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6 January, 2020
Before the new gas terminal on Korea’s remote Jeju island could be commissioned, its newly constructed LNG tanks needed to be fully purged and dried using nitrogen gas. Normally a relatively straightforward affair. However, the tight project deadline meant that the works needed to be completed in the middle of Korea’s typhoon season!
Needless to say, relying on the shipment of conventional liquid N2 would have posed a serious safety risk, while potentially delaying the entire project. And so we were asked to come up with a safe and reliable solution for generating N2 on site. Yet another opportunity to go the extra (nautical) mile.
Completing the project on time meant working right in the middle of the typhoon season which notoriously plagues the Korea Straight. And so generating N2 on site was the only viable solution. But as it happens, the typhoons were not the only thing that stood in the way of meeting the strict project deadlines!
This was the first time that a NGM membrane was used for a public works project in Korea. Therefore all the equipment needed to be registered, certified and accompanied by full technical documentation (in Korean!) before works could even begin.
This was the first project of its kind in Korea. A subsidiary of the client had already been involved in a similar project in Panama using our state-of-the-art N2 generating membranes. So our past performance and superior equipment were major factors in securing the contract for the Jeju terminal project.
The local team not only met the tight project deadline but even succeeded in completing the works slightly ahead of schedule! And given that the island was hit by not 1 but 4 separate typhoons over the course of the project, that would never have been remotely possible using liquid nitrogen shipped from the mainland. The customer was so satisfied with our performance, in fact, that there is already a new LNG project on the horizon on the mainland of Korea.
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