BW LNG Tanker to Arrive in Rotterdam on Feb. 18
Liquefied natural gas tanker BW GDF Suez Brussels is due to arrive at the port of Rotterdam on February 18, Reuters shipping data show. The tanker has a capacity of 159,300 cubic metres. (Reporting by Lefteris Karagiannopoulos; editing by Jason Neely)
Global Maritime Appoints Kvannli as CFO
Global Maritime, a provider of marine warranty, dynamic positioning and engineering services to the offshore sector, has appointed Egil Kvannli as it new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Kvannli, who will take up the role with immediate effect, joins Global Maritime following 20 years of senior financial and management experience in the oil and gas industry with previous roles including Managing Director of Quickflange, a Norwegian based international group providing connection solutions; and CFO of Sevan Marine ASA, a listed company on the Oslo Stock Exchange.
GAIL, Gazprom Renegotiating LNG Deal
As weak demand in India forces it to stall some contracted supply, GAIL India Ltd (GAIL) is in talks with Russia's Gazprom to delay and renegotiate a 20-year gas purchase deal undercut by low spot prices, reports Reuters. GAIL and Gazprom had earlier signed a deal for two decades at a price linked to oil, adding to contracts to buy the fuel from GDF Suez SA and Gas Natural Fenosa this year. Accordingly, GAIL will buy 2.5 million tonnes (3.5 billion cubic metres) a year of liquefied natural gas from Russia’s monopoly gas exporter starting in 2018 and 2019.
DNV GL Guideline Trashes Unnecessary Subsea Documentation
Customer-case shows potential for a 40% reduction in engineering hours on subsea paperwork, and up to 80% less documentation. A cross-industry project led by DNV GL to halt the boom in subsea documentation shows that implementing a standardized approach can significantly reduce engineering hours. The two-year collaboration led by DNV GL has concluded in a publicly available Recommended Practice which can reduce the amount of subsea documentation and enable documentation reuse in a typical subsea field development project.
Tissot Appointed VP & CFO, Bureau Veritas
Bureau Veritas announces the appointment of Nicolas Tissot as Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer. He replaces Sami Badarani, who has decided to leave the company to pursue new professional opportunities. Nicolas Tissot has solid management and finance experience gained in key roles within international groups. Before joining Bureau Veritas, he was Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Executive Committee member of SCOR. He previously held various roles, including finance director positions at Alstom and ENGIE (GDF Suez).
Bright Future for LNG Bunkering - TMR
Transparency Market Research (TMR) have given a detailed insights and analysis of the global market for LNG bunkering fuel in its recently published market research report. On the basis of capacity, the market, which had a valuation of mere 70 kilo tons in 2013, is projected to expand at an astounding 63.6% CAGR between 2014 and 2025 and reach 22,540 kilo tons by 2025. The report includes an analysis of market’s historical statistics to present an overview of the growth trajectory…
GTT's Board of Directors Adds New Members
GTT, a the designer of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of liquefied natural gas (LNG), announces that its Board of Directors met on October 14 and appointed two new members, Andrew Jamieson and, following the proposal of ENGIE, Benoît Mignard. They are succeeding respectively to Laurent Maurel and Olivier Jacquier, both resigning from their mandate. Sandra Lagumina was also, following the proposal of ENGIE, appointed by the Board of Directors that met on July 21. She succeeded to Secil Torun.
Uruguay LNG Terminal on Schedule
Uruguay's state-owned Gas Sayago said civil works for an LNG regasification terminal are due to begin again after five months of delays, putting back on track a $1.1 billion project for the country's first such facility. Gas Sayago, a joint venture by two state-owned companies, Ancap and UTE, informed that replacement contractors have been found for Constructora OAS, a Brazilian company that was hired to build a breakwater and wharfs for the terminal, but pulled out of the deal in February, Platts reports.
GTT Announces Board of Directors Appointments
The GTT (Gaztransport & Technigaz) shareholders' annual general meeting chaired by Philippe Berterottière, chairman and CEO of GTT appointed several new members to GTT’s board of directors. Michèle Azalbert and Christian Germa, independent director succeeding to Jean-Luc Gourgeon, have been appointed as members of GTT’s board of directors for a four-year term. The AGM also approved the appointment of Olivier Jacquier as member of the Board of Directors. His mandate will expire at the end of the shareholders' meeting held to approve the financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2015.
DNV GL: New RP for Integrity Management of Subsea Production Systems
Following a new Recommended Practice (RP) for subsea lifting, DNV GL has published an RP providing guidance on how to establish, implement and maintain an integrity management system (IMS). According to DNV GL, the aim is to help operators carry out maintenance activities at the most cost effective intervals, increase confidence in the condition of the subsea equipment and ensure a unified and reliable reference for both authorities and the industry. The need to manage the integrity of subsea production systems…
Keppel Infrastructure Sheds Facilities Arm
Keppel Infrastructure Holdings Pte Ltd (KI), through its wholly-owned subsidiary, has signed an agreement for the sale of its entire stake in Keppel FMO (KFMO) to Cofely GDF SUEZ for a cash consideration of S$44.72 million, subject to a post-closing adjustment for working capital and a deferred consideration amount of up to S$9.72 million. KFMO provides integrated facilities management services for clients across various industries and business segments in both the public and private sectors. The purchaser, Cofely South East Asia Pte. Ltd. is a subsidiary of the GDF SUEZ Group.
