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EVOL LNG to bunker LNG at Fremantle Port

EVOL LNG announced it has been approved by Fremantle Ports in Western Australia to bunker liquefied natural gas, providing access to the cleaner shipping fuel alternative for LNG-powered marine vessels visiting Fremantle Port.

It comes after Woodside announced in April that it had signed a five-year charter contract with Norwegian company Siem Offshore Australia Pty Ltd to deliver Australia’s first LNG-powered marine support vessel next year.

The availability of LNG as a bunker fuel will be delivered from EVOL LNG’s Kwinana LNG plant.  EVOL LNG’s Business Manager, Nick Rea, said he was confident that global fleet of LNG-fueled ships would continue to grow, and that EVOL LNG was well placed to support the growth.

“Our decision to provide LNG bunkering to the shipping industry is based on a long-term strategy,” Mr Rea said. “Over the past decade, we’ve seen the number of LNG-fueled ships in operation worldwide increase steadily from a handful to more than 70, with an additional 80 to be build in coming years.”

EVOL LNG is managed by Kleenheat, which is part of Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy & Fertilizers, a part of Wesfarmers Limited.

Sabine Pass Withdraws Application to Build LNG Truck Loading Facilities

On November 18, 2015, Sabine Pass Liquefaction submitted an application with the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for authorization to site, construct and operate an LNG truck loading facilities at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal in Cameron Parish, Louisiana. 

On June 17, 2016, Sabine Pass notified the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission they will withdraw the application.  Sabine Pass and its customers are now focused primarily on the completion of construction and placement in service of the liquefaction trains at the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project in Louisiana according to the letter.  

LNG deliveries start at Stornoway Renard diamond mine in Northern Quebec

Gaz Métro yesterday announced the start of liquefied natural gas being supplied to Northern Québec, to the Stornoway Renard diamond mine. Located in the Otish Mountains, over 1,040 kilometres from Montréal, it is the first Québec mining company that Gaz Métro GNL, a subsidiary of Gaz Métro, will supply with LNG.

“For a number of years, Gaz Métro has wanted to supply natural gas to regions located far from its gas network, particularly Northern Québec, so as to offer them access to a driver of economic development that is cleaner than oil,” said Sophie Brochu, president and CEO of Gaz Métro. “Stornoway has made the Renard mine a concrete example of an innovative mining project that is giving Québec visibility in the mining world.”

In fall 2014, with the Government of Québec and Investissement Québec, Gaz Métro announced a project to expand its Montréal liquefaction, storage and regasification plant to meet needs for regions that are remote from the gas network, particularly Northern Québec and the Côte-Nord, but also for the road and maritime transport markets. Through Investissement Québec, the Government of Québec took a $50 million stake in the Gaz Métro subsidiary, Gaz Métro LNG, which is responsible for this expansion project and for marketing liquefied natural gas.

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City of Santa Monica Awards Clean Energy Fuels LNG contract

Clean Energy Fuels announced today the City of Santa Monica has awarded Clean Energy a multiyear LNG contract to fuel its Big Blue Bus fleet of vehicles. The 5-year deal is worth an estimated $3 million per year according to a Clean Energy statement.

“The City of Santa Monica has a deep commitment to the people and environment in our community. By combining the environmental benefits of RNG with the technological advances of this engine, we are proud to say that we are in fact, one of the cleanest transit agencies in the nation,” said Ed King, BBB’s Director of Transit.

Big Blue Bus operates a fleet of nearly 200 vehicles transporting more than 61,000 passengers daily across a 51-square mile service area. The entire fleet operates on alternative fuels. 

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Eagle LNG Begins Construction of Plant in West Jacksonville, Florida

Eagle LNG announced today it has started the construction process for a natural gas liquefaction plant in West Jacksonville, Florida. The facility is slated to be operational and producing LNG by early 2017. It will eventually have a capacity of 200,000 gallons per day with an 87,000 gallon per day initial capacity according to an Eagle LNG statement.

Beginning in early 2017, the plant will supply LNG to Crowley to be used in their new LNG powered commitment class ships for U.S. mainland to Puerto Rico trade. Eagle LNG noted the facility has production capacity beyond Crowley's needs. That excess capacity will be available for sale to both domestic clients in the Southeast, and island customers looking for containerized LNG supply.

The plant will feature a 1,000,000 gallon storage tank and an LNG truck loading system. The LNG plant is also designed to load LNG ISO containers for supply to nearby island markets.

"This project represents another example of how our customer-first approach, unmatched industry experience, and an innovative vision is helping our clients meet their fueling and environmental needs," said Dick Brown, CEO, Eagle LNG. "LNG produces fewer emissions and is an overall cleaner fuel than sources like diesel and heavy fuel oil, which helps companies improve sustainability efforts and meet regulatory mandates within a sound economic framework."

This is a distinct project from the previously announced Eagle LNG Federal Energy Regulatory Commission export terminal located along the St. Johns River, in Jacksonville, Florida. To support fueling ships, Eagle LNG is building a fuel depot dockside at the Talleyrand Marine Terminal on the St. Johns River.

Eagle LNG is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ferus Natural Gas Fuels LP and privately-held by The Energy & Minerals Group. 

General Dynamics NASSCO Launches and Christens ECO Tanker Built to Serve Jones Act Fleet

In San Diego, CA on Saturday, May 7, General Dynamics NASSCO shipbuilders launched and christened another ECO Class tanker, the Garden State, that will join the Jones Act fleet.

