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Peru dispatches LNG cargoes to Spain, Mexico

first_imgLNG World News Staff Image courtesy of CB&IPeru’s only liquefaction facility at Pampa Melchorita shipped a cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Spain and Mexico each. According to the data released by the state-owned Perupetro, the 170,200-cbm SCF Mitre departed the terminal on July 21 and set course for Spain.The second cargo was loaded on July 22, aboard the 136,600-cbm LNG carrier Galea and dispatched to Mexico.The 4.45 million tonnes per year gas liquefaction plant is located 170 kilometres south of Lima and receives gas via a 408-kilometer pipeline built across the Andes.With the two latest cargoes, the facility has dispatched 409 vessels in total since it started operations in June 2010.last_img read more

September 28, 2020 0

N-Sea’s Inaugural Cameroonian Contract Underway

first_imgN-Sea, a subsea IMR provider, has began work in the Cameroonian offshore market, via a contract win with Jumbo Offshore, a Dutch offshore lifting and transportation company.With phase one completed in mid-July, the project takes place off the shores of Cameroon’s South Province, as a part of the Hilli Episeyo subsea soft yoke installation. N-Sea’s workscope comprises diving and ROV support, performing all subsea installation of the soft yoke system.The activity N-Sea will perform on the floating liquified natural gas (FLNG) mooring and loading facility includes seabed measuring, mattress placement, anchor base and pile positioning support and pile sleeve sediment removal. Final connection between the yoke and FLNG will be undertaken by N-Sea later in 2017, the company said.N-Sea group commercial director, Gary Thirkettle said: “We are delighted to be supporting Jumbo Offshore with the expertise of N-Sea’s dive team, who will be utilizing our ROVs on this FLNG project.“Whilst N-Sea has been active in Nigeria since early 2016, this contract award represents not only our first partnership with Jumbo, but also our first project offshore in Cameroon. As such, the contract reflects our continued strategy to actively target potential clients throughout West Africa.”Hilli project manager for Jumbo Offshore, Tim Klieverik said: “Good cooperation with the Jumbo Offshore and N-Sea teams helped to bring the first phase of this significant project to a successful completion. The skilled N-Sea team will again assist us in bringing phase two of this project together at the end of the year and we look forward to working with them again.”last_img read more

September 28, 2020 0

GIE releases new small-scale LNG database

first_imgImage courtesy of GIEGas Infrastructure Europe (GIE), an association representing the interests of European natural gas infrastructure operators, released its new small-scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) database.The database provides the LNG industry and interested parties with an overview of the available, planned and announced small-scale LNG infrastructure and services in Europe, GIE said in a statement.Small-scale LNG infrastructure is heavily dependent on the proximity of large-scale LNG import terminals.As of end 2017, 75% of operational small-scale LNG infrastructures were in countries that have large-scale regasification terminals1, mainly in Western Europe, GIE noted.France, Italy, Spain and the UK have been driving the growth in small-scale LNG infrastructure, increasing the number of their operational facilities by 133% over 2016-2017, it said.This concentration in Western Europe is expected to continue: 65% of under construction or planned projects are in countries with large-scale import terminals.This is further corroborated by the absence of development of facilities that could liquefy natural gas from networks into LNG, confirming the large-scale LNG import terminals as the key logistical springboard for small-scale LNG, GIE said.Image courtesy of GIEAmong the different types of infrastructure, LNG fuelling stations for trucks have witnessed the strongest growth over 2016-2017: both the number of operational stations as well as the number of under construction and planned stations have more than doubled to 167 and 71 respectively.The number of sea and river small-scale LNG infrastructure projects has also grown, albeit to a lesser pace, moving from 31 to 50 over 2016-2017 (+62%), while the pipeline of new under construction or planned projects showed a slight decline from 37 to 31 (-16%), GIE said.In the rail sector, 5 planned rail loading projects have been identified, in Northern Europe and Spain. None had been sanctioned as of end 2017, suggesting persistent challenges in kick-starting railroad LNG transport, GIE added.last_img read more

