The National Gas Regulatory Entity (ENARGAS) informed that a working meeting was held between the Agency’s Technological Innovation Management and the Association of Metallurgical Industries of Argentina (ADIMRA) in order to exchange information and perspectives on the technologies of LNG storage in the country. The meeting was convened within the scope of the Technological Innovation Board “LNG storage technologies”, recently launched by the entity, and within the framework of the cooperation agreement signed by ENARGAS and ADIMRA.
The meeting was headed by the Manager of Technological Innovation Ana Carina Buccieri, who pointed out: “One of the objectives of this project is the study of the development possibilities of LNG storage plants and this necessarily requires the support of the national industry. Therefore, it is necessary to identify what is the percentage of development that can be attended locally for facilities and plants associated with LNG.” And she added: “It is essential to identify, within the competencies of each of the parties, the areas of mutual cooperation and the exchange of information and knowledge that contribute to the improvement of the public gas service.”
ADIMRA highlighted the importance of the agreement due to the potential impact that this work agenda could have to advance local production based on the existing capacities in the Argentine industry.
The topics addressed at the meeting included the need to identify the normative and regulatory criteria that are being followed on the subject, in order to study the update and/or incorporation of regulation on specific aspects. ENARGAS outlined the axes on which the technological possibilities offered by LNG storage are studied, in terms of small-, medium- and large-scale plants, to mitigate demand peaks.
Other topics discussed were the supply of LNG in the national territory, a possible survey of the national development capacity in relation to products, supplies, equipment and components suitable for operation at cryogenic temperatures applicable to the storage of LNG and associated processes, identifying companies that could be suppliers to this industry.
Thus, both entities will continue working together to reach the conclusion of a specific agreement that contributes to the national development of LNG technologies. This work must conclude in non-binding recommendations for the parties on the possibilities that the national industry has in the implementation of LNG storage technologies, current availability and possible developments in the short and medium term.