Man, Woodside sign LNG tech pact
Germany’s Man Energy Solutions and Australia’s Woodside have signed an agreement to develop a solution for small-to-mid scale LNG production, the companies said on August 26.
The solution is known as Factory LNG and involves a 0.05mn metric tons/year unit, the size of a 40-foot ISO shipping container, that can be transported via standard heavy-lift shipping and trucking logistics. It includes Man’s high-speed, oil-free, integrated motor compressor technology.
“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,” Wayne Jones, chief sales officer of Man Energy Solutions, said. “It can be used to add capacity to existing production, or to create an LNG hub for marine, land transport or other industry needs, unhindered by traditional location constraints.”
The companies believe the newly developed infrastructure has the potential to unlock liquefaction capabilities at multiple locations around the globe. The system is designed and manufactured to be scalable so customers can increase the number of Factory LNG units used as the market grows, delivering LNG at pace with demand, they added.
“Woodside sees an important role for natural gas in a lower-carbon future. We are committed to diversifying markets for LNG, including as a lower-emissions fuel for activities such as trucking and shipping,” Woodside vice president technology Jason Crusan said. “The Factory LNG system also brings the potential for green fuel production by coupling it with synthetic methane units or biogas production.”