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Monday, June 25, 2018

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FPSO at Jubilee Oil Field to Close for Fix

Photo: Tullow

The production vessel at Tullow's flagship Jubilee oilfield off Ghana's west coast will shut down next week for 21 days while it undergoes repairs, the country's power utilities said on Monday. The planned shutdown next Monday of the Kwame Nkrumah production vessel, which currently produces both oil and gas, will result in a cut to offshore gas supply, the companies said in a statement. They said any loss of power generation would be offset by generating additional power from the eastern port of Tema area. Tullow did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

LNG to Benefit Philippines, Says ADB Energy Expert

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo: PNA

The Philippines stands to benefit from introducing liquefied natural gas (LNG) to support power generation and making it part of its energy mix, the government's Philippine News Agency reported quoting  an energy sector expert for the Asian Development Bank (ADB). “Right now and the foreseeable future, natural gas and LNG is much cheaper today compared to two to three years ago, so there is a chance for the Philippines and for the countries in Asia to benefit from LNG and this is window of opportunity I think,” ADB chief of energy sector group Dr.

Gazprom Soothes Europe Over Gas Supply Via Ukraine

Courtesy Gazprom

Russia's Gazprom assured European customers it would continue to supply their gas, after its threat to halts supplies to transit nation Ukraine next month over non-payment. Any shortfall would be the fault of Ukraine, chief executive Alexei Miller told Russian television. Moscow blamed theft by Ukraine for a disruption to exports in a previous dispute. Russia has warned that it will not supply Ukraine with gas in June unless Kiev pays in advance $1.66 billion by June 2, raising fears that gas piped to Europe through Ukraine could be affected.

Gazprom Extends Gas Contract with Austria’s OMV

Foreground: Alexey Miller and Rainer Seele at signing ceremony. Background: Vladimir Putin and Sebastian Kurz. Photo by OMV

Russian gas firm Gazprom has signed a new deal to extend the existing gas supply contract with Austria’s OMV until 2040. Under the existing contract between Gazprom Export and OMV Gas Marketing & Trading, Gazprom agreed to supply gas to OMV until 2028. The document was signed in the presence of Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, and Sebastian Kurz, Federal Chancellor of Austria, as part of the celebrations marking 50 years of supplies of Russian gas to Austria.

‘Natural Gas Operating Fleet’ Concept Receives AiP

Sanjay Verma, Wärtsilä; Jim Smith, Lloyd's Register; and Zhao Zhijian, CHI with the Natural Gas Operating Fleet concept's AiP Certification (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä and COSCO shipping Heavy Industry Co (CHI) have announced the joint development of a natural gas operating fleet concept, and this design has now obtained Lloyd's Register's (LR) Approval in Principle (AiP) certificate. The development project was carried out under the terms of a memorandum of understanding cooperation signed in June 2016 between the three companies. According to the developers, the aim of the concept is to offer global operators a more efficient and…

LNG: DSME Unveils High-Pressure Fueled Gas Supply System

(Photo courtesy DSME)

In May 2011, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (www.dsme.co.kr) has developed a new HP-FGS(High-Pressure Fueled Gas Supply) system for MAN-Diesel & Turbo’s ME-GI (Gas Injection) Engine, and presented it to the market via a road show in Copenhagen, Denmark. Though there are small and middle size LNG fueled vessels already, this dual fuel engine for large commercial vessels which cover most of shipping industry is an original. This HP-FGS system effectively supplies highly-pressurized (about 300 bar) natural gas fuel to an engine.

Daewoo Develops Gas Supply System

In May 2011, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering developed a new HP-FGS (High-Pressure Fueled Gas Supply) system for MAN-Diesel & Turbo’s ME-GI Engine. Though there are small and middle-size LNG fueled vessels already, this dual fuel engine was designed for large commercial vessels. This HP-FGS system supplies highly-pressurized (about 300 bar) natural gas fuel to an engine. To date, existing FGS systems compress gas to a high pressure. This process requires enormous amounts of electricity and large deck area to accommodate the size of this equipment.

