40 Years

2020 is a special year for TGE: We are celebrating our 40th anniversary! On this occasion, we will publish 40 articles throughout the year with interesting
information on our company history and project highlights. From the beginning as a 6-member engineering office 40 years ago to a global player.
Check back regularly on our site!

 

TGE 40th Anniversary

Episode #6

 

 

 

1989 set a Milestone for our today so called onshore business. By that time LGI built its first Ethylene Terminal in Antwerp for BASF Antwerpen N.V.. The full containment tank with a storage capacity of 15,000 m³, was built with a high pressure send-out system (100 bar) to the pipeline. Our first Ethylene Terminal reference, followed until today by more than 43 Petrochemical Project installations, was successfully completed and put into operation in 1992.

TGE 40th Anniversary

Episode #5

Standard liquefaction unit, ready for shipment
 
 
 

By 1989, LGI had built 14 gas tankers for the European market in German and Dutch shipyards. But the late 80s marked a significant high point in LGI's success story when the company entered the Asian market. LGI signed the contract for the first gas carrier to be built in China, Jiangnan Shipyard Shanghai - a 3000 m³ LPG vessel - being able to outperform larger, established market players. The first successes were also seen in the onshore business: in 1987 the company received its first turnkey contract in Taiwan for a 2 x 25.000 m³ LPG terminal, process plant, which LGI carried out together with the Dutch company SICON. This was the decisive step for TGE's future projects and the branch opening in Taiwan in the 1990s.

 
 
 
 

TGE 40th Anniversary

Episode #4

Ethylene tanker MT Einar Tambarskjelve on her trial trip

For our 4th Episode, we asked founder and current shareholder Vladimir Puklavec about his initial idea for the founding of TGE (former LGI) in 1980 and the success of the company in the past 40 years:

How did the idea for the foundation of LGI turned up?
The idea of the three founders, Mr. Horst Schierack, Dr. Alfred Neugebauer and myself, was to create a company to supply packages for the oil and gas industry and reliquefaction units for gas carriers. But very soon we realized that the market was looking for solution providers for complete plants. Therefore, we had to increase our engineering and administration staff very soon.

What have you been doing before?
Before establishing LGI, I was working as Technical Director at Ruhrgas LNG and before joining Ruhrgas I had an experience of 10 years as a Process Engineer, Project Manager and Engineering Manager in the low temperature plant construction business.

What was your vision for the company?
It was clear for me that imperatively we had to serve the global market. To do so, we had to make our best effort to be accepted as a first-class competent company. Our standards had to be on a very high level to secure a chance to be accepted by the most clients and enabling us to repeat the solutions. Also, some innovative solutions have helped us to be recognized in the market.

What made the company succeed?
We were lucky to find and employ competent colleagues sharing with us the vision of excellency in the
global trade. Also, everybody was ready to travel and learn foreign business habits and culture.
So far nothing has really changed over all these 40 years.
 
Thank you Mr. Puklavec!

TGE 40th Anniversary

Episode #3

Standard liquefaction unit, ready for shipment
 
 
 

Working in the 80s: Looking back to the beginning of TGE made us think of how working life has changed over the past 40 years! In those days, electric typewriters, paper, pencils and the Telex - a telegraph with paper tape - were the most important working tools. Before PCs came in to the offices, technical documentation was sent around by post mail. Since then documents could be stored on large floppy disks but also had to be sent via post mail. We found some of them in our archive and realized that today we are unable to read them as we no longer have any suitable reading devices.

For LGI, the 80s were the formative growing years. The company had to move office three times, since the number of employees increased rapidly. Yet the company was, compared to today, still very small. Where we have nowadays specialized people for every working process, in the 80s a single engineer was responsible for the entire performance of his discipline area. An Electrical Engineer for example was not only doing electrical design and documentation. He was fully involved from the beginning of the contract through to the start-up of the plant, being responsible throughout for technical solutions, as well as all procurement, construction and commissioning activities.

 
 
 
 

TGE 40th Anniversary

Episode #2

Ethylene tanker MT Einar Tambarskjelve on her trial trip
 
 
 

In 1981 LGI signed the first turn-key contract for the cargo-handling system and the cargo tanks for a 7,900 m³ Ethylene Carrier – the “Norgas Chief” (ex “Einar Tambarskjelve”). The successful delivery of this vessel led to a significant increase of inquires, initially coming from German and Dutch shipyards.
Already by 1983 LGI delivered three Ethylene vessels with the sizes of 7,900 m³, 3,000 m³ and 6,500 m³. Coming from the business idea to deliver liquefaction units for gas carriers, this year was certainly the kick-off for the new core product line - the planning, design and supply of complete cargo handling systems and cargo tanks to liquefied gas carriers.

 
 
 
 

TGE 40th Anniversary

Episode #1

Standard liquefaction unit, ready for shipment
 
 
 

The history of TGE begins in December 1980 with the founding of Liquid Gas International GmbH (LGI) in Bonn, the German capital at that time. The engineers and founders Horst Schirack, Dr. Alfred Neugebauer and Vladimir Puklavec – one of today's TGE shareholders – decided to put their know how, expertise and practical experience together and to open new paths for the oil-, gas and shipping industries by a novel concept of ideas. In the very beginning they engineered and offered liquefaction units for gas carriers and within a short period of time the team doubled up to six engineers. This was a starting point but certainly not the business that brought TGE to where it is nowadays- a contractor for terminals and storages of liquefied gases. So continue to follow the next episodes and watch how the company developed!