September 28, 2020 0

Shell CFO: first Prelude LNG cargo set for Q2

first_imgLNG World News Staff Image courtesy of ShellThe Hague-based LNG giant Shell expects to ship its first cargo of the chilled fuel from its giant Prelude floating LNG facility located offshore Western Australia.The facility has already shipped the first cargo of condensate in March.Speaking to the media during the presentation of the first-quarter results, Shell’s chief financial officer, Jessica Uhl said, the company expects to ship the first cargo of LNG in the second quarter this year.The company opened the wells in the fourth quarter last year, supplying gas to the Prelude FLNG, the largest of its kind.Earlier in February, Shell Australia chairman Zoe Yujnovich, said the company is taking its time with the commissioning process leading up to stable production of LPG and subsequently LNG.The FLNG facility is expected to stay moored at the Prelude gas field offshore Western Australia for 25 years. It is designed to produce 3.6 mtpa of LNG, 1.3 mtpa of condensate and 0.4 mtpa of LPG for export.last_img read more

September 28, 2020 0

Schottel, Ulstein Partner Up on Maritime Automation, Digitalization

first_imgNorway’s Ulstein and Germany’s Schottel have decided to start cooperating to take the next step in automation and digitalization within marine operations.As informed, the duo will cooperate in a new company and focus on the development of intelligent systems for marine automation and digitalization.The former Ulstein subsidiary, Ulstein Blue CTRL, will continue as an independent company under the name Blue CTRL. Both Ulstein and Schottel will own 50 percent of the shares in the company.Deliveries from the company will be based on the X-CONNECT platform that has been developed by Ulstein for future marine automation since 2011.X-CONNECT is a universal digital platform for marine automation, control and monitoring. All functionality in the system is predefined and configurable supporting the work philosophy — configure, plug and play.Besides systems for newbuilding projects the new cooperation will also offer systems suitable for vessel upgrades.“There are many similarities between our companies. We are both privately owned. This implies the possibility of long-term strategic business concepts. We believe that we have products which are highly complementary,” Tore Ulstein, deputy CEO in Ulstein Group, explained.“Seen from the designer’s perspective, we believe that a closer integration between the development of the marine platform and the propulsion system will give far better operations of the vessel. If we manage to streamline more data between the different systems on board, we can optimise dynamic positioning and operations. This again will lead to reduced fuel consumption, reduced emission hence greener operations.”Schottel is already present on the vessel’s bridge with propulsion control systems. Propulsion controls together with the recent development of further assistance and positioning systems have always been a strategic focus for the company.“We very much look forward to this cooperation in Blue CTRL and to start the common development of intelligent systems for marine automation and digitalisation,” Stefan Kaul, President Industrial Operations & CEO in Schottel, said.“The Blue CTRL systems will not only enable us to offer our customers smarter and integrated controls for both newbuilding and existing vessels, but also provide a solid system for the offering of hybrid and electric solutions,” he added.With its headquarters in Ulsteinvik, Ulstein focuses on products and services within ship design, shipbuilding and equipment packages.Based in Spay/Rhine, Schottel manufactures propulsion and steering systems for ships and offshore applications.last_img read more

September 28, 2020 0

Wintershall Dea kicks off long drilling campaign as ‘West Mira’ spuds debut well

first_imgGerman oil and gas company Wintershall Dea has said that the West Mira rig has spudded its debut well on the Bergknapp exploration prospect in the Norwegian Sea.Wintershall Dea said last Friday that the prospect marked the beginning of a two-year drilling campaign with the West Mira, operating at least 12 wells over the next two years.As previously reported, the newbuild rig has been upgraded with a hybrid battery solution to reduce emissions, and a suite of technology including automated drilling sequencing, wired drill pipe, and a digital well twin. The rig has been awarded the DNV GL Battery Power class notation.“The technology is an underlying enabler for us to reach our efficiency goals for this campaign. More importantly, we have been planning extensively for many months, aligning our teams onshore and offshore, investing in training, and developing a One Team spirit that will be crucial for a safe and efficient campaign,” said Janne Lea, VP for Reservoir, Development and Engineering for Wintershall Dea in Norway.Wintershall Dea said that upgrading the rig with the hybrid battery solution would reduce diesel consumption removing some 15% of CO2 and 12% of NOx emissions.After drilling the Bergknapp prospect, the West Mira will continue on Wintershall Dea’s nearby Maria field, where it will drill two infill wells. It will then be moved south to the North Sea, where it will drill one well on the Vega field, and six development wells on the Nova project, before moving back to Vega to drill two more wells.Along with Dvalin in the Norwegian Sea, Nova is one of two Wintershall Dea subsea fields currently under development.“As a company, we see continuous improvement and technology development as a crucial contribution in addressing two major challenges at the same time: the world‘s growing demand for energy and global climate change,” said Alv Solheim, Managing Director for Wintershall Dea in Norway.last_img read more

