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Major Conference Marks Helios Final Phase

EU-funded initiative on gas-fuelled, two-stroke ship engines A major international conference on November 27 in Copenhagen marked the final phase of the EU-funded Helios project. Helios is a cooperation research project within the EU´s seventh Framework Program for Research and Technical Development/Transportation with MAN Diesel & Turbo acting as coordinating partner. The general objective of the project is to develop a research platform for an electronically controlled, two-stroke, low-speed, marine diesel engine that operates on the principle of the direct injection of HP Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) to meet the needs of the emerging LNG market. A large audience of 100 experts from around the world attended the conference to hear presentations on the gas-engine technologies garnered from Helios as well as on other factors influencing the development of gas-fuelled ship engines. Activities and results A broad range of activities were initiated over the past three years under the Helios framework. A concrete result was the development of the new, gas-fuelled ME-GI engine, a dual-fuel unit that MAN Diesel & Turbo has since released to the market with success. Generally speaking, Helios has generated many, positive results and increased the knowledge base in several technical fields


High Voltage Sub-sea Cable Contract for ABB

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ABB wins Statoil order to install high voltage power subsea cables  to the 'Troll' A gas platform on the western coast of Norway. The Troll A concrete deep water structure is the world’s largest natural gas production platform, 473 meters tall and weighs 1.2 million tons; it is the tallest structure ever to be moved by mankind. The platform can produce as much as 120 million cubic meters per day; it contains approximately 40 percent of the natural gas reserves on the Norwegian


Mobil Discovers New Gas Fields Of Australia

Mobil's wholly owned subsidiary, Mobil Exploration & Producing Australia Pty Ltd., has found significant new gas resources in the Carnarvon Basin, off the northwest coast of Western Australia. This follows two recent major discoveries in exploration permit WA-267-P, in which Mobil has a 25 percent interest. The Orthrus-1 well, the second well of a six-well exploration program in the permit, spudded on October 1 in 3,937 ft. (1,200 m) of water. It reached a depth of 11,712 ft


CNOOC to Invest $12B in Gas, Oil Exploration

The China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) will invest $12.5b in gas and oil exploration in the next five years, CRI reported. By 2010, more than 50 new gas and oil fields of CNOOC Limited will be completed and put into production. The new fields, 24 of which are under construction and 13 under development assessment, are mainly located in East China's Bohai Sea, the Pearl River estuary and the Beibu Gulf in the South China Sea


Texaco Announces Discovery Off Australia

Texaco announced two new gas discoveries in the Northern Carnarvon Basin, offshore Western Australia by joint ventures comprising Texaco, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell and BP. The Iago-1 well, located in Exploration Permit WA-25-P and the Io-1 well in Exploration Permit WA-267-P follow successful wildcat discoveries Geryon-1 (1999), Orthrus-1 (1999), Urania-1 (2000), Maenad-1 (2000) and Jansz-1 (2000) made by Texaco and its partners in the same area adjacent to the giant Gorgon gas field.


Fourth LEG/LPG Tanker Started

Start of steel construction - from left to right: Bernard Meyer (Meyer Werft), Magne Morken, Bertram Engelsen (both Solvang ASA), Lambert Kruse (Meyer Werft) Magne Morken, Managing Director of the Norwegian shipping company Solvang ASA, pushed the button of the computer-controlled plasma torch for the steel construction of the fourth gas tanker out of a series of four. Cutting of the first steel plate marks the start of the production process of the new gas tanker


Gazprom And Verbundnetz Gas To Stabilize European Supply

Supplies to Europe

Alexey Miller Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee stated, "In cooperation with Verbundnetz Gas we will increase the stability of gas supply to our European consumers in the autumn-winter period." He made the statement at St. Petersburg, which today hosted a meeting between Alexey Miller and Karsten Heuchert, Chairman of the Verbundnetz Gas (VNG) Executive Board. The two parties highly appreciated the current state of the partnership relations between the companies


Aker Solutions Secures Contract with Total E&P UK Ltd

Aker Solutions has secured a three year contract to provide operations and maintenance services to Total E&P UK Ltd and its joint venture partner DONG E&P (UK) Ltd at the new Shetland Gas Plant (SGP). The agreement includes provision of operations, maintenance and services support personnel for Total E&P UK at the new gas plant, which will receive gas from the Laggan and Tormore fields, west of Shetland.


ClassNK Issues Approval for Cargo Oil Tank Coating Testing System

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April 5 (Tokyo) - ClassNK announced today that it had provided the world’s first class approval for a coating testing system in line with the IMO’s new performance standard for the protective coatings of crude oil tanks to the Japanese Paint Inspection and Testing Association (JPIA). The approval certifies that JPIA’s new gas chamber corrosion testing system fulfills the testing requirements of the new IMO performance standard


Bulgaria Weighs Dependence on Russian Energy

Reuters - Bulgaria, heavily dependant on Russia for gas and oil, will estimate its own reserves and seek alternatives to cope with any worsening of the Ukrainian crisis, it said on Tuesday. Bulgaria imports over 70 percent of its energy resources, most of which come from Russia - through Ukraine - and is considering alternatives for its energy security "Several key threats can be outlined that can pose risks to Bulgarian security


Gazprom, OMV Meet on Establishing Nord Stream JV

Nord Stream landfall in Germany

  At a Meeting held at the Gazprom headquarters between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Company's Management Committee and Rainer Seele, Chairman of the Executive Board of OMV, issues of the Nord Stream II project implementation, particularly


Egypt, Russia Pact for LNG Shipments

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 The Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) signed an initial agreement with Russian company Rosneft to supply oil products and liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipments.   The document defines key terms of the future cooperation between the companies in the area of LNG supplies.


