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Samsung Records LNG Order

Qatar Gas transport Company (Nakilat) has placed order for another Q-Max LNG carrier, the largest liquefied natural gas tanker in operation, according to a report on www.gulf-times.com. Nakilat signed the shipbuilding contract for Q-Max, with a capacity of 265,000 metric tonnes, with Samsung Heavy Industries, South Korea. With the vessel joining Nakilat service, the company will have a fleet strength will rise to 17. A Q-Max vessel costs about $300mn. In addition to the fully-owned 17 LNG carriers, Nakilat holds stakes between 30% and 60% in another 28 LNG carriers either delivered or on order to service various Qatari LNG projects. The ship will be powered by twin, slow speed diesel engines and will have full-scale on-board re-liquefaction plants which maximize LNG deliveries. The modification of existing shore side technology to onboard use allow the vessels to use more efficient slow speed diesel engines and depart from the traditional, less efficient, steam turbine. Nakilat was formed in June 2004 and is a joint stock company owned 50% by its founding shareholders and 50% by the public as a result of an IPO issued early 2005. In addition to owning LNG tankers, DSM-listed Nakilat is involved in a number of other marine related ventures in Qatar. (Source: www.gulf-times.com)


Nakilat to Invest $11.5b in Fleet Expansion

Qatar Gas Transport Company (Nakilat) is investing $11.5b in its bid to become the largest owner of LNG/LPG tankers fleet by the end of the decade. The plan is to acquire 60 ships by 2010 to ferry liquefied natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas worldwide, Nakilat vice-chairman Faisal M Al-Suwaidi is quoted to have said in a report in the Gulf Times. While 46 tankers are meant for LNG transportation, the rest will be used for liquefied petroleum gas supply


Concordia Leads Tanker Innovation

Concordia Maritime of the Stena Group has again taken the industry lead announcing firm contracts for four (with two options) for an innovative new series of 49,900 dwt tankers dubbed P-MAX. Croatia’s Brodosplit Shipyard was tapped for the job, with delivery of the first ship scheduled for 2005.. The P-MAX is an extension of the creative Stena MAX concept, which was the development of an advanced class of tankers with features to ensure safe operation in the world’s most sensitive waters.


Russian Government to Cancel LNG Export Duties

The Russian government may cancel export duties on liquefied natural gas (LNG) following a request from Gazprom, says an RIA Novosti report. The gas giant plans to build two LNG plants near the giant offshore Shtokman gas field and in East Siberia for export to the U.S. market. The move is being discussed by a government committee and is set to be put to Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov for approval. Both Russia and the U.S. view LNG as the centerpiece of their energy dialogue. U.S


Qatargas Names its Q-flex Ships

Qatargas has named the first two Q-Flex LNG vessels - Al Ruwais and Al Safliya - at a ceremony held at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Ltd. (DSME) ship building yard in Geoje Island. The ceremony which was presided over by His Excellency Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Energy and Industry and Mr. Neil Duffin, President of ExxonMobil Development Co. officially named the two ships which are the first of 45 large LNG ships to be delivered for


Concordia Maritime;s Interim Report

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Concordia Maritime AB (publ), an international tanker shipping company, announced its interim report. Highlights include: • Net sales: USD 50.55 million • Profit after tax: USD 7.20 million • Profit per share after tax: USD .150 • EBITDA of USD 18.1 (9.2) million • Forecast for 2008 unchanged: A profit before tax of USD 9.03 million Concordia Maritime has ordered ten tankers, which are being built in accordance with the MAX concept


Concordia Maritime Invests in more Tankers

Concordia Maritime has exercised existing options and placed an order with the Brodosplit shipyard in Croatia for a further two vessels in the P-MAX series, thus extending the series to ten units. Concordia Maritime has invested a total of more than SEK 3.5 billion in its new fleet, which currently consists of ten P-MAX tankers and two Panamax tankers. The two vessels now ordered are expected to be delivered in 2010.


Concordia Orders New P-MAX Tankers

Concordia has now exercised its option at Brodosplit Shipyard in Split, Croatia, to order a further two Stena P-MAX product tankers at a predetermined price. This means that Concordia now has six vessels on order at the shipyard for delivery in 2005-2006. Superior economy, safety and environmental friendliness The vessels, called Stena P-MAX, are conceptually similar to the two V- MAX tankers utilised by Concordia to transport oil from West Africa to


New Sloshing Guidelines for LNG Cargo

Lloyd's Register, the world leader in the classification of LNG carriers, has published a new guidance document for the design of membrane-technology liquid natural gas containment systems.   The document is aimed at improving design procedures with respect to sloshing forces, and is the result of a long program of research and development, including extensive consultation with industry, and an investment of over $1,1m


