Export of US LNG: Company to be Formed
Shell US Gas & Power & Kinder Morgen subsidiary Southern Liquefaction Company to exploit LNG export opportunities. The two companies have announced their intent to form a limited liability company to develop a natural gas liquefaction plant in two phases at Southern LNG's existing Elba Island LNG Terminal, near Savannah, Ga. Subject to various corporate and regulatory approvals, Shell and Kinder Morgan affiliates have agreed to modify EPB’s Elba Express Pipeline and Elba Island LNG Terminal to physically transport natural gas to the terminal and to load the liquefied natural gas (LNG) onto ships for export. “Kinder Morgan is delighted to be working with Shell at Elba Island on this project…
CNPC, Cheniere Pact for LNG
China’s state-owned oil company, China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), and U.S. independent energy company Cheniere Energy have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for long-term sales and purchases of liquefied natural gas (LNG), Reuters reported. The report quoted U.S. State Department saying that the deal between the two companies was signed during president Trump’s first state visit to China. Neither companies disclosed details of the transaction. According to CNPC…
Wison, KBR Team up for FLNG Project
Wison Offshore & Marine said it has signed a memorandum with KBR, Inc. for cooperation on a 1.5 MPTA floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) liquefaction unit (FLNG) in Southeast Asia. The companies will collaborate on a mutually exclusive basis for Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited's FLNG project in Papua New Guinea.
ACP Signs Pact with Lake Charles Port
Agreement meant to capitalize Canal expansion while attracting new LNG customers. The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) signed a cooperation agreement with the Port of Lake Charles in Louisiana earlier this week, which aims to attract new customers from the liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry; a strategy that builds upon the advantages that the expanded Canal will offer. Currently, LNG vessels cannot transit through the waterway due to their beam dimensions, which are too wide to fit the existing locks.
Panama Canal Inks Deal with Lake Charles Port
The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) signed a cooperation agreement with the Port of Lake Charles in Louisiana earlier this week, which aims to attract new customers from the liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry; a strategy that builds upon the advantages that the expanded Canal will offer. Currently, LNG vessels cannot transit through the waterway due to their beam dimensions, which are too wide to fit the existing locks. The agreement will promote cooperation in marketing activities…
Sojitz Buys Spanish LNG Terminal
Japan's Sojitz Corporation has acquired full ownership of First State Regasificadora (FSR), subsequently changing the company’s name to Sojitz Regasificadora (SR). SR owns a 15% stake in Regasificadora del Noroeste (Reganosa), whose assets include the LNG terminal located in Mugardos, located in the northwest of Spain. This makes Sojitz Corporation (Sojitz) the first Japanese trading company to enter into the LNG terminal business in Europe. Reganosa commenced operations at the Mugardos LNG Terminal in 2007.
Golar Orders Second FLNGV Conversion
Black & Veatch has again been called upon to combine its PRICO LNG technology and global engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) capabilities with the services of Keppel Shipyard Limited. Together, they will convert a 125,000-cubic-meter Golar LNG carrier, the Gimi, into a Floating Liquefaction Vessel (FLNGV). Black & Veatch will provide its PRICO technology as well as perform detailed engineering and process design, specify and procure topside equipment and provide commissioning support for the FLNGV topsides and liquefaction process. This is the company's second agreement of this nature with Keppel Shipyard and Golar LNG. In July 2014, the company announced an EPC contract to convert the Hilli.
