Germany company MAN Energy Solutions has partnered with Australian liquefied natural gas (LNG) pioneer Woodside Energy for a small-to-mid scale LNG production solution.

The solution is known as Factory LNG and involves a 0.05 Mtpa (million tonnes per annum) unit, the same size as a 40-foot ISO shipping container. The unit will use MAN’s HOFIM high-speed, oil-free, integrated motor-compressor technology.

Flexible layout options and a 10 year low-to-no touch maintenance guarantee makes the Factory LNG highly adaptable and the partners believe that the technology could be able to unlock liquefaction capabilities at locations around the globe.

Commenting on the partnership, Wayne Jones, Chief Sales Office, Member of the Executive Board, MAN Energy Solutions, said, “I’m very excited about our new alliance with Australia’s leading natural gas producer Woodside Energy.”

“Liquefied natural gas represents an essential bridging technology towards a carbon-free future. With our new solution, LNG can be broadly applied, opening up significant potential for customers worldwide.”

He added that the technology can be used to add capacity to existing products or even create an LNG hub for marine, land transport or other industry needs.

Jason Crusan, Vice President Technology, Woodside, said that the company sees an important role for natural gas in a lower-carbon future and that it is committed to diversifying markets for LNG, including as a lower-emissions fuel for activities such as trucking and shipping.

With the industry buzzing about the renewable energy transition, the Factory LNG system also brings potential for green fuel production by utilising synthetic methane units.