CNG gains interest as alternative for offshore developments

Compressed natural gas (CNG), transported at ambient temperatures, is being looked at as a viable alternative for offshore stranded and associated gas. Although CNG is not a new concept, high costs of natural gas and cryogenics may give CNG an attractive niche market.Several papers presented at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, May 2-5, 2005, give reasons that CNG may be an economical alternative to LNG.One paper, “CNG Marine Transport-A Gas Transportation Company Perspective” by G. Cano and G. Stephen of TransCanada PipeLines Ltd., Calgary, describes the challenges and advantages of CNG marine transport from a gas transportation-system operator point of view. Tha...

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