CIMC En­ric pi­o­neer­ing in­ter­na­tional gas trans­port

China Daily European Weekly - - Business - By ZHONG NAN zhong­nan@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China’s hunger for nat­u­ral gas has pushed CIMC En­ric Hold­ing Ltd, one of the coun­try’s big­gest liq­ue­fied nat­u­ral gas equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers by sales rev­enue, to up­grade its prod­ucts.

Its newly-de­signed, high-per­for­mance, large-ca­pac­ity LNG tankers are ex­pected to re­de­fine oceanic trans­port of nat­u­ral gas.

“Once this mode of trans­porta­tion is launched and widely ac­cepted, a lot of wasted off­shore nat­u­ral gas will be saved,” said Yang Baoy­ing, deputy gen­eral man­ager at CIMC En­ric.

The new 40-foot (12.2 me­ter) con­tain­ers passed se­cu­rity tests in the United States re­cently. Each of them can en­able LNG im­ports in small batches, and suc­cess­fully im­ple­ment the LNG one-tank, mul­ti­modal trans­port on road, rail and wa­ter. They could also raise stan­dards for LNG lo­gis­tics in the global mar­ket.

CIMC En­ric also com­pleted a sea trial for a 14,000-cu­bic-me­ter LNG car­rier in Novem­ber 2016. This is one of 20 LNG feeder ves­sels avail­able in the world.

The added value and tech­ni­cal con­tent of LNG car­ri­ers are more ad­vanced than those of oil tankers, and they will be equipped with tanks that can re­sist ex­tremely low tem­per­a­tures.

The com­pany pro­duced the world’s first CNG trans­port ship ca­pa­ble of mov­ing 700,000 cu­bic me­ters of CNG for its client in Tan­tong, Jiangsu prov­ince, in 2016.

Even though de­mand for LNG is de­pressed and un­der pres­sure, thrust on low car­bon energy use will see LNG play­ing a key role in the op­ti­miza­tion of the do­mes­tic energy struc­ture, said Sun Hongli, an­other deputy gen­eral man­ager of CIMC En­ric, a sub­sidiary of China In­ter­na­tional Marine Con­tain­ers (Group) Ltd.

Bao Zhangjing, di­rec­tor of the China Ship­build­ing In­dus­try Re­search Cen­ter, said: “At present, most of the associated gas gained from off­shore drilling projects is com­monly burned as waste gas, in­clud­ing in China and other coun­tries.”

The com­pany’s prod­uct range in­cludes stor­age tanks, LNG car­ri­ers, im­port ter­mi­nals and ex­port ter­mi­nals. CIMC En­ric spe­cial­izes in the man­u­fac­ture of equip­ment for energy, chem­i­cal and liq­uid food in­dus­tries.

Its equip­ment and engi­neer­ing busi­ness cov­ers both on­shore com­pressed nat­u­ral gas and its in­dus­trial chain, as well as the off­shore LNG in­dus­trial chain.

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