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Thursday, 16 November 2017
Energy major Shell has signed a long-term charter agreement with Q-LNG Transport for a new LNG bunker barge to expand it bunkering network in the U.S. 
Authorities at the port of Gothenburg have completed the first simultaneous LNG bunkering and ship loading operation at quayside. 
Free ReadJapanese commodities firm Sojitz has acquired LNG firm First State Regasificadora (FSR).  Sojitz’ management announced the acquisition along with a name change to Sojitz Regasificadora (SR). The assets of SR…
Thursday, 02 November 2017
Nordic LNG specialist Skangas has completed the first small scale LNG loading at a facility on Melkøya island outside Hammerfest in Norway. 
Thursday, 02 November 2017
The government of Malta is to explore the development of LNG bunkering infrastructure across the island, following a €600,000 research grant from the European Union. 
Free ReadThe market for LNG bunkering is set to grow solidly over the coming decade reaching record levels by 2025, according to the latest figures from consultancy Transparency Market Research.  The…
A manufacturing consortium led by engineering firm Kooiman Marine Group has been contracted to start manufacture of Titan LNG’s FlexFueler LNG bunkering pontoon. 
The government of Japan has announced plans to invest US$10 billion to support Asian LNG growth and improve uptake of LNG bunkering. 
Specialist LNG firm Skangas has completed the first synchronised cool down and bunkering operation to switch a vessel from diesel to LNG at sea, at Danafjord outside Gothenburg. 
Free ReadEnergy major Shell has signed a long-term agreement with shipping line Siem Car Carriers to supply LNG for two newbuild vessels.  Under the terms of the deal Shell NA LNG…
Trains running on the Obskaya-Bovanenkovo railway in the Yamal Peninsula in Siberia, Russia are set to become some of the first to be powered by LNG. 
Thursday, 19 October 2017
Maritime fuelling consortium Gas4Sea has been selected by Norwegian energy group Statoil as LNG marine fuel supplier at the port of Rotterdam, Netherlands. 
Free ReadEngineering firm Bakker Sliedrecht is to supply power packages for the world’s first LNG-fuelled offshore installation vessel, Orion.  The multipurpose vessel will feature a Class 3 Dynamic Positioning (DP3) system…
Finnish equipment manufacturer Wärtsilä has installed the world’s first hybrid energy storage solution for an offshore vessel, combining a battery pack with LNG-fuelled engines. 

News Nudges

2021 a ‘defining year’ for LNG

Research consultancy Wood Mackenzie predicts that 2021 will be a ‘defining year’ for the LNG industry as policymakers drive forward change around the globe. “Decarbonising natural gas will become a strategic priority for the gas industry,” Massimo Di Odoardo, vice president at Wood Mackenzie, said. “Following a raft of LNG project cancellations last year, current high prices will have emboldened LNG developers. However, for new projects to be developed, contract activity will need to pick up. Buyers will be looking to assess their portfolio requirements and just how comfortable they are in committing for new long-term firm LNG vs increasing their spot market exposure.”


Titan, NYK sign Green Zeebrugge charter agreement

Fuel specialist Titan LNG and shipping firm NYK Line have signed a charter agreement for the LNG bunker vessel Green Zeebrugge. The agreement will see Titan LNG charter the vessel from February for the bunkering of LNG in the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA) region. “We are excited to announce the chartering of the Green Zeebrugge. January has proven exceptionally busy, underlining the timeliness of our decision to secure this additional capacity. Titan LNG carried out seven LNG operations during one weekend, three of which were to large crude shuttle tankers from Equinor, a term contract partner of Titan’s. Using the Green Zeebrugge we were able to ensure safe and timely deliveries to all the vessels,” Michael Schaap, Commercial Director at Titan LNG, commented.


Venice LNG facility gains approval

Authorities in Italy’s Veneto Region have approved plans for the construction and operation of a new LNG terminal and bunkering infrastructure. Supported by the North Adriatic Sea Port Authority and co-financed by the European Commission under the CEF (Connecting Europe Facility) initiative the Venice LNG Facility represents €18.5 million investment and is expected to include significant LNG bunkering infrastructure.


Wärtsilä Extends Golar dual-fuel maintenance agreement

Engine manufacturer Wärtsilä has signed a agreement with Golar Management Norway for maintenance on 16 dual-fuel LNG carriers. The five-year extension contract includes four vessels with Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines and two with 34DF and Wärtsilä 20DF dual-fuel engines. “We are pleased to continue our long-term partnership with Wärtsilä with this service agreement extension. Wärtsilä’s digital remote support capabilities have proved to be of great value for us, saving both time and costs by often eliminating the need to have service people sent onboard in person.” Øistein Dahl, Managing Director of Golar Management Norway, said. The agreement includes dynamic maintenance planning and asset diagnostics, under a predictive maintenance strategy and is complimented by round-the-clock remote support and advice from Wärtsilä Expertise Centres.