Laboratory Management

How LIMS Ensures Product Quality for Natural Gas

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The ship required ground-breaking technology, not only to ensure the ability to capture natural gas but also to ensure that the platform can operate safely and stay moored even in the most extreme weather conditions, including high winds, giant waves and even cyclones. It is secured in place by one of the largest mooring systems in the world, which anchors it to the seabed.

As the LNG industry continues to innovate new ways to maintain supply for countries across the globe, increasing volumes of analytical data from the laboratories supporting that process are required to ensure the continuity of both LNG quality and supply.

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State of the Art LIMS Essential for Constant Product Quality

Operating a state-of-the-art facility on- or off-shore requires an ultra-modern laboratory, and a LIMS is vital to any facility’s ability to produce LNG safely and profitably. Without a LIMS to constantly analyze output content and product quality, this feat of engineering would essentially be unable to function. The plant uses a LIMS to manage data from the thousands of samples that are required throughout the process. In addition, instruments in the laboratory can be connected into the LIMS so results can be accessed directly and by interfacing the LIMS to production systems, are used to make adjustments to the production parameters. The data from the facility’s in line equipment can be directly transferred into the LIMS, which is tasked with comparing, calibrating and trending the data generated from the plant against the reference data in the laboratory, highlighting when product is moving out of specification.

For modern LNG facilities, a LIMS achieves several major benefits, including improved sample turnaround times, centralized access to data and improved operational efficiencies. The system also meets a laboratory’s needs for compliance and can handle standard and non-routine sampling requirements, providing audit trails to track deviations and disseminate that information in order that production decisions can be made with the most up-to-date and accurate knowledge.

Shell's Prelude FLNG – Cutting Edge of Offshore LNG Production?

The Shell Prelude FLNG is at the cutting edge of oil and gas industry production. Similarly deploying a modern, flexible LIMS to support laboratory and operations and provide the scientific background allows producers to ensure year-round LNG production. Any leading-edge natural gas facility requires ultra-modern technology, both in its processing operations and its laboratory information handling. A LIMS is an essential tool for managing the large quantity of data generated by the laboratory and making maximum use of it during the complex process of recovering, producing and transporting natural gas.

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* Director of Process Industries Product Strategy, Thermo Fisher Scientific

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