Grain LNG, Europe’s largest LNG terminal, exported the highest ever amount of gas in a single day from any European terminal into the UK network. The terminal, situated on the Isle of Grain in the Thames estuary, exported 698 GWh of gas, beating its previous record by more than 100 GWh.
The Port of IJmuiden saw its first LNG bunkering take place on November 4. The operation included LNG bunkering to the Werkendam, a LNG powered crane vessel, which was a joint effort between the Port of IJmuiden, the OD IJmond and Titan LNG.
China and France signed $15 billion contracts during a visit of France’s President Emmanuel Macron to China including a contract to develop a LNG terminal and storage facility in China’s North port of Tianjin. The contracts include a variety of sectors, such as energy, agriculture and aeronautics.
PitPoint opened what it claims to be the first solid LNG bunker station for inland vessels in Europe in the Niehler Hafen in Cologne. The new LNG bunker station is part of PitPoint’s plans to establish a European LNG infrastructure for heavy transport by road and water and is co-financed by the European Union.
To help mitigate the increased need for LNG in the maritime sector, the British Columbia government is joining the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and FortisBC to create the first ship-to-ship LNG marine bunkering service on the west coast of North America.
The National University of Singapore Engineering collaborated with the Keppel Data Centres Holdings Pte Ltd and Singapore LNG Corporation to develop a technology that can efficiently store and carry cold energy from the Singapore LNG Terminal to various data centres. This solution aims to open the way for more sustainable and compact data centres.
A possible change in LNG market seems to be taking place, according to Olivia Watkins, VesselsValue, adding that the next few years for will be an interesting time for both China and the LNG sector. 2018/2019 faces positive developments in the LNG sector, which are forecast to continue until the end of 2019 and into 2020.
Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) informed that it received design approval from Bureau Veritas (BV) for its LNG cargo containment system. DSME has already obtained approvals from Lloyd’s Register, the US Bureau of Shipping, the Korea Register of Shipping, and DNV GL.
Oil majors such as Royal Dutch Shell and Exxon Mobil were among the groups selected to build five LNG terminals in Pakistan, as the country aims to triple imports and ease gas shortages, said Omar Ayub Khan, Pakistan’s minister of power and petroleum.
Qatar Petroleum and Shell subsidiaries signed a Shareholder Agreement to create a company that would provide global LNG bunkering services. The agreement signed by Qatar Petroleum’s ‘Wave LNG Solutions’ and ‘Shell Gas & Power Developments B.V.’ aims to establish a joint venture company owned equally by both parties, subject to customary regulatory approvals.
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