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TOTE’s LNG bunkering plans at Tacoma could be delayed

Local authorities call for halt in LNG terminal construction until review of an environmental assessment.

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A group of American tribal leaders and an environmental agency have reportedly gathered to delay the construction of the Pugent Sound Energy (PSE) liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility at the Port of Tacoma, until after review.

The facility is slated to provide local transportation companies, including TOTE Maritime Alaska vessels, with LNG as an alternative fuel alternative when vessels get delivered.

Environmental agency Puget Sound Clean Air Agency on 31 January said PSE can only obtain a required air permit for the project after a detailed review on the greenhouse gas environment impact caused by the LNG facility.

The additional review will delay construction of the facility by several months potentially affect the license for PSE’s LNG facility.

“What we identified in the scope of what we’re doing is to look at greenhouse-gas emissions leading up to the natural gas getting to the site — it’s kind of like the life cycle from the start of the fuel being produced to the end of the fuel being used,” said Steve Van Slyke, director of compliance at Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, as quoted by The News Tribute.

“Right now what we’ve got is a quantitative analysis of greenhouse gases for emissions on site, and what we’re looking for is a quantitative analysis of the greenhouse-gas emission effect downstream of the plant and upstream of the plant.”

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency issued a letter to PSE in April 2017 for “failure to obtain a notice of construction approval prior to construction, installation, establishment or modification of a source” for the LNG facility.

A statement from Puyallup Tribal Chairman Bill Sterud, representing 14 other American Indian tribes, applauded the decision.

“The decision reinforces what we have been saying all along — the process has been flawed since day one,” he said.

Photo credit: Port of Tacoma
Published: 5 February, 2018
 

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Shell signs deal to acquire Singapore-based Pavilion Energy

‘Acquisition of Pavilion Energy will strengthen Shell’s leadership position in LNG, bringing material volumes and additional flexibility into our global portfolio,’ says Zoë Yujnovich of Shell.

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Shell Eastern Trading, a subsidiary of Shell plc, on Tuesday (18 June) said it reached an agreement with Carne Investments Pte. Ltd., an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Temasek, to acquire 100% of the shares in Singapore-based LNG bunker provider Pavilion Energy. 

Pavilion Energy includes a global liquefied natural gas (LNG) trading business with a contracted supply volume comprising about 6.5 million tonnes per annum (mtpa).

Headquartered in Singapore, Pavilion Energy’s global energy business encompasses LNG trading, shipping, natural gas supply and marketing activities in Asia and Europe.

“The acquisition of Pavilion Energy will strengthen Shell’s leadership position in LNG, bringing material volumes and additional flexibility into our global portfolio,” said Zoë Yujnovich, Shell’s Integrated Gas and Upstream Director. 

“We will acquire Pavilion’s portfolio of LNG offtake and supply contracts, which includes additional access to strategic gas markets in Asia and Europe. By integrating these into Shell’s global LNG portfolio, Shell is strongly positioned to deliver value from this transaction while helping to meet the energy security needs of our customers.”

The acquisition will be absorbed within Shell’s cash capital expenditure guidance, which remains unchanged. The deal is in excess of the internal rate of return (IRR) hurdle rate for Shell’s Integrated Gas business, delivering on its 15-25% growth ambition for purchased volumes, relative to 2022, as outlined during the 2023 Capital Markets Day.

Integration of portfolios will commence after completion of the deal, which is expected by Q1 2025, subject to regulatory approvals and fulfilment of other conditions precedent.

 

Photo credit: Pavilion Energy
Published: 19 June 2024

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Mitsubishi Shipbuilding launches LNG-fuelled Ro-Ro vessel “Trans Harmony Green”

Ship’s main engine and main generator engine are high-performance dual-fuel engines each accommodating LNG or diesel fuel.

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Mitsubishi Shipbuilding launches LNG-fuelled Ro-Ro vessel “Trans Harmony Green”

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group company based in Yokohama, Friday (7 June) held a christening and launch ceremony for the TRANS HARMONY GREEN, the first of two LNG-powered roll-on/roll-off (RO/RO) ships under construction for Toyofuji Shipping Co., Ltd. 

The ceremony took place at the Enoura Plant of MHI's Shimonoseki Shipyard & Machinery Works in Yamaguchi Prefecture. 

The ship's handover is scheduled for late January 2025 following completion of outfitting work and sea trials. The TRANS HARMONY GREEN will serve as a RO/RO vessel on shipping routes in Asia.

Trans Harmony Green vessel

The TRANS HARMONY GREEN is approximately 195 metres in overall length, approximately 30.6 metres in breadth, and has gross tonnage of approximately 49,500. It can simultaneously transport about 3,000 passenger cars. 

The ship's main engine and main generator engine are high-performance dual-fuel engines each accommodating LNG or diesel fuel. 

Together these engines enable a greater than 25% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to ships with the same hull and powered by fuel oil, cutting SOx (sulphur oxides) emissions to near zero, thereby helping to reduce the vessel's environmental footprint.

 

Photo credit: Mitsubishi Shipbuilding
Published: 10 June, 2024

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Mitsubishi Shipbuilding to supply LNG fuel gas supply systems units to Imabari Shipbuilding

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding received an order from Imabari Shipbuilding for two additional units of its FGSS, a LNG fuel gas supply system for high-pressure dual-fuel marine engines.

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Mitsubishi Shipbuilding to supply LNG fuel gas supply systems units to Imabari Shipbuilding

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group company based in Yokohama, on Wednesday (5 June) said it has received an order from Imabari Shipbuilding for two additional units of its Fuel Gas Supply System (FGSS), a liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel gas supply system for high-pressure dual-fuel marine engines. 

The FGSS units for two LNG-fuelled bulk carriers to be built by Imabari Shipbuilding will be continuously delivered with LNG fuel tanks from summer 2025.

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LNG fuel tank

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding previously received orders for a total of 18 high-pressure FGSS units, including units for SWEET PEA LEADER and DAISY LEADER, both of which are LNG-fuelled car carriers built by Imabari Shipbuilding Group and have already entered into service respectively in October 2023 and in March 2024. 

The FGSS ordered by Imabari Shipbuilding features an optimised cargo space layout utilising a modular design for space-saving and maintenance access, shortened construction schedule at shipyards, and a proprietary control system that can be customised according to customer needs, contributing to both operability and safety. 

With this additional order, Mitsubishi Shipbuilding will supply a total 20 units (15 car carriers and 5 bulk carriers) to Imabari Shipbuilding Group.

“Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, as part of MHI Group's strategic initiatives for energy transition, will provide FGSS units to a broad range of customers involved in the construction of LNG-fuelled vessels, enhancing the added value and competitiveness of ships,” it said on its website. 

 

Photo credit: Mitsubishi Shipbuilding
Published: 7 June 2024

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