Dresser-Rand’s First Small-Scale LNG Unit Produces LNG

January 2014, Vol. 241 No. 1

The first small-scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility from Dresser-Rand has successfully produced LNG. The demonstration plant, known as LNGo™, was the final step prior to full market release.

Standard LNG plants produce about 6,000 gallons of LNG per day. Dresser-Rand said there is substantial scope potential in this offering, including the new MOSTM reciprocating compressor, Guascor® engines, Enginuity® control systems and project management to integrate all of these and the process components into compact, portable packages.

The development process began less than a year ago. The company has been talking to potential clients for several months and said it has more than 90 qualified leads, “broadly classified as plants that would either be for sale or for lease.”

In the “for sale” category, Dresser-Rand would provide the liquefaction process and, depending upon the plant configuration, potentially include the associated ancillary gas processing equipment, a power module, and full turn-key installation and commissioning.

In the “rental” or “lease” category, the company is evaluating market strategies, including potential market channel partners, and expects it will soon determine which approach is expected to create the greatest shareholder value.

For all users, Dresser-Rand can provide full turn-key installation and commissioning services, as well as routine operations, monitoring and maintenance contracts to ensure ongoing reliable and available operations. Upstream applications include the monetization of flared gas and a lessening of environmental impact. Downstream applications include the production of vehicle-grade LNG.

Due to short cycle time, Dresser-Rand expects LNGo plants to be installed and operating in months rather than years, allowing owners to see quick returns on investments. Dresser-Rand expects orders placed in the next few month to be converted to shipments in 2014.

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