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FERC Approves New LNG Terminal

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved several new natural gas projects, including the construction of a new marine terminal for liquefied natural gas (LNG) and expansion of a previously approved LNG project that will increase and enhance the energy infrastructure in the Gulf Coast region of the United States. The Commission approved a proposal by Corpus Christi LNG, L.P. and Cheniere Corpus Christi Pipeline Company to construct and operate a new LNG terminal and related pipeline facilities near Corpus Christi, Texas. The Commission also approved an amended proposal by Cameron LNG, LLC to expand its facilities in Hackberry, LA to receive larger LNG tankers at its terminal that is currently under construction. In separate decisions, the Commission approved three new storage facilities. FERC Chairman Pat Wood, III said, “These facilities add much needed infrastructure to meet our Nation’s ever-increasing demand for reliable and affordable energy.” The Commission authorized Corpus Christi LNG to construct and operate an LNG terminal to import, store and vaporize approximately 2.6 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of LNG per day. In addition, the Commission authorized Cheniere Pipeline Company to construct and operate a 23-mile, 48-inch diameter pipeline that would extend from the proposed terminal and interconnect with various interstate and intrastate pipeline facilities in San Patricio County, TX.


Mariners Get LNG Handling Experience At MSI

Maneuvering trials and Shiphandling training for Guayanilla, Puerto Rico Masters, Pilots and tug Masters were conducted at MarineSafety International's Newport Simulator Center April 17 - 20 and July 5 - 7, 2000. The port of Guayanilla was modeled, including a new LNG terminal to accommodate large, deep draft ships entering the port for the first time. The objectives of the trials were to give the mariners an opportunity to gain experience handling large LNG ships in their restricted harbor


Qatargas Gains Two New LNG Vessels

Two new LNG vessels that will join the Qatargas fleet have been handed over to the owners’ consortium by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Ltd (DSME) at its ship building yard in the Geoje Island in South Korea. The vessels Al Ruwais and Al Safliya will now proceed with bunkering and leave South Korea in the next few days. The first cargo will be delivered to Japan using one of these vessels before the year end.


ChevronTexaco Orders Two LNG Carriers

ChevronTexaco Corp. ordered two LNG carriers from Samsung Heavy Industries of South Korea to support the planned growth in the company’s LNG business. The new LNG carriers will have a capacity of 154,800 cubic meters each. Both carriers will be of membrane-type design and equipped with dual fuel diesel-electric propulsion. The two carriers are planned for delivery in 2009. ChevronTexaco Global Gas President John Gass said: "ChevronTexaco has large holdings of natural gas resources in


MarAd Approves Deepwater LNG Port Off Louisiana

It soon will be easier to import natural gas from fuel tankers, without disruption to shoreline communities and the environment, thanks in part to a new deepwater liquid natural gas (LNG) port approved today by the U.S. Maritime Administration. The LNG port, to be built by El Paso Energy Bridge Gulf of Mexico LLC about 116 miles south of New Orleans in the Gulf of Mexico, is a terminal to process and transfer natural gas received from LNG transport ships to a pipeline system


Tri-fuel LNG Carrier Delivered to GasLog

GasLog Ltd. announced the delivery of a new LNG carrier GasLog Santiago, from Samsung Heavy Industries. Immediately on delivery, which was on budget and ahead of schedule, she commenced a medium-term charter to Methane Services Ltd. (BG Group). The vessel is a 155,000 cubic meter tri-fuel Diesel Electric LNG carrier that sets new standards for efficient performance and environmental protection. The vessel is classified to the ABS ENVIRO+ notation


ABS Extends Design Approval for KC-1 LNG CCS

ABS has granted extended general design approval for the KC-1 LNG cargo containment system (CCS). The new membrane type will be installed on newbuild LNG carriers currently on order for Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS), the world's largest LNG importer.    The new LNG CCS design is a corrugated membrane type based on KOGAS' membrane containment system technology used for land-based LNG storage tanks. KOGAS developed the design concept for the KC-1 CCS in cooperation with the DSME


Malaysia's Petronas to Buy its Own Newbuild LNG Ships

Petronas says that as part of its strategy to optimise the value of its liquefied natural gas (LNG) business, it has decided to directly procure newbuild LNG ships to meet its LNG transportation requirements. The move will allow Petronas to have direct access to LNG shipping capacity at the lowest possible costs. The company adds that they will be engaging MISC Bhd to provide Project Management and Technical Consultancy services for the construction of the new LNG ships


ACP Signs Pact with Lake Charles Port

The signing of the ACP / Port of Lake Charles cooperation agreement(image: courtesy ACP)

Agreement meant to capitalize Canal expansion while attracting new LNG customers.   The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) signed a cooperation agreement with the Port of Lake Charles in Louisiana earlier this week, which aims to attract new customers from the liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry; a strategy that builds upon the advantages that the expanded Canal will offer. Currently, LNG vessels cannot transit through the waterway due to their beam dimensions


NYK Orders Three LNG Carriers

Mitsubishis Sayaringo STaGE LNG carrier

 Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) has concluded time-charters for two new LNG carriers with Diamond Gas International, a Singapore affiliate of Mitsubishi Corporation.   NYK also concluded a contract with MI LNG Company Limited for the construction of the LNG carriers, the company said in its press release.   The ships will haul gas from the Cameron LNG (liquefied natural gas)  project in Louisiana in the US to Asia, primarily Japan.  


