LR Energy certifies largest cryogenic storage tank in India

VRV Asia Pacific Pvt. Ltd calls on Lloyd’s Register Energy for its pressure vessel expertise 

Lloyd's Register Energy has inspected and certified a 28-metre high cryogenic storage tank for VRV Asia Pacific Pvt. Ltd. -- a first of its kind in India using ‘cold strengthening’ technology. 

“During this complex design and manufacturing process of the cryogenic tank, we received excellent response and support from Lloyd’s Register Energy,” said G.L. Rangnekar, Managing Director of VRV Asia Pacific Pvt. Ltd. “There was only one company we would trust to certify such a project, and that is Lloyd’s Register Energy.” 

Lloyd’s Register Energy surveyors were involved during the manufacturing of the vessel to ensure the equipment was built to specified construction codes and India’s Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organization (PESO) regulation. 

PESO stipulates the design of the structural support and foundation for the tank must be verified by an independent body. Lloyd’s Register Energy is an approved inspection body by PESO for pressure tanks. The end user, Ellenbarrie Industrial Gases Ltd., nominated Lloyd’s Register Energy for the design appraisal work to ensure compliance.

The tank is the largest to be made in India using a technique called ‘cold strengthening’. Cryogenic tanks are often operated in harsh conditions. VRV’s tank will operate in temperatures of minus 196 C˚ and has a storage capacity of approximately 433,000 litres. 

VRV Asia Pacific has advanced the ‘cold strengthening’ technique which uses hydrostatic force to test for strength and leaks. Using this test helps maintain safety standards and durability of a vessel over time with stringent process control procedures under the guidance of Lloyd’s Register Energy. 

“We are proud to be part of this first innovative project for not only VRV Asia Pacific, but for India,” said Pascal Coudeville, SVP of Lloyd’s Register Energy Inspection Services. “For more than 60 years we have been working with Indian manufacturers to help ensure the safety of critical infrastructure. Our technical experience in this area is the result of years of investment in our surveyors to deliver high-quality inspection services for hundreds of clients across the country.”

VRV Asia Pacific is a group company of VRV S.p.A in Italy. VRV Asia Pacific has used Lloyd’s Register Energy extensively for several third-party inspection assignments, including the services for ASME Code inspection as their Authorised Inspection Agency. LRQA -- Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance -- the management systems division of Lloyd’s Register, certified VRV Asia Pacific for their integrated management systems covering QMS, EMS and OHSAS standards. 

For more information please contact Jason Knights, Global Communication Manager.
 
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Above: LR Energy Surveyor Pravin Chine shown with the VRV team during the final dispatch stage.

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