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Westway Terminals $3.8m Expansion in La.

Westway Terminal Company LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Westway Group, Inc. (OTC BB: WTWG), launched a $3.8m expansion to its Port Allen facility today with a groundbreaking ceremony at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge.  Expansion plans include the construction of four, one million gallon bulk liquid storage tanks, which will expand the terminal’s capabilities by 25 percent. Upon completion, the terminal will provide 22 bulk liquid storage tanks with a total storage capacity of 21 million gallons.  “The project will generate 15 - 20 local construction jobs and add two full-time employees,” according to terminal manager, Terry Fleming. Engineering for the project was provided by Neel-Schaffer Engineering of Baton Rouge, La.; tank foundations will be constructed by Beard Construction Company of Port Allen, La.; contractors for the expansion include Performance Contractors of Baton Rouge, La. providing piping and mechanical work for the project and Pasadena Tanks Corporation of Houston, Texas for tank erection. Westway’s terminal at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge, on the Mississippi River, is a strategic U.S. Gulf South location.  The facility has excellent intermodal capabilities with access to ocean-going vessels, barge, rail and truck.


LNG Contract

Chicago Bridge & Iron Co. reportedly received a contract valued at more than $100 million to design and construct storage tanks for a new liquefied natural gas import terminal near Port Hawkesbury on Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada. The facility will be owned and operated by Bear Head LNG Corp., a unit of Anadarko Petroleum Corp.


Chevron To Hold LNG Open House

Chevron on Thursday is scheduled to hold its second open house for the public to learn about a proposed Pascagoula liquified natural gas terminal. The new depot would be located on 200 acres of unused industrial land within the current Chevron refinery complex. Bayou Casotte Energy, a subsidiary of Chevron, has not yet applied for permits for the project, which will include several major facilities including natural gas storage tanks, processing equipment and a ship docking area


DNREC Denies BP's Crown Landing Proposed LNG Pier

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary John A. Hughes has determined that the proposed LNG off-loading pier in the Delaware River is prohibited by the State’s Coastal Zone Act. The decision is in response to the Dec. 7, 2004 application of Crown Landing LLC to ascertain if a new pier facility to transfer liquefied natural gas (LNG) from ships in the Delaware River to storage tanks in New Jersey is allowable under the Coastal Zone Act.


Gullfaks A Platforms Slash Production

Norway's Gullfaks A and other linked oil platforms in the North Sea were cutting production to about 60,000 bpd on Wednesday from a usual 260,000 bpd due to a storm, state oil firm Statoil said. Heavy seas were preventing tankers from loading at offshore buoys at Gullfaks A and storage tanks in the legs of the platform were almost full. "We hope to be able to load tomorrow," Statoil spokeswoman Else Kathrine Nesmoen said. "If not, weather should improve on Friday and allow loadings


CNOOC LNG Terminal Approved

Reuters reports that China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) has won approval from the National Development and Reform Commission to build its fourth liquefied natural gas (LNG) receiving terminal and relevant facilities. The first phase of the Zhejiang project, costing around $1.03 billion and developed to receive 3 million tons of LNG per year, was scheduled to be operational in 2012, the parent of CNOOC Ltd said in an announcement on its website


Pollution Response in Katrina's Wake

The Coast Guard, the Environmental Protection Agency and the state of Louisiana are working together with local industries to recover spilled oil and mitigate further environmental damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The Coast Guard Sector New Orleans Federal On Scene Coordinator has established a forward operating base in Baton Rouge, La., to coordinate the pollution response efforts. The following industries are responding to product release in the aftermath of Hurricane


Algae-X — Optimal Fuel and Oil Quality

Created with the premise of reversing the process of fuel breakdown, Algae-X's fuel conditioning process optimizes fuel droplet size, which is designed to result in combustion efficiency, improved filterability, as well as lower operating costs. Based in Fort Meyers, Fla., Algae-X provides upgrades to the combustion process of engines and turbines. According to the company, improved combustion saves fuel and reduces carbon deposits, smoke, harmful emissions and maintenance


Hyundai Heavy Unveils LNG Cargo Containment System

Hyundai Membrane LNG Cargo Containment System

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) announced it has developed a high performance Hyundai Membrane LNG Cargo Containment System.   The shipbuilding giant’s new membrane type containment system for liquefied natural gas received Design Approval from classification societies including ABS and DNV.   The containment system, useable for LNG carriers, LNG FPSO, LNG fueled vessel and LNG bunkering systems, features dual metal barrier and high performance insulation systems


Weakness Found with Oil Spill Response Equipment

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Parat Halvorsen AS gathered key personnel from the maritime industry to a technical review and discussion of tank heating solutions for supply vessels with NOFO notation.   Technical and operational persons from shipyards, shipowners, consultants and the NCA (Norwegian Coastal Administration) were present as practical tests were performed at the company fabrication and test facilities in Flekkefjord. The seminar also covered the basic background theories for the empirical tests


