Honeywell's UOP has formed an alliance with Black & Veatch,
a leading global engineering company, to help natural gas
producers and fuel providers meet growing demand for liquefied
natural gas (LNG) as a transportation fuel and for off-road,
Through the alliance, the two companies will offer integrated,
small-scale LNG plants capable of processing between 50,000 and
500,000 gal/day of LNG per single processing train, with the
capability to extend capacity.
LNG can be sold as transportation fuel or used instead of
traditional diesel in high-fuel consumption, high-horsepower
applications such as railroad, marine, mining, or oil and gas
exploration and production.
LNG use is growing in the North American transportation
and high-horse power sectors because of its low cost and environmental benefits, coupled with
the rapid introduction of affordable natural gas engine and
infrastructure technology, said Rebecca
Liebert, senior vice president and general manager for UOP's
gas processing and hydrogen business.
Starting this year, this alliance will help deliver fast,
economical, efficient and reliable LNG plants to help meet
growing demands in North America," she added.
US natural gas production is expected to increase more than 40%
over the next 30 years, and use of natural gas as a road
transportation fuel is expected to nearly double from current
levels by 2018, according to the International Energy Agency.
At the same time, users of off-road, high-horsepower equipment
are increasingly turning to LNG to replace diesel, both to cut
fuel costs and reduce emissions.
UOP Russell is the industrys leading modularized
gas processing equipment, said John George, vice
president and oil & gas manager of Black & Veatch.
UOP and Black & Veatchs combined strengths will
increase LNG plant speed to market to meet clients
The agreement between UOP and Black & Veatch provides a
one-stop solution for proven design, procurement, construction and fabrication
solutions for small-scale LNG plants in North America. The
alliance combines UOPs process technology expertise and its UOP
Russell modularized equipment offerings; Honeywells
world-leading controls and automation solutions; and Black
& Veatchs engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services, and its
proven PRICO natural gas liquefaction technology.
The complete small-scale LNG plant offering will be available
The UOP Russell product line includes modularized packaged
plants that enable shale and conventional natural gas producers
to remove contaminants from natural gas and recover natural gas
liquids (NGLs) used for petrochemicals and fuels. UOP
Russell modular equipment is factory-built to maintain tight
quality control standards and significantly reduce construction time and costs.
Meanwhile, the PRICO technology from Black &
Veatch is an innovative process to liquefy natural gas, making
it available for transport via truck, rail or marine vessel.
The process uses a patented, single-mixed refrigerant loop for
natural gas liquefaction.
PRICO offers a simplified refrigeration system that
requires minimal equipment, enables simplified control and maintenance, and offers flexibility
in feed gas composition, allowing low capital and operating