Tuesday, 06 October 2020 08:56

Jetty-less receiving solution gains traction

There have been a few jetty-less type discharge systems designed for oil and gas sectors down the years. Technical Editor, Ian Cochran investgates

As the Covid-19 pandemic has reconfigured workforces the world over, training for LNG bunker operations has also had to adapt with courses moving online and new forms of engagement emerging, Ray Gillett, General Manager at GTT Training tells LNG Journal’s fuelling editor Malcolm Ramsay.

Wednesday, 30 September 2020 07:02

Market Tracker - September 29, 2020

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Following scheduled maintenance in May and June this year, Europe’s only LNG production plant was taken out of action again by unscheduled maintenance in early September and a subsequent fire on Monday. A planned cargo lifting via the LNGC Arctic Lady was not completed earlier this month, our data indicates, with additional vessel capacity likely to be idled offshore Hammerfest until work is found elsewhere in October.

The first Ultra Large Container Vessel to will be joined by ‘Champs Elysées’ and seven other ships

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The France-based global container shipping line, CMA CGM, has seen the first of nine LNG-powered vessels join its fleet and the ship’s maiden voyage started on the “French Asia” route calling at 12 ports in 84 days.

Venture Global has told regulators it was making steady progress on the Calcasieu Pass LNG export plant in Louisiana, expected to come on stream in 2022 along with the TransCameron Pipeline, though recent work was hampered by the very active hurricane season on the Gulf Coast.

Calcasieu Pass is one of three plants being developed by Venture Global in Louisiana and is the most advanced.

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The US Golden Pass LNG export project on the Gulf Coast, owned by Qatar Petroleum and ExxonMobil, is requesting authorization from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to begin the work covered in the latest part of its Implementation Plan and including the foundations of the first liquefaction Train by mid- October 2020.

The FERC formally approved the transformation of the Golden Pass import terminal located on the Sabine-Neches Waterway in Texas into an export plant in December 2016.

The Qatar-ExxonMobil project is building three liquefaction Trains with around 16 million tonnes per annum of output.

The first Train is still scheduled to come on stream in 2024, with Train 2 expected to follow six-to-eight months later, and Train 3 six-to-eight months after that.

Golden Pass has continued to progress its site development activities since 2019 and has now submitted the next chapter of the Implementation Plan to expand work at the site.

The project’s engineering, procurement and construction contractor is a joint venture comprising Chiyoda Corp. of Japan and US companies McDermott International and Zachry Group.

The EPC companies have been making sure that local businesses received priority consideration for work and has awarded 34 local subcontracts since actual construction began in May 2020.

The part of the Implementation Plan referred to in the latest FERC filing includes the installation of the foundations in the LNG Train 1 Area. “While Southeast Texas perseveres through the Covid-19 crisis, many companies and residents are getting a boost from opportunity brought to the area by the Golden Pass LNG export project,” the developers have said.

The EPC contractors said they had already committed over $245 million to local businesses so far, and more than 650 local residents were working on the construction site as of the start of August. The companies noted that the work timetable is unchanged.

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The Canadian business of Clough Enercore is rebranding to fully integrate into Clough’s North American unit whose project contracts have spanned work for ventures such as LNG Canada, Freeport LNG in Texas and Eagle LNG in Florida.

Clough Enercore was established in 2015 when the Australian engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company acquired Calgary, Alberta based Enercore Projects Ltd.

“It successfully established the EPCM presence across Canada and is now structured to fully support Clough’s broader North American operations,” said Clough.

Clough, which has more than 1,000 in-house engineers, entered the US market in 2014 when it took over Baltimore, Maryland-based LNG project consultants CH.IV.

The growing Clough brand is now working on the EPC contract for the load-out line trestle for the LNG Canada project in Kitimat, British Columbia.

Its Eagle LNG contract at Jacksonville, Florida, was for EPC services for a grassroots micro- LNG plant with 17 million standard cubic feet per day of output and a 1 million gallon LNG tank and truck offloading.

It was also contracted by Freeport LNG for EPC work on a condensate terminal. “As part of our ongoing business integration across our North American entities, we are proud to announce that our Clough Enercore business has changed its brand name to Clough,” said Martin Siddle, Executive Vice President for Clough North America.

“This name change is a result of a rebranding effort designed to bring consistency and structure across the North American businesses while maintaining flexibility, scalability, and resource interchangeability,” explained Siddle.

“We aim to deliver one unified voice and vision across North America.” he added.

TC Energy Corp., the leading North American pipeline company supplying natural gas to the US and Mexico and feed-gas for projects such as LNG Canada, has announced the retirement of President and Chief Executive Russ Girling.

Tuesday, 29 September 2020 08:39

China Gas Holdings in key indices on expansion

China Gas Holdings, one of the leading non-state controlled companies in the Chinese sector involved in city-gas and LNG, has been included in the Hang Seng Shanghai-Shenzhen-Hong Kong 300 Index for growing corporations as it pledged to replace more coal with gas in Northern China.