September 28, 2020 0

Consent for ConocoPhillips to use West Linus rig on Tor

first_imgOil major ConocoPhillips has received consent from the offshore safety body, the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA), for production drilling on the Tor field off Norway using the West Linus drilling rig.West Linus; Image source: SeadrillThe PSA said on Friday that the consent covered the drilling and completion of eight production wells in connection with the new development of the Tor II field.The Tor field is located in the southern part of the North Sea, north-east of Ekofisk. ConocoPhillips operates the project with a 30,66 percent stake, Total owns 48,2 percent, Vår Energi 10,82 percent, Equinor 6,64 percent, and Petoro 3,69 percent.ConocoPhillips submitted a plan for development and operation (PDO) for a re-development of the Tor field to Norwegian authorities in July 2019. The Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy approved ConocoPhillips’ development plan for the Tor 2 earlier in November.The field was in production from 1978 until it was shut down in 2015 when the installation reached the end of its lifetime. At shutdown, just 20 percent of the resources in place had been produced.Tor will be re-developed via a two-by-four slot Subsea Production System (SPS) with eight production wells. The SPS is planned to be connected to the Ekofisk Complex by multiphase production and lift gas pipelines to existing risers at the Ekofisk 2/4 M wellhead platform. Controls and utilities are provided through a service umbilical from the same existing platform.Seven production wells are planned to be drilled in the Tor formation. In addition, a pilot well is planned to test long-term productivity in the Ekofisk formation. The resource potential for the Tor II project is in the range of 60-70 million barrels of oil equivalent.The recoverable reserves are estimated at 10 million standard cubic meters of oil equivalents (Sm3).The plan is to re-start production in late 2020. The total investment costs for the re-development are estimated at NOK 6.1 billion ($664 million).It is worth noting that the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy approved ConocoPhillips’ development plan for the Tor 2 earlier in November.As for the West Linus, it is a jack-up rig of a Gusto MSC CJ70-X150A type. The rig is owned and operated by Seadrill.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

September 28, 2020 0

EBRD Provides USD 17.5 Mn for Tekirdag Port Privatization, Expansion

first_imgThe European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is supporting the privatization of a key Marmara Sea port with a new loan.The USD 17.5 million loan has been granted to Ceyport Tekirdag Uluslararasi Liman Isletmeciligi, an operator of Tekirdag Port and a subsidiary of the Turkish logistics group Cey Group.Ceyport Tekirdag is operating the port under a 36-year concession granted by the Turkish Privatisation Authority last year.As informed, the bank’s investment will be used to finance the acquisition of the operation rights of Tekirdag Port in Turkey under the long-term concession and modernization/expansion works at the port.Commercial bank ICBC Turkey, part of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) is providing an equal loan.Tekirdag Port handles general cargo, dry and liquid bulk, containers and roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) vessels and serves industrial and agricultural production and trade in the region. It is the only port in the western Marmara Sea that provides both RoRo and rail-ferry services to the eastern Marmara region.“Enhanced port infrastructure will play a key role in directing a larger share of cargo from roads towards railway and shipping lines, which are more environmentally friendly alternatives,” the EBRD said.Following the completion of the project whose total cost is estimated at USD 127.8 million, the port’s traffic is expected to increase from 1.6 million tons in 2017 to 1.9 million tons in 2022 for general and dry bulk cargo mainly due to improvement in the port’s infrastructure and from 150,000 to 260,000 tons for liquid cargo for the same period due to improvement in storage.We’re boosting ?? #Turkey ‘s ?maritime industry w/ US$ 17.5 million to the operator of Tekirdag port on the Sea of Marmara. @icbcturkeybank is providing an equal loan. @ceyporttekirdag to expand operations & improve efficiency.?— The EBRD (@EBRD) December 10, 2019last_img read more

