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August 25, 2017

S-Oil and Petronas sign 15-year SPA

South Korean petroleum and refinery company S-Oil Corporation has signed today a 15-year SPA with Petronas.

Petronas has agreed to deliver 700,000 tons of LNG per year for the duration of the contract. The volumes have been contracted to run the refiner’s new plant operations and as a feedstock for petrochemical products.

Deliveries under the contract are set to start in April 2018 until March 2033. 

August 16, 2017

First LNGC transit through the Northern Sea Route

The icebreaking LNGC Christophe de Margerie has successfully transited through the Northern Sea Route.

The Sovcomflot’s vessel loaded a cargo at Snøhvit, left the liquefaction plant on July 29 and arrived at Boryeong on August 16, according to vessel tracking data. The passage through the Northern Sea Route took a record six and a half days, according to the Northern Sea Route Administration. Christophe de Margerie is the first unescorted merchant LNG vessel to take this route, which permits reaching Asia via the Bering Strait in 15 days versus 30 days via the Suez Canal, according to Total.

The 172,600m³ Arc 7 vessel is the first of 15 LNGCs dedicated to the Yamal LNG project. The 3-train plant will produce about 16.5 MTPA. Commissioning cargoes from Train 1 are expected in October and commercial production will start next year. 

July 26, 2017

Fluxys LNG set to construct a second truck-loading station

Fluxys LNG announced today that it has taken an FID for the construction of a second truck loading station at the Zeebrugge LNG Terminal. The construction of the new facility is set to start in spring 2018 and to be commissioned before summer of the same year. 

The number of LNG truck loadings has been rising exponentially in Northwest Europe the past few years, spurred on by the EU’s increasingly stringent regulations regarding emissions. In Zeebrugge, LNG trucks and trailers can be loaded with 40 to 50 m³ LNG since 2010 and over 5,000 loadings have left the terminal by road and by ferry.

Edited from Fluxys LNG press release.

July 25, 2017

Fos Tonkin increases its truck loading capacity

Fos Tonkin LNG terminal announced today that it has increased the capacity of its LNG truck loading facility, from 8 to 11 trucks that can be loaded each day.

In autumn 2017, development works on the terminal will allow an additional time slot to accommodate up to 12 trucks per day.

LNG truck facilities have been launched in 2013 at Montoir-de-Bretagne and in 2014 at Fos-sur-Mer. In 2016, 2 700 trucks have been loaded and nearly 3 500 are expected in 2017.

Edited from Elengy press release.

July 12, 2017

New truck loading bays at Gate LNG terminal

Gate terminal announced on July 12, 2017, that it has successfully started commercial operations of its two new truck loading bays at its LNG terminal in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on July 10, 2017.

Gate terminal experienced a 50% increase of the truck loadings compared to last year, up to approx. 750 trucks being loaded in the first half of 2017. 

Gate terminal supports the development to use LNG as fuel by investing in infrastructure to allow customers to load LNG in smaller quantities. Trucks had been loaded since 2014 on one bay. In September 2016, a third berth was added to also load bunker vessels.

Edited from Gate terminal press release.