January 2004

Special Report: Gas Processing Developments

Consider dual independent expander refrigeration for LNG production

New methodology may enable reducing cost to produce stranded gas

Foglietta, J. H,, ABB Lummus Global-Randall Gas Technologies

Forecasts are predicting that the liquefied natural gas (LNG) business will grow 8%/yr over the next decade. With such high demand, a new spot trading market is emerging. However, the present LNG business is not structured for opportunism. LNG projects undergo serious financial and technical studies. Nonetheless, the world economy is in the process of globalization expansion and greater, more interlinked behavior; new LNG projects cannot wait 10 years to reach definition. Innovative technologies bring the opportunity to materialize projects faster and cost-effectively. New technologies, especially those that add operational flexibility, cost reduction, expeditious constructio

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