Shell suspends work on Canadian gas for transport facility
Royal Dutch Shell has suspended development of a liquefaction unit at Canada's Jumping Pound facility, which was to be used to develop the emerging gas for transport market. Gas liquefaction is increasingly being produced for use in transportation of large road vehicles, in trains, and as a shipping fuel. "We believe LNG (liquefied natural gas) in transport is a considerable opportunity for Shell, but it is an emerging market and we must have a balanced approach to its development, (so) we have suspended development of the liquefaction unit at the Jumping Pound facility," a Shell spokseman said on Friday. Shell is the major owner of the Jumping Pound complex in southern Alberta…
Wison and Black & Veatch to Jointly Pursue Offshore LNG Projects
Shanghai-based Wison Offshore & Marine Ltd., a subsidiary of the Wison Group, announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Black & Veatch to jointly pursue barge-based natural gas liquefaction facility projects on an exclusive basis. Under the agreement, Wison will hold responsibility for barge design and engineering, overall project management, construction, delivery and financing of the integrated facility. Black & Veatch will provide the basic and detailed LNG plant designs…
DNV GL Releases Cargo Liquefaction Guidelines
DNV GL has published a guideline for the design and operation of vessels with bulk cargo that may liquefy. The guideline aims to raise the awareness of the risks of liquefaction and describes mitigating actions to reduce these risks. Many common bulk cargoes, such as iron ore fines, nickel ore and various mineral concentrates, have the potential to transform into an almost fluid state, threatening the stability of the vessel. “Cargo liquefaction is probably now the most significant factor in lives lost at sea for bulk carriers…
Spanish Yard to Build Snøhvit Barge
The Spanish shipyard group Izar Construcciones Naval is to build the barge which will carry the process equipment for the Snøhvit project's gas liquefaction plant at Melkøya in the north of Norway.The operator Statoil and its partners in the Snøhvit license signed contract with the yard on June 28. The will be built at Izar's yard in Ferrol, Spain. Following completion in August 2003, the barge will be towed to an outfitting yard where about 24,000 tonnes of process equipment for the gas liquefaction plant will be installed on its deck. The gas liquefaction plant will convert natural gas from the Snøhvit field into liquefied natural gas (LNG). Snøhvit will start production in 2006. About 70 cargos of LNG per year will be shipped out from Melkøya. Source: Statoil
Kongsberg Develops Simulator for LNG Plant
Kongsberg Maritime's D-SPICE simulation tool has been used to develop and implement a sophisticated Operator Training Simulator for the gas treatment and liquefaction plant at National Grid Transco's (NGT) Glenmavis storage and peak shaving LNG plant in Scotland. Delivered in February 2007, the D-SPICE based Operator Training Simulator features a dynamic simulation model that covers the Selexol gas pre-treatment plant as well as the liquefaction plant, which is based on the Black and Veatch PRICO LNG liquefaction process. The inherent flexibility of the D-SPICE system enables it to be used at all stages of a plant's development including concept…
Cooperation for Oil Spill Preparedness in Africa
A regional conference of countries in west, central and southern Africa has committed to continue to work at both national and regional levels to boost preparedness to deal with oil spill incidents which could be devastating both for the marine environment and financially. The conference (6-9 November) in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, was hosted by CIAPOL, the Ivoirian pollution control centre. It brought together industry and government focal points from 20 out of 22 west, central and southern African countries covered by the Global Initiative for West, Central and Southern Africa (GI-WACAF).
JX Nippon Acquires 10% Stake in Petronas LNG
Malaysia's Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) and Japanese oil company JX Nippon Oil & Energy (JX NOE) have signed an agreement for the sale and purchase of equity in Petronas LNG 9 Sdn Bhd (PL9SB), say local media. Under the agreement, JX NOE will acquire a 10% stake in PL9SB, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Petronas, owns the ninth LNG liquefaction train within the Petronas LNG Complex in Bintulu, Sarawak, Malaysia. The unit is developing and will run the ninth liquefaction train at the Petronas LNG complex in Bintulu, Sarawak.
Sempra Energy Plans Port Arthur LNG project
Sempra Energy’s subsidiary, Port Arthur LNG, has requested that the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) initiate the pre-filing review for the company’s proposed liquefaction and export facility in Port Arthur, Texas. The San Diego-based energy company has asked the federal government to start reviewing the plans for its proposed LNG project on a portion of the company’s existing 2,900 acres in Port Arthur. Sempra officials are in talks with local leaders, and all permits are expected to be in by spring 2015, but no groundbreaking date has been set.
Cheniere to Sell LNG from Corpus Christi to Portugal
Cheniere Energy, Inc announced today that its subsidiary, Corpus Christi Liquefaction, LLC has entered into a liquefied natural gas ("LNG") sale and purchase agreement ("SPA") with EDP Energias de Portugal S.A. ("EDP") under which EDP has agreed to purchase approximately 0.77 million tonnes per annum ("mtpa") of LNG upon the commencement of operations of Train 3 of the LNG export facility being developed near Corpus Christi, Texas (the "Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project").
