CNG ships economical, flexible

A fleet of CNG ships could act as both transportation and storage facilities and could discharge directly into a land-based grid without expensive liquefaction or regasification facilities, said P. Lothe of Knutsen OAS Shipping AS, Haugesund, Norway, in a presentation May 2-5, 2005, at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston. Lothe said new ship designs allow more gas now to be transported at ambient temperatures.A new type of ship has been introduced which contains a large number of vertical pipes and designed according to enhanced pipeline design principles for transporting compressed natural gas. The weight of the containment system is 50% of the weight required by conventional p...

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