Qatargas and RasGas have successfully completed the first
co-loading of Liquefied Natural Gas for split delivery according to a Qatargas
The companies noted the method of multi-port delivery of a single LNG cargo from two separate suppliers represents a new level of operational flexibility and supply chain efficiency in the LNG industry. Qatargas and RasGas co-loaded the cargoes at the Ras Laffan terminal in Qatar on the Q-Flex LNG vessel, Al Khuwair. The cargoes were delivered to the Zeebrugge LNG Terminal in Belgium and the South Hook LNG Terminal in the United Kingdom respectively.
Mr. Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, President and Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Petroleum, and the Chairman of Qatargas Board of Directors, said: “We are delighted to have achieved this key industry milestone through the hard work and dedication of the Qatargas and RasGas teams, vessel operators and our LNG customers. This remarkable achievement underscores our commitment to sustaining Qatar’s position as the world’s premier LNG supplier.”
The U.S. Coast Guard Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise recently released LGC NCOE Field Notice 01-2017 – Recommended Process for Analyzing Risk of Simultaneous Operations (SIMOPS) during Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Bunkering. The notice can be found in PDF format here .
Field Notice 01-2017 contains recommendations for the marine industry and all Captains of the Port to consider when assessing the risks of LNG Simultaneous Operations (SIMOPS). It includes guidance on an optional, formal operational risk assessment, if the vessel operator chooses to conduct one.
SIMOPS is a term used to describe multiple operations occurring onboard vessels and in and around the marine transfer loading area of facilities. Examples of SIMOPS are described as passenger and crew embarkation/debarkation; loading ship’s stores; discharging wastes; loading or discharging consumables; ship maintenance and repairs, hull cleaning; and/or the unloading and loading of tour equipment while simultaneously transferring LNG fuel.
Commonwealth LNG has announced the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has accepted its application to initiate the Pre-Filing Process for a LNG export facility near Cameron, Louisiana. The project will have the capacity to liquefy and ship 9 million tonnes per annum of LNG according to Commonwealth LNG.
Commonwealth’s President and CEO Paul Varello said, “By employing innovative yet proven methods, our team has reimagined the engineering and construction process to advance schedule and reduce risk for investors, customers and EPC partners. This creative process also improves safety and decreases overall capital costs.”
Pending a successful environmental review process and receipt of a FERC Order, Commonwealth LNG expects to begin construction in 2019 and commercial operation in 2022.