In this issue

 

LNG equipment developer LIQAL and fuel station operator Drive Systems have partnered to build a turnkey fuelling station for LNG and LCNG in Londerzeel, Belgium.
Fuelling specialist Pitpoint.LNG has built its first LNG filling station in Belgium at Rekkem in the province of West Flanders.
Thursday, 07 November 2019
Power equipment manufacturer MAN is to supply a LNG fuel-gas supply system for a newbuild vessel ordered by Norwegian ship owner Egil Ulvan Rederi.
Free ReadMalaysian energy firm Petronas has awarded joint venture developer Avenir LNG a contract for the provision of a 7,500-cubic-meter capacity LNG carrier. The partnership between Malaysian shipping line MISC Berhad…
Thursday, 07 November 2019
Shipping line United European Car Carriers (UECC) is to expand its LNG fleet, with the addition of its third LNG-fuelled pure car and truck carrier (PCTC)
Industrial gases and engineering company Linde has launched a joint venture with UK clean energy firm ITM Power, that promises to explore ‘large-scale’ commercial opportunities for its polymer electrolyte membrane…
Free ReadMining giant BHP has launched a tender for the construction of the world’s first LNG-powered iron ore freight vessel. The proposed vessel will have capacity to transport up to 27…
Engineering services firm McDermott has been awarded a “sizeable” contract to develop an LNG bunkering hub in Oman.
Thursday, 01 August 2019
Officials at the Port of Riga in Latvia have commenced LNG bunkering operations at the port, with the arrival of the LNG-powered vessel Containerships Polar. 
Free ReadEquipment developer Signum Technology Group has tested a new ship-to-ship hose LNG transfer system in partnership with Royal Dutch Shell at the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The technology…
Chinese energy group Jereh has signed a contract to install a network of 10 LNG fuelling stations across Russia.
Russian shipping line Sovcomflot (SCF Group) has received an award for the design of its LNG-fuelled Aframax crude oil tanker, Gagarin Prospect. 
Free ReadMaritime consultancy Kasi Group is to launch an LNG bunkering simulator in Sabah, Malaysia, marking a first for LNG training in the country. The simulator has been designed to provide…
Chinese clean energy specialist ENN Energy has signed a contract for the construction of China’s first seagoing LNG bunker vessel.

News Nudges

SEA / LNG calls for review of Green Bond certification

Industry consortium SEA / LNG has called on the Climate Bond Initiative to review criteria for its proposed Green Bond certification of Low Carbon Shipping to accommodate greater financing for LNG-fuelled vessels. The consortium notes that proposals lean “towards being technology prescriptive” rather than goal oriented, noting that “immature and emerging technologies such as ammonia and hydrogen, that will require significant research and development investment over many years if they are to scale safely in the deep-sea maritime environment, appear to be favoured”. A recent study commissioned by SEA-LNG from CE Delft concludes that LNG-fuelled ships, with little or no modifications, can realise significant GHG savings through the use of liquid biomethane (LBM) and liquid synthetic methane (LSM), with estimated sustainable global supplies potentially exceeding the demands of shipping in the future. “LNG through the gradual introduction of LBM/LSM offers a realistic pathway for reducing shipping’s GHG emissions and we believe it should be recognized accordingly. Today, LNG is operationally effective, safe, scalable to meet shipping’s needs, and improves global air quality... Specifying green investment criteria that favour specific technology pathways risks forcing the shipping industry into non-optimal solutions from environmental, operational, and commercial perspectives and must be avoided,” SEA /LNG said in an open letter to the industry.


European LNG stations pumping biogas

More than 25% of CNG and LNG fuelling stations in Europe are now delivering biomethane, according to analysis of 4,120 stations by the Natural & Bio Gas Vehicle Association (NGVA). “It is key to understand and acknowledge that a vehicle that is fuelled with renewable gas, is effectively climate neutral. Europe’s renewable gas production capacity is proven and sustainability criteria in place are fully respected. Today, it is the best solution to boost the decarbonization process of the transport sector leveraging on a real circular economy,” Andrea Gerini NGVA Europe Secretary General, said. The figures show that an average of 17% all gas delivered is now biomethane with bioLNG becoming a “growing reality” as a cost-effective transition towards “carbon neutral mobility”. “While continuously increasing the rate of renewable gas in our network, there is future potential also in improving the efficiency of natural gas engines. This will progress hand in hand,” Gerini stated.


Dunkerque LNG launches truck fuelling

Terminal operator Dunkerque LNG is introducing truck fuelling at its sites with a new service reportedly offering 3,000 slots per year. The firm is majority-owned by a consortium of gas infrastructure group Fluxys, AXA Investment owns and operates Dunkirk LNG terminal in the north of France.