YPF ships third LNG cargo from Vaca Muerta


Argentina’s state-run oil company, YPF, has shipped the country’s third liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo, marking its entrance into the European market earlier this month, Kallanish Energy reports. The company said it exported 130,000 cubic meters of LNG to Barcelona, Spain, on Dec. 31, without naming a buyer. The Methane Kari Elin tanker was scheduled…

Brazil prepares for a new phase of investments in LNG terminals


Investments in LNG terminals in Brazil will undergo radical changes in the coming years. The three operating terminals in the country were built by state-run oil company Petrobras, but new projects from private sector firms are emerging as the NOC reduces its participation in the oil and gas midstream and downstream markets to focus on…

Brazil pushes for LNG trucks

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) demand could grow by 30Mm3/d in Brazil if the country started using LNG-powered trucks, according to state-run Petrobras’ natural gas commercialization executive, Alvaro Tupiassú. Tupiassú said the southeast, and partially the northeast, present most potential for LNG trucks. “Petrobras is looking at this since it will displace the diesel market,” he…

Brazil starts tests for Latin America’s largest thermo plant

Brazil has started testing the gas turbines for the 1.5GW Porto de Sergipe I plant, which will be part of Latin America’s largest LNG-to-power project. The US$1.74bn project in northeast Brazil’s Sergipe state will be operated by Celse and is due to come online next month. At the end of November it received authorization for…

For Japan and Russia, A New Year’s Toast to Closer Energy Ties

It’s chilly outside (in the Northern Hemisphere), but Japan and Russia are cozying up with a series of recent LNG deals that could usher in a new decade of ever-warmer energy ties between the two countries. Late last month, Nikkei Asian Review reported that a Japanese consortium made up of leading sōgō shōsha (integrated conglomerates)…

Some Kyushu Electric coal ships to use LNG, cutting emissions by 20%


Kyushu Electric Power Co. will start using vessels powered by liquefied natural gas to transport coal for thermal power generation, resulting in reduced carbon emissions from shipping. The utility said Wednesday that Nippon Yusen K.K. and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. will separately order the LNG-burning coal transport ships and put them into service in 2023….

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Delivered Fuel Gas Supply System “FGSS” for the First LNG Fueled PCC Built in Japan


Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., a member of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) Group, based in Yokohama, has delivered the first LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) fuel supply system “FGSS (Fuel Gas Supply System)” for dual-fuel marine engines. This system will be installed onboard the first LNG fueled pure car carrier (PCC) built in Japan, which is…

Commodity traders accelerate LNG push


The boom in liquefied natural gas is sending a clear signal that the fastest growing fossil fuel is no longer a sideshow for the biggest energy and commodity traders. At the same time, some utilities are exiting. Gunvor Group Ltd, the biggest independent trader of LNG, as well as Trafigura Group Pte Ltd and Glencore…

Bilfinger and Cryotec partner up in LNG sector


Industrial service provider Bilfinger has collaborated with Cryotech Anglagenbau to develop a concept for processing small gas volumes into LNG. This includes treating gas derived from various sources, supplying the corresponding liquefaction technology, and providing LNG for further use in Europe. Karsten Hoffhaus, Managing Director of Bilfinger, said, “As part of this partnership, we will…

Saga LNG shipping takes delivery of ABS-classed Saga Dawn


The ABS-classed Saga Dawn, the world’s first LNG carrier to be fitted with the cargo containment system based on IMO requirements for independent type A tanks, has been delivered to Saga LNG Shipping. The 45,000-cbm Saga LNG Shipping vessel, which completed three weeks of gas trials in June, was constructed by China Merchants Heavy Industry…