A recent workshop and training event has highlighted how metrology research can facilitate the bulk transport of Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) fuel, and shown that such research will play a vital part in delivering Europe’s clean-energy future.
The workshop comprised ten sessions that covered a wide range of technical issues linked to LNG metrology. The training course looked at how measurements are carried out on LNG tankers. The combined programme, which was organised by Principal Consultant Dr. Asaad Kenbar, took place in Aberdeen over two days at the end of October.
“The workshop and training event was the mid-point knowledge-transfer deliverable for an important EMPIR research project, entitled LNGIII,” says Principal Consultant, Dr. Norman Glen. “TUV SUD NEL is a project partner for this research which aims to improve LNG custody transfer measurements and so enable the large scale roll-out of LNG as a transport fuel.”
According to Norman, one of the key aims of LNGIII is to enable the direct metering of LNG on ships.
“The large scale transport of LNG is seen as a key part of the EU’s clean fuel agenda,” Norman explains. “It also contributes to the security of energy supply as it provides an independent route for gas imports.”
Among the presentations at the Aberdeen workshop was one by Menne Schakel, (from the Dutch Metrology Institute, VSL) and Asaad Kenbar. Their talk gave an overview of the ENGIII research project, noting that it forms an essential step towards enhanced measurement traceability for large-scale LNG custody transfer applications. The presentation will be available on the project’s website: https://lngmetrology.info
The workshop and training course were very popular, with 70 people registering for the workshop and 50 registering for the training course. Participants included representatives from European Metrology institutes, manufacturers of flow meters and other sensor systems and end users of LNG flow metrology technology, such as gas import terminals.
For more details, contact Norman Glen.