The Garden State is the third of a five-tanker contract between NASSCO and American Petroleum Tankers, which calls for the design and construction of five 50,000 deadweight ton, LNG-conversion-ready product carriers with a 330,000 barrel cargo capacity.

"The launch of the Garden State symbolizes and celebrates the culmination of thousands of hours of hard labor put forth by the men and women of General Dynamics NASSCO," said Fred Harris, president of General Dynamics NASSCO and Bath Iron Works. "NASSCO is proud to be building yet another quality product tanker for longtime partners American Petroleum Tankers and Kinder Morgan."

The ships were designed by DSEC, a subsidiary of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) of Busan, South Korea. The tankers will have dual-fuel-capable auxiliary engines and the ability to accommodate future installation of an LNG fuel-gas system.


Image Source: General Dynamics NASSCO



Carnival Corporation's AIDA Cruises Welcomes Dual-Fuel AIDAprima to Fleet

Carnival officially welcomed its fleet's newest ship over the weekend with the christening of AIDAprima, now the flagship vessel for its German-based AIDA Cruises brand. AIDAprima launched as the corporation's most environmentally friendly ship with a dual-fuel engine that can be powered by Liquefied Natural Gas while in port and at sea.

"LNG is the world's cleanest burning fossil fuel, and with AIDAprima, we are the first cruise line in the world to supply a ship with low-emission LNG for operation in port," said Felix Eichhorn, president of AIDA Cruises. "We are once again proving that we are pioneers of innovation, and I am convinced that our path is a clear signal to the ports and LNG producers to invest in the necessary infrastructure."

Additionally Carnival Corporation's four next-generation cruise ships for Costa Cruises and AIDA Cruises set to be delivered in 2019 and 2020 will be powered at sea by Liquefied Natural Gas. These new ships will use LNG to generate 100 percent of the ship's power both in port and on the open sea according to a Carnival statement. 

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Above: Carnival Corporation, the world's largest leisure travel company, officially welcomed its fleet's newest ship into the family over the weekend with the christening of AIDAprima, now the flagship vessel for the company's German-based AIDA Cruises brand. Image: Carnival Corporation

Crowley Christens MT Louisiana Third LNG-Ready Product Tanker

Crowley Maritime Corporation christened the third of four new, Jones Act product tankers on Thursday at the Julia Street Cruise Terminal in New Orleans.

The 50,000 dead-weight-ton, 330,000-barrel-capacity Louisiana joins two Crowley sister ships, Texas and Ohio, to be the first tankers ever to receive the American Bureau of Shipping’s LNG-Ready Level 1 approval.  This gives Crowley the option to convert the tanker to liquefied natural gas for propulsion in the future.

“This is a great day of celebration for Crowley, Marathon, Philly Shipyard and all the people who had a role in bringing this great ship to life,” said Tom Crowley, company chairman and CEO. “We also celebrate the men and women seafarers who will be counted on to operate her safely and reliably for our customer, Marathon. There is nothing more important.”

The new tankers are based on Hyundai Mipo Dockyards (HMD) design. Similar to its sister ships, Louisiana is 600 feet long and is capable of carrying crude oil or refined petroleum products, as well as other chemical products.

“The christening underscores our continued commitment to building and operating innovative vessels that deliver the best possible service and efficiency for our customers who depend on us for safe and reliable transportation of petroleum products,” said Rob Grune, senior vice president and general manager, petroleum services. “And, as is the case with its sister ships, we designed and built the Louisiana to have the capability to be converted to LNG propulsion in the future, increasing the likelihood of a long service life as new emissions regulations are developed in the years ahead.”


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Above: Left to Right: Don Templin, executive vice president, Marathon Petroleum Corp., Carrie Templin, sponsor (christened with champagne), and spouse of Tom Crowley, chairman and CEO, Crowley Maritime Source: Crowley 

Clean Energy Deals with Hawaii Gas and Additional Contracts

Clean Energy today announced multiple agreements in trucking, transit and refuse markets.

The company said it has secured a contract to provide LNG to Hawaii Gas, the State of Hawaii’s only franchised gas utility.

“Hawaii Gas has been serving the state for over a hundred years and is committed to providing our customers with quality and reliable gas service,” said Thomas Young, Hawaii Gas’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “With Clean Energy LNG, we will be able to diversify our gas supply using a clean fuel improving our reliability and maintaining the quality of service our customers know us for.”

Clean Energy did not provide any numbers regarding the volume of LNG related to Hawaii Gas contract in today’s statement.  

Clean Energy also announced that it has extended its LNG supply agreement with the City of Phoenix. The two-year contract extension is for an estimated 5 million gasoline gallon equivalents per year and is valued at over $10 million according to Clean Energy. Clean Energy has supplied Phoenix with LNG for over a decade.

According to Clean Energy, Fred Meyer Stores has agreed to work with Clean Energy calling for up to 500,000 gallons of Redeem™ renewable natural gas fuel, for their fleet of 40 LNG trucks based out of their Clackamas, Oregon distribution center.

Clean Energy also noted it began providing fueling solutions at the Pilot Flying J station in West Memphis, Arkansas, furthering its partnership with the largest operator of travel centers and travel plazas in North America. The station will support Raven Transportation’s fleet of LNG trucks at an estimated 11,000 GGEs per month.

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