January 2008

Special Report: Gas Processing Developments

Improve gas interchangeability for LNG terminals

Quality issues on imported natural gas will require more processing at receiving sites

Shah, K., Aker Solutions US, INC.

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is increasingly important in meeting the US growing energy demand. The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimated domestic natural gas (NG) consumption at approximately 22 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) for 2004.1 The EIA also forecasts that NG consumption will increase to 26 Tcf by 2010 and further increase to approximately 31 Tcf by 2025. Imported LNG supplements domestic NG demand; LNG imports will increase from 0.65 Tcf in 2004 to approximately 6.4 Tcf by 2025. The LNG supplies originating from different NG fields around the world are unique and different from US supplies. One common difference is higher hydrocarbon content. Also, the NG derived from LN

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