MAN Energy & Woodside Energy Alliance on Innovative LNG Technology
MAN Energy Solutions and Woodside Energy have signed a cooperation agreement aimed at commercialising an innovative solution for small-to-mid scale LNG production. Known as Factory LNG, the technology combines Woodside’s intellectual property and LNG experience with MAN’s global manufacturing and project-execution expertise. The concept involves a nominal 0.05 Mtpa unit, the size of 40-foot ISO shipping container, that can be transported via standard heavy-lift shipping and trucking logistics. It also includes MAN’s HOFIM® high-speed, oil-free, integrated motor-compressor technology as used, for example, in subsea compression-station applications.
Factory LNG offers 10 years’ low-to-no touch maintenance and provides flexible layout options making it easily adaptable to site constraints. The partners believe the newly developed infrastructure has the potential to unlock liquefaction capabilities at multiple locations around the globe. The system is designed and manufactured to be scalable so customers can increase the number of Factory LNG units used as the market grows, delivering LNG at pace with demand.