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US FERC OKs LNG Projects in Mississippi

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday gave final approval to two liquefied natural gas import terminals along the Mississippi coast. The LNG Clean Energy Project, located in the Port of Pascagoula, will be able to send out up to 1.5 billion cubic feet of gas a day. The $450m terminal, which will be owned by the Houston-based private investor group Gulf LNG Energy LLC, will be able to handle 150 LNG tankers a year. Separately, Chevron Corp's Casotte Landing LNG project will be located next to the company's Pascagoula refinery and will process imported LNG for distribution to industrial, commercial and residential customers in Mississippi and the Southeast region, including the growing Florida market. The terminal will be able to send out 1.6 billion cubic feet of LNG a day. Both LNG terminals are expected to be in service in 2009. The United States must import more LNG over the next 15 years to keep up with growing natural gas demand, especially from power plants. LNG is natural gas altered for transportation aboard special tankers. The gas, when cooled to minus 259 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 162 Celsius), changes into a liquid and shrinks to less than 1/600 of its original volume. Upon arrival at a terminal, the LNG is returned to a gaseous state and fed into pipelines to take to homes and industries nationwide.


FERC Requires Pre-Filing Process for New LNG Projects

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission adopted a final rule requiring potential developers of new liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals to initiate pre-filing procedures at least six months prior to filing a formal application with the Commission. Initiating the rulemaking was the Commission’s first formal action under the recently enacted Energy Policy Act of 2005. The new law requires the Commission to issue within 60 days of the law’s August 8, 2005


Harvey Energy Begins Work for Shell

Harvey Energy

  Gulf Coast Shipyard Group (GCSG) informed that Harvey Energy, the first LNG vessel operating in the United States—for Shell Upstream America’s deep water operations in the Gulf of Mexico—is fully in service. The first of six LNG OSVs being built for Harvey Gulf International Marine, Harvey Energy is the break-out vessel capable of operating on LNG or diesel and is the result of a forward-thinking operator, complex engineering and sophisticated building.


Wärtsilä System Chosen for New GoM LNG Facility

The Harvey Gulf LNG facility: Photo Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä says it has been awarded a contract for the control system of a shore-based liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuelling facility in Port Fourchon, Louisiana, USA. Details as follows: The facility is owned by Harvey Gulf International Marine, a major owner-operator of offshore supply and specialty vessels headquartered in New Orleans. It will be used to supply fuel to Harvey Gulf's fleet of LNG powered platform supply vessels (PSV)


Shell Deploys Third LNG-powered OSV

Harvey Liberty (Photo: Shell)

Shell Offshore Inc. today marked the delivery of the third liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered offshore supply vessel (OSV) in Port Fourchon, La.   The new vessel, Harvey Liberty, chartered from specialist company Harvey Gulf International Marine, will join sister ships, Harvey Energy and Harvey Power, and support Shell’s deepwater operations in the Gulf of Mexico.   “This is an important milestone for Shell and Harvey Gulf,” said Tahir Faruqui


First LNG Bunkering of OSV in North America

M/V Harvey Energy Image courtesy of Harvey Gulf International Marine)

Harvey Gulf International Marine, LLC reported that its dual fuel offshore support vessel (OSV) M/V Harvey Energy has today bunkered LNG as a marine fuel. The news makes Harvey Gulf the first North American owner/operator of a dual fuel OSV to bunker LNG as a marine fuel, as well as the first to complete a truck to vessel transfer of LNG.   The bunkering took place at a shore-based terminal owned by a subsidiary of Martin Midstream Partners L.P. in Pascagoula, Miss


New LNG Bunkering Safety Training Course

LNG training for Magnolia LNG inMSI’s Full Mission Bridge. (Photo courtesy is MSI)

The Maritime Simulation Institute in Middletown, R.I., is developing a liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering safety training course, with the first session to begin in June for Harvey Gulf International Marine. The 45-hour bunkering course for Harvey’s LNG bunkering persons-in-charge (PIC) will be offered ahead of any U.S. Coast Guard regulations governing LNG bunkering.  The first course likely will include Harvey Gulf master’s, mates and engineers


Delfin LNG Submits Application for Deepwater Port Export Facility

Delfin LNG has applied to construct, own and operate an offshore deepwater port export facility located approximately 50 miles south of the Texas/Louisiana border in the Gulf of Mexico.    The proposed facility would receive natural gas from the national grid, convert the gas into liquefied natural gas (LNG) and transfer the LNG to LNG carrier vessels for export.   The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) published a Federal Register Notice of Application (NOA) notifying


Qatar to Initiate 45 Contracts for LNG

Qatar will initiate 45 shipbuilding contracts for the largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) ships ever constructed, by Q1, 2007, the Gulf Times reported. Qatargas said the total value of the LNG tankers fleet Qatar planned to procure would exceed $11b. It said Qatar is taking LNG ship design to new level by introducing a 215,000m3 vessel, Q-Flex, and even a larger version, Q–Max, with a 265,000m3 capacity. The dimensions of the Q-Max vessels are approximately that of a modern Very


