Canadian resources and mining company Teck Resources is piloting LNG as fuel conversion for six of its owned haul trucks at its Fording River steelmaking coal operation in British Columbia.
Denmark-based shipowner Evergas has ordered four INEOS MAX 32,000 cubic metre liquefied ethane/ethylene/LNG carriers for construction with assistance from JHW Engineering & Contracting.
Last week Lithuanian terminal operator Klaipėdos Nafta started a joint venture with German LNG fuel supplier Bomin Linde LNG that will build and operate an LNG bunker supply vessel at the state-owned seaport of Klaipeda in Lithuania.
Five ports within the Baltic ports organization —Turku, Naantali and HaminaKotka in Finland, and Stockholm in Sweden — have joined with a Finnish ferry operator Viking Line to implement services for ‘cold ironing’, scrubbers, waste, and LNG bunkering.
Wespact Midstream, Vancouver LLC has invited public comment online at the website of the BC Environmental Assessment office on its plan to build a marine jetty for berthing and transferring LNG to marine barges and carriers at Tilbury Marine Jetty Project.
Titan LNG, the Dutch LNG supplier for the industrial and shipping sector, and Dutch small scale LNG technology company Osomo Projects have signed a partnership agreement to build the first bio-LNG production facility in Germany.
LNG truck manufacturer Iveco has plans to shift its dealership structure, creating new dutch-foucssed business from next year, Iveco NLS BV, responsible for sales and marketing operations related Iveco Iveco vehicles and parts.
The new studies, performed by DNV GL, focus on the technical, safety and operational risk aspects of LNG bunkering, as well as loading and unloading.
HM Government of Gibraltar has clarified that current LNG plans are only for power a facility only, and future LNG bunkering plans remain “some way away” from fruition.
Deltamarin has signed a €2 million contract to design the world’s first dual-fuelled , LNG handysize bulk carriers. Two ships will be constructed for the Finnish shipowner ESL Shipping, potentailly for Baltic sea operation.
The Dutch govenrment-funded STW Technology Foundation awarded an LNG project with a grant of €3.45 million, one of five projects awarded within the STW Perspective program according to National LNG Platform.
Grain LNG terminal in Kent, UK, National Grid’s commercial LNG terminal, publicly opened an LNG tanker truck loading facility on November 11th for distributing LNG to tanker trucks.
The Northwestern US city of Tacoma will undertake improvements ahead of building utility Puget Sound Energy’s $275 million LNG bunkering facility at the Port of Tacoma.
Future LNG-fuelled Con-Ro owner and LNG exporter, Crowley Maritime has been granted approval by the US and Canadian energy regulators to import LNG from Canada.
Woodside plans LNG truck loading facility expansion
Australian oil and gas company Woodside Energy is reportedly planning to quadruple the size of its Pluto LNG truck loading facility, following the signing of its first customer this week. Sheffield Resources signed an agreement for the equivalent of five terajoules of LNG per day for 15 years as part of the Thunderbird mineral sands project. Woodside plans to expand its LNG truck-loading operations at Pluto to extend its virtual pipeline concept serving mines in the region.
India makes headway on LNG infrastructure
Authorities in India are to introduce close to 20 LNG fuelling stations on some of the country’s main heavy transportation routes next year, according to energy major Petronet LNG. Tenders are currently under consideration with the aim to establish a pilot project base of some 5,000 LNG-fuelled trucks travelling five leading national highways. “Following its successful experiment, this exercise would have a repeat in subsequent year of 2020 for another estimated 5,000 trucks that can run on national highways on LNG with a fuel cost saving of nearly 25 percent as well effectively addressing the issue of fuel pollution,” V. K. Mishra, director at Petronet, said. Indian manufacturers including Tata and Mahindra are also expected to produce LNG-fuelled vehicles and buses helping to drive demand growth.
Study points to “strong investment case” for LNG
A study commissioned by industry coalition SEA\LNG has revealed a strong investment case for LNG as a marine fuel in the container shipping market. The research analyses usage for a newbuild 14,000 TEU container vessel operating on an Asia-US West Coast (USWC) liner routing and compares six fuel pricing scenarios. “The study unequivocally shows that for this vessel type, on this trade route, LNG as a marine fuel delivers the best return on investment on a net present value (NPV) basis over a conservative 10-year horizon, with fast payback periods ranging from one to two years,” Peter Keller, Chairman of SEA\LNG, said. The study was produced by independent simulation and analytics firm Opsiana and indicates that LNG provides a greater ROI than alternative compliance solutions, including the installation of Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS), or scrubbers, across 5 out of 6 of the fuel scenarios explored. It also reveals a diminishing CAPEX hurdle, competitive energy costs, the stability of LNG pricing, and the realistic cost of scrubbers.