MAN Energy Solutions will design and deliver a liquefied natural gas (LNG) regasification terminal for the Forchem company in Rauma, Finland.
Forchem, which produces chemical and animal feed products from tall oil, has chosen to convert the boiler for generating steam for the refinery processing to natural gas/biogas. MAN Energy Solutions will deliver a tailor-made installation, including offloading skid for LNG trailers, vertically standing 200 cbm vacuum-insulated tank and vaporizer unit.
The installation will be located besides Forchem’s plant, enabling Forchem to receive deliveries of LNG liquified bio gas (LBG) via tank-truck deliveries. It is designed specifically for Forchem’s requirements considering local climate conditions, minimum maintenance requirements and long lifetime.
“LNG has become very attractive and competitive compared to other fuels and is low in emissions,” said Carsten Dommermuth, senior manager, International Business Development at MAN Energy Solutions. “We see a growing market for small-scale LNG solutions for both captive and grid connected applications and are currently commissioning a similar project, where MAN Energy Solutions has provided highly efficient gas and dual fuel engines for a new power plant to secure the future energy supply in Gibraltar. Also many regions in South East Asia may profit from the flexibility such solutions can offer.”
The company is also happy to grow its presence in the Finnish market with this project, adds Roger Göthberg, managing director MAN Energy Solutions in Finland and Sweden. “We see growth potential both within the industrial and marine segments. Having established the Finnish Branch office in 2017, we are now seeing a growing interest in our solutions.”
The Finnish company Wega Group assisted Forchem with the procurement of the LNG regasification terminal. Wega is an independent energy company, specializing in smart-energy sourcing. Wega has experience from several LNG projects and sees a growing demand for LNG in industrial applications, shipping and road transport in Finland.
“LNG is becoming cost-competitive as an energy source for Finnish customers because of improved efficiency in the supply chain and increasing competition,” said Martti Kaurinkoski, director of Fuel sourcing at Wega.
MAN Energy Solutions took over fuel-gas specialist Cryo AB in 2015 and fully integrated it into its business. Under the brand MAN Cryo, the company offers since then systems for the storage, distribution and handling of liquefied gases.