A recent study conducted by Conversion Gas Imports (CGI), L.L.C. and
Ebara International tested the largest LNG production pump ever made.
The first of three critical component tests, this trial was performed
at discharge pressures exceeding 2,000 pounds per square inch (psi).
The successful assessment laid the foundation for a pump design that would
operate at large volumes and at pressures that exceed 2,400 psi.
The National Technology Energy Lab recently awarded a project to CGI
to field test the critical components of a novel LNG process known as
the “Bishop Process.” High-pressure, high volume LNG
pumps are a critical component of the Bishop Process salt cavern-based
LNG receiving terminals. These pumps allow ships to be unloaded
quickly and directly into salt storage caverns.
The Bishop Process has the potential to significantly increase world
LNG trade and provide a highly secure, economical, and flexible way to
expand LNG imports and augment the Nation’s energy supply.
Even if operated at full capacity, existing LNG facilities could not satisfy
the projected needs, and many new facilities would have to be built.
The salt cavern-based design has the potential to not only revolutionize
the LNG industry, but provide the projected LNG imports faster, cheaper
and more securely than conventional LNG facilities.
For more information,
see July 22, 2003, DOE TechLine “Storing
Liquefied Natural Gas in Underground Salt Caverns Could Boost Global LNG