Yamaha Outboards Recognized as Best Buy

Yamaha VMAX SHO® outboard engines recognized by Consumers Digest as a 'Best Buy' Three Yamaha four-stroke outboards, the Yamaha V MAX SHO® VF200, the Yamaha V MAX SHO® VF225 and the Yamaha V MAX SHO® VF250 have been awarded a Consumers Digest Best Buy rating. “The V MAX SHO® family incorporates plasma-fusion technology that allows them to be particularly efficient, powerful and light.”In determining the ratings


Alaska Plan To Export North Slope Gasp

  Alaska's legislature on Monday approved Governor Sean Parnell's plan to join four energy companies in moving ahead on plans to build infrastructure to transport and market 35 trillion cubic feet of North Slope gas to be shipped by an 800-mile pipeline to a liquefied natural gas (LNG)


Russian Partners Agree Icebreaking OSV Constructions

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Sakhalin Energy and Sovcomflot (SCF) inform they have agreed to extend their co-operation having signed a number of agreements for construction and long-term operation of support vessels for the Sakhalin-2 project. SCF explain that the vessels will be used as year-round personnel carriers and


ABS Approves Design for GTTNA’s LNG Bunker Barge

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GTT North America (GTTNA), the Houston-based subsidiary of French engineering and technology company Gaztransport & Technigaz SA (GTT), received approval in principle from ABS for the design of a 2,200 cu.m.  liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker barge


Imperial: Decision on Canadian LNG Project Distant

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Imperial Oil Ltd said on Thursday it is not yet close to deciding on whether it will go ahead with a Canadian liquefied natural gas export plant it is exploring with its majority owner Exxon Mobil Corp. Speaking to reporters following the company's annual meeting, Rich Kruger


U.S. House Bill Approving LNG Exports

A U.S. House subcommittee voted on Wednesday to advance a bill that would eliminate the need for government approval of U.S. liquefied natural gas exports to countries that belong to the World Trade Organization.   The legislation, which will be considered by the full House energy


US LNG Export Bill Clears Hurdle

A U.S. House subcommittee voted on Wednesday to advance a bill that would eliminate the need for government approval of U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports to countries that belong to the World Trade Organization. The legislation, which will be considered by the full House energy committee


GasAtacama has US LNG Providers Lined Up

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GasAtacama, energy provider to metal producers in Chile's Atacama desert, has lined up eight potential U.S. natural gas suppliers for a proposed import terminal on its Pacific Coast, but uncertainty about energy demand has delayed deals, CEO Rudolf Araneda told Reuters on Thursday.


House LNG Export Bill Advances

The Subcommittee on Energy and Power today approved H.R. 6, the Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act, by a vote of 15 to 11. Authored by Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), the legislation would cut through the red tape blocking exports of U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG). H.R


US Renews ConocoPhillips' Permit for Alaska LNG Export

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The U.S. Energy Department on Monday renewed ConocoPhillips' permit allowing the company to export liquefied natural gas from Kenai, Alaska to all countries. The approval was expected. The U.S. government has allowed LNG exports from Alaska's Kenai terminal for the past 47 years.


LNG Bunkering Will Develop Fast - LR Study

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Lloyd's Register’s (LR) LNG Bunkering Infrastructural Survey 2014 indicates that major ports around the world are either planning for, or are anticipating, the wide-scale development of LNG bunkering. 22 ports were assessed in the analysis with 18 key questions addressed.


OSC Plans Fleet Expansion through 2018

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State-owned Oman Shipping Company SAOC (OSC) is projecting to expand its current fleet of 43 ships to 50 by 2018, the Oman Daily Observer reported. According to the report, the expansion is in line with a ramp-up in hydrocarbon, petrochemical and industrial investment throughout Oman.


Petrobras, Mitsui Study South Brazil LNG Import Terminal

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Brazil's state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA and Japanese trading house Mitsui Corp will study building a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in the country's southernmost state, Rio Grande do Sul, to supply more fuel for local manufacturers and power generators.


Q-Max Floating Dock Launched

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On March 21, 2014, senior management from N-KOM and Nakilat attended the launching and naming ceremony of N-KOM’s Q-Max sized floating dock at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries in South Korea. 42,000T of fabrication work has been completed for the floating dock named Laffan


Shell Commited To Russia Expansion Despite Sanctions

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Royal Dutch Shell is committed to expansion in Russia, Chief Executive Ben van Beurden told Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting on Friday amid sanctions imposed on the country after its annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region.  


Japan LNG Imports Hit Record Levels

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Japan imported record volumes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and thermal coal in the fiscal year ended in March, as the country's  shutdowns of nuclear stations since the Fukushima disaster in 2011 forced utilities to burn more fossil fuels to generate power.


 
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