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Teekay Sign Yamal Charter for Newbuild

Teekay LNG Partners L.P. has entered into a 15-year time-charter contract with the Yamal LNG project, sponsored by Novatek OAO, Total SA, China National Petroleum Corporation and Silk Road Fund, to provide Yamal LNG with conventional liquefied natural gas (LNG) transportation services. Yamal LNG is scheduled to commence production in 2017. The fixed-rate time-charter contract will be serviced by one of Teekay LNG's previously unchartered 174,000 cubic meter MEGI LNG carrier newbuildings that is scheduled for delivery in early-2019. "We are pleased that our commercial team has secured this new 15-year charter contract which expands our service offering to the now fully-financed Yamal LNG project and reduces our uncommitted newbuildings to only one vessel…

Shell Loads First LNG Vessel at Gate Terminal

Coral Methane loading (Photo: Shell)

Shell loads first LNG vessel, using new LNG fuel infrastructure at Gate terminal. The new LNG fuel infrastructure included the construction of a new berth. This new berth has now started operations. The loading of Shell’s chartered LNG vessel, the Coral Methane happened on September 19th. In July 2014, Shell took the Final Investment Decision to buy capacity at the Gas Access to Europe (Gate) terminal, which enabled the investment in new, dedicated liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel infrastructure. The new LNG fuel infrastructure included the construction of a new berth.

LR, Penn Oak Energy Partner for LNG Retrofit Service

Lloyd’s Register North America, Inc. (LR) has teamed with Penn Oak Energy Corp to help companies raise capital and mitigate the technical risks associated with retrofitting ships fuelled by liquid natural gas (LNG), by providing a one-stop-shop solution to the industry. Ships that are fuelled by LNG can reduce operating costs while meeting stricter environmental regulations. LNG-fuelled ships have reduced emissions (nitrogen oxide, sulphur oxide and particulate matter) as compared with heavy bunker oil and even low-sulphur marine diesel. Historically, the leading expense for ship operators is fuel and personnel. The challenge to building these new ships has been that shipowners are unwilling to invest in LNG-fuelled ships if supplies of LNG bunker are difficult to obtain…

First FLNG Production Facility Completes Testing

Photo: Wison Offshore & Marine

The first natural gas floating liquefaction unit (FLNG) has completed performance testing at the Wison Offshore & Marine yard in Nantong, China, marking the first time LNG has been produced onboard a floating facility. The performance test was carried out in the presence of classification societies, EXMAR and all the relevant parties, Wison said. During the 72-hour performance test, the performance of the FLNG ensured all key design requirements and production capacities (guaranteed performance) were achieved for the unit’s operational effectiveness.

Alaska, ConocoPhillips Eye JV to Market LNG

Image: Alaska LNG Project LLC

The state-owned Alaska Gasline Development Corp. (AGDC), and ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. have executed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to form a joint venture company (JV) to market liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Alaska LNG project. AGDC said the joint venture would also focus on buying North Slope gas and pursue support of other major North Slope producers in the formation. The JV's ultimate goal is to bring global LNG buyers and North Slope wellhead sellers together.

Pavilion Energy, ExxonMobil Join on Singapore LNG Bunkering

Image: Exxon Mobil Corp

Pavilion Energy Pte Ltd (Pavilion) and Exxon Mobil Corp. (ExxonMobil) will work together to develop liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering in Singapore, as well as other downstream projects, reports the Straits Times. Both companies will also look at developing other downstream projects here, said Pavilion Energy chief executive Seah Moon Ming. The downstream sector typically refers to the processing and selling, or distribution of gas. Seah said  that the collaboration is aimed at establishing and fine-turning LNG bunkering procedures, starting with truck-to-ship deliveries.

Coal's Cost Advantage over LNG Slipping

file image: a ttypical bulk carrier at sea (Credit: BSM)

Thermal coal has been one of the commodity success stories this year, but there is a risk that it becomes a victim of its own success by eating into its advantage over liquefied natural gas (LNG) in generating electricity. The benchmark Australian thermal coal price, the Newcastle Index, rose to $70.76 a tonne in the week to Sept. 16, its highest in 18 months and taking its gain since the start of the year to almost 40 percent. In contrast, the price of spot LNG in Asia <LNG-AS> was $5.60 per million British thermal units (mmBtu) on Sept. 16, down almost 19 percent from the end of last year.

