Angola LNG Compressor Leak Delays Loading Program

MarineLink.com
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

By Oleg Vukmanovic, Reuters

A compressor leak at Angola's new liquefied natural gas (LNG) export plant has delayed loading programs and reduced output at the $10 billion project, which is due to shut for two months from July, a site manager said.

Delays caused by a leaking valve at an air compressor unit has meant that LNG initially due to start being pumped aboard a waiting vessel on Tuesday this week has been pushed back to Monday next week.

The leak will affect the export of Angola's third LNG shipment of 2014 for which it is currently collecting bids as part of a tender launched last week.

"Five days ago an air compressor issue arose with one of the valves somehow leaking," a site source said.

"We are in the process of changing that valve, although at the moment we are operating at less than 50 percent due to this problem," he said, confirming the delayed loading program.

Gas supplies from offshore fields to the liquefaction plant also suffered setbacks earlier this month after a platform problem at BP's Block 18 shut off flows.

"There were platform issues that briefly halted supply from Block 18 a few days ago but that has now been resolved," he said.

The interruption had limited impact on output given that the vast bulk of the plant's feedstock arrives from ExxonMobil's Block 15. Total's Block 17 provides the rest.

A rig capsize last July that caused one death is also set to delay efforts to link two Chevron-operated offshore blocks with the plant.

As a salvage operation gets underway to remove the wreck, stakeholders have sped up efforts to establish supply lines with more remote fields in BP's Block 31 to boost output, but that gas is not flowing yet, the source said.

Sixty days of comprehensive maintenance have been scheduled from July in order to tackle various technical issues.

The project is operated by U.S. oil major Chevron with a 36.4 percent shareholding, while Sonangol has a 22.8 percent stake. Other stakeholders include Total, BP and ENI.


Maritime Today


The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter May 2016 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Tanker Trends

TORM CFO Zacho Resigns

Mads Peter Zacho, Chief Financial Offer at TORM, has resigned to become Chief Executive Officer at J. Lauritzen A/S. Mads has been with TORM since 2013 and will

Alfa Laval PureNOx Prime Ordered for Five VLECs

Alfa Laval’s new PureNOx Prime solution for water treatment in Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR), will be part of EGR systems on five very large ethane carriers

NASSCO Delivers Second ECO Tanker to APT

On Thursday, May 19, shipbuilders at General Dynamics NASSCO delivered the Magnolia State to longtime customer American Petroleum Tankers (APT). The ECO Class tanker

Finance

STX Sells Lorient Shipyard

The shipbuilding group STX France has offloaded its Lorient shipyard to a naval consortium.    The shipyard, which has produced civil and naval vessels, will be purchased by Kership,

DP World Launches $1.2 bln Sukuk Issue to Cover Tender

Dubai-based ports operator DP World launched a seven-year $1.2 billion sukuk issue on Tuesday, a document from lead managers showed.   The issue, structured to

Baltic Index Falls on Weaker Demand

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Tuesday as demand for larger vessel segments declined.

Salvage

Returning to the Scene of the Shipwrecks

A participant in a diving field school last fall, graduate student Tori Kiefer is back to help a new set of students learn the joy of surveying shipwrecks.   Last fall,

Grounded Bulker Repaired, Heads for Japan

The Captain of the Port for Oregon and southern Washington canceled the captain of the port order on the motor vessel Sparna allowing the vessel to leave its mooring at Kalama, Wash.

Ardent Earns ISO 9001:2015 Certification

Ardent, formed just over a year ago as a merger of A.P. Moller-Maersk’s Svitzer Salvage and Crowley’s Titan Salvage, has been issued the ISO 9001:2015 Certification

LNG

DSME, Sovcomflot Delay Delivery of First Arctic LNG carrier

South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) and Sovcomflot have agreed to delay a liquefied natural gas carrier being built for the Yamal LNG project in Russia.

HUMMEL LNG Hybrid Barge Begins Second Season

For over one year the HUMMEL has been contributing to improved air quality at the port of Hamburg. Becker Marine Systems’ LNG Hybrid Barge will also be supplying

France's CGT Will Block Elengy's LNG Terminals

France's hardline CGT union said on Monday that workers at Elengy, which operates three liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals in France, will go on strike from midnight until May 26 midnight included.

News

Iranian Port Deal: Modi's Masterstroke

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi signed a deal to develop the Chabahar port in Iran for which India will extend $500 million. The historic pact makes Chabahar

Winners of Ferry Design Contest Selected

Winners of International Student Design Competition for a Safe Affordable Ferry to be revealed at the Ferry Safety and Technology Conference   Dr. Roberta Weisbrod,

Maritime Consolidation: Palfinger Aims to Acquire Harding

As maritime markets continue to struggle, merger and acquisition activity should heat up. Today, Austria's Palfinger Group announced that it intends to acquire

Offshore Energy

Subsea Forestry: Separating The Wood From The Trees…

Over the course of the last 20 years, oil and gas companies have cultivated a vast metallic forest beneath the world’s oceans, consisting now of some 5,800 installed subsea trees,

Olympic Pact with Canyon Offshore

Norwegian offshore shipping company Olympic Shipping has entered into a frame agreement with Canyon Offshore for the joint marketing and subsequent operation of

Maritime Consolidation: Palfinger Aims to Acquire Harding

As maritime markets continue to struggle, merger and acquisition activity should heat up. Today, Austria's Palfinger Group announced that it intends to acquire

 
 
Maritime Security Maritime Standards Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Repair Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1375 sec (7 req/sec)