As global demand for natural gas continues to grow, engineers face the challenge of maintaining the operation of liquid natural gas (LNG) liquefaction and regasification facilities in regions with high humidity and rainfall. Insulation failure leads to excessive condensation and noticeable ice formation causing damage to the assets. Additionally, falling ice puts personnel at risk. Poorly insulated piping can also increase boil-off gas rates, which negatively impact the facility’s economic performance. Cryogel® Z cryogenic insulation excels in these harsh conditions.
Cryogel Z aerogel insulation simplifies a facility’s cryogenic insulation system by combining thermal performance, acoustic attenuation, as well as protection against cold splash and jet fire in an easy-to-install blanket format. In addition to being a top choice for maintenance and turnaround work, Cryogel Z has been specified and used in nearly 50 major LNG liquefication and regasification projects around the world.
Reduce Labor Costs
Cryogel Z aerogel blankets are easy to install — up to 30% faster on large bore piping in comparison to rigid insulations. Its performance is also not as sensitive to labor experience and level of craftmanship. This can help keep installation rates high and reworks low in regions where skilled cryogenic insulation installers are scarce.
Stay on Schedule
Prefabrication and modular installs can help sites make up for lost time. Cryogel Z is incredibly robust, so there is no breakage while transporting between the construction yard and LNG terminal.
Improve Operational Stability
Cryogel Z does not require the use of contraction joints which saves time, money, and eliminates a potential point of insulation failure.
Our single roll format allows insulators to cover large bore pipes, vessels, and complex geometry such as elbows and flanges. Facilities no longer have to warehouse boxes of material for multiple pipe sizes, eliminating costly job stoppages due to out-of-stock items or miscalculation of which SKU to use.
Cryogel Z blankets are removable and reusable, allowing for easy inspections without the added expense of replacing the material.
Cut Construction Costs
Cryogel Z insulation is thin and lightweight, allowing for a reduction in rack density and footprint during new construction. Smaller pipe racks and less structural weight may reduce steel and associated costs for beams, columns, and footings.
Increase Personnel Safety
Cryogel Z is 30-50% thinner than other cryogenic insulation materials, allowing for more room to navigate between pipes. Its low thermal conductivity and class-leading corrosion under insulation (CUI) defense prevent ice ball formation, which can damage assets and/or pose as slipping hazards.