With the approval of a wide range of valves for use in gas-fuelled ships by the certification body Det Norske Veritas (DNV), Herose has taken a decisive step in the ‘new and promising’ LNG business.
According to the latest issue of Herose’s internal publication Valves Community, by 2016 it will not only be Europe’s inland waterway ship owners that will be forced to convert their engines to more stringent exhaust gas regulations, so too will ship owners in the Baltic.
It’s thought that this will dramatically increase the price of conventional fuels and LNG will then become an even more viable and ‘attractive’ alternative.
With LNG becoming more economically viable, so too comes an increase in demand for LNG, which in turn fuels the construction and development of further LNG terminals and ultimately, a demand for valves.
Herose Manager Dirk Zschalich commented, “We are confident that the other certification bodies will follow suit and then we will really be able to get going.”
“We are very well positioned to serve this rapidly growing market.”
The first Baltic terminal in Nynashamn, Sweden, 60km south of Stockholm, was designed and constructed by the Linde subsidiary Cryo AB, a leading company in the LNG field. Cryo AB is one of Herose’s biggest customers in Scandinavia and ‘many’ of the German company’s valves were used in the construction of the LNG terminal.
Volker Maass, Hersoe Sales Manager, told Valves Community, “Primarily these were type 01841 and 01843 FireSafe valves, both with and without actuators, whose areas of application include the landing area, the pipe network and the regasification plant.”
Another Linde subsidiary, AGA, operates the terminal and is thought to have plans to construct a second storage facility, making the Nynashamn facility more of a small-scale LNG terminal.
Herose has upgraded many of its cryogenic valves for marine use, including globe valves, check valves, changeover valves and gate valves.