(EnergyAsia, May 15 2014, Thursday) — Finland’s Wartsila is focusing on building small-to-mid scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) receiving and re-gasification terminals that can be integrated with power-generation plants.

An integrated gas terminal-power plant complex is “especially suitable for feeding natural gas to local industries and, in some cases, to a single consumer such as a power plant for decentralised electricity generation,” said Sushil Purohit, Wartsila Power Plant’s regional director (Southeast Asia and Australia).

“We have developed standard solutions for receiving and re-gasification terminals capable of feeding natural gas as a fuel for power plants in a range of 10MW to 600MW.”

Having recently acquired LNG specialist firm Hamworthy, Wartsila said it will design terminals with the capacity to store “a few thousand cubic metres” to more than 100,000 cubic metres of natural gas.

In addition to supplying gas-fired power plant solutions, it is involved in gas liquefaction, LNG transportation and re-gasification activities.

The Helsinki-based firm is increasing its exposure to the sector as natural gas is becoming increasingly popular as a fuel for power generation across the world.

“The global LNG trade is expected to grow by 30% in the coming few years. A substantial part of this growth will come from the development of small-mid scale LNG receiving and re-gas terminals,” it said.

Wartsila expects LNG terminals will be most needed in places that lack gas infrastructure but have growing demand for gas-fired power generation and natural gas for industrial uses.

“To develop the small-mid scale LNG value chain in Asia, we are building up an interesting concept of satellite LNG terminals,” said Mr Purohit.

“There will be one larger central LNG terminal servicing an adjacent power plant, with an output of over 200MW. This central terminal (will act) as a distribution hub for several smaller terminals within the region, which could be located on islands or in remote areas.”

“These satellite terminals can feed natural gas for local industries or be single purpose fuel systems for smaller power plants in the 10MW to100MW range. Local distribution would be done by a purpose-sized LNG carrier which will shuttle between the main hub and satellite terminals.”