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LNG fuelling specialist Alpha Process Controls (APC) has expanded its manufacturing and testing facilities in the UK to increase capacity for production of its LNG Marine Emergency Release Couplings (ERC).

Stalled negotiations between Norwegian energy firm Statoil and Litgas may mean that plans for a LNG fuelling station near the port of Klaipeda are now developed with German LNG supplier Bomin Linde LNG instead.

Malaysian national energy firm Petroliam Nasional, or Petronas, is to implement hull performance anti-fouling systems for two LNG vessels in its fleet. 

French LNG specialist GTT has launched a new training program aimed at educating staff and contractors in LNG bunker operations and fuelling procedures.

Research published by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) suggests that LNG is one of the ‘most promising’ alternatives to current bunker fuel for maritime transport and will play a significant role in transitioning to a lower emission regime.

A consortium of shipping industry companies behind plans to develop LNG-powered dry bulk carrier vessels is to collaborate with Finnish equipment developer Wärtsilä to incorporate new LNG propulsion technology.

A feasibility study funded by the European Commission is seeking input from commercial fleet operators in the UK on the role of compressed natural gas (CNG) in vehicle fuelling.

Equipment manufacturer and engineering firm Trelleborg has announced its Cryoline hose-in-hose transfer system for LNG that aims to optimize fuelling operations and ‘significantly lower’ operator and supplier costs.

Chinese LNG fuelling specialist ENN Energy has commissioned a new refuelling station in Zaandam in the north of The Netherlands.

Demand for LNG as a fuel in transport is expected to drive 63.6% compound annual growth in the LNG bunkering sector up to 2025, according to research consultancy Transparency Market Research (TMR).

The British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) has published a new Code of Practice for LNG fuelling and bunkering operations.

LNG fuel developer Engie and Antwerp Port Authority have signed a 30-year concession agreement that includes development of an Alternative Energy Hub at the Port of Antwerp.

Engineering firm Neste Jacobs has signed a contract with the Port of Turku in Finland to investigate the potential and possibilities of LNG use for fuelling in and around the port.

Polish LNG fuelling firm Polskie LNG has invited interested parties to participate in consultations for a new draft code in relation to its Świnoujście LNG Terminal.

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.