Dresser-Rand's First Small-scale LNG Unit Successfully Produces LNG

Dec 05, 2013, 08:00 ET from Dresser-Rand Group Inc.

HOUSTON, Dec. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Dresser-Rand Group Inc. ("Dresser-Rand" or, together with its affiliates, the "Company") (NYSE: DRC) reported today that the Company's first small-scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant, known as LNGo has successfully produced LNG. 

The Company designed, constructed and commissioned this demonstration plant, which has reached a key milestone with the initial production of LNG. Extended performance and endurance testing is being initiated as the final step prior to full market release.

Dresser­-Rand President & Chief Executive Officer Vincent R. Volpe, Jr. said, "We are very excited about this technology for small-scale LNG production, which allows for very small stand-alone plants that are portable and can be moved to support changing requirements and needs. The standard LNGo plants are sized to produce approximately 6,000 gallons of LNG per day. There is substantial  Dresser-Rand scope potential in this offering including our newly introduced MOSTM reciprocating compressor, Guascor® engines, Enginuity® control systems, and project management to integrate all of these and the process components into compact, portable packages. 

"Our development process began in earnest less than one year ago. In this timeframe, our organization has taken the process and designed, built and commissioned an entire plant, with a target capacity of 6,000 gallons per day. This development cycle time to market is amazingly short, and is a tribute to our internal processes, as well as to the men and women of our development team, and our Painted Post Operations. We are proud of our people and their outstanding efforts.

"On the commercial side, we have been talking to potential clients for several months now and, as previously reported, we already have over 90 qualified leads. Depending upon the nature of the application these leads are broadly classified as plants that would either be for sale or for lease."

In the "for sale" category, the Company would provide the liquefaction process and, depending upon the plant configuration, potentially also include the associated ancillary gas processing equipment, a power module and full turn-key installation and commissioning.

In the "rental" or "lease" space, the Company is presently evaluating several market strategies, including potential market channel partners, and expects that, over the coming weeks, it will determine which approach is expected to create the greatest shareholder value.

For all users, Dresser-Rand can provide full turn-key installation and commissioning services as well as routine operations, monitoring, and maintenance contracts to ensure ongoing reliable and available operations.  

Volpe said that, "Now that we have produced LNG with our demonstration plant, we are in the enviable position of imminent market launch. As such, we expect orders to be placed for the first several units either late in 2013 or early next year. Given the short cycle times that we embedded into our production plans, we believe that anticipated orders booked in the next several months will convert to shipments in 2014. As those units are placed into service and gain operating experience and run time, we believe that the incoming stream of orders will then progressively grow over time."

Upstream applications include, among others, the monetization of flared gas to increase revenues for oil companies and reduce their environmental impact, the production of stranded natural gas fields, which are not close to existing pipeline infrastructure, on-site fuel supply for drilling and hydraulic fracturing equipment converted to run on LNG, and applications for coal bed methane for fueling mining vehicles.  Downstream applications include the production of vehicle-grade LNG, allowing LNG to compete effectively with diesel fuel on a cost-per-energy-content (BTU) basis.

As LNGo plants enable the "distributed" production of LNG on a small-scale, the technology eliminates the need for the costly trucking of LNG long distances from large, centralized plants to LNG fueling depots, as is the practice today.   Further, Dresser-Rand believes that its approach to short cycle time will enable LNGo plants to be installed and operating in months rather than years.  The short cycle times will allow owners to see quick returns on their investment, as well as matching the supply and demand of LNG as local markets develop.

Driven by rapidly expanding global shale gas development and continued price differentials between natural gas and oil, Dresser-Rand predicts that the market for distributed, small-scale LNG production plants will grow from early adopters in North America to a broad, robust market for users around the world. North America is the most rapidly growing market and the substantial price disparity between diesel fuel and low priced natural gas has oil-field service operators, oil and gas companies, shipping and delivery companies, and downstream fuel distributors/marketers across the region converting drilling rigs, industrial mining equipment, transportation fleets and retail fueling stations along the United States interstate highway system to LNG fuel.

About Dresser-Rand

Dresser-Rand is among the largest suppliers of rotating equipment solutions to the worldwide oil, gas, petrochemical, and process industries.  The Company operates manufacturing facilities in the United States, France, United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, Norway, and India and maintains a network of 49 service and support centers (including 6 engineering and R&D centers) covering more than 150 countries. Dresser-Rand has principal offices in Paris, France and Houston, Texas.

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