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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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ABB Wins Orders on Australia's Large Ichthys LNG project

The contract is to supply power technologies and medium-voltage drive systems for the new Ichthys liquefied natural gas (LNG) project’s processing plant near Darwin, Australia. The equipment will power the plant and control the compressors that liquefy the gas. Approximately half of the order value was booked at the end of the first quarter with follow through orders in the second quarter. Gas from the Ichthys Field, in the Browse Basin approximately 200 kilometers (km) off the coast of Western Australia, will undergo preliminary processing offshore to remove water and extract condensate. The gas will then be exported to onshore processing facilities in Darwin via an 889 km subsea pipeline.

ConocoPhillips and Bechtel Renew Worldwide LNG Alliance

ConocoPhillips and Bechtel Corp. have agreed to renew their collaboration of pursuing worldwide liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects. The collaboration will build upon the recent success of ConocoPhillips as a major owner and participant in the worldwide LNG industry, and Bechtel's recent awards in the engineering and construction of major projects in Trinidad and Egypt. "The ConocoPhillips-Bechtel collaboration continues our commitment to providing our LNG technology while leveraging our position as a pre-eminent participant in the LNG industry worldwide," said Rick Hernandez, ConocoPhillips' manager of worldwide LNG technology licensing.

Lloyd’s Register Prepares New Guidelines

With the global LNG market forecast expected to double in size over the next decade the industry is showing particular interest in the development of offshore LNG installations, which is believed by some to be a safer way for LNG production, storage and distribution. This new breed of LNG FPSOs (FLNG) will combine gas ship containment and marine systems with onshore type LNG processing equipment and operate in an offshore environment. Gael Lewis, Lloyd’s Register Director of Energy & Transportation said: “The prospect of the industry designing, building and installing such installations has prompted Lloyd’s Register of Shipping to prepare…

ABB Main Electrical Contractor for Ichthys Offshore Project

Ichtys Project: Image credit ABB

ABB appointed main electrical contractor for new semi-submersible central processing facility (CPF) at Ichthys oil & gas field in the Timor Sea off Western Australia. The order is valued at $15 million. ABB was awarded the MEC contract by the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the central processing facility, Samsung Heavy Industries. When completed in 2016 the CPF will be the largest offshore production facility in the world. The Ichthys oil and gas field is estimated to contain 12.8 trillion cubic feet of gas and 527 million barrels of condensate…

LNG Project Costs Rise 21%

Woodside Petroleum Ltd said costs for the planned phase five expansion of its North-West Gas liquefied natural gas project are estimated to have risen by 21 pct to 2.42 bln aud because of higher labor charges. The company, 34 % owned by the Royal Dutch Shell group, said the spike in costs is largely due to a sharp rise, internationally, in labor charges in the construction industry. Woodside operates the project and is a one sixth owner alongside Royal Dutch Shell. Already more than 14 bln aud has been spent on the LNG project's development over a 20-year period, making it a major LNG project by world standards. The fifth phase expansion includes the construction of an LNG processing facility with annual capacity of 4.2 mln metric tons of liquefied gas for export, largely to Asian markets.

Pertamina Delivers First LNG Cargo to Nusantara FSRU

Photo: PT Pertamina(Persero)

Indonesia's government controlled PT Pertamina said that the first LNG cargo produced with the gas sourced at the field has been delivered to the Nusantara Regas’ Nusantara FSRU in the Jakarta Bay. The shipment is the first LNG cargo since the official PHM became the operator of the Mahakam block as of January 1, 2018. The LNG gas cargo of 2 million per million british thermal units (MMBTU) is delivered to Nusantara Regas One's floating storage and regasification units (FSRU) in Jakarta Bay. The LNG Carrier Aquarius ship carried the LNG gas cargo on Thursday, (4/1).

Jumbo Shipping, Pluto LNG Phase I

Photo courtesy Jumbo Shipping

Jumbo Shipping’s heavy lift vessel Daniella has completed her 11th and final voyage for the Pluto LNG project in Dampier, Australia. Between October 2008 and October 2009 she transported 256 pieces of equipment for this project, including pre-assembled structures and pipe racks weighing up to 240 tonnes. HLV Fairlift has completed 12 voyages and will start the final phase of another 5 shipments. The Pluto LNG project in Dampier is developed by EPC-contractor Foster Wheeler WorleyParsons (FWW) for Australian energy major Woodside.

