Chart Industries’ subsidiary Chart Energy & Chemicals, Inc. (Chart E&C) has been awarded a contract by LNG Holdings (Florida) LLC to provide one of its standard C100N LNG liquefaction plants.

The plant will produce – nominally – 100,000 gallons per day of LNG using Chart E&C’s liquefaction technology.

“Both Chart and LNG Holdings (Florida) have a shared commitment to providing customers with a cost efficient, safe alternative to diesel and other distillate fuels,” commented Mike Durkin, President of Chart E&C.

“We look forward to delivering this plant and continuing our relationship with LNG Holdings (Florida) to support their LNG growth initiatives.”

Vertically integrated

Key equipment packages manufactured for this project by Chart include brazed aluminium heat exchangers, air-cooled heat exchangers, cold box, storage tanks, and rail and truck load-out facilities.

This equipment is designed in-house, and manufactured and fabricated in Chart’s facilities – a vertically integrated approach that allows Chart to deliver fast-track schedules to facilitate earlier commencement of LNG production.

This point of vertical integration perhaps explains Chart Industries’ recent acquisition of the brazed aluminium heat exchanger (BAHX) operations of Wuxi City Zhongbo Heat Exchanger Co., Ltd in China.

Acquisition complete

Chart recently completed the previously announced acquisition, with the operations to be managed by Chart E&C.

Production has started within a new, purpose built BAHX manufacturing and cold box fabrication facility in Wuxi, China, with Chart E&C’s existing cold box fabrication facility in Changzhou in the process of being relocated to the new facility in Wuxi. This will open up more capacity for Chart’s Distribution & Storage business in Changzhou, and cold box fabrication is expected to start in the new facility in the second half of 2014.

“This acquisition, along with the recent expansion of our US BAHX manufacturing operation in La Crosse, Wisconsin, forms an integral part of Chart E&C’s overall growth strategy,” Durkin said of the deal’s completion.

“I am delighted to have completed both BAHX expansion projects on schedule and look forward to supporting our global customer base with market-leading delivery schedules for both low pressure and high pressure heat exchangers.”