GE Oil & Gas has announced the development of a liquefied natural gas plant that it says meets the small-scale requirements of powering remote industrial and residential locations and fueling motor vehicles.
The Micro LNG – launched at the 2012 GE Oil & Gas Annual Meeting in Florence, Italy – produces in the range of 20 to 150,000 tons per year of liquefied natural gas, GE says.
GE says that the biggest difference between traditional large plants, which produce in excess of 1 million tons per year, and Micro LNG is the end user the product is destined for.
For the large LNG plant, the product is produced for international export, where plant economy of scale is among the most important factors.
In Micro LNG, the distributed production is primarily aimed at local markets, where it is regasified and fed as pipeline natural gas or used for local power generation, GE says.
Using LNG as a substitute for diesel or fuel oil can reduce combustion emissions up to 25 percent, GE says.
Earlier this year, Clean Energy Fuels Corp. unveiled the route plan for the first stations in America’s Natural Gas Highway, a liquefied natural gas network of at least 150 stations. The company has identified 98 stations so far and expects to have 70 of these open by the end of the year, in 33 states.