IEA Examines Security of Gas Supply

Global gas-fired power generation is fast emerging as a new driver of gas demand, representing 70% of the increase in demand in OECD countries over the period 2000-2030. This tremendous increase is due to the environmental qualities of natural gas, its competitiveness in combined cycle gas turbines (CCGTs). Its adaptability also makes it attractive for the newly, open power sector. Open gas markets are already delivering a great deal, but government monitoring is vital to ensure secure supplies and adequate investment. These issues are addressed by a new International Energy Agency publication “Security of Gas Supply in Open Markets: LNG and Power at a Turning Point” which will be launched by Claude Mandil…

Energean Signs First Deal to Supply Gas to Israel

Photo: Energean Oil & Gas S.A

Greek developer Energean Oil & Gas has secured its first gas supply deals for Israel's Karish and Tanin reservoirs, Reuters reported. The deals were signed with Dalia Power, which operates Israel's largest private power station, and Or Power, which is planning to build new power plants, Energean said in a statement. The two firms will be purchasing an overall amount of up to 23 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas to operate the Dalia power plant – Israel's largest private power station –  as well as future such facilities to be built by Or, the partners announced on Sunday.

Svitzer Bags FSRU Support Contract in Bangladesh

Svitzer will provide marine support services for the Excelerate Energy FSRU at Bangladesh’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal. Excelerate Energy Bangladesh Limited awarded Svitzer the 15-year contract following a competitive tender process. The contract also includes a five-year option. Bangladesh’s first LNG import terminal, located offshore Moheshkhali Island in the Bay of Bengal, will enable Petrobangla, the state owned energy company, to increase natural gas supply in the country by up to 20 percent, sufficient to support up to 3,000 MW of power generation capacity. The construction of the terminal will commence in the fourth quarter of 2017 and is anticipated to be in service by mid- 2018.

Lithuania Receives First U.S. LNG Cargo

File Image: A typical LNG Carrier at Sea (CREDIT: QGTC))

Lithuania received its first spot shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States on Monday, the result of a deal aimed at reducing dependence on Russia and consolidating relations with Washington amid increased tension in the region. Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014 has spooked the Baltic states, once ruled from Moscow but now members of both NATO and the European Union. "This is crucially important for the whole region," said Lithuania's Foreign Affairs Minister Linas Linkevicius.

Finnish LNG Terminal Work Awarded

The port of Hamina will be the first LNG receiving terminal in Finland connected to Finnish gas grid. Photo:  Wärtsilä Energy Solutions

The technology group Wärtsilä has announced it has been awarded a turn-key contract with Hamina LNG Oy to supply a liquefied natural gas (LNG) receiving terminal to be built in Hamina, Finland. The scope includes site filling, soil refurbishment, civil works, infrastructure, full containment storage tank with a combined net volume of 30 000 m3, regasification and gas metering, BOG (boil-off gas handling) system, electrical and control system, unloading, loading system and bunkering and truck loading. The LNG terminal is scheduled to be operational in August 2020.

Hitachi Gas Supply System Order for MHI

LNG pressurizing part of high-pressure gas supply system (MHI's testing equipment of the same type)

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has received an order from Hitachi Zosen Corporation for a high-pressure gas supply system enabling use of natural gas as fuel in marine engines. In lieu of conventional heavy oil, the system supplies liquefied natural gas (LNG), injected under high pressure, to the engine. This configuration curbs emissions of sulfur oxides (SOx), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and carbon dioxide (CO2), thus contributing to reduction of environmental loads. Delivery of the system is scheduled for the second half of 2016…

Wärtsilä, GTT Partner on LNG Solutions

The inside of a GTT cryogenic membrane tank. Photo: Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä and GTT finalized a cooperation agreement at the Marintec conference and exhibition in Shanghai, China on December 5. The aim of the cooperation is to explore potential business opportunities in the marine sector in relation to liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage, fuel gas supply systems and associated services that will benefit both shipyards and vessel owners. Wärtsilä has experience and in-house expertise in LNG fuel gas applications, as well as gas carrier process know-how, while GTT has capabilities in developing cryogenic membrane containment solutions.

Agreement Between GTT and DSEC

GTT and Korean naval engineering company DSEC have signed a Technical Assistance and License Agreement for the construction of GTT membrane containment systems. This deal addresses the requirement of clients wishing to fit membrane type liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel tanks to all types of vessels (cruise vessels, container ships, bulk carriers or roll-on / roll-off ferries, etc.). Moreover, DSEC is already recognised for its ability to implement complete solutions including FGSS (Fuel Gas Supply System) and CHS (Cargo Handling System) systems. With this new cooperation, which broadens the spectrum of GTT industrial partners, shipyards no longer have to acquire the know-how required for the construction of GTT membranes and of LNG handling systems.

