The Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials (KIMM) has established a research facility for the localisation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and cryogenic equipment at the Gimhae LNG – Cryogenic Technology Center in Korea.

Marking the first development of a performance evaluation system in Korea, the new facility will evaluate the performance of cryogenic equipment components, including pumps, valves, heat exchangers, compressors, and refrigerators. 

Equipment to be tested at the facility serves in various sectors such as shipbuilding and offshore, onshore plants, energy and power transport, and military and space. 

The Gimhae LNG - Cryogenic Technology Center

The Gimhae LNG - Cryogenic Technology Center

To ensure safety when handling cryogenic and flammable fluids below -153C, the research team conducts the testing according to safety regulations such as the Korea Gas Safety (KGS) Codes of the High-Pressure Gas Safety Control Act and Process Safety Management (PSM) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. 

Holding more than 40 performance tests between 2018 and 2020 for domestic companies at the centre, the new facility intends to expand this through contribution to localising technology and securing industrial competitiveness for Korea small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). 

Calling it a ‘cornerstone’ for the development of cryogenic technology in Korea, Keun-Tae Lee, Principal Researcher, added that the team aims to cooperate with related industry-academia-research institutes in an effort to contribute to the independence of domestic cryogenic technology.