FERC Drafts EIS on Freeport LNG Project

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FERC issues draft Environmental Impact Statement on the Phase II Modification and Liquefaction Projects (CP12-29-000 and CP12-509-000) The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has prepared a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Phase II Modification Project


New Air Regulator from TDI Improves Air Flow Consumption

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Tech Development (TDI) introduces its new TurboFlow Air Regulator which the company says dramatically improves air delivery to the start system. The TurboFlow Regulator combined with other TDI start system components provides perfectly matched air-flow to the turbine starter for improved


MARAD Study: Renewable Diesel Reduces Emissions, No Harm to Performance

T/S State of Michigan engine room (Photo: MARAD)

MARAD study shows renewable diesel fuel reduces emissions without impacting engine performance. The Maritime Administration (MARAD) has recently completed tests of renewable biofuel technology onboard the training ship State of Michigan. The project was part of a MARAD initiative to conduct


i3G Debts Tools for the i-tank Tank-Monitoring

Numerex announced that i3G, a provider of bulk-liquid tank monitoring solutions, recently added "Optimizer" and "Tank Management" tools to its core "i-tank" offering. Customers deploying i3G's i-tank solution now can utilize the "Optimizer" functionality to


Cameron Liquefaction Project Proposed

The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has prepared a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Cameron Liquefaction Project, proposed by Cameron LNG, LLC and Cameron Interstate Pipeline, LLC (collectively Cameron).


Flow Meters Provide LNG “Boil Off” Solution

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Level and flow instrumentation suppliers Allison Engineering have enjoyed success with a specialist flow meter application for their ST110 Gas Flow Meters being used on board LNG ships to measure boil-off gas, the natural wastage gas generated in the storage tanks


OW Bunker Contracted for BOSTCO Terminal

BOSTCO Terminal (photo courtesy of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners)

OW Bunker announced that it has signed an exclusive alliance with UNIPEC America to provide products at the new BOSTCO (Battleground Oil Specialty Terminal) fuel oil terminal in Houston.  The move further expands the company’s physical presence in the region


Descartes' Solution Transforms Tank Terminal

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Descartes Systems Group transformed its core business from the storage of grains to the storage of oils with the help of Descartes' advanced European customs connectivity and compliance capabilities. "In the European oil storage business


Harvey Gulf Breaks Ground with LNG Facility

Artists Depiction: the Harvey Gulf LNG Fuleing facility in Port Fourchon, LA.

Louisiana out in front on LNG bunkering infrastructure. New Orleans-based Harvey Gulf International Marine (HGIM) has announced the ground breaking of construction on its $25 million Phase 1, Slip B, LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) fueling facility at their Port Fourchon, LA terminal


Another Milestone for LNG Powered Ships in the U.S.

John Parrott, President of Totem Ocean Trailer Express and Björn Rosengren, President & CEO of Wärtsilä Corporation.

The U.S. continues to lead the push towards "LNG as Fuel" in the commercial shipping sector, as these 'historic' announcements are now becoming more routine.   Totem Ocean Trailer Express (Totem Ocean) announced that Wärtsilä will supply main engines


Singapore to Build Second LNG Terminal

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong

Reuters - Singapore plans to build a second terminal for liquefied natural gas (LNG), as it aims to create a regional trading hub for the fuel, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Tuesday. The city-state - located strategically on the main shipping route between Europe and Asia - started


Borgøy: the World’s first LNG-Fueled Tug

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Late last year, an innovative project to design and build the world’s first LNG fuelled escort tugs became a reality when the Borgøy was handed over for sea trials by builder Sanmar in Tulza Bay near Istanbul. For the Christening at the Sanmar Shipyard in Tuzla


LNG Foes go to the Mat in Maryland

Maps of Indian and Japanese ports paper the walls of a Dominion Resources Inc conference room in a small Maryland town, population 1,835, known more for crabbing and bird watching than global trade and the U.S. natural gas revolution. Dominion, an American energy company long focused on U.S


Shuttle Tanker Conversion to FSO Contract for Robert Allan

An Offshore FPSO: File photo courtesy of Sevan

Robert Allan Ltd. says it has been selected by Teekay Shipping (Canada) Ltd. to provide the contract engineering package for the conversion of the M/V Navion Clipper from a shuttle tanker into a Floating Storage and Offloading (FSO) unit. Scope of work


Robert Allan Ltd. Contracted for Teekay FSO Conversion

Robert Allan Ltd. announced that it was selected by Teekay Shipping (Canada) Ltd. to provide the contract engineering package for the conversion of the M/V Navion Clipper from a shuttle tanker into a Floating Storage and Offloading (FSO) unit.


 
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