July 2006

Special Report: LNG and GTL Developments

Improve overpressure protection system for LNG

Relief events require better planning to ensure safe plant operation

Wong, W. Y., Consultant

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is quickly becoming a critical component of the energy sector. The final product is handled at low temperatures. LNG is neither corrosive nor toxic. The processing method to manage LNG is simpler than a complex refinery. Yet, there are differences between refining and LNG processes that should be considered when designing overpressure and relief systems. We will discuss some unique characteristics when analyzing an overpressure protection system for an LNG facility. Background. LNG is rapidly emerging as a vital component of the energy market in North America. LNG demand is at a global high. Accordingly, plans are underway to construct new facilities as well as

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