Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) is a liquid form of natural gas processed to reduce the volume to make it easy to transport to the desired destination. The liquefied gas is reduced in volume up to 600 times its normal weight and size so it can be transported through the sea around the world. Increase demand for LNG products heighten the need for more efficient means of transporting the commodity to different market, hence the need for improved technology championed by KP-LOK valve moving LNG products through the fluid flow system. The use of valves to ease transporting LNG raises the challenges of design, manufacturing and material selection. LNG is a clean fuel used by industries; its critical economic value makes the demand for efficient transportation a critical factor that valves is positioned to provide as the vital component in piping and fitting fluid flow product delivery network.
Natural Gas liquefaction is the answer
Every human development creates a need for energy demand, and natural gas is providing the efficiency needed to drive such need. Modern society needs energy in the right magnitude, and the best ways to deliver clean, eco-friendly energy source supply is by liquefying natural gas and convert it into transportable form and deliver to the points of needs. Thus, natural gas condensation makes it possible to containerize natural gas and deliver at re-gasification terminals.
Challenges facing LNG transportation
Need for tailored transportation. LNG liquefaction needs working temperature of -160°C and -180°C. at this temperature, it needs efficient transportation system tailored to its needs where it is easier to store, monitor, and regulate. Zero tolerance for leakage. At the operating temperature, LNG is safe to transport, but at the same time, the commodity has rapid expansion rate in the event of turning back to vapor. In vapor state, there should be no leakage of any sort; it will mean disaster. Control of leakages. When LNG leaks from its container, the rapid vaporization will cause heavy damage if it is exposed to naked fire. How to control LNG leakage when it happens is the third challenge.
Fluid flow control system solves the challenges
The best solution to transportation and distribution of LNG liquefied product is fluid flow control system. This solution addresses the three challenges facing the LNG industry. Using the right types of valves such as needle valves, gate valves, ball valves and related fitting and piping infrastructure components, the global demand will be met without, while solving all associated challenges. Fluid flow control system provides two key benefits:
Meets hygienic needs required in LNG industry
Meet safety, secure transportation needs of LNG industry
Valve manufacturing industry and LNG industry will enjoy lasting interdependence relationship as both industries serve complimentary. Valves are critical in developing relevant technological interventions to safely deliver LNG product to where it is needed securely meeting both technical and commercial requirements. At the moment, valves support for the LNG industry is at advanced stages where it can deliver LNG product intact to the receiving terminals without problems. Using valves like butterfly, gate, ball, globe, and check valves, LNG products can safely reach its destination without losing sleep.