Indonesia Eyes First Marine CNG Project
Friday, March 23, 2012
Indonesian electricity utility PT PLN (Persero) is planning the world’s first marine compressed natural gas (CNG) project to ship small volumes of methane between Gresik Island and Lombok Island, the site of a power plant.
RINA, an international classification society and verification group, has given Persero a feasibility study and is developing a front end engineering design study. The work includes designs for the compression and decompression terminals and specifications for CNG ships.
Several technologies are being considered. Tenders are expected to be issued in May, with the plant set for commissioning in 2013.
RINA said if the pilot project is successful, low-priced natural gas could replace liquid fuels at power plants at islands across Indonesia. The CNG would come from low-capacity gas wells, marginal wells and locations where it is flared.
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