The Bazhou liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility near Beijing began production for the Hebei Huaqi Natural Gas Company, Ltd. only one day after initial start-up. An alliance consisting of Black & Veatch and Chemtex designed and built the facility that provides LNG for city buses, trucks and fueling stations.
“LNG facilities are increasingly important in China as the country continues wide adoption of natural gas-fueled transportation,” said Dr. Hoe Wai Cheong, Managing Director, Asia and MEIEA regions, Black & Veatch’s global energy business. “The Chinese government included the implementation of an additional 3,000 natural gas fueling station across the country in its 12th Five Year Plan.”
The Bazhou LNG facility is designed to liquefy a nominal 1 million normal cubic meters per day, or 37 million standard cubic feet per day, of feed gas. This is the eighth LNG facility that the Black & Veatch-Chemtex alliance has completed in China since 2008. The team has an additional 10 projects underway across the country. All of these facilities feature Black & Veatch’s patented PRICO® LNG technology. Chemtex provides engineering, procurement and construction services.
“The use of LNG as a transportation fuel provides significant cost and environmental benefits to the people of China,” said Shawn Hoffart, Vice President and LNG Technology Manager for Black & Veatch. “Many countries, including the United States, could benefit from an LNG model similar to what China has implemented for transportation purposes.”
The GuangAn LNG facility in Sichuan is another one of the eight LNG facilities the team has successfully delivered. Since April 2012, it has served as a model for how LNG can be used for transportation and improve air quality in China. The facility is supplying LNG for 500 public buses and other municipal vehicles in GuangAn.
LNG World News Staff, April 16, 2013; Image: Black & Veatch