LNG on the Move

December 18, 2015 | Kieways 2015 Q4

Spotlight on Gastech

Kiewit recently made an action-packed debut at the Gastech Conference & Exhibition in Singapore – the world’s largest gas industry event.

With roughly 20,000 attendees from across the globe, the event encompassed the latest trends, technologies and critical expertise on the ever-evolving gas industry.

Gastech provided Kiewit with a valuable opportunity to connect in-person with existing and prospective clients and partners as well as build awareness of the company’s capabilities.

“While the majority of our energy-related design and construction work is in North America and Australia, many of our clients operate on an international scale and are heavily dependent on global market forces,” said Dan Lumma, senior vice president for Kiewit Energy Group. “It is imperative that we think beyond geographic boundaries in order to bring our clients the most effective, innovative solutions.”

In addition to meetings and networking, the Kiewit exhibit provided an ideal venue to announce a newly inked agreement with Air Products, which will help meet the increased demand for smaller-scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities. Through a streamlined approach, the collaboration offers clients a one-stop-shop for project management, engineering, liquefaction equipment design and supply, construction, and commissioning for facilities with production capacities of up to 500,000 gallons per day.

“Working jointly, Kiewit and Air Products can offer customers the best combination of performance, cost and delivery,” said Lumma. “We are strategically equipped with a rapid response to the design, construction and commissioning of projects — which is imperative in quickly moving gas resources to market.”

The increased demand for smaller scale LNG production is primarily driven by new applications, most notably in the transportation sector. When compared to diesel, LNG is becoming more cost-competitive and is a cleaner burning fuel.

For large heavy duty trucking fleets, LNG is a viable option for shipping companies and the gas industry itself. Large fleet operators can tap into LNG through strategically located, centralized re-fueling stations. Energy providers can expand distribution beyond the existing network of pipelines.

A more accessible supply chain is also opening doors to new marine shipping applications. Through new technological developments, marine vessels can be retrofitted to use LNG as bunker fuel. In addition to economic advantages, the use of LNG can help fleets comply with new regulations on emissions.

“LNG has traditionally been used for power generation and industrial applications, which requires large-scale production and robust pipeline distribution. We do not expect that to change,” said Lumma. “However, the innovation and ingenuity behind these new, smaller applications could have a substantial, cumulative impact on the industry. We are fully aligned with this evolution and well equipped to serve the gas industry for many years to come.”


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