The Linde Group has released new modularisation and digitalisation concepts for liquefied natural gas (LNG) operations.

The industrial gas giant has created a ‘Modularisation Competence Centre’ which focuses on developing natural gas reserves in regions that are difficult to access or are located in challenging climates.

The modularisation concept has been designed for mid-scale LNG plants with a liquefaction capacity of between one and two million tonnes per year and enables the entire process plant to be installed on barges and transported to respective end destinations.

Dr. Marc Schier, Vice-President Business Development & Sales Natural Gas Plants at Linde, highlighted, “Modularisation in plant engineering is one of the buzz topics. Modularisation enables us to reduce production costs, assembly timelines and risks, while raising production quality.”

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Source: The Linde Group

Linde built mid-scale LNG plant in Stavanger, Norway.

Linde has also created a ‘Digital Base Case’ in Pullach, Germany, in response to digitisation trends, which can be used to familiarise employees with a plant before it has been completed, thus streamlining the actual start-up process further down the line.

The site offers a virtual reality tour through a process module in one of the world’s largest gas processing plants, with the realistic immersive experience providing valuable virtual training opportunities for plant operators.

The Tier One player builds natural gas liquefaction plants across the full-size spectrum, extending from small and mid-scale plants to world-scale facilities and entire LNG import terminals.

The Engineering Division of Linde will be highlighting these new concepts, as well as its range of digitalisation innovations across the entire LNG industry, at Gastech 2017 in Tokyo, Japan.