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Worthington Industries purchasing assets of CryoScience business of Taylor Wharton

Worthington Industries announced yesterday that its Cryogenics business in the Pressure Cylinders segment is purchasing the assets of the global CryoScience business of Taylor Wharton, including a manufacturing facility in Theodore, Alabama.

Worthington will also acquire certain other intellectual property and manufacturing assets of Taylor Wharton focused on the cryogenic industrial and LNG markets. The asset purchase is being made pursuant to the Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings of Taylor Wharton for $33.25 million and is expected to close on or about Dec. 7. 
According to Worthington Industries the CryoScience product line includes cryogenic biologic specimen storage, dewars/shippers, controls and data management solutions for global biomedical research and development, healthcare, bio-banking, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and animal husbandry markets. The business also distributes products through warehouses located in Germany and Australia.
“This purchase extends our cryogenic capabilities into new, global end markets in life science and healthcare,” said Sean Murray, general manager of Worthington’s Cryogenics business. “Taylor Wharton began manufacturing its CryoScience product in 1957 and has developed a robust portfolio of quality products and a strong distribution network in the bioscience space, which we plan to grow. We are also excited about the U.S. manufacturing platform the Alabama facility affords us as we grow in cryogenic industrial gas and LNG.”
Worthington noted it plans to leverage the manufacturing assets of the Theodore, Alabama facility to produce hydrogen, industrial gas and LNG cryogenic transport trailers that are currently being produced in its Boston facility (formerly James Russell Engineering), and eventually move all transport trailer production to Alabama. In the future, this facility could also provide industrial and LNG products such as bulk, microbulk and engineered systems for gas and liquid applications in markets including energy production, industrial fabrication and manufacturing, and hydrogen distribution.

Sabine Pass Interesting in Building Truck Loading Facilities at LNG Export Terminal

This week Sabine Pass Liquefaction filed an application with the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for authorization to site, construct, and operate a LNG transport carrier loading facilities at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal in Cameron Parish, Louisiana.

Sabine Pass is seeking authorization for project facilities including: (1) conventional cold, insulated piping; (2) cryogenic hoses for filling and vapor return; and (3) two LNG loading stations, each having two “bays” capable of loading LNG transport carriers or International Standards Organization containers.

According to FERC documents the project will be used to load LNG from the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project for delivery via trucks or ISO containers. Sabine Pass has not yet entered into any commercial agreements for the project; however, potential customers of the project may include end-users, who may consume the LNG as vehicular fuel, as feedstock, or for other industrial or heavy engine applications, and entities who may engage in sales for resale of the LNG in interstate commerce.

Sabine Pass has requested that the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission grant the authorization requested on expedited basis by July 2016.

MAN Diesel & Turbo Acquires Cryo’s Marine Fuel & Bunkering Business

MAN Diesel & Turbo announced today it has acquired the marine fuel gas supply system business from the Sweden based Cryo AB, part of the Linde Engineering Division and a manufacturer of cryogenic equipment for the storage, distribution and handling of liquefied gases. MAN Diesel & Turbo noted the acquisition will be integrated into the company’s four-stroke marine business.

“Natural gas is rapidly gaining importance as a fuel for marine applications, which is why this acquisition is of major strategic relevance for us”, says Dr. Uwe Lauber, CEO of MAN Diesel and Turbo SE. “It allows us to further shape our profile in the dual-fuel and gas propulsion segment and to gain access to market leading supply system technology. Many of our customers are looking for a one-stop solution for comprehensive engine and fuel gas supply systems. Thanks to Cryo’s expertise we can offer this solution in the future and position ourselves ahead of the competition.”

According to MAN Diesel & Turbo the transaction is scheduled to be closed in February 2016.

Ryder to Fuel Fleets with Renewable Natural Gas in Southern California

Ryder System, Inc. and Clean Energy Fuels Corp. today announced an agreement for Ryder in Orange and Fontana, California to switch to Clean Energy’s Redeem™ renewable natural gas (RNG). The fuel at the two stations will be available in both compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas to individual and public fleet vehicles.

