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StarLNG™ leading standardised small-to mid-scale LNG plants

Meeting future energy challenges. Growing importance of natural gas. In the bid to find cleaner, more environmentally sound sources of energy, the spotlight is increasingly shining on natural gas. Burning methane, the principle component of natural gas, produces around 30% less carbon dioxide (CO2) than crude oil, and almost 45% less CO2 than coal. When combusted, it also releases around 90% less sulfur oxide and 80% less nitrogen oxide than fossil fuels, and it emits no heavy metals or soot particles. It is thus the ideal choice to meet stricter environmental regulations for pollutant emissions, especially in transport and shipping. In addition, natural gas reserves are set to last for the foreseeable future and advanced extraction technologies are unlocking new deposits all the time, especially in shale reserves.
 
Changing LNG landscape
 Already today, natural gas meets approximately 30% of the world’s energy demand and this share is set to rise. Consequently, natural gas is moving beyond a niche market to serve a much broader application spectrum at local level. The trucking and marine transport industries are two good examples. This growing merchant market relies on state-of-the-art liquefaction and transport technologies, especially tankers, to deliver gas economically from remote deposits to the point of use. Reflecting this shift, Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), Natural Gas Liquids (NGL) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) have become much more important in the world’s energy mix over the past two decades.
 
Full-line supplier offering value along the complete LNG value chain
At Linde, we have over 40 years of experience in the natural gas business. Linde Engineering is the only company in the LNG business capable of offering its customers Linde-developed plant modules in conjunction with a broad portfolio of liquefaction technologies, distribution infrastructures and services. In fact, we are the only equipment manufacturer to offer both coil-wound and plate-fin heat exchangers – equipment at the heart of most natural gas processing steps. Complementing this strong engineering portfolio, Linde Gas also has extensive process and operating expertise in the LNG business.
 
This know-how covers the entire LNG value chain – from extraction through purification and liquefaction to distribution and regasification. Building on this synergised expertise and our strong track record in the successful execution of natural gas EPC (engineering, procurement, construction) projects on a lump-sum, turnkey basis, we have developed a flexible and modularised plant concept specifically for the emerging mid-scale LNG market. Mid-scale StarLNG™ plants leverage our standardisation and modularisation experience in air separation to bring a variety of benefits to our customers.

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