Last year, global LNG trade reached a record 258 mill tonnes – an increase of 5% from 2015 - according to the International Gas Union’s (IGU) 2017 World LNG report.
At the recent Gastech 2017 expo, Sovcomflot President and CEO Sergey Frank highlighted the delivery of the world’s first icebreaking LNGC ‘Christophe de Margerie’ on 26th March.
Indian state gas utility GAIL India is to short term charter LNGCs to ship gas from the US.
Global LNG Services (GLS) has reached a cost breakthrough for its floating liquefaction platform, the patented LIQUI-MAX vessel for the Main Pass Energy Hub project, also patented.
Cheniere Energy Partners, a subsidiary of Cheniere Energy, has shipped its 100th LNG cargo from its Sabine Pass liquefaction facility.
Wärtsilä has been contracted to provide both equipment and maintenance for Höegh LNG’s FSRUs and LNGCs.
LNG and LPG carrier owner and operator, Exmar reported an overall consolidated result after tax of $35.8 mill for 2016, compared to $11.2 mill recorded the year before.
Fluor has entered into a co-operation agreement with HiLoad LNG, a subsidiary of Sevan Marine, aimed at global projects that could use HiLoad’s floating regasification dock (FRD) LNG technology.
Babcock’s LGE Process received an ‘Approval in Principle’ (AiP) from Lloyd’s Register at this year’s Gastech 2017.
Lloyd’s Register and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI signed a joint development project (JDP) at Gastech to commence an approval in principal (AiP) for a barge mounted power plant, the patented Hi-Floating Power.
Also at Gastech 2017, DSME and class society DNV GL presented the results of a joint development project (JDP) for a new LNGC design.
Damen Shiprepair Brest (DSBr) has completed a renewal survey maintenance programme on the LNGC ‘Gaselys’.
Shanghai-based Wison Offshore & Marine (Wison) has unveiled a multi-functional LNGC design.
Class society ClassNK has released its Guidelines for Liquefied Hydrogen (LH2) Carriers, based on provisions of the IMO interim recommendations.
DSME to postpone LNGC deliveries
According to a South Korean stock exchange filing, Daewoo said it was close to postponing the deliveries of two LNGCs ordered by European interests. The vessels were originally due to be handed over by the end of this year.
Traders short listed for two import terminals
Bangladesh has short listed commodity traders Trafigura and Gunvor to arrange the installation of two FLNG import terminals in 2018. “Trafigura and Gunvor have been short listed out of 13 companies for two 200 mill cu ft per day LNG import terminals,” a director at state-run energy firm Petrobangla’s LNG division told Reuters. Petrobangla will hold talks with the companies and deals will then be finalised, he added. It was believed Bangladesh needs the terminals to be in place in 2018, the newswire said. Gunvor will use an FSRU barge provided by EXMAR, which will fit the shallow water conditions at Chittagong in southeastern Bangladesh where both terminals will be located, sources told Reuters.
GAIL takes LNGC for three years
Indian state-owned energy company GAIL is believed to be close to chartering a TOTAL operated, Teekay owned, LNGC. The charter was thought to be for three years and the vessel will be used to ship LNG from the US beginning January, 2018.