50 Babcock LGE liquefiers for LNG ships already in place
14 Jun 2021 - ConferenzaGNL
In less than three years Babcock LGE, a company specializing in LNG solutions, has sold 50 boil-off gas (BOG) re-liquefaction plants for as many ships. The plants, based on the proprietary “ecoSMRT” technology for the recovery of Boil-Off (BOG) gases, are now used in LNG carriers.
The elimination of methane emissions, a climate-altering gas, caused by the heating of LNG, also kept at minus 160 degrees for long travel times, is to the attention of all shipping companies as the main obstacle to the spread of small-scale fuel LNG.
The use of reliquefaction technologies such as those of Babcock LGE, widely available and scalable, are quickly solving the problem by supporting the transition of the shipping industry towards a zero net emissions future. The ecoSMRT system is able to reduce the CO2 equivalent emissions of a LNG carrier by up to 19,000 tons per year.
The 50 orders came with Shell’s recent decision to acquire four more plants, after the sixteen already in use, and one from the Russian Sovcomflot for leased vessels. All of these boats are under construction at Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) shipyards and delivery is expected by 2022.
Neale Campbell, managing director of Babcock LGE, said: “We are delighted to have secured these latest contracts with Hyundai Heavy Industries and to re-supply our innovative technology to Shell and Sovcomflot, both of which have multiple ecoSMRT® units in operation or on order. “