In this issue

 

Polish natural gas supplier Cryogas has released a video of the opening of the LNG/CNG refuelling station in Srem, Poland which became fully operational in January. 

State-controlled Lithuanian oil terminal operator SC Klaipedos Nafta has invested €377,000 in mobile fire-fighting technology, including modernisations to foam cars, for its storage facility for oil products.

French gas supplier Air Liquide is set to acquire Airgas, an American supplier of industrial gases and associated products in the United States, following the decision of Airgas’s board. 

Dutch logistics provider Rotra is finalising an LNG filling station on the banks of the Ijssel River in the Dutch city of Doseburg, the first in Europe capable of supplying both inland waterway barges and trucks.

Assistant executive director at Pakistan’s state oil and gas regulatory authority Rahil Pitafi has called for investment in LNG terminals in Pakistan amid rising demand for CNG vehicles.

Korean construction company Posco E&C has secured an EPC contract that will see it build an LNG terminal that will serve as an bunkering point for LNG-fuelled ships transiting Panama Canal.

American LNG bunkering and CNG filling station provider Clean Energy Fuels more than doubled its biomethane sales to 50 million gasoline gallon equivalents (GGEs) in 2015.

Gasum, the operator of Finnish gas grid and an owner of LNG fuel supplier Skangas, has been awarded EU TEN-T funding to develop a refuelling station network serving trucks and other vehicles.

The IMO Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR3) was scheduled to take place from 15-9 February, and to prepare draft guidelines for sampling for sulphur content in fuels as well as approving a modification to the bunker delivery note allowing scrubbers. 

A study mentioned in a European Commission news alert in January has raised concerns about “methane slip” during LNG bunkering. “In order to retain the climate benefits of LNG, it is important to address methane emissions,” the EC alert said. 

Norway-headquartered shipbuilder Vard’s core business is design and construction of specialised vessels, such as LNG-powered ferries.

Canadian bearings manufacturer Thordon Bearings said that sea trials of LNG-fuelled cement carrier “Greenland” had validated a pollution-free, seawater-lubricated propeller shaft bearing system called Compac. 

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore selected the beneficiaries of two LNG bunker supply licenses to supply LNG as a fuel for ships from next year.

A venture of Singaporean state-owned Pavilion Gas and a venture of Singapore yard Keppel Offshore & Marine subsidiary, KS Investments, and BG Group will supply LNG fuel at the port.

Last month US LNG fuel supplier Eagle LNG Partners, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ferus Natural Gas Fuels based in Houston, Texas. submitted an application with the US Department of Energy to export LNG.

The application would see the LNG supplier export up to 49.8 billion cubit feet, or ~1.0 million tons per annum of LNG from a FERC-jurisdictional LNG export facility in Jacksonville, Florida.
Eagle LNG seeks permission to export LNG – both on its own behalf and as an agent for other organizations.

News Nudges

Coralius completes ship-to-ship LNG first

LNG bunker vessel Coralius has completed its ship-to-ship refuelling operation docking with the tanker Fure West. The operation took place in international waters at Northern Kattegat, in the middle of the sea between Frederikshavn, Denmark and Gothenburg, Sweden. “This is a key milestone in our history of developing the LNG availability. We are happy working together with our customer Furetank for this first of several upcoming ship-to-ship bunkerings,” Kimmo Rahkamo, CEO of Skangas, said. The receiving vessel, Fure West, measures 144 metres in length and operates mainly in the Baltic and Kattegat area.


Rosmorport Plans LNG Bunker Barge

Authorities at the Russian port of Rosmorport are reportedly considering construction of an LNG bunkering vessel to support marine traffic. The proposed bunkering vessel would have capacity of between 3,000 and 5,000 cubic meters, according to comments by Vladimir Shtrambrand, head of Rosmorport’s Fleet Construction and Development Department. Shtrambrand was speaking at the recent 2nd International Conference in Saint-Petersburg. The port is reported to be in negotiations with three undisclosed bunker supplying companies to operate the proposed bunker vessel.


Volvo backs LNG fuelled future

Swedish truck manufacturer Volvo has backed the use of LNG to power its future fleets, claiming that the fuel can deliver gains of as much as 25% in fuel efficiency. The firm expects that its FH and FM truck product lines will help drive LNG fuel uptake and is also investigating alternative gas fuels, including compressed natural gas and biogas.