In this issue


Hyundai and Samsung have won a patent suit against Daewoo.

This makes DSME’s patent over a technology that re-liquefies LNG null and void. 

Thursday, 02 February 2017

RasGas has delivered its first LNG cargo to EDF’s Dunkerque LNG regasification terminal in France, under a sales and purchase agreement (SPA). 

Thursday, 02 February 2017

Bangladesh is to import LNG through RasGas.

A deal, approved by the country’s cabinet committee on economic affairs will see a terminal located at Moheshkhali in the Bay of Bengal, which will supply 500 mill cu ft of gas per day.

Thursday, 02 February 2017

Commodity trader Gunvor has won a tender to supply around 60 LNG shipments to Pakistan over a five year period.

Thursday, 02 February 2017

Every quarter, the US Liquefied National Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise (LGC NCOE) normally works with the private sector and industry representatives to effectively train US Coast Guard personnel on the latest technologies. 

Surveillance specialist Synectics has won contracts to fit systems on 10 marine and offshore vessels. 

Scheduled for construction in South Korea and China, the vessels include LNGCs, LPG Carriers and FSRUs. 

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Marine Machinery & Engine (MHI-MME) recently delivered a regas boiler to Hyundai Heavy Industries to be fitted on a Höegh LNG FSRU. 

The regas boiler fitted on board an FSRU provides the regasification unit with the required heat power (evaporation). 

The boiler type for this project is a dual fuel (oil/gas) MAC type -MAC-90BF- (evaporation = 90 tonnes per hour), which is claimed to be highly reliable and has a long life. 

By recovering the heat from the regas boiler’s exhaust gas, the boiler efficiency is improved by 12.5%, ie from 82.5% up to 95%, MHI-MME claimed, also saying that it achieved a huge NOx reduction of less than 100 mg per cu Nm when in gas firing mode, which, is relevant when operating in a NECA. 

MHI-MME has delivered more than 400 main dual fuel boilers and by applying this highly reliable technology to the dual fuel auxiliary boiler, including the regas boiler, the company said that this technology satisfies the latest 
environmental regulations. 

The Australian Government has raised its LNG exports forecast for fiscal 2016-2017 (July-June) to 52.4 mill tonnes, compared with an earlier figure of 51.5 mill tonnes.  

Total US shale gas production is expected to hit 90 bill cu ft per day by 2040, more than twice the current levels, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) has said.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Standard Chartered (SC) has concluded a $684.5 mill, up to 12-year non-recourse shipping finance facility, for BW Gas JuJu LNG Limited - a joint venture between BW Group and Marubeni.

Teekay’s 173,000 cu m LNGC ‘Oak Spirit’ has delivered the first gas cargo from the US for Japan.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Haimen-based shipbuilder China Merchants Heavy Industry (Jiangsu) held the keel laying ceremony last week for the first of Saga LNG’s two mid-size LNGCs.

Höegh LNG has signed of a contract with Hyundai Heavy Industries for another FSRU, which is due to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2018 (FSRU #9).

The contract was signed by Andrey Okhotkin, Sakhalin Energy Commerce director and by the head of Gazprom Global LNG marine traffic commerce department, Ryan McGuckin, on behalf of GMT.

News Nudges

HHI uses glycol for FSRUs

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has demonstrated the installation of LNG regasification system using glycol on a 170,000 cu m FSRU. The demonstration, attended by shipowers and major class societies, was held at HHI’s Ulsan shipyard. As the glycol regasification process is salt free, unlike systems that use seawater, it can minimise equipment corrosion, including heat exchangers and it can also lower the risk of explosion that a propane system may be exposed to, the company claimed. Following the granting of an AiP from Lloyd’s Register last month and both internationally and domestically patented recently, HHI is also in the process of receiving recognition from other major class societies.

Daewoo to deliver two Yamal LNGCs this year

Daewoo expects to deliver two more ice class LNGCs for Russia’s Yamal LNG project this year, a company spokesman told Reuters. The first ‘Christophe de Margerie’ was recently delivered to Sovcomflot (see page 2). The remaining 14 LNGCs for Yamal are all due to be delivered by 2020, including two this year, the spokesman reportedly said. The Yamal LNG project, which is scheduled to start production in October this year, is jointly owned by Russian gas producer Novatek, Total, China’s CNPC and the Silk Road Fund. It is expected to produce 16.5 mill tonnes of LNG per year at three production trains of 5.5 mill tonnes capacity each. LNG will be shipped to Asia from July to December via the Northern Sea Route, but can be delivered to Europe year-round.

Petronas FLNG loads first cargo

Petronas ‘PFLNG Satu’ loaded its first cargo at the Kanowit gas field, offshore Miri, Sarawak on 1st April. The first cargo was shipped on board the LNGC ‘Seri Camellia’, which was due to deliver the cargo to a South Asian terminal. “This accomplishment effectively demonstrates Petronas’ proven technology and capability of adapting a conventionally land-based installation to a floating LNG facility, a game-changer in today’s LNG business landscape,” said Petronas President and Group CEO, Datuk Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin. ‘PFLNG Satu’ was designed to operate in water-depths of between 70 and 200 m. She has a processing capacity of 1.2 mill tonnes per annum. Petronas has another FLNG under construction in South Korea, which was initially scheduled for delivery in 2018 but was subsequently postponed to an undisclosed date.

Teekay LNG in cash distribution

Teekay GP, the general partner of Teekay LNG Partners, has declared a cash distribution of $0.14 per unit for the quarter ended 31st March, 2017. The cash distribution is payable on 12th May, 2017 to all unit holders of record on 5th May, 2017.