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Supply Onboard Boiloff Gas Reliquefaction Plants News

Linde Group to Supply Reliquefaction Equipment for New Fleet of LNG Carriers

Cryostar has won an order from Samsung Heavy Industries totalling over $50m. As part of this order, Cryostar will supply on-board boil-off gas reliquefaction plants for five LNG tankers to be built by 2008. The modern membrane carriers with a cargo capacity of 265,000 cubic meters will be the largest ever built and are destined for LNG trade between Qatar and the U.S.A. The larger the vessel, the more important the boil-off gas management for the LNG. It is stored on board at -163° C, in order to ensure that the maximum cargo is delivered. Cryostar, who provide both the reliquefaction process design and the majority of cryogenic equipment, developed the plant's unique low power consumption technology.

Linde Group to Supply for LNG Tankers

Cryostar, a subsidiary of The Linde Group, has won an order from Samsung Heavy Industries totaling more than $50m. As part of this order, Cryostar will supply on-board boil-off gas reliquefaction plants for five LNG tankers to be built by 2008. The modern membrane carriers with a cargo capacity of 265,000 cubic meters will be the largest ever built and are destined for LNG trade between Qatar and the U.S.A. The larger the vessel, the more important the boil-off gas management for the LNG. It is stored on board at -163° C, in order to ensure that the maximum cargo is delivered. Cryostar, who provide both the reliquefaction process design and the majority of cryogenic equipment, developed the plant's unique low power consumption technology.

Wartsila Wins LNG Systems Contracts for Four Ships

The Wärtsilä reliquefaction plant will reliquefy 70% of the boil-off gas from the ships' LNG cargo and return it to the cargo tanks, while the balance is fed by the gas handling system to the engines for propulsion purposes. (Image: courtesy Wartsila)

A series of four LNG carriers being built by the Hudong-Zhongua Shipbuilding yard in China will feature Wärtsilä LNG reliquefaction plants and gas handling systems. The ships are owned by Bermuda based Teekay Corporation, China LNG Shipping (CLNG), CNOOC Energy Technology Co of China, and BW Gas of Norway. The contracts with Wärtsilä were issued by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding and were signed during the fourth quarter. The award of these contracts is a significant breakthrough into the Chinese market for Wärtsilä LNG reliquefaction plants and gas handling systems for LNG carriers…

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.

Babcock’s LGE Process Enhances Dorian/Seacor LPG Vessels

The new reliquefaction plant design from Babcock's LGE Process showing the vent gas cooler (in yellow) in the middle of the skid-mounted unit.

Dorian/Seacor‘s liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers are to benefit from the latest reliquefaction plant development from Babcock’s LGE Process, following a contract signed last month (May) for the innovative vent gas cooler enhancement to be fitted on two new very large gas carriers (VLGCs) being built for Dorian/Seacor in South Korea, with an option for a possible further three vessels. The latest plant design enhancement (patents pending) from Babcock’s LGE is based on the innovative application of known and proven technology…

News: MAN B&W Debuts ME-GI Dual Fuel Engine

MAN B&W Diesel A/S launched the ME-GI engine, a range designed for the LNG carrier market. The ME-GI design combines with the developments in the latest electronically controlled ME engines. "The LNG carrier market, like all sectors of the transportation industry, needs to control and, where possible, reduce operational expenses, while securing sound profit. We see many new opportunities in this area for cost-down solutions permitted by the increased flexibility and greater control with the ME-GI engine," Vice President of Two-Stroke Sales, Ole Grøne, said. Traditionally, LNG carriers have been driven by steam turbines that are fed from boilers fired by the boil off gas, supported by heavy fuel oil.

MAN B&W Launches Engines, Targets LNG

MAN B&W Diesel A/S launched the ME-GI engine, a range designed for the highly specialized LNG carrier market. The design builds on experience gained from the earlier MC-GI engines combined with the developments in the latest electronically controlled ME engines. The manufacturer is touting the combination of low installation and running costs for this highly specialised type of vessel makes the adoption of the dual fuel ME-GI engine from MAN B&W very attractive for owners and operators. An additional reliquefaction plant allows sale of more gas when the gas price is higher than the fuel oil price. “The LNG carrier market, like all sectors of the transportation industry, needs to control and, where possible, reduce operational expenses, while securing sound profit.

Hamworthy Secures Ethylene Carrier Job

Hamworthy Oil & Gas Systems has continued the major advance in China’s broadening gas carrier construction sector by securing more contracts for delivery of complete cargo handling systems to two liquid ethylene gas (LEG) carriers to be built at Sinopacific Offshore & Engineering Co. Ltd (SOE) in Nantong. The 12,000m3 capacity, 139m long semi-pressurised and refrigerated LEG carriers, will be incorporated in the ongoing project for the construction of six ships ordered by Luxembourg-based Jaccar Holdings/Eitzen Ethylene Carriers.