September 28, 2020 0

DOF Subsea scores Angola FSV gig

first_img“DOF Subsea is continuously working to develop efficient services without compromise to safety.” DOF Subsea will during the project deliver integrated FSV services, project management, engineering, procurement and logistics within deep-water construction and maintenance of existing subsea assets. The project will utilise Skandi Seven for a minimum of 303 firm vessel days plus 365 days of options. Posted: 11 months ago “This project will secure utilisation for our integrated FSV team and assets, strengthening our position as a leading one-stop solutions provider for integrated subsea operations across multiple disciplines. Categories: Mons S. Aase, CEO, DOF Subsea said, Work packages under the contract also include services for transportation and installation of flexible products and various subsea equipment. Posted: 11 months ago In October last year, DOF Subsea secured two contracts totaling more than 160 vessel days for Skandi Seven and Skandi Skansen in Africa.center_img Operations & Maintenance DOF in New Deals for Skandi Seven and Skandi Skansen in Africa Skandi Seven was also carrying out operations for a repeat international energy company in Angola. DOF Subsea: Skandi Seven “I am pleased that DOF Subsea is trusted with another contract in Angola. DOF Subsea has secured an integrated field support vessel (FSV) contract with an undisclosed international oil company in Angola. The contract also includes the potential supply of additional vessels, as required by client. The vessel delivered integrated FSV services, project management and engineering.last_img read more

September 28, 2020 0

Polyamory: Gay Marriage ‘Blazing the Marriage Equality Trail’

first_imgUS News 24 June 2013Anita Wagner Illig, a longtime polyamory community spokesperson who operates the group Practical Polyamory, is unsure of the direct impact of a ruling that would legalizes same-sex marriage nationwide. Until recently, she noted, “the polyamory community has expressed little desire for legal marriage,” but now more options seem possible in the future. “We polyamorists are grateful to our [LGBT] brothers and sisters for blazing the marriage equality trail,” Illig said.Illig believes there is indeed a “slippery slope” toward legal recognition for polygamy if the court rules in favor of nationwide same-sex marriage, an argument typically invoked by anti-gay marriage advocates. “A favorable outcome for marriage equality is a favorable outcome for multi-partner marriage, because the opposition cannot argue lack of precedent for legalizing marriage for other forms of non-traditional relationships,” she said. But Illig concedes, “there will be quite a lot of retooling of the legal system necessary to establish marriage equality for marriages of more than two people. A marriage of two people of the same sex requires a lot less in terms of adapting today’s systems, such as Social Security, for example, to accommodate it.” Celebrate Supreme Court’s Marriage RulingsBuzzfeed Politics 26 June 2013Anne Wilde, a vocal advocate for polygamist rights who practiced the lifestyle herself until her husband died in 2003, praised the court’s decision as a sign that society’s stringent attachment to traditional “family values” is evolving. “I was very glad… The nuclear family, with a dad and a mom and two or three kids, is not the majority anymore,” said Wilde. “Now it’s grandparents taking care of kids, single parents, gay parents. I think people are more and more understanding that as consenting adults, we should be able to raise a family however we choose.” “We’re very happy with it,” said Joe Darger, a Utah-based polygamist who has three wives. “I think [the court] has taken a step in correcting some inequality, and that’s certainly something that’s going to trickle down and impact us.” now!The Economist 28 June 2013NOW that the federal goverment recognises the marriages of same-sex couples from enlightened states, what’s next? Polygamy? Well, polygamists are hopeful. And it does stand to reason. DOMA was struck down in no small part because it picks out a certain class of people and, by denying them recognition of their marriages, denies their families equal freedom and dignity. Can it be denied that polygamous families, whose marital arrangements are illegal, much less unrecognised, are denied equal liberty and are made to suffer the indignity active discrimination? Joe Darger, a Utahn with three wives, has said, “Our very existence has been classified as criminal… and I think the government needs to now recognize that we have a right to live free as much as anyone else”. read more

September 27, 2020 0