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April 13, 2017

Singapore launches truck loading facility

Singapore LNG Corporation Pte Ltd (SLNG) and the Maritime Port Authority (MPA) of Singapore jointly launched the nation’s first LNG Truck Loading Facility during a ceremony held on 12 April 2017, at the SLNG Terminal. The launch, which was officiated by Chief Executive Officer of SLNG, Mr. John Ng, and Chief Executive of MPA, Mr Andrew Tan, marks the readiness of the facility for operations.Located within the SLNG Terminal on Jurong Island, the single-bay facility is an important first step towards developing the LNG trucking business in Singapore, which also helps to facilitate truck-to-ship LNG bunkering. The facility allows small quantities of LNG to be transported overland to just about any location where it may be needed. This may include industrial plants that could use natural gas for furnaces and burners but are not connected to the gas pipeline network, and locations in the port from where LNG may be delivered to ships for use as fuel. 

March 27, 2017

LNG Imports reach 263.6 MT in 2016

In 2016, global LNG trade reached 263.6 MT, compared with 245.2 MT in 2015 (+18.4 MT). 19 countries exported LNG to 39 importing countries. 4 new countries joined the ranks of LNG importers during the year and 11 new regasification terminals were commissioned, with 5 terminals based on floating solutions. The shipping fleet reached 478 vessels at the end of the year.

March 22, 2017

GIIGNL releases new edition (2017) of the Custody Transfer Handbook

The GIIGNL LNG Custody Transfer Handbook provides practical guidance on the equipment and methodology for determining the thermal energy of liquefied natural gas (LNG) transported by ship for the specific purpose of title transfer.


For this updated (2017) version of the GIIGNL LNG Custody Transfer Handbook, GIIGNL has mandated its Technical Study Group to consult with the LNG industry on a worldwide basis. The international group of experts responsible for the update, led by Fluxys LNG, comprised a diversified panel of professionals from companies involved in custody transfer operations.  


The goal was to respond to the rapidly changing market conditions and to address the latest commercial practices. The new version of the Handbook includes measurement procedures and equipment in relation to new technical operations such as:


- partial (un)loading

- reloading at LNG import terminals

- ship-to-ship LNG transfer

- small ship-to-shore LNG operations


More than pointing at the differences and highlighting the points of attention when dealing with these new operations, this 2017 version provides answers and solutions for setting up slightly altered or new custody transfer procedures.


Stijn Maelfeyt, Plant Operations Manager at Fluxys LNG and leader of the working group of experts, said: “The  reason for the proposed changes is of truly technical nature and GIIGNL considers it as its duty to inform the LNG industry about this and its impact.”


According to Vincent Demoury, General Delegate of GIIGNL: “The Handbook is intended to serve as a reference manual but not as a standard or a specification. It has been updated to include the most advanced measurement technology, operational practices and international standards available to or used by all parties involved in custody transfer operations.”


The 2017 GIIGNL LNG Custody Transfer Handbook is publicly available free of charge on the GIIGNL website (


For more details, please contact:

Vincent Demoury, General Delegate, GIIGNL on:

+ 33 156 655 160 or  

January 11, 2017

First LNG imports in Malta

Malta’s first LNG cargo was delivered today from the 137,000m3 LNGC Galea in Marsaxlokk Bay. The commissioning cargo was received by the converted FSU Armada LNG Mediterrana, which arrived in Malta in October 2016. The vessel will supply LNG to a 200MW gas-fired power station in Delimara built by ElectroGas, which is said to open in the coming weeks. The FSU will supply gas to the new power plant but also to an existing plant. 

January 10, 2017

Second jetty commissioned at Zeebrugge terminal

The second jetty of the Zeebrugge terminal was commissioned in late December. On January 9th, the Coral Energy became the first LNGC to berth at the jetty for a commercial loading.

The second jetty at the LNG terminal has been designed for receiving the smallest LNGCs with a capacity of 2,000 m3 up to large LNG vessels with a capacity of 217,000 m3. Some 200 loadings have already been booked at the new jetty for small LNGCs under long-term contracts. 

LNG bunkering vessels can now also berth at the terminal. Shipping company UECC recently began operating its first LNG-powered car carrier in Zeebrugge, with a second to follow soon. The UECC ships will be refuelled with LNG by a purpose-built LNG bunkering vessel which will have Zeebrugge as its home port and in which Fluxys is a partner along with ENGIE, Mitsubishi Corporation and NYK Line. There are currently around 40 ships under construction for use in the English Channel, the North Sea or the Baltic Sea, half of which will run on LNG.

The second jetty also enables the terminal to respond flexibly to demand for simultaneous or quickly successing berthings, as using both jetties allows two LNGCs to be unloaded and/or loaded at the same time.

Edited from Fluxys press release.