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 #20

 

 

TGE Manchester - the centre of Process Excellence - draws on the engineering excellence and heritage of the north-west of England. Manchester has a long established engineering and scientific history, with the likes of John Dalton (atom), Ernest Rutherford (proton), James Joule (energy) and Alan Turing (computing) being some of the notable names to have studied and worked in Manchester, and more recently with the invention of graphene. Founded in 1997, our TGE Manchester office has grown and become an established process excellence centre for TGE with strong roots in process safety and innovative design. From conceptual thinking through detailed engineering design to commissioning support, Manchester prides itself on its excellence of process design. Recently, our Manchester office, under our Managing Director Robert Brannock, was intensively involved with the project development of the Flogas Britain Avonmouth LNG/ LPG project from the initial process study through the FEED execution. Our office also has close links to INEOS within the UK and hopes to develop further opportunities with one of our key clients.

 

TGE 40th Anniversary

Episode #19

 

 

 

Did you know that in 2004 TGE built at that time the worlds largest Ethylene / Propylene Terminal in Taiwan? With two full containment tanks with the size of 80,000 m³ for Ethylene and 1 full containment tank with the same size for Propylene, TGE set another project milestone in Mailiao. A strong demand for Ethylene as raw material for a large number of industrial products and the development of bigger transport vessels made drove the demand for larger storage capacities. Today we are even building a C2 full containment storage tank double the size with a storage capacity of 160,000 m³ for Ethane / Propane in Ningbo, China. We are more than happy that we serve the industry not only as contractor but also as a driver for innovative technology.

TGE 40th Anniversary

Episode #18

 

 

In 2003 TGE signed a major project in Europe, the EPC contract for an LNG Import Terminal in Mugardos, Spain. Beside the challenge that this terminal was built on a very small plot it is still today a good example for outstanding technical solutions. The terminal constists of two full contaiment tanks with a storage capacity of 150,000 m³ each and is, with three loading arms, flexible to unload and reload LNG carriers. A truck loading station with a high level of automisation completes the package. Through the year 2019 the terminal unloaded roughly 2,225,000 cubic meters of LNG from ships and loaded 4,495 LNG trucks.
This project was not only a remarkable technology milestone it also formed our company as we know it today. After having signed the contract, the number of employees in our office in Bonn increased rapidly and the company moved into bigger office premises where you can find today our headquarter. We are happy to mention, that nowadays we are calling ourselves as experts in this area of work as the baseload LNG Receiving Terminal is our day to day business.

TGE 40th Anniversary

Episode #17

 
 

In 2003 TGE signed another project in Antwerp – 4 earth covered cylindrical bullet tanks with a capacity to store 3,000 m³ of Butadiene / Propylene under a design pressure of 17 bar g.

Since our first ECT project in 1989, we delivered 96 earth covered tanks for the storage of 14 different petrochemical / chemical products with sizes from 500 to 4,000 m³. Earth covered storage tanks can be built with an in-tank discharge system and are embedded in a sand bed covered with earth. The commonly used spherical tanks require significant amount of active fire protection and costly fire proofing to mitigate the risks of structural failure which may lead into the worst case scenario of an BLEVE (Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion). Due to the earth cover the risk of external fire due to the embedding is not present, no active firefighting network and no bund wall collection is needed. Even though the overall investment costs are slightly higher, ECT storage offers a much higher sustainability, comparable operation- and lower maintenance costs as compared to above ground spherical storage. An intrinsically safe concept and at the same time the lowest visual impact on the landscape are additional advantages. Until today ECTs offer the safest solution for the storage of pressurized petrochemicals / chemicals.

We are happy that we can call ourselves experts for the pressurized storage also for products like Butadiene and Ammonia. And we have no doubt that the pressurized bullet storage solution will also offer very interesting innovation projects regarding CO2 capture in the future.

 
 
 
 

TGE 40th Anniversary

Episode #16

 

 

In 2001 TGE signed the contract for the first LNG Liquefaction Terminal in China. The mid-sized LNG Terminal, with a tank of 30,000 m³ storage capacity, was built in Shan Shan, Xin Jiang Province in the North-West of China. With 10 ISO container loading stations for truck- and railway transportation the terminal is still able to serve satellite stations with 1,1 tons of Liquefied Natural Gas per day (tpd) or 0.4 million metric tons per annum (mtpa). This plant has been operating continuously for 18 years without any stop – which was probably one of the reasons why TGE contracted another 3 similar terminals with the same customer! Even nowadays the projects serve as a good example for the so-called virtual LNG onshore pipeline solution. The gas from this terminal is distributed to several Satellite Stations with an average transportation distance of 3430 km. This kind of distribution offers a high flexibility to match fluctuating or peak demand and we are proud to say, that we are in the position to fulfill the whole LNG value chain, including the LNG Fueling Cylinder System and Fueling Station for Heavy Duty Road Vehicles.

TGE 40th Anniversary

Episode #15

 
 
 
 

One of the most important milestones within the project history of TGE was set by the signature for the Sines LNG Terminal contract. It was TGE's first LNG EPC-Project participation and started in the year 2000. The import terminal, including ship un-/loading system and two cryogenic 120,000 m³ full containment LNG tanks, was designed for a peak send out of 900,000 Nm³/h of LNG. In 2008 TGE extended this terminal during full operation with a third tank in the size of 150,000 m³ and increased the initial 5.2 million metric tons per annum (mmtpa) terminal capacity by additional 2.6 mmtpa. This project was certainly the kick-off for our todays core product line “Terminals & Storages for LNG”. Nowadays our Engineers are experts in this area of work as the baseload LNG Receiving Terminal is their day to day business. Today TGE acts as a total solution provider for the whole LNG chain.

