Hadron Collider Head Scientist to Discuss Cutting-Edge Cryogenic Technology at Gastech

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Cutting edge technology with the potential to unlock the secrets of the universe could help other industries, including the natural gas sector, meet the growing global demand for energy.

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, in Geneva, combines state-of-the-art science and engineering. Its revolutionary cryogenics system has been designed to keep the machine at a temperature so close to absolute zero that it can operate in a superconductive state.

Now similar technologies are being considered for use in both the energy and electrical power industries.

Dr Philippe Lebrun, who led CERN’s Accelerator Technology Department for the construction of the LHC, has today been revealed as one of speakers at Gastech’s CoTEs seminars. He will talk about the cryogenic technology at the heart of the system, and several projects that are following this trend.

He said: “While the work we are doing is very exotic and has not yet fully invaded the field of energy, there is the potential in the longer-term for it to be applied more to the mainstream. There is, for example, a link with liquefied natural gas (LNG) in that we share a number of technologies used for the liquefaction and distillation processes, as well as for the construction of LNG tankers.”

While natural gas is used as an ambient temperature gas rather than a liquid, liquefaction allows it to be transferred over long distances to a receiving terminal with cryogenics equipment. Development of such technology will make it possible for larger quantities of LNG to be transferred more efficiently.

Gastech’s Centres of Technical Excellence (CoTEs) is a crucial showcase for the latest innovation, technologies, products, services and suppliers involved in the energy industry, with the full speaker programme now available at http://www.gastech.co.uk/visit-exhibition/cotes/.

Top speakers include the chief executive officer of Sakhalin Energy, Andrei Galaev, who will discuss the Sakhalin-2 project, a sub-Arctic success story. The presentation will include the development of fields involving the construction of a new integrated infrastructure for offshore production, transportation, processing, and sales of hydrocarbons.

Juan Carlos Arancón, director of Enagás’ transmission division and Daniel Velez, a project engineer with the company, will discuss the firm’s role in the design and construction of the Balearic Submarine Pipeline Project. Spain’s principal high-pressure natural gas transport company undertook the design and installation of a submarine pipeline, linking the mainland to the Balearic Islands of Ibiza and Mallorca.

Saudi Aramco operations’ superintendent, Salem Al-Huraish, will share information about the Karan Gas Field, the national oil major’s first offshore gas field and a key part of the country’s plan to reduce oil dependency through increased gas production.

Meanwhile, INFRA Technology’s chief technical officer, Dr Vladimir Mordkovich, will discuss the organisation’s new energy transformation technologies, which enable the production of high quality, low cost synthetic oil or motor fuel from natural gas, coal, biomass or other carbon-containing feedstock.

The CoTEs involve the industry’s most respected associations to ensure that sessions are both informative and educational. These include the Gas Technology Institute for Unconventional Gas, Lloyd’s Register for LNG as a Shipping Fuel, the International Institute of Refrigeration for Cryogenics and Gas Processors Association Europe (GPAE) for the Gas Processing stream.

Amanda Basi, the producer of the CoTEs, said: “The impressive speaker line-up is a real testament to the level of interest in Gastech this year. It is one of the most anticipated events on the industry calendar and we are looking to welcoming delegates and visitors from around the world.”

Created to deliver knowledge, education and awareness of new innovations and developments in gas technology, the CoTEs exhibition show floor seminars are designed to provide a platform for many of the world’s most-respected industry associations and organisations.

Utilising high-level speakers throughout the four days of the show, the seminars will focus on specific areas of interest to those working in the global gas industry, encouraging thought-provoking discussion.

The CoTEs comprise 12 different streams, focused on specific interest areas, from Gas Processing and Unconventional Gas to Floating LNG.

Now in its 40th year, Gastech has become the world’s leading natural gas conference and exhibition and will this year be held at the ExCeL, London, from 8 - 11 October.

To register for the Gastech Exhibition and to attend the CoTEs please visit www.gastech.co.uk/visit-exhibition.

ENDS

Notes to editor:

Gastech Conference and Exhibition
UK, ExCeL London, 8-11 October 2012
www.gastech.co.uk

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