China's LNG Woes Boost Coal, But for How Long?

File Image (CREDIT: AdobeStock / (c) Lidian Neeleman)

A sure sign that China is struggling with its planned switch to natural gas from coal for winter heating is the spot price of Australian coal climbing back above $100 a tonne. Spot cargoes of thermal coal from Australia's Newcastle port , an Asian benchmark for the fuel used mainly in power plants, rose to $100.65 a tonne on Wednesday, breaching the triple-figure barrier for the first time since Nov. 1 and hitting their highest since mid-September. The price is also 9.2 percent higher than a recent low of $92.20 touched on Nov.

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Marubeni, NOVATEK Sign MoU for LNG Transshipment

LNG carrier. Photo: Total

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and Marubeni Corporation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Moscow with PAO NOVATEK, Russia's largest independent gas production and sales company, to conduct a joint feasibility study aimed at establishing an LNG transshipment and marketing complex in the Kamchatka area. This Project will create offshore infrastructure to transship LNG cargoes from ice-breaking LNG ships to standard LNG ships. The LNG will be produced in LNG projects NOVATEK is implementing in the Arctic region. The Project will ensure flexible LNG supply to the Asia-Pacific region.

Asian LNG Spot Prices Jump after European Gas Outages

© Wojciech Wrzesień / Adobe Stock

Asian liquefied natural gas (LNG) spot prices jumped this week in reaction to volatile price spikes on European gas markets and ongoing demand from the region's major consumers. Spot prices for January delivery hit $10.50 per mmBtu, 40 cents above last week, with February prices seeing similar levels. In a tumultuous week, European gas prices gyrated wildly following a flurry of major pipeline and production outages coinciding with high demand and freezing weather. The rally began…

OSG Orders ME-C Engines

Overseas Shipholding Group (OSG) has ordered four 216,000 cubic meter LNG carriers at Korean yards Hyundai and Samsung. Each vessel utilises two MAN B&W ME engines for main propulsion. Each yard will deliver two vessels for the Rasgas II project for shipping Qatari gas to the UK. Main propulsion will be two 6S70ME-C engines in each vessel. The engines for the Hyundai vessels will be built by Hyundai Heavy Industries, and for the Samsung vessels by HSD. The engines will be heavy fuel burning, and the boil off gas will be returned to the tanks via onboard reliquefaction plants. The ME engine is MAN B&W’s latest electronically controlled engine, the most advanced low speed diesel engine available.

Damen to Convert Dredger to Dual-Fuel LNG / MGO

Photo: Damen Shipyards Group

Damen Shiprepair and Conversion has been awarded a contract to undertake the conversion of a dredger to dual-fuel capability combining  liquefied natural gas (LNG) and marine gas oil (MGO). This will be the first conversion of its kind to take place in Europe. The contract was awarded by Rouen-based GIE Dragages-Ports with regard to its 117m, 8500m³ trailing suction hopper dredger Samuel de Champlain, and the works will take place next year at Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque. The conversion…

An Innovative LNG Carrier Concept

Concurrent with marine industry consolidation on the ship owning, building and supply fronts, increasingly innovative vessels concepts are originating from in-house design teams sitting with the major equipment manufacturers. Single-source supplier is today’s mantra on the commercial and military fronts, with companies such as Wärtsilä leading the way. The company recently published details of an innovative new LNG carrier concept, the Wärtsilä DF-electric propulsion concept for liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, bringing together two technologies: electric propulsion and dual-fuel engines. The Wärtsilä DF-electric LNG carrier concept is designed for a single-screw vessel with four cargo tanks and a capacity of about 138,000 cu.

CERCG Looking to Ship LNG from Australia's West to East

State-owned China Energy Reserve and Chemicals Group (CERCG) on Monday said it is investigating whether to ship liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Western Australia to the gas-hungry east coast market. The Chinese integrated energy firm, which runs oil and gas projects, processing plants and gas distribution, said in a press release to Reuters that subsidiary CERCG Australia is studying the viability of transporting LNG by road, rail and ship. CERCG Australia's business manager Kevin Gao said the company would use LNG container tanks which can maintain liquefaction for 110 days. "It should be possible for us to ship 100 or 200 of our 40-foot ISO containers, each containing 18 tonnes of LNG, from Australia's West Coast to customers on the East Coast," he said on Monday.

