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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.

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.

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

Offshore Installation at Lerwick

Lerwick port

  A large steel oil storage tank to be installed west of Shetland as part of Premier’s development of the Solan field has arrived in Lerwick onboard a heavy-transport vessel Xiang Yun Kou, to make use of the port’s deep-water quays and anchorage. The vessel is berthed at Holmsgarth 5 and local engineering and logistics companies have been engaged to prepare the tank prior to it being taken to the field.

US Shipyard to Produce GTT's LNG Membrane Tanks

Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT), a designer of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of liquefied natural gas (LNG), via its U.S. subsidiary GTT North America, announced the signing of an agreement with Conrad Shipyard for the future production of LNG membrane tanks using GTT's technology. The signing of an agreement initiates the process of training and preparing Conrad Shipyard, a major U.S

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

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

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

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

Oil Traders Scouting Further Afield for NY Diesel Storage

Oil traders are scouring the East Coast for places to store surplus diesel supplies, including on tankers just outside New York harbor, as prompt prices trade at their deepest discounts since the financial crisis.   Kinder Morgan, which operates roughly 165 storage terminals from Los

Oil Tankers Queueing in US Gulf Seen as New Symbol of Glut

A traffic jam of oil tankers has emerged along the U.S. Texas coast this month, a snarl that some traders see as the latest sign of an unyielding global supply glut.   More than 50 commercial vessels were anchored outside ports in the Houston area at the end of last week

Traders Prepare for Next Oil Price Dip

March 2016 would mark start of low-demand spring season. Oil traders are preparing for another downward turn in prices by March 2016, market data suggests, as what is expected to be an unusually warm winter dents demand just as Iran's resurgent crude exports hit global markets after sanctions

LNG Port in Poland Opened

The LNG terminal in Świnoujście. Photo: Polskie LNG S.A

 The Świnoujscie LNG terminal in northern Poland is ready to receive its first shipment of gas, with a tanker leaving Qatar on its way to Poland.      The tanker carrying LNG left Qatar-based Ras Laffan port on last Friday and is heading to the LNG terminal

Ferguson Launches New Offshore Bunded Tank

Photo: Ferguson Group

Ferguson Group, a supplier of offshore DNV 2.7-1 / EN12079 certified containers, mud skips, tanks, refrigeration/freezer modules, accommodation and workspace modules also certified to DNV 2.7-2, has introduced bunded tanks to its offshore fleet.  

Traders Scramble for Caribbean Crude Storage

Demand for crude storage in the Caribbean, one of the world's most important oil hubs, is rising as producers and traders try to ride out the worst price crash in six years by holding onto more barrels or making blends that can be sold for premiums.

EU-bound Jet Fuel Stays at Sea

Tankers anchored off Europe, extend voyage seeking buyers; outlook dim as imports to the region rise. A jet fuel market in Europe saturated by imports from Asia and the Middle East has forced sellers to keep their oil offshore on tankers or chose longer voyages as they seek out buyers.

MN 100: Elastec

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The Company: Elastec manufactures and markets innovative pollution control and recovery systems. The company’s core competency is oil spill response: skimmers, fire and containment booms, boom deployment systems, portable vacuum equipment, workboats, dispersant spray systems

Traders Eye Floating Diesel Storage in Atlantic

Europe diesel stocks reach fresh record high; huge imports from Asia, Middle East weigh on supplies. Oil traders are preparing to store diesel in giant tankers off the coasts of northern Europe and New York as land storage tanks are nearly full, traders said on Friday.

New Test Kit Detects Cat Fines Onboard

Image: Parker Kittiwake

Test kit detects catalytic fines to help prevent irreparable damage to fuel pumps, injectors, piston rings and liners   A new Cat Fines Test Kit has been launched by asset control and protection technology provider Parker Kittiwake. The onboard test identifies the presence of abrasive

Unwanted Diesel, Jet Ships Could Sink Oil Prices

Backlog of vessels at port threaten loading delays; ships with half a million tonnes taking the long route to Europe.  Unwanted diesel and jet fuel cargoes are backing up outside Europe's ports and taking longer, slower routes around the southern tip of Africa, traders say.

RINA Group Widens Gas Sector Services

International classification, certification and engineering group RINA said it has widened its services to the global gas industry. While its traditional classification society arm RINA Services has recently approved a new Compressed Natural Gas carrier to aid the exploitation of marginal fields

China Crude Cargoes Stranded on VLCCs

About 4 million barrels of crude oil bought by a Chinese state trader for the country's strategic reserves have been stranded in two tankers off an eastern port for nearly two months due to a lack of storage. The delays will cost millions of dollars and indicate how China is struggling to

FSP LNG Containment System Construction To Begin Soon

Chairman Zhang Mi

  The joint venture group FSP LNG BV stated that it is taking the FSP LNG Flat Panel Semi-membrane Prismatic Type B containment system through General Design Approval (GDA) with the American Bureau of Shipping in Houston, and is projecting that construction of the first tank will begin at

Huge Saudi Sadara Project Signs Deals for Storage, Port Services

King Fahd Industrial Port

  Saudi Arabia's Sadara Basic Services, fully owned by Sadara Chemical Co, has signed agreements covering storage facilities and port services, it said on Sunday as the firm prepares to start producing petrochemicals by the end of this year.

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