Gazprom, Gasunie Sign Framework Agreement - LNG

Han Fennema and Alexey Miller

  At a Meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee and Han Fennema, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of Gasunie a Framework Agreement on cooperation in the area of small scale LNG was signed by the two parties


IMO Adopts Regulations for Ships Using LNG

IMO adopts regulations for ships using liquefied natural gas as fuel Photo Danish Maritime Authority

  United Nations' International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted globally binding regulations for ships using liquefied natural gas (LNG) as fuel. The IMO has just adopted a new international code of safety for ships using gases or other low-flashpoint fuels – the so-called IGF


Brevik Gets Okay for Gas Containment System

LNG containment concept. Image by: Brevik Technology

 ABS has granted Approval in Principle (AIP) to a new gas containment system concept designed in Norway by Brevik Technology, a Vard subsidiary.   The containment system uses a series of independent, cylindrical IMO Type-B tanks and for the AIP was designed for application in a gas


Naming of UASC's 'Barzan' at HSHI, S. Korea

Naming ceremony of Barzan on 29th April at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries in Mokpo, South Korea. The DNV GL classed vessel will operate on the Asia-Europe trade (Photo Courtesy of UASC)

  Barzan, the first in a series of six 18,800 TEU container vessels ordered by UASC, was recently named at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) in Mokpo, South Korea. The vessel is the first to receive classification society DNV GL’s new GAS READY notation


Statoil: Polarled Pipe-Laying Kicks Off

The Polarled pipe-laying operation is scheduled  to be completed by the end of August. (Photo: Lillian Aasheim/Shell)

On 26 March, the Solitaire pipe-laying vessel started on the first stage of the Polarled installation project. The 482-kilometre long pipeline will transport gas from the Aasta Hansteen field in the Norwegian Sea to Nyhamna in western Norway.


Brightoil Reports Steady Growth in Interim Results

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Brightoil Petroleum (Holdings) Limited announced its interim results for the six months ended December 31, 2014, reporting steady growth over the period.   During the period, profit attributable to the owners of the group increased 3% year-on-year to HK$561 million


Bureau Veritas Wins Canadian Gas Fuel Contracts

British Columbia-based Seaspan Ferries has chosen BV class for two hybrid LNG/diesel/battery-powered ro-ro cargo ferries which will be built at the Sedef yard in Turkey. (Image: Bureau Veritas)

Bureau Veritas (BV) is to class two projects for gas-fuelled vessels to be built for Canadian owners in Turkish shipyards.   British Columbia-based Seaspan Ferries has chosen BV class for two hybrid LNG/diesel/battery-powered ro-ro cargo ferries which will be built at the Sedef yard in


Russia – Turkey Gas Pipeline Approved

Turkey

  Ankara hosted today a working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee and Taner Yildiz, Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources. The parties discussed the main issues of constructing a new gas pipeline across the Black Sea towards Turkey.


Rosneft Achieve Commercial Production in Irkutsk Region Blocks

Rosneft acquired commercial inflows of hydrocarbons on the licensed blocks of Irkutsk Region

  Commercial inflows of oil, gas and condensate have been acquired in four exploration wells on Rosneft’s licensed blocks, which were handed over to Verkhnechonskneftegaz for operational activities on geologic survey, exploration and production of hydrocarbon crude


Rolls-Royce Unveils Gas Turbine Service and Test Facility

Photo: Rolls-Royce

Vice Admiral Simon Lister, Chief of Materiel (Fleet), Defense Equipment and Support, opened a new gas turbine testing center last week at the Rolls-Royce facility at Filton, Bristol, U.K.   The Rolls-Royce Test Facility now includes a new WR-21 Test Cell


New Gas Pipeline To Turkey

Alexey Miller and Mehmet Konuk

  Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee and Mehmet Konuk, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Botas Petroleum Pipeline Corporation yesterday, signed in Ankara a Memorandum of Understanding on constructing an offshore gas pipeline across the Black Sea towards Turkey


DNV GL Gas Ready Notation

DNV GL’s new GAS READY notation provides a clear picture of the level of LNG fuelled preparedness of a vessel.

With the IGF Code practically finalized, the introduction of sulphur limits and burgeoning infrastructure and production capability, LNG as a ship fuel is spreading rapidly through the maritime world.   DNV GL’s new GAS READY notation gives owners


Getting Real on LNG Fuel

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Plentiful supply, low prices and strict regulations on air pollution are fuelling a swift move towards using LNG as fuel for ship propulsion in the USA and Canada. In Europe strict regulation in port is pushing passenger ship owners to use LNG fuel while berthed.






 
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