As Hong Kong increasingly utilises natural gas to reduce its CO₂ emissions, the province is becoming ever more reliant on high efficiency combined cycle gas turbines (CCGT) and offshore LNG terminals.
Shanghai is helping to complete the supply chain for natural gas power generation, offering good links to Hong Kong and access to floating LNG storage equipped with regasification units.
To build their understanding of emerging gas technologies, delegates from IGEM’s Far East District Section (FEDS) enjoyed a technical visit to Shanghai, taking place between 2 and 6 June.
This was held jointly with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers HK Branch and the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers Gas and Energy Division.
The visit provided the joint delegation with an appreciation of the technologies of the LNG supply chain. They were able to see the design and construction of 176,000m. LNG floating storage/carrier at Hudong Zhonghua Shipbuilding, to learn about the various types of LNG regasification equipment and propulsion engines at Wartsila China, and to understand the manufacturing and assembly of advance gas/steam turbines and generators at Shanghai Electric/Ensaldo.
While in Shanghai, the delegation also visited the world’s largest production facility for automated port container equipment at Zhenghua Heavy Industries Co Ltd, and viewed gas supply distribution facilities such as the NB-IoT Smart Meter Production and Distributed Energy Workshop, at Shanghai Fiorentini Gas Equipment Co Ltd.
The delegates were impressed by the latest technology and manufacturing establishments in China. Furthermore, discussions among the delegates during the visit presented a good opportunity to interact and learn from one another.