First Angola LNG Transits South Atlantic

Angolan LNG arrival: Photo credit Angola LNG

The 160,000 m3 cargo - which left Soyo aboard the SS SONANGOL SAMBIZANGA last month - has been safely unloaded at Petrobras' regasification terminal in Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro. CEO, Angola LNG Marketing Ltd. said: "Our main priority is safe and reliable production and delivery of Angolan LNG to the world. At full production it is expected that over 70 cargoes per year will leave the Angola LNG plant, supplying 5.2 million tons per year of LNG, plus propane, butane and condensate.

US Patent for OSMR Technology

Maurice Brand is the founder, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Liquefied Natural Gas

Liquefied     Natural     Gas     Limited    informed    that    the    United    States    Patent    and    Trademark    Office    has    allowed    a    patent    application    related    to    the    Company’s core    LNG    processing    design. The     Company     expects     a     granted     Patent     to     be     issued in     several     weeks     to protect     its primary    invention being a    Method    and    System    for    Production    of    Liquid    Natural    Gas.

DW: Prelude to a $60B FLNG Growth Story?

Photo: Shell

Following first steel cutting in late 2012, Shell’s Prelude Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) unit continues to take shape in Samsung’s Geoje shipyard in Korea, Douglas Westwood (DW) said in its Monday report. At 488 meters long by 74 meters wide and with an LNG processing output of 3.6 million metric tons per annum (mtpa), its specifications are impressive; but what DW said is perhaps more interesting is that the Prelude unit has the potential to be a gamechanger, indeed Shell’s boss at the time ranked Prelude as his most important strategic decision.

Monadelphous Bags Shell FLNG Contract

Image: The Ichthys LNG Project, one of the world’s largest LNG developments. Photo by Monadelphous Group

The engineering group Monadelphous has won a $200 million Shell Australia contract on its Prelude floating LNG project off the Kimberley coast. The contract is for major, long-term maintenance and modifications services for the Prelude Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) project in Browse Basin, 475km northeast of Broome in Western Australia. Monadelphous will provide maintenance, brownfield modifications and turnaround services to the LNG process plant, support utilities, hull and non-process infrastructure including accommodation and control rooms.

Elengy LNG Trans-Shipment at Montoir-de-Bretagne

LNG transshipment at Montoir-de-Bretagne terminal. Photo: Elengy

Elengy, a unit of the French energy company and LNG player Engie, said that the LNG receiving terminal in Montoir-de-Bretagne, managed by the company, has just performed a new generation LNG transshipment. The ice-class LNG carrier Fedor Litke (170 000 cm capacity) has delivered to the LNG Jurojin (155 000 cm capacity) an LNG cargo the size of the yearly gas consumption of a city like Nantes. This was done safely during an twin call thanks l. The LNG was transferred through the cryogenic pipelines linking directly the two berths, without going through the terminal’s tanks.

Qatar LNG Not Affected by Arab States Tension -Exxon

Exxon Mobil Corp said on Tuesday that production and exports of liquefied natural gas from Qatar have not been affected by rising diplomatic tensions in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt on Monday cut ties with Qatar, accusing the country of supporting extremism. Qatar denies the allegations. The growing diplomatic rift has raised concerns about global access to Qatar's LNG, especially after some regional ports in the Persian Gulf said they would not accept Qatari-flagged vessels. Commodities traders have grown concerned Qatar's LNG could be barred from Saudi Arabia or from traversing Egypt's Suez Canal, though so far no limitations have been imposed.

LNG on OTC Discussion Plan

LNG is the topic of discussion during an OTC General Session and two technical sessions planned during the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), 3-6 May, at Reliant Center at Reliant Park in Houston. and Account Manager-ChevronTexaco at Technip Offshore. for next generation carriers, and access to existing gas pipeline infrastructure. use land-based mechanical loading arms that have a restrictive envelope of motion," Strong continued. going back 30 years or more. to 1630 (2 to 4:30 p.m.) on Tuesday, 4 May. presentation focuses on the LNG value chain. Energy, outlines the history and projects the future direction of LNG. upstream operations; LNG processing; transportation, regasification, and distribution. LNG.

OTC Celebrates 35 Years of Innovation

The annual Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) is scheduled to convene in Houston's Reliant Center on May 3-6. The event, expecting to draw more than 2,000 exhibitors and 50,000 attendees, celebrates 35 years of innovation and the importance of offshore resources. Aptly themed "Innovation Without Limits," OTC will feature nearly 50 technical sessions and more than 340 technical presentations, introducing the latest offshore technology to participants. OTC's annual agenda overviews technology for offshore drilling, exploration, production, and environmental protection, which demonstrates the conference's comprehensive coverage. During the four-day event, OTC is scheduled to deliver notable speakers, presentations, and general sessions within the 398,000 net square feet of exhibit space.

