Through its new ‘Competence Centre Modularisation’ (CCM), Linde intends to offer modular design concepts for large industrial plants. The company is showcasing this new approach at the Gastech trade show from 4 to 7 April in Tokyo, Japan.
Pullach/Germany — Linde’s modularisation concept means that plants, plant components and special process units are premanufactured at well-established production sites known as yards and then shipped as a whole to the customer. “Customers benefit from this approach on multiple levels,” explains Marcus Lang, Executive Vice President Natural Gas Plants at Linde Engineering. “A modular concept enables us to deliver complex projects extremely efficiently.” This saves time and money. There are other reasons why Linde engineers are increasingly turning to this modular approach: plants often have to be built at remote locations with limited infrastructure such as access roads, power supply or even equipment like cranes. In contrast to conventional stick-built facilities, where the entire plant is constructed on site, the modularisation concept allows Linde to keep the amount of work carried out under extreme conditions to a minimum. This approach played a key role, for example, in enabling construction of the world-scale LNG plant in the Norwegian town of Hammerfest.
Last year, Linde assembled an entire nitrogen rejection unit (NRU) in Europe that was then shipped to a customer on the other side of the world. The NRU was destined for the coast of Western Australia, where it will be used to remove nitrogen from gas destined for private households, thus increasing its calorific value. The company manufactured core components such as the cryogenic heat exchangers at its plant in Schalchen, Germany, and shipped these to the Spanish port of Tarragona. Engineers then assembled the 35 m, 900 t process module in Tarragona before it was transported by ship to Australia. “Only a few companies in the world can offer a one-stop service such as this,” adds Lang. This complex project was tailored to the local operating conditions and Linde was responsible for the design, engineering and transport steps.
“To provide our customers with the best technologies and the right concepts, we have bundled all of our expertise at our ‘Competence Centre Modularisation’,” continues Ralf Bellaire, Head of Engineering at Linde's Engineering Division. “Our modular design offers four key benefits to customers: it cuts costs, accelerates time-to-solution, reduces risk and increases the quality of the process unit.”