Redeem™ by Clean Energy is derived from biogenic methane or biogas, which is methane that is naturally generated by the decomposition of organic waste. The methane gas is then processed, purified and sent into the interstate natural gas pipeline and made available to Clean Energy customers. According to Clean Energy, Redeem™ biomethane vehicle fuel is procured from over 15 biomethane production facilities, including two owned and operated by Clean Energy. Clean Energy is on track to deliver 40 million gallons of Redeem™ in 2015.

“Our decision to use 100% Renewable Natural Gas is based upon our ongoing commitment to ensuring we are delivering solutions that help our customers reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Scott Perry, Vice President of Supply Management and Global Fuel Products, Ryder System, Inc. “With Redeem™ we achieve that with a 100% renewable fuel.”

As part of the fuel agreement, Clean Energy also will be providing fuel station maintenance services at Ryder’s natural gas fueling stations in Fontana and Orange, California. 

National Grid unveils new truck loading facility at Isle of Grain LNG terminal

National Grid announced today a new truck loading facility has been unveiled this week at National Grid’s Isle of Grain LNG terminal in Kent.

The new loading hub will allow road tanker operators to load liquefied natural gas in bulk and transport the fuel directly to LNG filling stations, as well as to industrial and commercial markets throughout the UK and mainland Europe.

The multi-bay facility will be operational around the clock, 365 days a year, initially offering 36 slots for road tankers each day. National Grid has planning permission in place to increase the size of the facility, doubling the amount of bays available from two to four, subject to market demand.

National Grid noted the facility is ideally located close to major UK road networks and boasts quick access to and from continental Europe.

National Grid unveils new truck loading facility at Isle of Grain LNG terminal

Titan LNG and Rolande LNG load 200th truck at the Gate terminal

Titan LNG and Rolande LNG loaded their 200th LNG truck at the Gate terminal in Rotterdam today.

"Since the start of our Gate operations in June 2014, the terminal has grown into an important LNG hub for us. With global LNG prices declining we expect to substantially grow the number of trucks that we load here in the coming years", commented Niels den Nijs, Commercial Director Titan LNG.

Titan LNG is a LNG supplier to industrial customers and the shipping industry. Titan LNG is part of the IVECO Schouten Group and sister company of Rolande LNG.

Rolande LNG operates 4 LNG filling stations for trucks that fuel 160 LNG Trucks.

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Crowley Christens LNG-Ready Product Tanker

Crowley Maritime Corp. announced the company has christened the first of four new, Jones Act product tankers yesterday at the Tampa Cruise Terminal. According to Crowley the 50,000 dead-weight-tons (dwt), 330,000-barrel-capacity ship named Ohio is the first tanker ever to receive the American Bureau of Shipping’s LNG-Ready Level 1 approval, meaning Crowley has the option to convert the tanker to liquefied natural gas propulsion in the future.

Over 100 guests watched as Pamela Beall, president of MPLX, a Marathon Petroleum Corporation subsidiary, performed the tradition of christening the vessel by breaking a ceremonial bottle of champagne across the hull of the vessel.

“Crowley is proud to welcome this historical vessel into service,” said Crowley's Chairman, President and CEO Tom Crowley Jr. “As the first of its kind to officially be LNG-ready, it is a testament to Crowley’s promise to seek additional ways to exceed the technological requirements of our petroleum customers while doing our part to reduce environmental emissions.”

Ohio was constructed by Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc., the wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of Aker Philadelphia Shipyard ASA, with construction management services provided by Crowley’s Seattle-based, naval architecture and marine engineering subsidiary Jensen Maritime. The remaining three product tankers are also being built by APSI for Crowley and have planned deliveries through 2016.

The new tankers are based on a proven Hyundai Mipo Dockyards (HMD) design which incorporates numerous fuel efficiency features, flexible cargo capability and the latest regulatory requirements. Ohio is 600 feet long and is capable of carrying crude oil or refined petroleum products. Under direction of Captain Dan Loewer and Chief Engineer Donald Routley, the vessel has made two voyages to date carrying clean petroleum products to Florida.

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Above: 330,000-barrel-capacity ship Ohio Source: Crowley. 