S.Korea Backs US Shale Gas Imports, Investment

South Korea stepped up a push on Friday to encourage its oil and gas companies to invest in U.S. shale gas projects, amid expectations that more opportunities will arise under a Trump administration. Asia's fourth-largest economy is the world's second-largest buyer of liquefied natural gas (LNG) after Japan, importing about 30 million tonnes a year through state-run Korea Gas Corp (KOGAS). In a meeting with the heads of Korean gas companies, energy minister Joo Hyung-hwan stressed the need to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the gas sector, with the first Korean imports of U.S. shale gas due to start next year, according to the ministry statement.

LNG to Acquire Bear Head LNG Project in Canada for US$11 mi

LNG to Acquire Bear Head LNG Project in Eastern Canada -

Liquefied Natural Gas Limited today announced that it has significantly expanded its presence in the North American Liquefied NaturalGas (LNG) sector by signing an agreement to acquire 100% of Bear Head LNG Corporation (BHLC)from a subsidiary of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (Anadarko) for US$11.0 million. A 255-acre site comprising industrial-zoned land (180 acres) and deep-water acreage (75 acres) as well as foundations in place for two 180,000 cubic meter LNG tanks. The land has been cleared, a majority of site works completed and roads constructed.

McDermott Engineers Created the World’s Largest Specialty Valves

Wojciech Zmudzinski, Chief Pipeline Engineer for McDermott (right) with an INPEX Ichthys Project representative during a valve manufacturing inspection at a factory in Italy.

After nearly two years of planning and development McDermott's team has achieved a first of a kind in the valve industry; creating the world’s largest forged body specialty valve, in collaboration with a valve manufacturer. The valves are destined for the INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG Project. “The Ichthys Project umbilical, riser and flowline infrastructure – which will be installed at the Ichthys Field offshore Western Australia - requires connection of the subsea riser base to the 42-inch gas export pipeline going to the onshore LNG processing facility…

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, the groups’ engineering arm, D’Appolonia, is delivering geotechnical, social and environmental services to the Mozambique LNG development. The gas market and technology are constantly changing, and RINA Services and D’Appolonia lead those changes, according to the group. The first offshore FSRU, the first FLNG project, the first marine CNG ship and the longest offshore pipeline were all delivered with RINA expertise and assistance.

Floating Production Systems: Market Update

Petrobras’ P-55 FPU in Rio Grande, Brazil, where it was built to BV class.

Currently, 319 oil/gas floating production units are now in service, on order or being remarketed for reuse. FPSOs account for 66% of the existing systems, 73% of systems on order. Another 25 floating LNG processing systems are in service or on order. Liquefaction floaters account for 16%, regasification floaters 84%. No liquefaction units are yet in service – all 4 are on order. In addition, 102 floating storage units are in service, on order or available. Sixteen production floaters (13 FPSOs, 3 Semis) are off field and being remarketed for redeployment.

Where is Floating Production Headed?

Jim McCaul, IMA

The number of floating production units grew 5% in 2013. Here we examine the global market and future opportunities. Currently, there are 319 oil/gas floating production units are now in service, on order or available for reuse on another field. FPSOs account for 65% of the existing systems, 75% of systems on order. Another 24 floating LNG processing systems are in service or on order. Liquefaction floaters account for 13%, regasification floaters 87%. No liquefaction floaters are yet in service – all three are on order.

Socgen Joins SEA\LNG

Photo: SEA\LNG

French multinational banking and financial services company Societe Generale (Socgen) has joined SEA\LNG, the industry coalition promoting the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel. The bank is the first financial institution to join SEA\LNG. Joining a growing band of industry leaders from across the LNG value chain, Societe Generale brings an essential financial perspective to the group which aims to accelerate the uptake of LNG as a marine fuel. Paul Taylor, Global Head of Shipping Finance…

Deepwater Downturn: Bump in the Road or Long-term Slowdown?

(Image: iStock)

IMA/World Energy Reports has just completed a comprehensive assessment of the five year outlook for the deepwater sector. The new report – the 19th annual floater market forecast prepared by IMA since 1996 – provides our forecast of orders for floating production systems between 2016 and 2020. Here’s an overview of the findings and conclusions in the report. We see the downturn in market conditions and implosion of Petrobras as a bump in the road. While the outlook is clearly dimmer than last year…

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