 
 
 
 

TGE 40th Anniversary

Episode #14

 

 

 

In 1998 TGE signed in Taiwan an EPC contract for two LPG and one Propylene Tank with the size of 80,000 m³ each. By that time the cryogenic full containment tanks were the first tanks in the highly seismic region of Taiwan using the suspended deck design for the inner tank. Since the shipyards started building bigger LPG tanker with sizes up to 70,000 m³ storage capacity, the need for bigger onshore capacities increased. When put into operation, these tanks were the largest cryogenic LPG tanks built in the world. Today, with almost 3 Mio m³ installed cryogenic storage capacities and 40 years working experience as a contractor for these types of terminals, we are proud to say that TGE is one of the world’s leading experts in this field of business.

TGE 40th Anniversary

Episode #13

Standard liquefaction unit, ready for shipment
 
 
 
 
 

After successfully entering Taiwan's energy market, TGE was able to win two more projects there again in 1996: Two turnkey contracts for a 30,000m³ ethylene terminal and a 2 x 30,000m³ ammonia terminal for the client Formosa Petrochemical Corporation. In the same year we opened our branch in Taipei and continued our success strategy with the second TGE office in the Asian region.

 
 
 
 

TGE 40th Anniversary

Episode #12

 

 

 

In 1995 another Milestone was set when TGE signed a first contract for 80 Earth Covered Tanks with the size of 3,000 m³ each. TGE introduced this technology to the Taiwan market. The cylindrical pressurized storage tanks, used for the storage of LPG, Propylene, VCM, C4-mix and Butane products, having a total capacity of 234,000 m³, were successfully installed through 1997 to 1999 in Mailiao, Yunlin County. This started an operational base for TGE in Taiwan which ran continuously over the next 2 decades.

TGE 40th Anniversary

Episode #11

Standard liquefaction unit, ready for shipment
 
 
 
 
 

With the establishment of the second TGE location in Shanghai, the company has taken a decisive strategic step into the Chinese energy market. TGE has since then delivered projects for storage of Ethylene, Propylene, LPG and LNG in the contracting model of Engineering, EPC and EP+S, with many “firsts” along the way. Today the office has 84 employees, a total of 30 projects successfully completed and three more projects (two EPC and one EP + S) currently in the construction phase.

 
 
 
 

TGE 40th Anniversary

Episode #10

 

 

 

After having started the China business already in 1988 with Jiangnan (JN) shipyard for the 1st gas carrier “Kunpeng Hao”, TGE opens in 1995 the “German TGE Gas Engineering GmbH Shanghai Representative Office. The office manager Mr. Weiler started with three colleagues from China and since then the member of staff continuously grew in line with the amount of contracts signed in China. In 1996 TGE signed the first EPC onshore contract in Jinshanwei for an LPG import terminal with 2 x 50,000 m³ double containment LPG tanks for the client “Shanghai Colden Conti” – a Sino-Japan and American joint venture.

TGE 40th Anniversary

Episode #9

 
 
 

Back to shipping:

In 1994, TGE met today's market leader in small to midscale Liquefied Gas Carrier shipping company ‘Anthony Veder’. At that time, TGE had delivered cargo tanks and a gas handling system for a 3.200 m³ LPG tanker to the shipyard Shanghai Edward, but there was no owner for the ship. Anthony Veder showed immediate interest, having until then only ever built ships in the Netherlands. After negotiations, the purchase was confirmed with the expansion of the tanker to 3750 m³. The construction of "Coral Obelia" was completed in 1996 and in the same year, Anthony Veder commissioned TGE with a further 2 x 4200 m³ gas LPG tankers. Since then Anthony Veder went on to become one of TGE's most important customers in gas shipping and has so far commissioned over 20 gas tankers with TGE Marine Gas Engineering.

 
 
 
 

TGE 40th Anniversary

Episode #8

 

 

 

1992 set another milestone for TGE. By that time we integrated the gas processing and package plant business into our product portfolio. First reference projects were the detail engineering for a Propane / Propylene gas recovery system in Ludwigshafen, Germany and a feasibility study for a Propylene storage and handling plant in Wesseling, Germany, both designed for -48 C°. Today our gas treatment / dehydration packages are customized and delivered to site in modules which allow speedy installation and start-up. Advantages are their compact sizes, savings on installation and minimized interference with other works.

TGE 40th Anniversary

Episode #7

Standard liquefaction unit, ready for shipment
 
 
 
 
 

With the assignment for the Ethylene Terminal in Antwerp and the excellent performance in the execution of the project, the Belgian industrial group Tractebel became aware of LGI.
LGI's expertise in the storage and shipping of ethylene, liquefied petroleum gases and chemicals was of immediate interest as it would open up new business areas for Tractebel. And so, in 1992 LGI was fully taken over by the Tractebel Group and given the new name Tractebel Gas Engineering, whose abbreviation "TGE" is still anchored in the company name today.

 
 
 
 

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!