17 conference continued on Wednesday with
a number of technical programs and presentations, a delegate
luncheon, and the busy exhibition hall, which played host to
many press events throughout the day.
At the GE Oil
& Gas booth, executives discussed the release of several
new technologies with members of the media over lunch. One
technology, LNG In A Box, is a small-scale, plug-and-play,
redeployable liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling solution. It
is ideal for the production and use of LNG as transportation
fuel for long-haul trucking, in a virtual pipeline
network, or in distributed power-generation applications for
the mining and oil and gas industries.
During the press event, GE's general manager of
turbomachinery unconventional solutions Ujjwal Kumar and Gasfin
general director Davor Grcevich signed a
memorandum of understanding (MOU) for Gasfins purchase of
five LNG In A Box units.
Luxembourg-based Gasfin will install the units to serve
small groups of LNG fueling stations in Europe, with the first unit being
established in 2014 near the border of Italy and Slovenia. The
MOU signing marked Gasfin as GEs first customer for the
LNG In A Box technology.
LNG In A Box offers a standardized, modular fueling solution
covering an LNG production range of 10,000 gallons per day
(gpd) to 50,000 gpd and expands on GEs existing
small-scale LNG portfolio, which includes the Micro LNG plant
announced in 2012.
GEs Mr. Kumar noted that large-scale LNG plants work
well in places like Australia or Saudi Arabia, but that
the attempt is to change the game in the LNG space
with small-scale, modular, rapidly deployable solutions like
LNG In A Box.
Gasfins Mr. Grcevich praised the technology as an attractive solution
for places where LNG demand is too small to justify the construction of a large-scale LNG
terminal, and for gas producers seeking to supply niche
markets. I believe that GE will be a leader in the
[small- and mid-scale LNG solutions] field, Mr. Grcevich
The press conference was followed by a short
question-and-answer session, wherein Mr. Kumar affirmed that GE
intends to shop its LNG In A Box technology to China, another
area where small-scale LNG is ideal for virtual pipeline
applications. China is a target market for
GEs new technology, Mr. Kumar said.
By Adrienne Blume,