Babcock’s LGE business has delivered its single mixed refrigerant technology, the patented ecoSMRT, to a second SCF LNGC.

Thursday, 15 October 2020 06:00

Wison to revamp Nantong shipyard

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Engineering group Wison has embarked upon a large LNG equipment upgrade to transform the Nantong Yard in a RMB1.43 bill investment project.

The work is expected to be complete by 2022.

Wison Offshore and Marine (WOM) subsidiary, Wison (Nantong) Heavy Industry Co Ltd, recently held a ground breaking ceremony for the project in Nantong National High-tech Industrial Development Zone.

The aim is to comprehensively upgrade and transform the Nantong yard’s infrastructure, production capacity and management, plus control processes.

It is planned to extend the existing dock to 370 m x 68 m, expand the general assembly site of about 20,000 sq m, build an SPB general assembly workshop of about 14,000 cu m and a spray painting workshop of 9,000 sq m, another workshop of about 40,000 sq m and an outfitting dock of about 9,000 sq m.

After its completion, Nantong’s production capacity will reach annual deliveries of five FLNGs, LNGCs and floating storage regasification and power generation barge (FSRP). In addition, annual deliveries of 60,000 tonnes of modules and 20 LNG tanks for floating facilities will be possible.

WOM said that the project will not only help it break through the bottleneck of production capacity, but also further enhance the engineering and construction capacity of its two core products: FLNGs (liquefaction capacity: 0.5 - 5 mill tonnes per annum) and FSRPs (power generation capacity: 100 - 600 MW).

"Wison Offshore & Marine, a leading natural gas monetisation solutions provider, has been committed to offering the global energy industry with innovative and diversified approaches to monetise natural gas," An Wenxin, WOM COO, said, "We believe that after the completion of the upgrade and transformation project, it will effectively increase the competitive advantages of the WOM's serialised large-scale floating natural gas solutions in the market, and also better meet the needs of global clients for large-scale floating natural gas facilities,” he said. 

Thursday, 15 October 2020 06:00

Goltens oversees BWTS LNGC retrofit

Goltens Singapore was recently contracted by an undisclosed LNGC shipowner to undertake a ballast water treatment system (BWTS) 3D scanning, design engineering, material supply & installation supervision on a 2004-built LNGC.

With methane slip regulations on the horizon at the IMO, Alfa Laval and Swiss engine developer, WinGD have co-operated on a solution.

Tuesday, 13 October 2020 06:00

LNG Unlimited – 13 October 2020

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Swiss firm Axpo and France’s Engie name Ducoloner and MacGregor for key roles

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NextDecade Corp., the owner of the Rio Grande LNG export project near the port of Brownsville in Texas, said it had developed proprietary processes using proven technology to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions at the facility.

The company, listed on the Nasdaq global exchange, said the plans would see a drop of 90 percent in carbon-dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions at Rio Grande and it was exploring options to address the remaining emissions to possibly achieve carbon-neutrality.


Rio Grande previously proposed that the plant would have five liquefaction Trains instead of six while maintaining annual output of 27 million tonnes per annum.

NextDecade had also said its activities before taking a final investment decision were focusing on engineering and reducing the facility’s environmental footprint.

Analysts noted that this was especially relevant as the Rio Grande plant will be close to two other facilities on the Brownsville Ship Channel area.

These are Texas LNG, owned by New York-based Glenfarne Group, and Annova LNG whose backers include Exelon Corp., the utility headquartered in Chicago.

“Throughout the course of NextDecade’s pre-FID development activities, and intensively in recent months, the company has evaluated multiple technical solutions to ascertain the commercial viability of dramatically reducing CO2e emissions,” the company explained.

Based on these evaluations, NextDecade stated that carbon capture and storage (CCS) is the most feasible technical solution for Rio Grande LNG.

The company said it believed that the addition of proven CCS technology in conjunction with its proprietary processes could reduce the CO2e emissions of Rio Grande LNG by approximately 90 percent.

While NextDecade advances its work in this area, it added that it was also exploring options to address the remaining 10 percent of CO2e emissions.

“Natural gas has a critical role to play in the global energy transition to a low-carbon economy, ensuring the security of energy supplies and preserving high quality jobs in the United States and around the world,” said Matt Schatzman, NextDecade’s Chairman and Chief Executive.

“Our work to date confirms that reliable, competitively priced LNG and responsible environmental stewardship are not mutually exclusive,” added Schatzman.

“A solution that promises both is indeed eminently feasible with the thoughtful use of existing technologies and the application of our proprietary processes,” declared the CEO.

NextDecade added that it was continuing to work on remaining commercial agreements needed to achieve an FID in 2021, enabled by what it described as “flexible commercial offerings and leadership in environmental and social performance”, including targeting carbon-neutrality at the Rio Grande plant.

Glenfarne Group, the owner of the Magnolia LNG export project in Louisiana, has been granted five more years by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to complete the Louisiana plant and associated facilities.

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AGL Energy of Australia has pledged at the annual meeting to pursue the Crib Point LNG project on Westernport Bay, south of Melbourne in the state of Victoria as one of the vital tools in the cleaner energy transition.

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HAM Group of Spain has designed and manufactured a mobile natural gas fuel station in Calais for international truck transport between the French Channel port and the UK as its network grows to over 70 stations.

The facility was set up for fuel service company C4T Europe and dispenses liquefied natural gas and compressed natural gas for all type of vehicles.

HAM said the Calais LNG-CNG supply point was located at avenue Henri Ravisse 504, near the Port of Calais and Eurotunnel in the Industrial Zone of Transmarck, on Exit 48 of the A16-E40 motorway.

“The mobile unit will be located at this point until the construction of the fixed gas station, which will also be designed and built by HAM,” said the Spanish company.

“Thanks to this agreement, C4T Europe and HAM have managed to shorten start-up times for the new station and allow LNG-CNG users to refuel 24 hours a day throughout the year, using any credit/debit card, as well as the Card HAM, for the exclusive use of companies and professionals,” added HAM.

“To access the service station, it is necessary to approach the barriers, which will open automatically and obtain a ticket that allows access to the station for a period of one hour,” explained HAM.

HAM said the installation of the new mobile unit adds to a growing network of 72 service stations, fixed and mobile, located in Spain and the main European road transport routes.

“C4T is a company with extensive experience in offering high-quality secure truck parking and refueling facilities, with all the necessary services for road freight drivers to comfortably refuel and rest,” said HAM.