Air Products and Kiewit Team-Up to Pursue Smaller-Sized LNG Projects in North America

Air Products and Kiewit Energy Company today jointly announced an agreement in which the two companies will work together to pursue smaller-sized LNG projects in North America.  Specifically, the two companies will seek project opportunities for the production of up-to-500,000 gallons per day (GPD) of LNG using Air Products' natural gas liquefaction technologies and equipment.

Air Products and Kiewit believe their cooperation will provide potential customers with a one stop shop and a rapid response to project opportunities. Customers will benefit from the strength of Air Products' technology experience in the LNG industry combined with Kiewit's expertise in construction and plant equipment offerings according to an Air Products statement.

"Through this arrangement Air Products and Kiewit will offer a unified approach to customers in this market.  As a team we will be able to provide lump sum turnkey offerings that will be very attractive to potential customers," said Larry Balascak, LNG commercial manager at Air Products. "We are very pleased to be working closely with Kiewit and believe our collaboration will be well received by customers considering smaller LNG facilities."  

Applied LNG to Host Ceremony for New Dallas-Midlothian LNG Plant

Applied LNG announced today the official ribbon cutting ceremony for its LNG production plant in Midlothian, Texas is scheduled for Tuesday, October 27th. 

“Dallas-Midlothian LNG increases our capabilities for delivering on our commitment to customers for reliable supply and superior service at competitive prices,” stated Greg Roche, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Applied LNG. “We look forward to the next step of the project, making our first LNG deliveries to customers later this year.”

Dallas-Midlothian LNG is located 30 minutes southeast of Dallas, Texas and will have an initial production capacity of 30 million gallons of LNG per year according to Applied LNG.   Applied LNG noted at full build-out, the plant will have up to six liquefiers, for a total production capacity of 180 million gallons per year, and up to 1.5 million gallons of storage.  Plans also include an on-site truck fueling station. Applied LNG also pointed out Dallas-Midlothian LNG will serve high-horsepower applications including trucking, oil and gas, agriculture, rail, marine, remote power, construction and mining that currently use diesel or propane fuel and are interested in converting to a lower-cost, cleaner-burning alternative. The plant will serve customers in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Louisiana. Dallas-Midlothian LNG’s initial liquefaction train is the company’s third liquefier along with the two currently in operation at the Needle Mountain LNG plant located near Topock, Arizona. 

LNG Storage Tanks Installed on Crowley’s First ConRo Ship

Crowley Maritime announced yesterday construction of the first of two LNG powered, combination container – Roll-On/Roll-Off ships for Crowley Maritime Corporation’s liner services group reached a milestone last week, with the installation of three LNG fuel tanks. According to Crowley the double-walled, stainless steel tanks – which are 110 feet in length and 20.6 feet in diameter – weigh 225 metric tons and will hold more than enough LNG fuel for two round-trip voyages between the vessel’s future ports of call, Jacksonville, Fla., and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

“While we are all excitedly watching these ships take shape, we are particularly proud of the role we, as a company, are playing to bring the most modern, technologically advanced and environmentally friendly ConRo ships in the world to the Jones Act market of Puerto Rico,”  said Tom Crowley, company chairman and CEO. “There are no other ships of their kind being built anywhere else in the world today, and they are being constructed right here at home – in the United States of America. Having that shipbuilding capability here is essential to our national defense and an important reason we as a country need the Jones Act to be maintained and strengthened.”  

Crowley noted the Commitment Class ships have been designed to maximize the carriage of 53-foot, 102-inch-wide containers, which offer the most cubic cargo capacity in the trade. The ships will be 219.5 meters long, 32.3 meters wide (beam), have a deep draft of 10 meters, and an approximate deadweight capacity of 26,500 metric tonnes. Cargo capacity will be approximately 2,400 TEUs (20-foot-equivalent-units), with additional space for nearly 400 vehicles in an enclosed Ro/Ro garage. The main propulsion and auxiliary engines will be fueled by LNG. The ship design is provided by Wartsila Ship Design in conjunction with Crowley subsidiary Jensen Maritime, a Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering firm.

LNG Storage Tanks Installed on Crowley’s First ConRo Ship

Image: Crowley 


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