A 1.6% annual increase in the consumption of natural gas is forecast over the next five years, according to the International Energy Agency. It will be chiefly driven by the demand of the industrial sector, for customers both connected to the gas network and not. So why should industrial operators turn to using liquefied natural gas, and for what uses?
Natural gas is becoming more widely used in industry because it’s an economical, eco-friendly and flexible source of energy. Did you know that if your sites are not hooked up to gas networks, you can still be supplied with natural gas and/or biomethane in liquid form, i.e. Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and BioLNG? It can be used as either an industrial fuel or a motor fuel.
Natural gas loses a large part of its volume in liquid form and so can be transported by tanker trucks and then transferred into low-temperature storage tanks. It is then regasified onsite as required. Guaranteed availability is particularly important for industries such as metallurgy, glass and chemicals, which require constant and uninterrupted supply.
Distributed in this way, “delivered” LNG (also called “retail” LNG) has identical properties and qualities to the natural gas supplied by the network. By using it, industrial operators are complying with environmental regulations and ensuring the continuity of their production.
What benefits does it offer?
It has a higher calorific value than heavy fuel oil and LPG, so you will consume less fuel for equivalent performance.
Its combustion does not generate soot or dust, and guarantees that your greenhouse gas emissions will be 14% lower than for butane or propane, 30% lower than for heavy fuel oil and 45% lower than for coal. It reduces the clogging of your equipment and so reduces your maintenance costs.
It cuts sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions by 90% and those of nitrogen oxide (NOx) by 40% compared to heavy fuel oil.
LNG is less subject to market fluctuations than other fossil fuels.
Using LNG as a motor fuel results in considerably reduced emissions of polluting gases and greenhouse gases in sea and road transport by comparison with diesel fuel and gasoline. Long-term is also more efficient: engines operating on LNG are more powerful and requires less maintenance. It also improve onboard comfort, because these engines are less noisy.
ENGIE’s subsidiary LNGENERATION offers a comprehensive range of support services for LNG and BioLNG delivered to your facility by tanker truck. We can simply take care of your gas purchases, managing routing and delivery processes, or we can provide you with a more global service which also includes the design and construction of your LNG storage and regasification facilities by specialists, as well as the monitoring and maintenance of the facilities. Our salespeople will suggest a flexible offer for you that is adapted to your needs.