Total-Siemens tech plans
French major Total and Siemens Energy of Germany have signed a technical collaboration agreement to study sustainable solutions for reducing carbon-dioxide emissions at liquefied natural gas plants and associated power generation facilities. “Each partner will bring together their best-in-class technologies and combine their know-how to deliver industrial-stage solutions such as combustion of clean hydrogen in gas turbines, competitive all-electrical liquefaction, optimized power generation, the integration of renewable energy in liquefaction plants’ power system,” explained Total.
Gas for Chechnya
Russian natural gas company Gazprom has opened the Mozdok-Grozny gas trunkline to improve supplies to the Chechen Republic, part of Russia's North Caucasian District and which was the subject of two separatist wars from 1994 to 2009. The pipeline crosses under 13 roads and six bodies of water, including the Terek River. An affiliated gas distribution station with an hourly capacity of 247,000 cubic metres was created as part of the project in the North Caucasus region between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea.
Charter rates rise
Shipping charter rates for LNG carriers in the spot market increased for West of Suez by around $13,500 per day to average between $55,000 per day and $51,000 per day for vessels of 155,000-165,000 cubic metres capacity. In the East of Suez charter market average rates rose by around $4,000 per day to between $43,000 per day and $39,000 per day, according to various brokers.