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Shipping line United European Car Carriers (UECC) has launched the latest LNG-fuelled addition to its fleet the TBN Auto Energy in Nantong, China.

French cryogenic membrane designer and LNG bunkering expert Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT) is to deepen collaboration efforts with energy services firm Endel to develop technology and solutions in ‘the area of LNG as a marine fuel’.

Equipment manufacturer Flow Instruments is to supply four LNG dispensers for the Gasrec LNG/LCNG vehicle fuelling station at Daventry International Distribution Centre in the UK.

LNG developer Fuelgarden has been awarded a contract for Front-End Engineering & Design (FEED) work on a multi-purpose LNG plant in Scotland.

Natural gas shipping company Golar LNG has partnered with private equity firm Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners to launch joint venture company, Golar Power. The new organisation will offer integrated LNG-based downstream solutions and is expected to create opportunities for LNG fuelling via mobile floating storage and regasification units (FSRU).

Russian gas firm Gazprom has announced plans for the ‘expansion of the presence on small-scale LNG markets in Europe’ and to cooperate further with Estonian authorities to supply LNG as a fuel for marine transport.

Environmental regulation and depressed energy prices are helping to drive the uptake of LNG as a fuel for marine transport, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Norwegian LNG terminal operator Skangas is progressing plans with industry leaders to develop and share best practice in bunker-supply operations.

South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) has received approval for new LNG bunker vessel designs from maritime classification society Lloyd's Register.

Greek LNG technology developer Helengi Engineering has unveiled its new LNG bunker feeder vessel the Amaltheia.

Dutch shipbuilder Ferus Smit has delivered the second ever LNG-fuelled cement carrier vessel to Scandinavian joint venture company JT Cement.

The Japanese government has backed a new feasibility study into the development of an LNG bunker station at the port of Yokohama in Kanagawa Prefecture on the south of Honshu island.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) expects LNG fuel prices to remain low for the next five years as China, India and ASEAN countries emerge as key buyers.

Global transportation firm XPO Logistics has launched a fleet of 31 LNG-powered trucks at its new pallet distribution hub in Bondoufle in Île-de-France in northern France.

News Nudges

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.