Reducing scale, increasing flexibility are targets of new LNG designs

Recent years have seen advancement of several transportation schemes aimed at making natural gas production from smaller and remote or scattered offshore fields more economic.For the most part, these efforts have focused on liquefaction in an attempt to reduce the scale and increase the flexibility of liquefying natural gas.The traditional LNG scheme, the "LNG chain"-liquefaction, transportation, and regasification-has been so capital intensive that linking major reserves (in Indonesia or Qatar, for examples) with large markets (Japan or Europe, for examples) under 20+ year contracts has been the only way to make the economics work (OGJ, June 2, 1997, p. 54).The distances involved general...

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