Rising UK natural gas imports call for more processing units

Steve R. JacksonAdrian J. FinnTerry R. TomlinsonCostain Oil, Gas & Process Ltd., Manchester, UKThe UK’s dependence on imported natural gas and LNG will increase dramatically in the near future. The UK may need to import up to 40% of its natural gas by 2010 and up to 90% by 2020.The UK’s self-sufficiency in natural gas has rapidly declined; for the first time the UK has become a net importer (see accompanying box, p. 59). Winter gas prices are now 10 times higher than 4 years ago, which is affecting such big industrial consumers as ammonia producers and power generators.Many potential LNG imports will require further processing to reduce the Wobbe Index (WI) and meet UK Nat...

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