Gas carrier is a truck intended for transportation of liquefied natural gas (methane), propane and butane in tanks or reservoirs. The gas carrier is used for the delivery of liquefied hydrocarbon (petrol) gases (LPG), mostly of propane-butane mixture, and refueling of the automobile gas filling stations (AGFS). Gas carrier is a semitrailer-tank or a tank on the chassis. All the above-mentioned gases are rather expensive and explosive, so the LPG carrier must be equipped according to the latest modern technology to avoid accidents and unjustified losses.
Leading experts are convinced, that the modern gas carrier should be modular. Such principles of formation of technological systems have been suggested because of their greatest flexibility and economic justification. Until today, this concept has not been applied in the production of specialized vehicles, which are intended for transportation of LPG. But now everything has changed - modern solutions have come into this sphere as well.
What is a modular system? The integral gas system of the LPG carrier (liquefied gas tank, set of pumps and counting equipment, shut-off and safety valves, etc.) becomes an independent module with no attachment to the specific truck or chassis. At any time modules can be installed on trucks, ready for the transportation and storage of up to 26 thousand litres of LPG.
It is a smart innovation which brings about a number of indisputable operational advantages, which would ensure success in the competition on the market of gas supply.
Firstly, it provides unlimited maintenance opportunities at any time with no need to empty the gas system.
Secondly, it gives plenty of opportunities for flexible truck-fleet maneuvering that will be of great help with seasonal changes in the demand for LPG.
Gas module can be installed on any trucks, both imported and domestic thus reducing investment costs.
Modules allow using automobile trailers which increases capacity. Universal design solutions offer opportunities of using only one set of pump and counting gauges equipment, which will be installed on the truck. Use of trailers greatly increases efficiency and reduces transportation costs. All mobile gas-carrying systems are autonomous. Counting systems and the pump equipment do not need extra power sources.
Modular-type gas-carriers offer great opportunities to any company on the LPG supply market.