DNV GL opens LNG test centre in the Netherlands

DNV GL gas chromatographEnergy advisory and certification body DNV GL said it had opened an LNG test centre in the Netherlands which allows for real time monitoring of the composition of LNG

DNG GL said that the test centre's capabilities enable the accurate regulation of the temperature and boil-off of LNG, which is important for assessing energy content and engine performance control. It added that the facilities capabilities could also help pricing transparency in bunkering.

“The current accredited technology, gas chromatography, can take three to five minutes to show the composition of LNG. Sensors can give an answer in a second,” Johan Holstein, head of gas testing and analysis at DNV GL – Oil and Gas said.

With accurate fuel composition monitoring, DNV GL`s online Propane Knock Index (PKI) methane number calculator can be used to assess the fit-for-purpose of gaseous fuels with end-use appliances instantaneously.

“The 2017 DNV GL Energy Transition Outlook report predicts that LNG and LPG will account for 32 per cent of total shipping energy use in terms of technology and fuel uptake, so I believe DNV GL’s continuing investment in facilities, recommended practices and online tools is timely, " Ben Oudman, regional manager - continental Europe, Eurasia, Middle East, India and Africa, DNV GL - Oil and Gas said.

The body said it had also partnered with Veritas Petroleum Services for LNG fuel quality testing.

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