Exhibition & Conference

13-16 September 2021

Singapore EXPO, Singapore

Technical Programme

Julian Terpitz

Product Development Manager

TGE Gas Engineering Gmbh

17:00 - 17:30

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

T1.6 The Onshore LNG Virtual Pipeline

The onshore transport of large natural gas capacities is worldwide usually realized via a long-distance pipeline grid, whereas significant offshore natural gas transport is nowadays realized through shipping of LNG.

In many large countries long-distance onshore gas pipelines have not been established due to different reasons. The construction of a long-distance natural gas pipeline connecting distributed residential areas represents an enormous investment. In addition, the construction permit of such pipelines can be a challenge, e.g. if the routing crosses not just public area but landscape belonging to many different landlords. Also, there are associated significant operational cost.

As an alternative solution, in some regions of the world the onshore gas transport of about 0.5 MTPA is performed via LNG truck and rail-car transport already. From one natural gas liquefaction plant in western China e.g. more than 04 MTPA LNG are transported within ISO containers over distances of about 4000km. For this the liquefaction terminal includes a truck and rail car loading terminal. At present, more than 1200 trucks bring the LNG ISO containers safely to downstream distributed satellite and fueling stations acting as a “virtual pipeline”. The terminal facilities are also designed for short-time rail car charging by reloading ISO containers.

This presentation demonstrates such an LNG logistic concept in China, established in 2003 and successfully running since then. The terminal technology delivered by TGE, the logistics emphasizing the ISO-container handling facilities as well as examples of the downstream users are illustrated and discussed in detail.