Condor developing Kazakhstan’s “first LNG facilities”
The feed gas will be liquefied to produce up to 350 tonnes per day (210,000 gallons per day) of LNG, which can fuel approximately 125 rail locomotives or 215 large mine haul trucks (150 Tonne haul capacity), according to the company.
The CO2 emission reductions associated with using this LNG volume to displace diesel fuel equates to removing over 31,000 cars from service annually, it added.
Condor has also acquired 12 hectares of industrial land where the first modular LNG facility will be constructed.
Front-end engineering and design is complete and detailed engineering will commence shortly.
Discussions are underway with end-users to confirm LNG volume commitments and Condor said it is reviewing project funding alternatives before proceeding with construction.
Condor said it is developing the country's first LNG facilities, and will produce, distribute and sell LNG to offset industrial diesel usage.
Applications include rail locomotives, long-haul truck fleets, marine vessels, mining equipment, municipal bus fleets, agricultural machinery and other equipment with large diesel engines.
The organisation is implementing an LNG liquefaction technology that was originally developed by the United States Department of Energy.
The modular nature of this technology will allow Condor to ‘right-size’ LNG production facilities in various regions of Kazakhstan, it said.
These LNG facilities will be designed and configured to match production with local demand and are scalable to ensure optimal efficiencies for LNG deliveries to end-users, it added.
Don Streu, president and CEO of Condor, commented: “We are very happy and appreciative to receive this gas allocation that advances our vision of producing Kazakhstan’s first LNG. This is a significant milestone as Kazakhstan has been experiencing natural gas shortages, which was impacting our ability to secure a long-term LNG feedstock gas supply contract.
"Our LNG initiative fully supports the Government’s strategy to materially expand the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route (“TITR”), which links a major Asian trade route with Europe. Our LNG can be used as a domestically produced low carbon fuel as a substitute for diesel to address the increased usage of rail locomotives and transport trucks between China and the Caspian Sea, and the marine vessels used to cross the Caspian Sea.
"Given the geo-political situations in Russia and the Middle East, the TITR is even more vital to expedite timely trade and transportation between Asia and Europe. Condor is working closely with Kazakhstan’s national railway and marine companies to implement an LNG solution in 2025."