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US Energy Dept OKs Cove Point LNG Export

Cove Point Terminal (Photo: Dominion)

The U.S. Energy Department said Thursday it has given the final approval for Dominion Resources to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from its Cove Point, Maryland plant.   The Cove Point plant is investing $3.8 billion in new infrastructure to ship up to 0.77 billion cubic feet of LNG starting late in 2017 to countries with which the United States does not have free trade agreements.   The DOE said it conducted "an extensive careful review" of Dominion's applications and considered the economic, energy security and environmental impacts of the plant before approving the Cove Point shipments for 20 years.   Some environmentalists have fought Cove Point, believing the LNG trade would increase pollution from fracking in the United States. Others support greater development of natural gas as a replacement for coal.   The Sierra Club and several other green groups on Thursday filed suit in the District of Columbia Circuit court over a recent decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve the terminal.   Cove Point needs approval from both federal agencies.     (Reporting by Timothy Gardner; Editing by Andrew Hay and Bernadette Baum)


Aurora LNG Submits Canada Export Bid

British Columbia’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) proposal at Grassy Point near Prince Rupert has filed its export application with Canada's National Energy Board (NEB). "Aurora LNG is moving forward with their plans to export B.C.'s natural gas to new markets overseas," said Premier Christy Clark. "This marks another step towards realizing the transformative opportunity LNG presents us. Aurora LNG's commitment to building this new industry will create jobs and


Analysts: Demand for LNG Tankers Decreasing

Excess capacity in the global fleet of liquefied natural gas carriers will be at its highest this decade in 2008, as a growing worldwide fleet results in lower utilization rates, according to the Royal Gazette. Demand for LNG tankers has deteriorated markedly as a result of a large increase in fleet supply partly caused by speculative orders for new ships, industry analysts pointed out. Utilization of the LNG fleet will fall to 77


Rhode Island Passes Bill on LNG Ship Ops

The House of Representatives today voted 66-0 to approve legislation introduced by Rep. Raymond E. Gallison Jr. to require any LNG tanker to have an LNG-certified American master mariner present on each trip through Rhode Island waters and during transfer of cargo. Representative Gallison, chairman of the Special House Commission to Study the Transportation of Liquefied Natural Gas and a Democrat who represents District 69 in Bristol and Portsmouth


New Asia-Pacific LNG Markets in Gazprom's Sights

LNG carrier: Photo courtesy of Gazprom

Russian energy company Gazprom takes a look at its marketing policy in the international markets of small & large-scale LNG supply in line with its  updated LNG production and supply strategy, and decides to focus on the Asia-Pacific market. Gazprom's main efforts for expanding large-scale LNG exports are to be focused on the fast-growing Asia-Pacific market. The company says it will step up its presence in the new market primarily through increasing the


DNV GL Forms Americas LNG Solutions Group

Bjørn-Harald Bangstein

To meet the rapidly growing demand for a wide variety of LNG related services, DNV GL has established a group of LNG experts in North America. In addition to deep LNG expertise, the Houston-based “LNG Solutions Group - Americas” is also experienced in all business, risk and regulatory matters specific to the North American market. With the increasingly strict regulation of sulphur emissions in force next year and the already tightened Emission Control Area regulation for the U.S


Port Dolphin Files Deepwater Port Application with Coast Guard

Port Dolphin Energy LLC, a wholly owned US subsidiary of the Norwegian based company Höegh LNG AS, has submitted an application to the U.S. Coast Guard for approval to build and operate a deep water port for the import of natural gas to Florida's west coast. The proposed project will consist of: two submerged turret unloading and mooring buoys (STL type) to receive an average of up to 800 million cubic feet per day of natural gas from LNG Shuttle and Regasification Vessels (SRVs)


LNG Vessel Docks at Teesport

PD Ports welcomed the arrival of U.S.A based Excelerate Energy’s first full LNG vessel, since the regasification facility opened at Teesport in 2007. The liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker, named after its owners, Excelerate, entered the Tees River in the early hours of Monday 13th April.  The vessel, which stands some 909 ft in length, was carrying 58,500 tonnes of LNG.  The vessel had sailed from Point Fortin in Trinidad.


Washington State Ferries Explores LNG as Fuel

Kenneth Vareide, Director of DNV’s maritime operations in North America

“WSF burns more than 17 million gallons of ultra-low sulfur diesel each year – and it’s our fastest growing operating expense. LNG has the potential to significantly reduce emissions and the cost of fuel,” said Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Assistant Secretary David Moseley. LNG as a fuel is a promising, but new technology. To ensure that the safety, security and operational challenges of such a move is handled in a responsible manner


Crowley Gets Small-Scale NFTA LNG Supply License

Gas tanker: Photo courtesy of Crowley

Crowley Maritime Corp. informs that its subsidiary Carib Energy LLC has been granted a 20-year, small-scale U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) export license for the supply, transportation and distribution of U.S.-sourced liquefied natural gas (LNG) into Non-Free Trade Agreement (NTFA) countries in the Caribbean, Central and South America. As a result, both commercial and industrial customers within NFTA countries can now benefit from cost-efficient


Strong Returns for Sovcomflot

Grand Aniva is one of two Sovcomflot LNG tankers chartered by the operator of the Sakhalin-2 project – Sakhalin Energy Investment Company (SEIC). The photo has been provided by SEIC.

