An LNG cargo’s journey is just beginning when it reaches port

BARCELONA — Considering the expected growth in US LNG exports over the next several years, it is natural to focus on the developers, construction contractors, regulators and contract pricing mechanisms that enable the resources to flow. But, what happens at the next step in the LNG value chain when cargoes get where they are going? At Enagas’ regasification terminal at the Port of Barcelona, which received a shipment from Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass export terminal in Louisiana in August aboard the GasLog Salem tanker, the LNG is distributed to customers in Spain and throughout Europe via a variety of means. The most common is for the LNG to be converted back into pipeline-ready gas and then delivered to the local grid that serves Barcelona and grids that serve the rest of Spain. During a tour Thursday following the conclusion of the weeklong Gastech conference, the terminal operation manager, Ramses Ninou, explained how the LNG, at a temperature of -160 degrees Celsius, is fed through compressors and filtered into big vats of seawater that are warmed to 40-50 C. Thirteen kilos of seawater is needed for each kilo of LNG. The process returns the liquid gas to its dry gas state,… continue reading

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