The Gibraltar Port Authority (GPA) has joined the Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF) to promote the use of LNG for shipping via the territory.
Government support for new LNG infrastructure in India is driving foreign investment interest in LNG fuelling projects, with ‘great potential’ for growth according to Malaysian state-owned energy firm Petroliam Nasional (Petronas).
The Indian state of Kerala has launched the first LNG-fuelled bus to operate in the country as part of a joint project by state energy firms Petronet LNG, Indian Oil Corporation and global automotive group Tata Motors.
Standards agency DNV GL has launched a new tool designed to calculate PKI methane number for LNG-fuelled vessels and help drive uptake of the fuel.
Czech cryogenic storage specialist Chart Ferox has opened its second LNG fueling station in Finland.
Contractor Matrix Service is to build a two million gallon LNG tank for the JAX LNG Bunker Facility, near the Port of Jacksonville.
U.S. shipbuilder and marine engineering firm Conrad Industries has announced a loss of US$12.5 million on an LNG bunker barge project at its Louisiana facilities.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has set the date of 1 January 2020 to implement a global cap on sulphur emissions from shipping. The ruling is widely expected to boost investment and uptake for LNG as a fuel.
Norwegian LNG specialist Skangas has signed an agreement with state-owned energy firm Statoil to deliver LNG fuel for its platform supply vessels (PSV).
Swedish shipping company Furetank Rederi and fuel specialist Bomin Linde LNG are to form an LNG fuelling partnership in the Baltic region.
LNG technology developer Titan LNG has launched its containerized Flexbox solution at the port of Amsterdam with a “first of its kind” industrial LNG installation.
Japanese firm Kobe Steel is to supply two screw compressors for fuel supply on a newbuild vessel, marking the first time that these units will be used to supply LNG to marine dual-fuel engines.
Industry consortium SEA\LNG has appointed a board of directors to help develop its strategy to support LNG as a marine fuel.
The Singapore Energy Market Authority (EMA) has awarded licences to energy firm Shell and Singaporean LNG operator Pavilion Gas to import LNG to Singapore.
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.