The different economics of small scale LNG plants put more emphasis on capital expenses over process efficiency, and thus favors simpler refrigeration cycles. We typically find reverse Brayton cycles, or SMR (Single mixed refrigerant) cycles. These cycles have specific requirements to the compression equipment, and typically have smaller drivers, either electric drives or gas turbines. The relationship between output, driver size, and process preferences is explained. The type of compressors, and expanders needed are discussed, together with thoughts and the driver preferences. This includes the different control methods that can be used, both for the cycle adaptation, as well as the related control of the compressors, expanders, valves and drivers. Equipment performance maps are created to highlight the required different operating conditions. This result allows for subsequent optimization discussions.

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