LNG Tech on tap at Europort 2013

The Port of Rotterdam predicts becoming a LNG bunkering hub by 2030

Emissions regulations from 2015 onwards are driving shipowners to a crossroads on fuel selection. Ahead of Europort 2013, Rotterdam, Dutch interests are making significant waves in tangible investments in LNG as a fuel option. While there is not consensus on the potential of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel, the concept is gaining traction rapidly as using LNG reduces nitrogen oxide (NOx) and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from ships, as well as allowing operators to meet restrictions set in Sulfur Emission Control Areas (SECAs) today, which tighten from 2015 onwards.

Indian Oil Giant May Scrap LNG Vessel Tender

Photo: GAIL

GAIL India, largest state-owned natural gas processing and distribution company in India, will likely scrap the tender for hiring LNG ships after failing to negotiate acceptable terms with bidders in what would hurt India's ambition to build high-tech LNG carriers at home under the Make in India programme, reports the Economic Times. The oil marketing giant had issued a tender last September seeking to charter at least 9 LNG vessels to bring home from the US up to 5.8 million tonne of gas annually from early 2018.

Finland's 1st LNG Terminal Opens

Image: Gasum Oy

Finland’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal at Pori on the west coast was officially opened, says Gasum. Deliveries of LNG to customers began on the same day, the company said in its statement. It enables LNG deliveries to industrial, maritime and heavy-duty road transport customers outside the gas pipeline network and diversifies the Finnish energy market. Access to LNG in Finland will improve considerably following the opening of the terminal. This is an important…

First Gas-Up Operation at Jebel Ali LNG Import Terminal

Excelerate's FSRU Explorer at DUSUP's Jebel Ali LNG Terminal in Dubai. (PRNewsFoto/Excelerate Energy L.P.)

Excelerate Energy L.P., in collaboration with Dubai Supply Authority (DUSUP), has completed the first commercial gas-up operation at DUSUP's Jebel Ali LNG Import Terminal via Excelerate's floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) Explorer on August 31, 2016. The FSRU gassed-up all five tanks of a 173,000 m3 LNG Carrier, in a 17-hour period. DUSUP's ability to utilize the FSRU for these operations will allow LNG vessels departing regional dry docks avoid having to travel significant distances to perform this required step in the LNG cargo cycle, making Dubai a full-service LNG hub.

Barging Right into LNG

A raft of new and innovative concepts for LNG barge missions hits the market, in North America and across the pond, as well. Industry gears up for the soon-to-come need for bunkering, infrastructure and LNG-related logistics. In 2014, innovation – as it turns out – means new ideas for the (previously) boring subject of marine barges. It also means LNG. Paired together, LNG and barges are giving naval architects, global classification societies and the operators of a new generation of LNG-powered tonnage something to think about.

IOC Eyes GSPC's Stake in Mundra LNG terminal

Image by Whessoe Technology Centre

Indian Oil Corp. Ltd (IOC) wants to buy debt-laden Gujarat State Petroleum Corp.’s (GSPC) entire stake in the in the under-construction Rs 4,500 crore ($672 million) GSPC-Adani liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Mundra, Gujarat, reports Livemint. GSPC is looking to exit the 5 million tonnes a year LNG import terminal project, which is likely to be completed by mid-2017, says sources. GSPC LNG Ltd, a unit of GSPC, holds a 50% stake in the project with the Adani Group owning 25%; the remaining 25% has been earmarked to be sold to a strategic partner.

BV & Ship-to-Ship LNG Bunkering

Ship-to-ship LNG bunkering

Bureau Veritas is supporting the adoption of clean fuel LNG through the classification of both vessels in the world’s first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operation between two independent ocean-going vessels. On September 3 2016, Terntank Rederi’s M/T Ternsund bunkered LNG from Coral Energy, a Dutch small scale LNG vessel owned by Antony Veder and chartered by Skangas. The operation was carried out at the entrance to the port of Gothenburg. The 15,000 dwt Ternsund is the world’s first LNG-fuelled newbuilding oil/chemical tanker.

Dynagas Partners inks long-term deals for two LNG Vessels

Courtesy Dynagas Partners

Monaco – March 31, 2016 –Dynagas LNG Partners LP. * Gazprom Global LNG Limited has extended its current charter for the 2007-built LNG carrier Ob River, on the same terms, until May 1, 2018 (plus or minus 15 days). In addition, the Partnership has entered into a new long-term time charter agreement with Gazprom Marketing and Trading Pte. Ltd., an affiliate of Gazprom, for the Ob River, which is expected to commence immediately following the vessel’s redelivery from its current charter with Gazprom, for a period of 10 years (plus or minus 15 days).

