AkzoNobel is supplying customized protective coating solutions for Canada's largest liquid natural gas facility.
Situated in British Columbia, more specifically in Kitmat, the LNG Canada project will feature four processing units, with a total capacity of 28 million tons a year that will entail a significant step for the country's energy industry. The liquefied natural gas supplied by the new facility will have the least CO2 per ton of any LNG produced in the world and it will be destined primarily for China and Japan.
In fact, due to continues LNG consumption in areas such as power plants, factories and domestic heating, is expected that China will become the largest importer of LNG by 2024. Forecasts also suggest that annual global LNG demand will double by 2040 to 700 million tons.
For this first phase of construction, AkzoNobel is supplying coating solutions from its epoxy intumescent passive fire protection Chartek coating range. The Chartec range has its origin in the Apollo space program and is used in offshore applications, onshore oil refining, gas processing, petrochemical and chemical industry projects.
"We're excited to be part of such a grand global project, which will eventually benefit tens of thousands of new energy users in Asia," says Amanda Sheng, Director of AkzoNobel's Marine and Protective Coatings business in Greater China.
The 35 core modules for the LNG Canada Project will be shipped to Kitimat for assembly, once they have been constructed and coated (around 18 months). They will provide anti-corrosion, passive fire protection and cryogenic protection in the harsh environmental conditions of British Colombia.
"Thanks to our industry-leading coatings technologies, products, services and engineering expertise in the LNG sector, we're confident we'll continue to support the industry's global drive for efficient and sustainable coatings solutions across the value chain," says Jean-Michel Gauthier, Business Director of AkzoNobel's Marine, Protective and Yacht Coatings business.