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Cryogenic Turboexpanders in LNG Liquefaction Applications

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Matt Taher, Cyrus B. Meher-Homji

Bechtel Corporation, Houston, TX

Paper No. GT2016-57020, pp. V009T24A014; 6 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2016: Turbomachinery Technical Conference and Exposition
  • Volume 9: Oil and Gas Applications; Supercritical CO2 Power Cycles; Wind Energy
  • Seoul, South Korea, June 13–17, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4987-3
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME


Turboexpanders provide the most efficient solution when it is required to reduce the pressure of a fluid stream. By expanding high pressure fluid, energy in the high pressure fluid entering the turboexpander can be efficiently used for either driving a booster compressor or for electrical power generation. While the plants are designed to operate without the need for the power produced by turboexpander, the work recovered from the expansion is a bonus, which increases the plant thermal efficiency.

This paper is intended to explain the benefits of utilizing a turboexpander in LNG liquefaction applications. Also, in absence of a published API standard for a turboexpander-generator package, this paper provides recommendations on factory acceptance tests.

Copyright © 2016 by ASME



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