Research and Development in LNG on display
Global industrial services company Hertel has launched a new technique for cryogenic insulation application designed for LNG plants.
The technique is the product of R&D carried out in Hertel’s LNG Competence Centre. The Competence Centre, based in Perth Australia, is made up of ‘star-team’ of uniquely qualified world experts in LNG.
Allan Hollington, who has 34 years’ experience in the industry, heads the centre and says: “Our LNG Competence Centre is an important facility for Hertel, and more so our customers.
“Through this commitment to R&D we are able to develop new techniques for LNG applications, one of which being the Hertel Pouring technique.”
Launched at Gastech with an innovative 3D TV computer generated animation, the Pouring technique brings a number of benefits:
- Increased efficiency
- improved safety
- better quality
- zero wastage
“By pouring the PUR foam rather than spraying, we’re able to achieve a better quality application, faster,” explains Hollington. “By spraying the PUR foam, a lot of over-spray is involved – up to 100% depending on the pipe diameter. Pouring eliminates this waste, and at the same time produces a better quality application.
“Because of the controlled technique, by pouring we achieve a more consistent density. It’s also a faster process, increasing efficiency and reducing cost.”
The new method also minimises safety risks for the Thermal Insulation Engineers applying the insulation. “Conventional spraying techniques require extra attention to safety and the environment because of the airborne aerosols involved. Using the pouring technique reduces the extraction demands, and minimises the need for specialised PPE for the workers” explains Hollington.
The process is also flexible, with all of the specialised equipment required able to be containerised and shipped close to the construction site. Hollington concludes “All that is required is a controlled workspace, as close to the site as possible to minimise logistical requirements, and we’re ready to go.”
Simon Kramer, Hertel Managing Director Asia Pacific, adds “Our LNG Competence Centre to capitalises on the experience and expertise we have in the company – to develop it, to share it, and bring it to our customers globally.”
“This is a great example of Hertel thinking with our customers, and our commitment to continuous improvement.”
Thursday 26th of May 2011, 02:56:44 PM BST
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