LNG 18, the triennial specialised international Liquefied Natural Gas conference and exhibition hosted by International Gas Union (IGU), Gas Technology Institute (GTI) and International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR), has opened in Perth, Australia. Included in the program are several sessions that will discuss technologies and prospects for LNG as a fuel for transportation, for both land and marine applications. On the exhibition floor, Parker Bestobell Marine is amongst the several exhibitors who are showcasing new equipment.
Parker Bestobell Marine is promoting a new range of high-pressure Class 2500 cryogenic valves. Although the valves have been available for more than eighteen months, the company has chosen LNG 18 to officially launch the new technology. The Bestobell valves have been designed specifically for the liquefied natural gas fuel systems for MAN ME-GI dual-fuel two stroke engines developed by MAN Diesel & Turbo.
Sales Director Duncan Gaskin explains: “With the introduction of the MAN ME-GI engine two years ago and with now over one hundred sold it is driving a rapid increase in demand for high pressure cryogenic valves needed for fuel gas systems. Bestobell Marine is playing a major role in meeting the challenge created by this demand with its new range of high pressure valves.”
The Bestobell Marine HP cryogenic globe valves will be fitted in the pipework downstream of the high pressure pumps and will play a vital part in managing the fuel gas supply to the engine. The valves are designed to stand a maximum pressure of 370 Bar. Bestobell Marine is also developing another range of valves that can operate up to a maximum pressure of 625 Bar.
In October last year, the company obtained full type approval from the big four class societies for the range. DNV-GL. Lloyds Register, Bureau Veritas and American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) have all approved the valves for use in cryogenic applications on ships, which includes valves used in cargo systems on LNG carriers and bunker vessels, LNG fuel gas systems, LNG regasification systems and LNG reliquifaction systems.
(Source: Parker Bestobell Marine)