Sabine Pass LNG Plant Suffers Outage

File photo: Cheniere Energy

Production at Cheniere Energy's Sabine Pass liquefied natural gas (LNG) export plant in Louisiana is running well below capacity, resulting in disruption to cargo loadings, trade sources said. Feed gas supply into the liquefaction plant plunged sharply during the weekend, data on the Thomson Reuters Eikon terminal showed. Flows fell to 630 million cubic feet/day on Jan. 19 from 3.2 billion cubic feet/day on Jan. 15. Freezing weather may have disrupted water supply to Sabine Pass, market sources said.

Gazprom Boosting Gas Industry in Eastern Russia

Kirinskoye onshore processing facility

The Gazprom Management Committee addressed the Company's large-scale efforts aimed at implementing the Eastern Gas Program. It was noted that the gas industry growth in Russia's East was strategically important for the socioeconomic development of eastern regions. The Company is active in expanding its resource base in eastern Russia as well as putting in place its gas production, transmission and processing capacities. A long-term balance plan for Gazprom's natural gas from the…

Schulte's PRONAV Acquisition Greenlighted

The Hamburg-based Schulte Group said it has received clearance by the German Federal Cartel Office for the acquisition of the LNG specialist PRONAV. With this strategic move, the family-owned ship owner and manager continues to increase its capabilities and capacity in the growing liquefied natural gas (LNG) market. Through the acquisition of PRONAV, the Schulte Group has increased the number of vessels under full management in its third-party management fleet by six additional LNG carriers (LNGC). At present, the Schulte Group provides full management for three LNGC and crew management for 21 LNGC. Five LNGCs with a capacity of 173…

KONGSBERG Integrated Automation for LNG Fuelled Bulker

Kongsberg Maritime systems chosen for LNG Fuelled bulk carrier vessel under construction at Hyundai Mipo in South Korea (existing Ilshin bulk carrier pictured). Image courtesy Ilshin Shipping Company

Kongsberg Maritime has been chosen to supply a full integrated automation solution including the first delivery of its advanced new Fuel Gas Supply System (FGSS) for a newbuild 50,000 DWT LNG Fuelled bulk carrier, ordered by South Korean ship owner, Ilshin Shipping Company. The new bulk carrier will be built at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard and is scheduled for delivery during the fourth quarter of 2017. It is the first dual-fuel merchant vessel to be built in South Korea. Ilshin’s new bulk carrier signals the beginnings of a move towards LNG bunkering in the far east…

Statoil and Wintershall Sign Gas Supply Agreement

Statoil ASA (OSE: STL, NYSE: STO): Statoil and Wintershall have entered into a 10-year gas sales agreement for the delivery of a total of 45 billion cubic meters (bcm) to the German and other North-West European markets. "This strategic agreement demonstrates the continued competitiveness of Norwegian natural gas in the German energy mix. "The agreement with Statoil, a long-term and reliable energy partner with Germany for decades, is a significant milestone for Wintershall. For us this means that we can also use the volumes we produce from the North Sea in Europe in the future without having to expand our own infrastructure," says Wintershall's CEO Rainer Seele. Germany consumes about 80 bcm natural gas per year and is the second largest gas market in Europe.

Gas Supply to Ukraine

The deal is that Russian natural gas supply to Ukraine will be from 2009 to 2019

The Gazprom headquarters hosted today a briefing session led by Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Company's Management Committee dedicated to the Company's activities this winter. Special attention was given to the contracts for gas supply to Ukraine and its transit to Europe. It was pointed out that today was the sixth anniversary of the Ukrainian Government approving the results of the negotiations on Russian natural gas supply to Ukraine from 2009 to 2019 and on the terms and conditions of its transit via Ukraine to Europe.

Oil spill Trims U.S. Offshore Natural Gas Supply

According to a May 2 report from Reuters, the government said on May 1 that two offshore production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico were shut as a safety precaution, the first sign that the giant oil slick was affecting the region's energy production. But analysts said the location of the spill was well east and north of the heart of the region's oil and gas production, which accounts for about 15 percent of U.S. natural gas supply and 25 percent of crude oil output. (Source: Reuters)

Russia, Consumer States Discuss Gas Supply Via Ukraine

Alexander Novak

Russia's Energy Minister and the head of Gazprom discussed gas supplies via Ukraine with representatives of consumer countries Bosnia, Macedonia and Moldova on Saturday, Interfax news agency quoted the ministry as saying. Participants in the Moscow talks, including Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak and Gazprom chief Alexei Miller, expressed concern that payment problems could result in a fall in the amount of gas crossing Ukraine to countries in south-eastern Europe. President Vladimir…

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