January 2006

Special Report: Gas Processing Developments

Optimize energy consumption for LNG vaporization

New methods maximize heat transfer to regasify natural gas with minimum environmental impacts

Himmelberger, L., Cryoquip Corporation; Price, B. C., Rosetta, M. J., Black & Veatch

Demand for natural gas is driving efforts to import liquefied natural gas (LNG). A key cost factor for the terminal operations is regasifying LNG. Traditional vaporization methods use submerged combustion and open-rack vaporization techniques. Both methods are proven but also carry high operating costs and environmental-emissions burdens. New regasification methods incorporate waste-heat recovery with ambient air vaporization. These methods can be applied to onshore and offshore facilities. Strong demand for natural gas. Natural gas demand is forecast to be the fastest growing energy source over the next 25 years. Global natural gas consumption is projected to increase 70% by the year 2025

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