A select group of influential speakers will offer insights on the future of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a transport fuel for ships at the upcoming Gastech, the world’s leading LNG and natural gas conference and exhibition.
Gastech 2014 will host a day-long seminar on LNG Fuel Technology as part of its Centres of Technical Excellence (CoTEs) programme, a series of free exhibition seminars taking place at the KINTEX exhibition and conference center in Seoul, South Korea, from the 25th to 27th March, 2014.
The Gastech CoTEs technical seminar programme is dedicated to delivering knowledge, education and awareness of technological innovations in the gas industry.
The focus on LNG fuel technology will be of special interest to Korea since its leading ports, such as Busan, could become regional bunkering centres for supplying LNG as a marine fuel. Korea’s shipbuilding industry must also consider the adoption of LNG as a fuel in retrofitting existing vessels and constructing new ones.
Industry experts believe the use of LNG as a transport fuel is becoming more feasible because of tougher environmental regulations and the gradual delinking of LNG prices from oil prices.
“The use of LNG as a shipping fuel is starting to occupy a significant portion of marine market minds,” said Luis Benito, global strategic marketing manager of Lloyd’s Register, which will present the stream. Benito will join high-level speakers from some of the world’s most-respected global gas industry companies and organizations who will participate in the CoTEs. The LNG fuel technology will feature speakers from KOGAS, Lloyd’s Register, Finland’s Wärtsilä shipbuilding group, Shell Eastern Petroleum and France’s GTT engineering group, who are confirmed to share the latest developments in the sector.
Topics to be covered during the stream include developments in LNG bunker port operations and safety procedures, incorporating LNG fuel tanks into ship design, as well as regional highlights on projects in North America and Canada.
“We look forward to addressing this very specific fast-growing market and to meet major representatives of our customer industries during this event,” said Rolf Stiefel, sales director at Wartsila.
LNG fuel technology will be one of the nine CoTEs streams at this year’s event, which also include LNG & gas carrier ship technology, offshore & subsea technology, liquefaction, power generation, natural gas vehicles, health, safety, security & environment, pipeline infrastructure and NGL & GTL technology.
The LNG Fuel Technology CoTEs stream takes place at the Gastech Exhibition on Tuesday 25th of March at KINTEX1.