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Variation in LNG quality doesn’t only come from the origin of production, but also from the storage, vaporization and blending processes on board a vessel or truck. Handling variations in storage time, fuel consumption and boil-off gas poses a challenge to maintain a constant fuel quality going to the engines. Crucial in this process are the vaporizer and blending equipment. In practice issues can even lead to engine failure or damage.
Assessing and testing LNG storage, vaporizing and blending equipment and in particularly their sensitivity to different operating modes will provide the necessary insight into the performance of storage, vaporizing and blending equipment and the ability to provide a constant fuel quality.
BenefitsThe joint industry project (JIP) will provide insight in the variations of fuel quality due to storage, vaporizing and blending equipment. It will provide valuable insight in the operation of LNG fuel systems and guidelines for the design. The JIP will assist in optimizing LNG fuel systems and eventually engine performance while also reducing the likelihood of engine failure. A more constant quality delivered to the engine will reduce cost associated with a reduced engine performance, higher fuel consumption, and failure.