 Russia’s biggest shipping company PAO Sovcomflot (SCF Group) surpassed its own expectations and went forward on both revenue and net profit in the first six months.   It has posted a gross revenue increase of 11.8 per cent in the first half of 2015 worth USD 754


Hitachi Gas Supply System Order for MHI

LNG pressurizing part of high-pressure gas supply system (MHIs testing equipment of the same type)

  Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has received an order from Hitachi Zosen Corporation for a high-pressure gas supply system enabling use of natural gas as fuel in marine engines. In lieu of conventional heavy oil, the system supplies liquefied natural gas (LNG)


HHI Orders Regasification Systems from Wärtsilä

The Wärtsilä regasification module seen here with storage tank and filter/heater module (Photo: Wärtsilä)

South Korean shipyard Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has ordered two seawater/propane based regasification modules from Wärtsilä. The systems are to be installed on floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) vessels owned by Höegh LNG


LNG-fueled Box Ship a 'Momentous Step Forward'

Perla del Caribe, the second of two LNG-fueled Marlin Class ships built by General Dynamics NASSCO for Tote, was launched at NASSCO’s yard in San Diego. (Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO)

On Saturday, August 29, 2015, the world’s first series of energy efficient containerships welcomed its second LNG-powered vessel in San Diego, fueling the U.S. maritime industry with cutting edge economic and environmental efficiencies powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).


Survey Underway for Morecambe Bay LNG Project

Photo courtesy of Bibby HydroMap

Seabed survey company Bibby HydroMap have begun survey operations on the proposed LNG project off Morecambe Bay. The work program comprises geophysical, geotechnical and environmental surveying of the proposed pipeline route to shore and will be undertaken using a multi-vessel approach


Texas LNG’s Brownsville Project Progressing

Artist impression depicting Texas LNG’s planned liquefaction facilities. (Image courtesy of Texas LNG Brownsville LLC)

Texas LNG appoints BNP Paribas as financial adviser for Brownsville LNG project, progresses FERC pre-filing process and completes over 60 percent of front end engineering and Design for facility.   Texas LNG Brownsville LLC announced that BNP Paribas has been appointed as financial adviser


Expert Panel Set for LNG Marine Fuel Seminar

Photo; ECM Training Services

ECM Training Services, LLC, in conjunction with Galway Group, will hold an interactive training seminar entitled "Pursuing ECA Compliance: Is LNG as a Marine Fuel Viable?" September 22-23, 2015, at Minute Maid Park in Houston.  


NLNG Bullish on Prospects

Photo: Nigeria LNG Limited

 The Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas company (NLNG) has shipped 3,200 liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes by Q2 of 2015, since it began international gas exports in 1989, the managing director, Babs Omotowa said, reports Business Day.  


Busan LNG Bunkering Terminal by 2020

Photo Source: Busan New Container Terminal

 A new liquefied natural gas (LNG)-bunkering terminal may become operational at South Korea's Busan New Port by 2020.    South Korean shipping company Polaris Shipping will reportedly invest $500 million (KRW 600 billion) to construct the facility.  


New Radar Interface for Rose Point ECS

Image: Rose Point Navigation Systems

Rose Point Navigation Systems announces the launch of its new Commercial Radar Interface, delivering a solution for interfacing marine radars with Rose Point ECS.   The design of the Commercial Radar Interface uses an all-digital interface for data transfer that ensures a high level of


Keel Laid for Crowley’s 2nd LNG ConRo Ship

Photo: Crowley

The keel for the second Commitment Class liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered, combination container – Roll-On/Roll-Off (ConRo) ship for Crowley Maritime Corp.’s liner services group was laid yesterday during a ceremony at shipbuilder VT Halter Marine, Inc


Qatar Onslaught of LNG Supply to Shake-up the Market

Photo: Qatargas Operating Company Limited

 Gas giant  Qatar is the world’s top supplier of liquefied natural gas (LNG), but in the coming five years it could be surpassed by Australia, a shift which could weigh on its dominance in Asia, reports Reuters.   Asia accounts for almost three quarters of the global market


Rosneft, EGAS Ink LNG Supply Deal

HO of  Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company

  Rosneft Trading SA, a company of Rosneft Group, and the Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) signed a Master LNG Supply and Purchase Agreement. The document was signed by the Chairman of Rosneft Management Board Igor Sechin and the Chairman of EGAS Eng


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


Yamal LNG Arctic Project in Doldrums

Yamal LNG in the Icy Russian Arctic. Photo by Total

 The massive $27 billion Yamal LNG liquefied-natural-gas venture in the Arctic Circle, a centerpiece of President Vladimir Putin’s plan for Russia has been squeezed by U.S. restrictions on OAO Novatek, says a report in the WSJ.  






 
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