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LR: LNG's Global Viability Hinges on Price

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Global acceptance of LNG as a marine fuel will depend on pricing, according to a comprehensive study conducted by Lloyd’s Register; Study on LNG bunkering infrastructure also suggests some owners would be wise to consider fuel flexibility.   After 12 months of research and analysis, Lloyd’s Register has concluded its 2011-12 study on LNG bunkering and newbuilding demand for deep-sea shipping.   Outside of the niche markets, the study finds that the establishment of LNG bunkering infrastructure capable of supporting most of the world’s consumers will be highly sensitive to the price of LNG relative to alternative fuels. The full report will be made available in October in time for Gastech in London.   ”The obstacles to the adoption of LNG as a marine fuel are practical factors, but they are not technical. They are commercial,” said Hector Sewell, the Head of Marine Business Development for Lloyd’s Register. ”Establishing safe, reliable global LNG bunkering capability is feasible. But it will require considerable investment and risk management, and it will have to cover significant operational costs to challenge existing fuel-oil delivery systems.”   Latifat Ajala, Lloyd’s Register’s Senior Market Analyst, built a dynamic demand model for the study that was rigorously tested and validated with key stakeholders, including shipowners, ports and engine manufacturers.  


Arctic Russia LNG Plant Contracts Awarded

Japan's JGC Corporation with France's Technip to carry out the EPIC & commissioning of an integrated facility for natural gas liquefaction at the Yamal Peninsular. The contract was awarded by JSC Yamal LNG, owned by NOVATEK (80%) and TOTAL (20%). The project will start immediately with a phase of estimation, detailed engineering and early procurement. The Yamal Peninsula located in Yamal-Nenets autonomous district of northwest Siberia, Russia


Hyundai Heavy to Build First Korean-Designed LNG Ship

A Korean shipbuilder has succeeded in independently designing a liquefied natural gas carrier. Building LNG ships is a high value-added business, as it requires the highest level of shipbuilding technology. The latest achievement should significantly lower the royalties that Korean companies have had to pay to countries that developed such technology. Hyundai Heavy Industries said that plans to purchase an LNG ship built with Korean design technology in May


El Paso Announces Development of a Shipboard LNG Regasification System

El Paso Global LNG, a subsidiary of El Paso Corporation announced the development of EP Energy Bridge(TM), a new ship-based liquefied natural gas (LNG) regasification system. Using proven offshore buoy technology to moor the ship and proprietary technology to regasify LNG onboard the ship and discharge it through a subsea pipeline, EP Energy Bridge(TM) enables flexible, environmentally safe, and cost-effective delivery of natural gas directly to coastal regions eliminating the need of a


WISTA Houston, Luncheon for Adm Mary Landry

The members of the Houston Chapter of The Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association have invited the public to attend a luncheon for Rear Admiral Mary Landry Commander of the Eighth Coast Guard District on Tuesday, October 6, 2009, at 12:30 pm at the Sheraton Brookhollow (3000 North Loop West Fwy Houston, Texas 77092). This event is underwritten by AET Inc Limited as well as:BG Americas and Global LNG, Fowler Rodriguez Valdes-Fauli, SeaRiver Maritime Inc


WISTA Houston, Luncheon for Adm Mary Landry

The members of the Houston Chapter of The Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association have invited the public to attend a luncheon for Rear Admiral Mary Landry Commander of the Eighth Coast Guard District on Tuesday, October 6, 2009, at 12:30 pm at the Sheraton Brookhollow (3000 North Loop West Fwy Houston, Texas 77092). This event is underwritten by AET Inc Limited as well as:BG Americas and Global LNG, Fowler Rodriguez Valdes-Fauli, SeaRiver Maritime Inc


Global LNG Fleet to Peak in 2008

According to Dubai’s Gulf News, excess capacity in the global fleet of liquefied natural gas carriers will be at its highest this decade in 2008, due to a growing, worldwide fleet causing lower utilization rates and it is predicted by analysts that utilization of the LNG fleet will fall to 77.4 percent in 2008, almost 13 percentage points lower than at the beginning of the decade. Demand for LNG tankers has deteriorated markedly as a result of a large increase in fleet supply partly caused by


GDF Suez Further Develops LNG Bunkering

Small scale LNG: GDF Suez takes positions in this high potential market with capacities in Zeebrugge, Belgium, LNG terminal. GDF Suez continues to develop its small scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) activities in North West Europe following the award by Fluxys of additional berthing and storage capacity long term rights at the Zeebrugge LNG terminal. GDF Suez will have access to these capacities after the completion of the second jetty being constructed by Fluxys (expected in 2015)


Qatargas Signs 5-year UK LNG Supply Contract

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Qatar Liquefied Gas Company Limited (Qatargas) and Petronas LNG (UK) Limited  have signed a 5-year Sales and Purchase Agreement (SPA) for shipment of an annual LNG volume of 1.14 million tones, to the UK, effective January 2014. The LNG will be supplied from Qatargas 4 (Train 7), a joint venture between Qatar Petroleum and Shell which started production in January 2011, and will be delivered on board Q-Flex LNG Vessels to Petronas’ Dragon LNG Terminal located in Milford Haven


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.