NuBlu: LNG Fueling Station in the GOM
NuBlu Energy has begun the construction of a natural gas liquefaction plant in Port Allen, LA, strategically located along the Mississippi River. NuBlu’s facility will support the region’s high-horsepower fueling applications such as rail, marine, long haul transportation, power generation, gas interruption, asphalt and other energy markets. The facility is slated to be operational and producing high-quality liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the second quarter of 2017. Total planned capacity of the facility is 90,000 gallons per day with an initial start-up capacity of 30,000 GPD. “This project represents the inauguration of a new direction for the LNG energy market.
Exmar, Excelerate Alliance for FLSO Solution
Exmar announced the formation of an alliance to advance its efforts in the development of floating liquefaction solutions. Exmar has formalized a relationship with its long-time LNG partner, Excelerate, and with Black & Veatch, a provider of natural gas processing and liquefaction technology. “This partnership forms a basis for the development of the first floating liquefaction, storage and offloading solution in the world" said Nicolas Saverys, Chief Executive Officer of Exmar NV. The FLSO combines the liquefaction process, storage tanks, loading systems, and other LNG-related infrastructure into a single floating unit. Exmar is a diversified and independent shipping group serving the international gas and oil industry…
Construction Set to Start on Jacksonville LNG Facility
JAX LNG said it has executed the remaining engineering and procurement contracts required to begin construction of a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) liquefaction and storage facility at Dames Point near the Port of Jacksonville. The JAX LNG liquefaction facility is expected to be operational in the fourth quarter of 2017. Once completed, it will be outfitted with a 2 million-gallon storage tank with the capacity to produce in excess of 120,000 gallons of LNG per day. JAX LNG’s Jacksonville plant will be North America’s first small-scale coastal LNG facility and will include marine distribution capabilities utilizing North America’s first LNG bunker barge, Clean Jacksonville. “The LNG industry is seeing a steady growth in demand,” said Tim Hermann, president of Pivotal LNG.
LNG: Did the Greeks Get it Wrong?
In December 2013, Alibra’s market report front page read: “When in shipping, do as the Greeks do.” At that time, Alibra was referring to the fact that 31% of the LNG carrier orderbook had been ordered by Greek owners. Billions of dollars in CAPEX were being pumped into natural gas exploration, as well as building infrastructure such as liquefaction and export terminals, especially in the US. Some 180 LNG carriers were ordered between January 2011 to December 2014 – many of them speculatively. Of these vessels, 52 were ordered by Greek companies (29%).
FGS Plans to Build, Operate LNG Facility
Floridian Natural Gas Storage Company (FGS) has filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to build and operate a liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage facility in Martin County, Fla. The facility would be located on approximately 145 acres at the site of the former Florida Steel manufacturing facility about two miles (3 km) north of Indiantown. The project would include the initial construction of one nominal 190,000 cubic meter (6.7 MMcf) LNG storage tank, liquefaction systems, vaporization systems and two parallel pipelines, one to receive gas and one to send out gas, both approximately four miles (6.4 km) in length…
Texas LNG Makes Strides on US LNG Export Project
Texas LNG LLC says it has as filed an application to the United States Department of Energy (DOE) seeking authorization to export up to 2 MTA (million tonnes per annum) of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to FTA (Free Trade Agreement) and non-FTA markets following the execution of its exclusive lease option agreement with the Port of Brownsville in South Texas, USA. The company explains it will employ a toll processing business model whereby the LNG customer will pay Texas LNG a fee…
Suspected Pirates Apprehended off Somalia
Six suspected pirates were apprehended by the European Union’s antipiracy force off the coast of Somalia. EU NAVFOR Somalia’s flagship, the Italian vessel ITS Virginio Fasan, detained six crew and their vessels following reported attacks on a 52,000 metric ton containership and a fishing vessel over a 24 hour period on November 17 and 18 in the Southern Somali Basin. During the incidents a number of rocket propelled grenades were fired against the containership, though no damage or injuries were reported, and all crew and vessels are said to be safe.