Alfa Laval reports that it is experiencing increased demand for solutions related to liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as fuel, having booked notable orders for Alfa Laval FCM LPG in recent months as the marine industry focuses on decarbonisation . The Low Flash Point Fuel System (LFSS) that can work seamlessly with LPG cargo handling systems.
Given its low carbon footprint compared to traditional marine fuels, LPG is a logical step in decarbonizing the ships that transport it, Alfa Laval said. FCM LPG can be a key catalyst in the switch to LPG as a fuel, combining Alfa Laval’s expertise in fuel conditioning and engine-related applications with a high degree of flexibility. The system’s LFSS core is surrounded by an adaptable framework, allowing it to be tightly integrated with the cargo handling system.
TGE Marine Gas Engineering, supplier of liquefied gas cargo handling systems, has included FCM LPG in its scope of delivery for three LPG carriers – one 40,000 m3 and two 93,000 m3 – to be built in China in 2022. Most recently, Alfa Laval received an FCM order for LPG from a Japanese customer, to be integrated into the newly designed 87,000 m3 Very Large Gas Carriers (VLGC) cargo handling system being built in Japan .
“As we develop for methanol and prepare for carbon-free ammonia, we also support today’s low-carbon alternatives, which include LPG on ships that carry it,” said Viktor Friberg, Head of Marine Separation and Fuel Supply Systems at Alfa Laval. “We are seeing a positive response to our LFSS technology from our partners. Our FCM LPG deliveries can be adapted to any type of project, allowing them to meet the requirements of each stakeholder.
As the central role of LFSS highlights, FCM LPG is not Alfa Laval’s only engine solution for LPG as a fuel. On LPG fueled vessels that use Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) to reduce NOx emissions, Alfa Laval PureNOx LS provides effective cleaning of EGR purge water. Developed in cooperation with MAN Energy Solutions, PureNOx LS uses high efficiency centrifugal separation in combination with a coagulant, which reduces operating costs by eliminating secondary cleaning and the need for filters.
Additionally, Alfa Laval maintains a portfolio of solutions used in LPG cargo handling systems. These include the company’s heavy-duty semi-welded heat exchangers, which are an essential component of LPG FCM, but also a frequent choice for LPG cargo handling systems, due to their resistance to vibration and cycling. of pressure. Reliability is also a proven element of the Alfa Laval Smit LPG system, an inert gas system that ensures vital cargo safety and efficient operations thanks to its high availability.
“Alfa Laval’s offering really extends from bow to stern,” Friberg said. “LPG carriers can turn to us for comprehensive expertise and solutions, whether it’s pursuing decarbonization with LPG as a fuel or improving the safety and efficiency of their cargo operations.”