Wärtsilä to Supply FSU, Shuttle Tanker, Inert Gas Systems

Inert Gas System Units: Photo credit Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä is to supply inert gas systems for a Floating Storage Unit (FSU) on Norway's Heidrun offshore oil & gas field, and for two supporting shuttle tankers. The FSU is owned by Statoil, the Norwegian state owned energy company, and the tankers by AET Tanker Holdings, the Singapore based petroleum transportation company. All three vessels are being built by Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) in South Korea. The Wärtsilä contract with SHI was signed in February 2013. Delivery of the Wärtsilä equipment is scheduled for October, 2013.

Skangas to Source LNG at Import Terminal on Isle of Grain

Photo: Grain LNG

Skangas has announced that it has signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with National Grid Grain LNG. Under the terms of the LoI, Skangas is to source LNG at the Grain LNG import terminal on the Isle of Grain in the UK. Skangas, which produces LNG, struck the deal with Grain LNG to ensure a reliable supply of LNG is available, which is critical to the fast-growing small-scale LNG market. As a result of this recent development, Skangas becomes the first small-scale LNG supplier to enter into such an agreement with a UK-based import terminal.

Hamworthy Gets LNG Reliquefaction Order

Hamworthy has won an order from Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co (DSME) to supply five liquid natural gas reliquefaction systems (LNG-RS), with a total value in the range of £15 to £20 million. The systems will be installed on five 216,000 cu. m. LNG carriers ordered by the ‘J5’ consortium of Japanese shipowners and will be delivered to the shipyard from January 2007. The ships are scheduled for delivery in 2008. Kelvyn Derrick, Chief Executive of Hamworthy plc, said: "This brings our tally of LNG-RS shipsets to 20 with an aggregate order value of over £100 million, and represents a one hundred percent market share. We have already developed a more energy-efficient system for future bids in what will undoubtedly become a more competitive market."

ABS Selected For The World's First Newbuild LPG FPSO

tank stiffening structure and suitability for partial loading. ABS offices worldwide will be involved in the project with engineering services and review being provided by staff in Houston, Yokohama, London and Hamburg. various expertise of our engineers and close coordination with our surveyors," said Phil Rynn, ABS Project Manager for the SANHA LPG FPSO. turret and mooring assessment. Mitsui & Co. Ltd. and IHI have signed the contract for the construction of the SANHA for Single Buoy Mooring Inc. of Monaco. TotalFinaElf and Agip. The project is scheduled for completion mid 2004 with the first product shipped the beginning of 2005. Installation-Depropanizer, Refrigeration and Reliquefaction Facilities, DLA, SFA, À ACCU (Minus Propulsion).

Wärtsilä to Supply Gas Handling Systems for VLEC Newbuilds

Illustration of a very large ethane carrier. (courtesy of Wärtsilä)

Six new 87,000 cubic meters capacity very large ethane carriers (VLECs), being built at the Samsung Heavy Industries yard in South Korea, will feature Wärtsilä gas handling systems. The contract, which includes an option for additional vessels within this series, was signed in September, and deliveries of the Wärtsilä solutions are expected to commence at the end of 2016 and complete in 2017. These vessels will reportedly be the largest ethane carriers ever built and represent a new generation of such vessels mainly transporting ethane as feed stock to the petrochemical industry.

MAN B&W Diesel to Power LNG Ships

confirmed orders for six Q-max LNG carriers. engines. carriers, each able to transport 265,000 cu. m. of LNG. operation of boil off gas to the cargo tanks. the Doosan Engine Co. Ltd. (Korea). rated at 21,770 kW at 91 rpm. with four MAN B&W Diesel 9L32/40 Holeby GenSets. 24 gensets will be built by the STX Corporation (Korea). operating on HFO in conjunction with reliquefaction plants. LNG carriers. (70%) and ExxonMobil (30%).

MAN B&W to Power LNG Carriers

The Shipping Requisition Team has confirmed orders for six Q-max LNG carriers. Each vessel will be powered by two MAN B&W Diesel 7S70ME-C electronically controlled two-stroke low speed diesel engines. These vessels will be the world’s largest LNG carriers, each able to transport 265,000 m3 of LNG. The vessel will operate with a reliquefaction plant for operation of boil off gas to the cargo tanks. All 12 MAN B&W Diesel 7S70ME-C engines will be built by the Doosan Engine Co. Ltd. (Korea). Each main engine is rated at 21,770 kW at 91 rpm. Each vessel will also be fitted with four MAN B&W Diesel 9L32/40 Holeby GenSets. The 24 gensets will be built by the STX Corporation (Korea).

Hamworthy Wins Orders for 8 LNG Reliquefaction Systems

Hamworthy PLC said it won orders to supply 8 LNG reliquefaction systems worth over 20 mln stg and said the deliveries will be made during 2008. Hamworthy said Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co Ltd ordered equipment for seven LNG carriers, while Samsung Heavy Industries Ltd has ordered equipment for one vessel. Source: AFX News

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