In this issue

 

Thursday, 22 February 2018

The sale of LNG bunker fuel at the port of Rotterdam increased over ten-fold year-on-year in 2017, according to the latest figures from the port authority. 

Fuel supplier Nauticor has completed the first LNG bunkering operations for the dual-fuel dredger vessel Scheldt River at Brunsbüttel Port, Germany. 

Engineering component supplier Hexagon Composites has been awarded a contract to supply fuel storage tanks for a newbuild LNG supply vessel being built for Babcock Schulte Energy. 

Increases in maintenance costs associated with exhaust gas scrubber systems may give a boost to demand for LNG fuel, according to underwater repair specialist Hydrex. 

Global energy company Gazprom has announced plans to build two small-scale LNG production facilities to provide fuel for locomotives operated by Sverdlovsk Railway in Russia. 

LNG specialist Crowley Fuels has signed a multi-year supply contract with a major pharmaceutical company in Puerto Rico. 

Thursday, 22 February 2018

India’s ruling party has backed measures to drastically upscale LNG imports in the country and drive wide spread adoption of the fuel for transport. 

Thursday, 08 February 2018

Cross-sector industry coalition SEA\LNG has launched a new online tool to map the LNG bunkering infrastructure landscape worldwide. 

Thursday, 08 February 2018

The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has published a guidance document outlining best practice for the planning and operational stages of LNG bunkering. 

Energy company Itsas Gas has performed the first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering at the port of Bilbao in Northern Spain, marking the first such operation in the Atlantic Arc and Mediterranean region. 

Authorities at the port of Gothenburg have broken ground on a new LNG bunker facility which is set to become operational later this year. 

Fuelling technology firm Titan LNG has signed a long-term rental agreement with the Port of Amsterdam to site an LNG bunkering pontoon at the port. 

Energy firm Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions has signed a long-term charter contract with shipping line Mitsui O.S.K. Lines for the first bunker vessel capable of supplying large quantities of LNG in a single bunkering operation. 

Japanese shipping firms K Line, Chubu Electric, Toyota Tsusho, and NYK Line have initiated plans to create a joint LNG bunkering business. 

News Nudges

Woodside raises for Burrup LNG bunker hub

Australia’s largest independent oil and gas company Woodside Petroleum has embarked on a programme to raise US$2 billion that will be used in part to fund development of the Burrup LNG Hub in northwestern Australia. The Burrup LNG Hub comprises the adjacent liquefaction plants of North West Shelf (NWS) LNG and Pluto LNG on the Burrup Peninsula and the nearby port of Dampier The firm is exploring the option of installing interconnector pipeline between the Pluto and NWS plants and providing the NWS terminal with a new supply of gas, via pipeline, from the offshore Browse field. “Woodside believes Pluto LNG has a key role to play as a supplier of LNG bunker fuel in the region. Woodside has stated its intention to have its entire fleet of offshore support vessels (OSVs) operating off Australia’s northwest coast running on LNG by 2022,” a spokesperson for Woodside said.


Azores bids for Praia da Vitoria LNG bunkering

Authorities in Azores have highlighted the islands’ Port of Praia da Vitoria as the frontrunner for new small or medium-sized LNG-bunkering operations. João Vargas, a member of the Board of Directors of Portos dos Açores hailed the central Atlantic port an ‘ideal’ location for LNG bunkering operations and suggested the port could receive a ‘medium size’ private investment at some point between 2020 and 2030. Plans to convert the island’s Belo Jardim Thermal Power Plant to operate on LNG are expected to drive demand for the fuel in Praia da Vitória but no final investment decisions have yet been taken. “In any port of the Autonomous Region of the Azores, a system can be carried out through the virtual pipeline, where the ISO containers are supplied and delivered… The advantage of this virtual pipeline is that it is very flexible,” Vargas added. Further studies are set to take place as the islands leaders consider finance options, including applying for funding from the European Union.