MEBA Signs LNG Crewing Agreement with Excelerate Energy

natural gas (LNG) carriers. congressional and administrative oversight over the last few years. address this issue. securing LNG tankers. well, working with Excelerate and other LNG operators. certifications for loading and discharging LNG. officers will join Excelerate's international fleet of LNG vessels.

ABS to Class 45,000 cbm LNG Carrier

ABS, a provider of classification services to the maritime and offshore industries, has been chosen to class a new design of medium-sized LNG carrier to be built in China for Landmark Capital. The 45,000 cbm vessel, featuring self-supporting IMO Type-A tanks mounted within an insulated hold space, will be built in China, with an option for another vessel. Last year, ABS completed an Approval in Principle for the 'LNT A-BOX' gas containment system and will review the vessel design, survey the construction and class the ship for operation upon delivery, which is due in 2017. Landmark Capital affiliate LNG New Technologies (LNT), with operations in Norway and Singapore, has developed the LNT A-BOX system and is providing engineering services for the project.

EGAS: Egypt to tender for 10 LNG Cargoes

Egypt will tender next week to import 10 cargoes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for delivery in July and August, an official from the state gas company, EGAS, said on Thursday. The official said Egypt would consider importing a further 10 cargoes of LNG, either through direct contracts or through a further international tender, once next week's tender is complete. Egypt relies to a large extent on LNG to generate electricity for its 90 million people. Reporting by Ehab Farouk

Inland Waterway LNG Tanker Christened

LNG Greenrhine christening: Photo courtesy of Peters Shipyard

The 'LNG Greenrhine'' has been christened by Mrs. Edwige Belliard, president of Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine (CCNR). The LNG Greenrhine is an electrically powered ship with diesel generators fuelled by LNG (Liquid Natural Gas). The use of LNG, compared to the traditional diesel oil, reduces emissions of CO2 and nitrogen oxides (NOx) by more than 25% and 80% respectively. Moreover, no sulphur dioxide (SO2) and particles are released. Due to the configuration of four engines…

Gorgon LNG Cargo Arrives Japan

Photo: Chevron Corporation

Tokyo Gas Co has received its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo from Chevron Corp's $54 billion Gorgon export facility in Australia, reports Reuters. The "Energy Confidence" vessel carrying about 70,000 tonnes of LNG arrived on Saturday at the company's Ohgishima LNG Terminal in Yokohama, near Tokyo, a company spokesman said on Monday. Chubu Electric received Japan's first cargo from the project around April, a Chubu spokesman said. Tokyo Gas signed a contract in 2009 to buy 1.1 million tonnes of LNG annually from the project for 25 years on a free-on-board (FOB) basis.

DNV GL approves Vard LNG-bunker Ship Design

Presentation of the AiP. From left Pål Spilleth (DNV GL)%2c Marius Øverland (Vard)%2c Johan P. Tutturen (DNV GL)%2c Andreas Buskop (Vard)%2c Roald Vårheim and Magnus Lindgren (both DNV GL)

DNV GL has awarded Vard Engineering Brevik AS with an Approval in Principle (AiP) for their new 6,500 m3 bunker vessel design. The design has been evaluated for compliance with the DNV GL Gas Bunker rules, the applicable Gas Carrier rules as well as the IGC Code's 2016 edition. "The excellent cooperation between DNV GL and Vard resulted in a development enabling flexibility and quality assurance of our design. We are proud of our joint efforts and strongly believe that the cooperation between DNV GL and Vard results in first class designs for shipowners and operators"…

Statoil to Supply Small-scale LNG to Baltics

Norway's Statoil will supply small-scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) to terminals in the Baltic Sea through Lithuania's Klaipeda LNG terminal, a company official said on Thursday. The move comes after the energy firm signed an agreement on Thursday with Litgas and Lietuvos Duju Tiekimas, gas trading subsidiaries of Lithuanian state-owned energy group Lietuvos Energija, to balance the gas supplies at the Klaipeda terminal. "If I'm sitting here in five years and this is a success story, I hope that we are churning three to five conventional cargos annually into this market", Statoil's head of LNG operations Ingvar Skogseide told reporters. Reporting by Andrius Sytas

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. imports of LNG are forecast to increase 10-fold by 2025 and Gazprom is clearly positioned to play a major supplier role. The Shtokman shelf holds an estimated…

 

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