Trelleborg partners with Synertec to enhance global LNG transfer efficiency

Wheatstone ProjectTrelleborg’s marine systems operation and leading Australasian engineering consultancy Synertec have partnered with an aim to meet the global demand for more accurate and efficient LNG custody transfer

Under the new agreement, Trelleborg will distribute Synertec’s industry-leading LNG custody transfer system across its global sales network.

LNG custody transfer, the transfer of the ownership of LNG from one organisation to other, has long involved fiscal risk given significant uncertainties in traditional tank measurement. Quantities are invoiced in units of transferred LNG based on a calculation of volume, density and gross caloric value.

However, measurement inaccuracies have a significant financial impact for both exporters and importers. For instance, just a one per cent error in LNG transferred can result in a significant loss of revenue due to misallocation during custody transfer.

Synertec’s automated custody transfer system, which is ISO 6974, ISO 8943 and GIIGNL (2017) compliant, aims to ensure the precise measurement of loaded LNG, removing the potential for substantial financial losses across the industry and the need for extensive laboratory testing. Used to great success across many high-profile LNG projects across Australasia, the transfer system is a skid mounted module suitable for all LNG applications.

Richard Hepworth, president of Trelleborg’s marine systems operation, said, “With more LNG capacity coming on stream year on year, we are seeing increasing demand not just for large-scale transportation of cargoes but also for more FSRU applications and, of course, the growth of LNG fuelling for marine vessels. All of these applications have one key requirement in common - the safe, efficient and timely transfer of LNG from one tank system to another.”

“There are clear synergies between the two companies, from our combined technical expertise to our shared commitment to optimising the interface, which is critical to supporting the business model of every transfer operation. Working with Synertec, we’re able to provide our customers across the globe with an enhanced LNG transfer operation that does exactly that.”

Michael Carroll, managing director of Synertec, said, “We’ve built a strong reputation across Australasia and now, boosted by the global reach of Trelleborg, we look forward to meeting the global demand for more accurate and efficient LNG custody transfer.”

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation’s offering comprises bespoke fender systems, docking and mooring equipment, oil and gas transfer technology and vessel efficiency technology for marine environments all over the world. The polymer engineering expertise of the marine operation of the Trelleborg Offshore and Construction business area also extends to its range of general marine products, including navigation aids and buoys.

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