Woodside Names LR Energy as Global Inspection Provider

  Australia’s Woodside has signed on Lloyd’s Register Energy to act as its global inspection provider across a number of assets.Lloyd’s won the contract to provide surveillance inspection, expediting and auditing services for the global operator for three years


ABS to Class LNG-fueled Nordic Hamburg Containerships

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Leading provider of classification services to the maritime and offshore industries, ABB, says it has  been chosen to class two LNG-fueled containerships to be built in China for German owner GNS Shipping/Nordic Hamburg. The 1,400 teu vessels will feature dual-fuel propulsion enabling them


ABS to Class the First Very Large Ethane Carrier

ABS, a provider of classification services to the maritime and offshore industries, has been chosen to class the world's first contracted series of very large ethane carriers (VLECs). The class contract for the ships, which will be built in Korea by Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) for an Asian


Gazprom, Sovcomflot Expand LNG Transport Cooperation

Gazprom and Sovcomflot named the new state-of-the-art 170,000m³ liquefied natural gas carrier (LNGC) Pskov, after one of the oldest Russian cities. The ship will be chartered to Gazprom Global LNG (GGLNG) under a long-term contract. The LNGC Pskov is the second vessel in a series of


LNG America Selects Topside Designer for LNG Bunker Barge

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LNG America has selected Taylor-Wharton to commence the front-end engineering and design work for the cryogenic topside of the company’s 3,000 cubic meter Gemini Class LNG bunker barge scheduled for delivery at the end of 2015. “Taylor-Wharton has been actively engaged in the


Lithuania Inks First Statoil LNG Deal

Lithuania seeks to cut dependence on Russia; Statoil to supply 0.54 bcm of gas per year. This will cover about 20 pct of Lithuania's demand. Lithuania signed its first liquefied natural gas purchase deal with Norway's Statoil on Thursday


Faster Approvals for LNG Export to Non-FTA Countries

Magnolia-LNG receives export boost

  Liquefied Natural Gas Limited has advised that the U.S. Department of Energy has revised procedures that could result in faster approval of applications to export LNG to non-Free Trade Agreement (Non-FTA) countries. The company had in October 2013 applied for approval to export 8


Global LNG Analytics Services Announced

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TerraMar Networks and Energy Perspectives join forces to offer ground-breaking LNG analytics services.   Global GPS asset tracking provider, TerraMar Networks Limited has announced  that it has entered into an agreement with Energy Perspectives


Bill Promotes US LNG Vessel Transport

Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA-03), Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure’s Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee, introduced H.R. 5270, the Growing American Shipping Act, which aims to modernize U.S


FortisBC Set to Expand its Tilbury LNG Facility

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FortisBC Energy Inc. today selected Bechtel Canada Co. (Bechtel) as the contractor for its Tilbury LNG Facility Expansion Project in Delta, B.C. (Project). The selection of Bechtel took place after a competitive procurement process. Bechtel brings global experience in the development of LNG


Growing American Shipping Bill Introduced by Garamendi

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Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA-03), Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure’s Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee, informs ot the introduction of  H.R. 5270, the 'Growing American Shipping Act', to strengthen the U.S. maritime industry


LR to Support LNG Bunkering in Portsmouth

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Lloyd’s Register (LR) is working with British port to develop operational procedures and technical standards required for safe LNG bunkering operations. LR has commenced a project to identify the technical specifications and develop operating procedures for safe LNG bunkering in


3 Cargo Tenders for Australia's NWS LNG Project

Australia's North West Shelf liquefied natural gas (LNG) export plant is expected to soon launch a tender to sell three cargoes loading in September, shipping and trading sources with knowledge of the matter said. The project's stakeholders expect a September-loading tender to be issued


MOL to Launch Arctic Ocean LNG Route

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Japan's Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd (MOL) said on Wednesday that it will start transporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) through the Arctic Ocean in 2018 using icebreaker LNG tankers. MOL, with its joint venture partner China Shipping, has ordered three icebreaker LNG carriers from South Korea's Daewoo


Steelhead LNG Plans $30B LNG Export Terminal

A  Canadian company jumped into British Columbia's crowded liquefied natural gas (LNG) export fray with a plan to build a $30 billion terminal on Vancouver Island. Steelhead LNG said it applied to Canadian regulators for permission to export up to 30 million tonnes of LNG a year for 25






 
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