Japan’s Azbil Corporation (formerly Yamatake Corporation) has received an order from Japan Marine United Corporation for the integrated automation systems for LNG carriers to be deployed for a U.S. shale gas LNG project.
After construction, the LNG carriers are slated to transport liquefied natural gas (LNG) mainly from the U.S. as a part of the Cove Point LNG Terminal project in Maryland. The LNG carriers will be equipped with a tri-fuel diesel electric (TFDE) propulsion system, which is capable of using low-sulphur oil as a fuel, in order to comply with U.S. coastal environmental regulations. It also features a heat-insulated tank that boasts the world’s lowest boil-off rate (BOR).
Azbil Corporation will deliver its Marine-DEO™ integrated automation system for the LNG carriers. The system will monitor and control cargo tank containment system, cargo handling equipment and gas supply system to diesel generator engines in the TFDE system, as well as electric power supply to the electric propulsion system.
Azbil Corporation will also provide engineering assistance and trial run support for the system. The LNG carriers require advanced control technologies in order to safely transport LNG, which is cooled and liquefied to extremely low temperatures.
Against the background of the “shale gas revolution” and globally growing demand for natural gas, the demand for LNG carriers is expected to increase in the future.
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