Liquefied Natural Gas

Not only the gas engine itself has to considered when one is talking about methane slip, but also the entire supply chain is important to consider.

Is Internal Combustion Engine Methane Slip Harmful to the Environment?

Tighter regulations on exhaust emissions are prompting rapid change within the global shipping industry. Orders for scrubber systems have soared higher than before, suppliers of emissions monitoring software are rapidly taking increasing orders, and the market for natural gas-powered engines continues to break new ground.
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ULTRAGAS Chooses Transas ECDIS Solutions

ECDIS manufacturer Transas Marine was awarded a contract for the supply of Dual ECDIS to ULTRAGAS, an ULTRANAV company and owner and operator of highly specialized vessels for transportation of Liquefied Petroleum Gases (LPG) and petro-chemical gases with years of experience in this demanding segment of shipping. As a part of the contract…

Herbert-ABS Opens Singapore Office

Herbert-ABS Software Solutions LLC, a marine regulatory, load management, salvage and ship design software company, has opened an office in Singapore to reinforce service and support for Asia-based shipowners, operators and shipyards, the company said. The new office will be led by Director and Naval Architect Rob Tagg…
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Schlumberger Announces Q1 Results

Schlumberger Limited (NYSE:SLB) today reported first-quarter 2014 revenue from continuing operations of $11.24 billion versus $11.91 billion in the fourth quarter of 2013, and $10.57 billion in the first quarter of 2013. Income from continuing operations attributable to Schlumberger, excluding charges and credits, was $1.59…
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Petrofac Order Hi-end Offshore Construction Vessel

Service provider to the oil and gas industry, UK-based Petrofac, confirms placement orders to build its new proprietary design Petrofac JSD 6000 deepwater derrick lay vessel, which will be available for construction and installation activities in early 2017. Petrofac inform that the vessel is based on a unique design which integrates the J-Lay…
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Kirby to Order New Articulated Tank Barge, Tugboat, Pair

Kirby Corporation says it is to construct an articulated 185,000 barrel tank barge and 10,000 horsepower tugboat unit (ATB unit) at a cost of $75 to $80 million for charter to a customer when completed. Joe Pyne, Kirby's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "With the coastal fleet utilization around 90%, increasing demand for the coastwise movements of crude and natural gas condensate…
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Kinder Morgan Energy Partners' Dividend Up 6%

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. informs in its Q4 2014 financial report that it has increased its quarterly cash distribution per common unit to $1.38 ($5.52 annualized) payable on May 15, 2014, to unitholders of record as of April 30, 2014. The above represents a 6 percent increase over the first quarter 2013 cash…

Fugro to Host Technical Sessions at OTC

“Life-of-Field” will be the theme of Fugro’s technical presentations during the upcoming Offshore Technology Conference, May 5-8 in Houston. A variety of timely topics will be covered in a series of brief technical sessions showcasing Fugro’s unique technology in geotechnical, survey and subsea disciplines, the company said.
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First Pipe Produced for South Stream’s Offshore Section

Pipe No.1 for the first line of South Stream's offshore section was produced today in Russia at the Vyksa Steel Works (part of the United Metallurgical Company – OMK), Gazprom said in a news release. Unique pipes for South Stream's offshore section are 12 meters long, 813 millimeters in diameter and have a wall thickness of 39 millimeters.

EPA Studies Whether to Regulate Methane from Oil and Gas

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday took a step toward a wider strategy to address climate change, releasing five technical papers that will help it decide whether or not to regulate methane emissions from the oil and gas sector. The "white papers" follow the White House's announcement in March of a plan…
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Makai Continues Energy Research in Hawaii

Makai Ocean Engineering received a $3.6 million contract from the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute and the Office of Naval Research for research and design on the marine renewable energy known as Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion, or OTEC. Makai will perform this work at their Ocean Energy Research Center, located in Kona, Hawaii.

Perspective on Ocean Science

Monday, Jan. 13th, 6:30-8 p.m. Marine animals, like the elusive beaked whale, are notoriously difficult to study as they are rarely seen. Fortunately, scientists can hear them! These animals use echolocation to forage and those sounds can be recorded in even the most remote and inaccessible areas of the ocean. Join Simone…

Walking, 'talking' drilling rigs aim to modernize fracking

The backbreaking life of a roughneck, the iconic worker bees of oilfield drilling rigs, is getting a little easier. Schramm Inc, which built the drilling rig that four years ago helped rescue 33 trapped Chilean copper miners, has designed a 500,000-pound rig for the oil and natural gas industry that can walk, rotate 360 degrees, be operated with a remote control, and load pipe automatically.
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Makai to Continue OTEC Work in Hawaii

Makai Ocean Engineering has received a $3.6 million contract from the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute and the Office of Naval Research for research and design on the marine renewable energy known as Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion, or OTEC. Makai will perform this work at their Ocean Energy Research Center, located in Kona, Hawaii, which is the largest OTEC research facility in the world.
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Shift to Low-Carbon Energy or Face Consequences: UN Report

A United Nations report says that governments must act faster to keep global warming in check and delays until 2030 could force them to use little-tested technologies to extract greenhouse gases from the air. The study, drawing on work by more than 1,000 experts, said a radical shift from fossil fuels to low-carbon energy such as wind…

U.S. Crude Nears 6-Week High

U.S. crude oil rose to near a six-week high on Friday, steered by stronger gasoline demand and a positive consumer confidence report, but gains were capped by profit taking and a declining demand outlook. The International Energy Agency lowered its global demand forecast for 2014 due to expectations that more Libyan crude will reach the market next week, pushing Brent prices lower. U.S.

SEMBCORP MARINE’S SEMBAWANG SHIPYARD TO REVITALISE 'VOYAGER OF THE SEAS'

Sembcorp Marine’s wholly-owned subsidiary Sembawang Shipyard has secured an agreement with RCL Cruises Ltd., a member of the Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. group, to perform the extensive revitalisation of Royal Caribbean International’s 137,276-gross tonnage, passenger-ship 'Voyager of the Seas'. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Ohio Links Fracking with Earthquakes, Announces Tougher Rules

Ohio regulators announced new rules for oil and gas drilling on Friday after evidence emerged linking the hydraulic fracturing extraction method, known as fracking, to recent earthquakes. In the strongest wording yet from the state, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) said that injecting sand, water and chemicals deep underground to help release oil and gas could be inducing tremors.

$750 Mln for Shah Deniz Gas Project from BP-Led Consortium

A consortium led by British oil company BP has awarded construction and supply contract worth $750 million to help to develop the Shah Deniz II gas field in Azerbaijan, a project that offers Europe a chance to cut reliance on Russian gas. Azerbaijan's biggest gas field, Shah Deniz is being developed by consortium partners BP, Statoil, Azeri state energy company SOCAR and others.

Energy Takes Centerstage in U.S., Russia Dispute

President Vladimir Putin warned on Thursday that Russian gas supplies to Europe could be disrupted if Moscow cuts the flow to Ukraine over unpaid bills, drawing a U.S. accusation that it is using energy "as a tool of coercion". In a letter to the leaders of 18 European countries, Putin made clear that his patience would…