The remote island geography of the Philippines and Indonesia coupled with a fall in the cost of LNG is driving growth in LNG fuelling infrastructure and demand, according to technology developer Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific (AG&P).
Greek and Bulgarian officials have signed a bilateral agreement to develop an LNG terminal near the northern Greek city of Alexandroupolis.
Russia’s Federal Marine and River Transport Agency (Rosmorrechflot) has approved plans by developer LNG Gorskaya to build an LNG fuelling station in Saint-Petersburg.
The Australian port of Fremantle has approved plans by fuel provider Evol LNG to develop LNG bunkering facilities at the port.
A consortium of fourteen leading marine industry companies have formed a new coalition, known as SEA/LNG, to support the widespread adoption of LNG as a fuel in the sector.
LNG technology specialist GTT has received Type S (Special Tasks) approval classification for its LNG Bunkering Simulator, the first system of its type related to the simulation of LNG Bunkering operations.
Japanese transport company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has signed a long-term charter contract with Gas Sayago for a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) project that will support LNG bunkering operations in Uruguay.
New analysis of LNG fuelling operations and potential LNG bunker volumes at the port of Antwerp suggests relatively slow growth rate up to 2025.
Technology research and advisory company Technavio has called the construction of new LNG fuelling infrastructure ‘essential’ to support the growth of the fuel in the maritime sector.
Cross-border LNG project Poseidon Med II has carried out an on-site survey of Patras Port in Greece as part of a recent workshop aimed at boosting the acceptance of LNG as a fuel for shipping.
French LNG solutions provider Axègaz has been greenlit by the European Commission for €27.8 million in funding to develop its LNG Motion project, which will support the roll-out of LNG fuelling stations for road transport in Europe.
Marine certification agency DNV GL has issued guidance to the EU around methods to support wider adoption of LNG as a marine fuel in Europe.
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has announced new measures to support the development of LNG fuelling and bunkering within Singapore and the wider maritime community.
The coordination committee of the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) has approved funding of €15 million that will help expand LNG bunkering networks across the Baltic region.
SCF selects WinGD LNG-fuelled 7X62DF engines
Russia’s largest shipping company, Sovcomflot (SCF) has awarded Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) a contract to supply dual-fuel engines for it the first ever LNG-fuelled Aframax crude oil tankers. The 7X62DF engines will feature X-DF low-pressure gas admission and are rated 13,800 kilowatts at 86 revolutions-per-minute. The engines comply with IMO Tier III limits for oxides of nitrogen (NOx) in their gas fuel mode, and with IMO Tier II when burning liquid fuel. “Reducing both CAPEX and OPEX, the low-pressure gas admission technology means that in contrast to engines with high-pressure gas injection, the gas fuelling system on the X-DF engines does not require high-pressure electrically-driven cryogenic pumps. This considerably reduces both the purchase and installation cost of the fuelling system and the consumption of electricity needed for injection of gas into the combustion chamber,” a spokesperson for WinGD said. Swiss manufacturer, WinGD is a developer of low-speed gas and diesel engines used for propulsion power in merchant shipping. Its engines are utilized for the propulsion of various types of deep-sea ships, including oil and product tankers, bulk carriers, car carriers, general cargo ships and container ships.
FGE predicts Asia LNG bunker growth
The LNG bunkering market may be poised for growth as LNG prices fall to historic lows, according to research constultancy FGE. Speaking at the recent International Symposium on LNG Bunkering, FGE chairman Fereidun Fesharaki told local agenices that prices could fall to a low of around US$4 per MMBtu in the second half of 2018 as export projects in the U.S. and Australia add supply faster than demand can grow. The outlook is likely to help investment in new LNG fuelling infrastructure as project developers see rising demand.