KOGAS receives ExxonMobil technology qualification  

ExxonMobil awards KOGAS with technology qualification for LNG storage tank membrane design

During a virtual ceremony, KOGAS CEO, Hee-Bong Chae, received the ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company technology qualification for its design of a fully protected onshore membrane for LNG storage tanks. 

Building on R&D efforts following the completion of KOGAS’s original offshore membrane storage tank in 2007, KOGAS applied the technology to its Jeju LNG terminal, installing two storage tanks with a capacity of 45,000m³. These tanks have been operating successfully since October 2019. 

KOGAS has now acquired the TQMS (Technology Qualification Management System) approval, a technology qualification system from ExxonMobil, for its fully protected onshore membrane storage tank through international joint cooperation with ExxonMobil. 

Kim Hwan-yong, Vice President of the KOGAS Research Institute, who attended the virtual event said, “Obtaining the approval from ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company, an affiliate of Exxon Mobil Corporation, a major global energy company, is an opportunity to confirm KOGAS’s leading position in the field of onshore LNG tanks. It can be highly evaluated by potential customers for overseas project opportunities in the future.”

Robert Foglesong, Vice President of ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company, commented that:

“ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company was pleased to have the opportunity to evaluate KOGAS’ innovative membrane tank design for onshore storage of liquefied natural gas (LNG). After thorough evaluation, ExxonMobil now considers the system as a qualified technology for use in our businesses. ExxonMobil relies on technology advancements and strong collaborations like that with KOGAS to support our efforts to address the dual energy challenge of meeting the world’s energy needs while reducing environmental impacts and risks of climate change.” 

Sean Chung, President, ExxonMobil Korea who attended the virtual event said:

“As a result of completion of the qualification of KOGAS’ LNG tank technology, it will be possible for this innovative technology to be applied to future ExxonMobil LNG projects worldwide. This is another shining example of our long standing collaboration between the companies spanning close to 40 years and we look forward to continuing this journey together.” 

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