Gordon LNG: Insulect delivers structural cryogenic insulation

Insulect has completed supply of almost 1,000 sub-assemblies of structural insulation in 2013 for Gorgon LNG.

Insulect was awarded supply of rigid insulation components used to insulate and structurally secure sub-zero LNG pipelines at temperatures as low -190°C.

The supplied parts totalled 918 assemblies and 20 tonnes – which will be assembled around the pipelines at the pipe supports.

The sole material used for this job was Lignostone® cryogenic-grade impregnated and densified wood. Manufactured by Röchling Engineering Plastics of Germany, Lignostone® was developed specifically for very low temperature, structural LNG applications, such as pipe supports. Capable of being machined to tight tolerances, Lignostone® has been embraced by the LNG industry for its high mechanical strength, low thermal conductivity and resistance to chemical and physical wear. In Australia, the Pluto LNG project also utilised Lignostone® for structural cryogenic components.

Insulect won the order on our experience working with industrial insulation materials and our ability to achieve required tolerances and quality standards. To meet the demanding delivery schedule, fabrication was carried out jointly at Insulect’s factory in Brisbane and Röchling’s manufacturing site in Germany.

The Röchling LNG product range – exclusively supplied and fabricated by Insulect in Australia – also includes the Durolight range. Durolight is a glass reinforced plastic for structural insulating applications similar to Lignostone®. 

Röchling Lignostone® and Durolight materials will be on display at AOG in Perth.  Insulect will be co-exhibiting with Röchling Engineering Plastics, and will have a number of representatives available to discuss solutions for the Oil and Gas industry.

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