LNG Industry Defends Offshore Project Technology

The Center for Liquefied Natural Gas (CLNG) supports the use of open-loop vaporization (OLV) systems proposed in LNG terminals in the Gulf of Mexico, calling it a proven and environmentally sound technology predominately used in more than 40 LNG import terminals throughout the world. Environmental impact statements (EIS) issued by the U.S. Coast Guard conclude that offshore LNG facilities will have only minor adverse impacts


Russia Ramping Up Arctic LNG Production

Photo: Total

Russia may produce more than 70 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) per year in its remote Arctic regions, the head of gas producer Novatek said on Wednesday.   "The Gydan and Yamal peninsulas have a vast resource base that allows the production of over 70 million tonnes (of


Thailand Boosts LNG Imports

Image: PTT LNG

 Thailand is signing new contracts for LNG purchases and expanding terminals to boost imports to replace flagging domestic production, Bloomberg reported.   Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy will boost LNG imports by more than 70 percent this year.  


Gazprom to Cement LNG Ties with Kuwait

Lena River gas carrier. Photo: Gazprom

 Russia-based energy company Gazprom has negotiated about supplies of liquefied natural gas (LNG)  to Kuwait, reports Tass.   The talks continue in "a rather progressive mood,"during the the Energy Minister Alexander Novak’s visit to the Middle East country


Natural Gas Fleet Sail to the Future

Graph: Clarksons Research

 Natural gas is set to account for an increasing share of the global energy mix in coming years, with gas consumption growing by an average of around 1.5%-2% a year out to 2040, according to energy forecasting agencies such as the IEA.   


Asian Spot LNG Prices Slip on Weak Demand

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 Asian spot LNG prices fell this week on poor demand from major gas-consuming regions despite a slew of new purchase tenders.   The May spot LNG contract fell by $0.25 cents to $5.40 per million British thermal units (mmBtu), with new production coming on stream in Australia and the


Nakilat Transitions LNG Mesaimeer to In-house Management

Photo: Nakilat PR

Nakilat has assumed full ship management and operations of Q-Flex LNG carrier Mesaimeer from STASCo (Shell Trading and Shipping Company Ltd.) with effect from March 23, 2017, as part of the planned and phased transition announced on October 19, 2016. 


Top LNG Buyers Form Alliance to Push for Flexible Contracts

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The world's biggest liquefied natural gas (LNG) buyers are clubbing together to secure more flexible supply contracts in a move that further shifts power to buyers rather than producers.   Korea Gas Corp (KOGAS) said on Thursday it had signed a memorandum of understanding in mid-March with


ICE to Offer First US Gulf Coast LNG Futures Contract

With the United States about to become a net exporter of natural gas for the first time in 60 years, Intercontinental Exchange Inc said on Wednesday it would begin trading the first-ever U.S. liquefied natural gas futures contract in May.


GTT to Equip Knutsen’s New LNG Carrier

GTT said it has received an order from Hyundai Heavy Industries to equip a new LNG carrier with its Mark III Flex containment system.   Hyundai's shipyard based in Ulsan, South Korea will build the vessel of 180,000 m3 on behalf of the Norwegian shipping company NORSPAN LNG XI AS (Knutsen)


First LNG-fueled Aframax Tankers Ordered

Image: Hyundai Heavy Industries Group

Hyundai Heavy Industries Group reports $240 million order for the world’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueled aframax tankers   Hyundai Heavy Industries’ shipbuilding affiliate Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) said it recently won a $240 million order to build four 114


Nigeria LNG Records 50 Vessel Charters

Photo: Nigeria LNG Limited

 Since its first day of operations in May 17, 1989, the Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG)  has recorded no fewer than 45 vessels chartered-in and five chartered out, said a report in ThisDay.   The chartered-in including liquefied natural gas (LNG)


Total Seeking to Buy Stake in Iranian LNG Project

Photo: Total

 French oil giant Total held talks with Iranian officials about several projects in the country in 2016, notably a 10 million tonnes per year liquefied natural gas project (LNG), Reuters reported.  It has signed an agreement with Iranian authorities for a 50 per cent stake  in


Will LNG Remain a Key Energy Source?

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Industry expert predicts LNG will remain a key energy source; energy authority expect that Japan’s reliance on LNG will continue to grow   Japan imported 8.3 million metric tons of LNG in January, an increase of 1.06 million metric tons compared to the previous year


Shell Shelves Prince Rupert LNG

Photo: Prince Rupert LNG

 Royal Dutch Shell PLC has officially shelved its plans to build the Prince Rupert LNG project, which had been planned for Ridley Island in British Columbia. However, it  is still considering the potential of its other West Coast LNG option.  


Singapore’s Survivability

New business: Keppel has begun building dredgers like the Cristobal Colon, seen hear outside Rio de Janeiro. (Photo: copyright Jan de Nul Offshore)

Singapore’s shipyards are looking to recent investments in capacity, design and newly acquired technology to combat order declines after a decades-long offshore buildup. Sembcorp and peer Keppel are making the most of partnerships in FLNG and showing signs they’ll be okay through the






 
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