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APC awarded new contract for Chile regas terminal

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Alpha Process Controls (APC) has announced that it has received a contract to supply its LNG hose transfer system, with innovative Emergency Release Collar (ERC) breakaway couplings, to the GNL Quintero regasification terminal in Chile.

The regasification terminal has been supplying gas to central Chile since 2009. It can handle 15 million m3/d of natural gas and is in the process of increasing that capacity with further investments in its facility.

The UK-based division of the GT Group will deliver the complete ERC systems, consisting of liquid and vapour lines, which will be employed for emergency ship-to-shore transfer of LNG when pre-installed loading arms cannot be used.

The 8 in. ERC system features APC’s two-stage emergency release cable technology that enables the controlled shutdown of internal valves before instigating a coupling separation. As such, pressure surges are maintained to a level without compromising pipework or pumps in the event of a ship-to-shore separation caused by vessel drift-away.

APC will also supply fixed and adjustable height saddles, hoses, concentric reducers and deployment equipment. The systems will include a bespoke support trolley to enable the ERC couplings to be manoeuvred into position on the jetty as required and to meet vessel configurations.

John Lamb, Managing Director of Alpha Process Controls, said: “The application of our 8 in. ERC systems at GNL Quintero will provide an additional LNG transfer solution to the facility, which will support continuous operations and productivity at the terminal.

“The innovative approach we have taken to the development of ERC breakaway couplings is gaining traction across the LNG industry and we are very proud to be working with the premier LNG terminal in the southern hemisphere.”

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