MAN and Woodside Energy announce LNG partnership

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The partnership aims to commercialize a small-to-mid scale LNG solution.

MAN Energy Solutions and Woodside Energy have signed a cooperation agreement aimed at commercializing a solution for small-to-mid scale LNG production known as Factory LNG.

The concept involves a nominal 0.05 Mtpa unit, the size of 40-foot ISO shipping container, that can be transported via standard heavy-lift shipping and trucking logistics. It also includes MAN’s HOFIM high-speed, oil-free, integrated motor-compressor technology as used, for example, in subsea compression-station applications.

Factory LNG offers 10 years’ low-to-no touch maintenance and provides flexible layout options, making it adaptable to site constraints. The system is designed and manufactured to be scalable.


“Factory LNG’s design paves the way for reduced manufacturing costs and shorter construction timeframes compared to traditional stick-built or modular LNG trains,” said Basil Zweifel, Senior Vice President Sales & Project Management Upstream & Midstream at MAN Energy Solutions.

Woodside Vice President Technology Jason Crusan described Factory LNG as a simple and reliable solution for end users, offering an attractive and accessible option for displacing fuels such as diesel with cleaner and cheaper LNG.