Wärtsilä 34DF Becoming a Trendsetter

Picture of a 6-cylinder in-line Wärtsilä 34DF engine.

  The upgraded version of the Wärtsilä 34DF engine is rapidly becoming established as an industry standard. The three major South Korean shipyards are supporting the use of this engine for auxiliary applications in the LNG Carrier segment where dual-fuel engines are favoured


Jensen Develops 2 New LNG Bunker Barge Concepts

Image: Jensen Maritime Consultants, Inc.

Jensen Maritime Consultants, Inc., a naval architecture and marine engineering firm owned by Crowley Maritime Corp., has developed two new liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker barge concepts.   The two new fully customizable concepts aim to offering customers maximum flexibility and improved


Challenging Times Ahead for LNG Shipping

Global LNG Trade and Drewry LNG Liquidity Ratio per quarter (2013-2015YTD). Source: Drewry Maritime Research

LNG carrier freight rates have come under severe pressure due to rising fleet supply and stabilizing LNG demand, as Japan prepares to restart its nuclear power plants. Despite the general market belief that new LNG supply from Australian projects will provide ample employment to the growing fleet


LNG Owners Pool Fleets to Cut Costs

Photo: Dynagas

Three of the top liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker owners have decided to market 14 vessels jointly on a spot charter basis, part of a new pooling arrangement that is aimed at cutting operating costs in a depressed market. The pool, consisting of eight modern vessels from Norwegian shipper


LR, Penn Oak Energy Partner for LNG Retrofit Service

Lloyd’s Register North America, Inc. (LR) has teamed with Penn Oak Energy Corp to help companies raise capital and mitigate the technical risks associated with retrofitting ships fuelled by liquid natural gas (LNG), by providing a one-stop-shop solution to the industry.


Daewoo Shipbuilding Bags LNG Carrier Order

Photo: DSME

 South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering said it has received an order for a new LNG carrier from a ship management specialist Chandris of Greece.  The new deal calls for Daewoo to deliver the LNG vessel, able to carry 173,400 cubic meters of natural gas


Stiff Challenges Await Indian LNG Terminals

Graph Source: ICRA Research Estimates

 India's new LNG import terminals will face major challenges due to price sensitive demand, ICRA said in its latest update on gas utilities sector.    "Crowding of regasification terminals could put pressure on utilization levels


First LNG-fuelled Ferry in North America Commissioned

Image: Gaz Métro LNG L.P.

 Gaz Métro, a large LNG distributor, has commissioned the first ferry in North America to run on LNG, the NM F.-A.-Gauthier, through its subsidiary, Gaz Métro LNG L.P.    The vessel was commissioned in Québec, Canada


RAstar Tugs Selected Again for LNG Terminal Support

RAstar Series tugs are well proven LNG terminal supportescort tugs, in operation at major LNG facilities worldwide

  The Robert Allan Ltd. RAstar Series tugs are well proven LNG terminal support/escort tugs, in operation at major LNG facilities worldwide, including terminals in the United Kingdom, Yemen, Mexico, Indonesia, Norway, and the United States


British Columbia Readies for LNG Industry

Image: Pacific NorthWest LNG

British Columbia Finance Minister Mike de Jong has tabled a bill designed to spell out the rules for a proposed $45-billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry, placing the Liberal government’s pro-LNG agenda on a collision course with the NDP.  


Port Gothenburg Offering LNG

Image: Port of Gothenburg

 Ships running on liquefied natural gas (LNG) are going to be able to bunker at the Port of Gothenburg, as new regulations for LNG bunkering have been introduced by the Gothenburg Port Authority in collaboration with the Port of Rotterdam and the Swedish Transport Agency.  


FLEX Acquires LNG Assets from EXMAR

Image: EXMAR LNG

 Nicolas Saverys-led Exmar has agreed to integrate its LNG assets and infrastructure with those of John Fredriksen’s Geveran and Flex LNG under a new USD 2.3 billion company – Exmar LNG Ltd.   Belgian liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier owner and operator Exmar and Geveran


Global LNG Prices Hold, Supported by Middle East Demand

Asian liquefied natural gas (LNG) spot prices for August delivery were firm on Friday, underpinned by steady demand from the Middle East and the potential for stronger European demand after production cuts at the region's largest gas field.  


Gulf LNG Liquefaction Project on the Anvil

The Gulf LNG Liquefaction Project Map by Kinder Morgan

 The Gulf LNG Liquefaction Project proposed by Kinder Morgan and minority partners officially filed Friday for federal approval to add exporting capabilities to an existing liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal.    The $8 billion LNG export project near Pascagoula


Nordics First Bunkering Station for LNG

First Ever Bunkering Station for Liquefied Natural Gas (

  Skangas announced that the first ever bunkering station for liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the Nordics is open and operating successfully.  The new bunkering station fuels Fjord Line’s cruise ferries, which are the first - and largest - in the world to use "single fueled






 
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