December 2007

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HPIn LNG: Plant reliability and availability

For liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities, future plant designs will apply larger train capacities to take advantage of the economy of scale. To fully realize savings in capital and operating costs w..

Mokhatab, S., Consultant

For liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities, future plant designs will apply larger train capacities to take advantage of the economy of scale. To fully realize savings in capital and operating costs with larger train capacities, reliability and availability must be significantly increased. The term availability is widely used within the industry to measure a facility's ability to perform. However, a better performance-based metric is production efficiency, which is conservative and more realistic of the plant's capability to operate at design production rates. Availability is an excellent metric for planning maintenance staffing, compiling equipment spares and warehouse inventories, etc. Y

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