Fire Takes Another Belgian Nuclear Reactor Offline
Electrabel temporarily closed a nuclear reactor on Sunday after an electrical fire, Belgium's electricity transmission system operator said, leaving only three of the Belgian firm's seven nuclear plants in action. Electrabel, part of France's GDF Suez, had to halt the 1,000-megawatt Tihange 3, southwest of the city of Liege, after several electrical cables outside the reactor caught fire. Electrabel was not immediately available for comment. Belgian news agency Belga quoted a company spokesman as saying the cause of the fire was a technical fault.
Marconi-Vorlich Exploration Well Successful
UK exploration well 30/1f-13 and sidetrack 30/1f-13Y have encountered hydrocarbons in the Marconi-Vorlich prospect. The find in Paleocene Sandstones has been flow tested at a maximum rate of 5,350 barrels of oil equivalent per day. RWE Dea is part of the consortium operated by GDF SUEZ. The Marconi-Vorlich 30/1f-13A,Z exploration well and subsequent geological side-track 30/1f-13Y was drilled by GDF SUEZ under a Joint Well Agreement between the P1588 (Block 30/1f) and P363 (Block 30/1c) Licensees. The 30/1f-13Z geological side-track has confirmed a westerly extension to the initial discovery.
New Oil Field Found in British North Sea
GDF SUEZ E&P UK Ltd and BP today announced a new exploration discovery in the UK Central North Sea. The discovery, which spans GDF SUEZ operated block 30/1f (licence P1588) and BP operated block 30/1c (licence P363) was flow tested at a maximum rate of 5,350 barrels of oil equivalent per day. The discovery, referred to as ‘Marconi’ by GDF SUEZ and ‘Vorlich’ by BP, is located in the Central North Sea. Ruud Zoon, Managing Director of GDF SUEZ E&P UK Ltd said: “This is an encouraging…
LNG Ltd Takes Paul Cavicchi On-board
Liquefied Natural Gas Limited has appointed Paul J. Cavicchi as a Non-Executive Director of the Company with effect from 1 October 2014. Based in Houston, Paul brings over 25 years leadership experience in the international energy industry across a range of gas nd power projects which includes development and construction of LNG infrastructure. Paul’s most recent executive position was as Executive Vice President of GDF SUEZ Energy North America, Inc. (GSENA) a ubsidiary of GDF…
Bureau Veritas to Class First LNG Bunker Barge
International classification society Bureau Veritas has been chosen to class the unique LNG bunkering vessel which will be built at Hanjin Heavy Industries, Korea, under an agreement between Japan’s NYK and Mitsubishi and France’s GDF-SUEZ. The vessel will carry 5,000 cu m of LNG for ships’ fuel stored at 4 Bar in two IMO Type C pressure tanks. Delivery is set for 2016 when the vessel will operate from the Fluxys LNG Terminal in Zeebrugge, initially supplying LNG fuel from GDF-SUEZ to the fleet of United European Car Carriers.
DNV GL Project Addresses Subsea Structural Well Integrity
DNV GL inform that they are leading a broad industry collaboration to address structural well integrity. Fatigue loading on subsea wellhead systems from riser and rig motions has been subject to increased attention in recent years. In an effort to enhance how the offshore industry is carrying out wellhead fatigue assessments, 16 operators are now progressing with a second phase of a Joint Industry Project (JIP). Their goal is to develop a Recommended Practice (RP) to complement current codes and standards and improve methodology to assess the integrity of an important well barrier.
Plans Well Advanced for IMCA Annual Seminar
‘Addressing the Challenges of New Frontiers’ is the topical theme for the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) Annual Seminar being held in Singapore November 6-7, 2013. The program for the 18th seminar in the annual series is now online at imca-int.com/events/imca-annual-seminar.aspx, and registration is open. Open to members and non-members alike, the seminar features keynote addresses, presentations, workshops and discussions on diving including key developments and advances in diving equipment and operations…
China LNG Contracts for GDF Suez
GDF sign significant agreements with Chinese partners for an LNG carrier charter, gas storage and regasification facilities. An agreement with the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) schedules the sub-chartering of the GDF SUEZ Cape Ann LNG carrier from October 2013 for a period of up to five years and a FSRU will be permanently moored in Tianjin and will become the first floating LNG import terminal in China. This delivery follows the signing in 2011 of a cooperation agreement on LNG floating storage and regasification units between GDF SUEZ and CNOOC.
LNG Carrier Chartered by UK-Japan Partners
London-based NYK subsidiary NYK Energy Transport (Atlantic) & GDF Suez time charter the LNG carrier 'Grace Barleiria' for 4 years. Grace Barleiria has been operated by NYK since her delivery in 2007. She has a capacity of 149,700 m3 and is equipped with GTT's Mark III technology. NYK and GDF SUEZ say that they regularly assess new business opportunities and cooperate in shipping activities: co-ownership of the LNG carrier Gaselys (60% NYK, 40% GDF SUEZ), co-ownership of the ship management company Gazocean (80% GDF SUEZ…
French Tidal Power Project Collaboration
GDF SUEZ sign collaboration agreement with 4 companies to develop the Raz Blanchard, Normandy pilot installation. Marine current power allows the energy from tide movements to be exploited. This energy source has the advantages of long-term predictability and strong energy density, given that water is 830 times denser than air. Therefore, for an equivalent installed capacity, the rotor of a marine turbine only measures 18 meters in diameter whereas a wind turbine measures 50 m.
Long-term Charter for OSV 'SeaMar Splendid'
SeaMar Shipping awarded long term Inspection, Repair & Maintainance (IRM) contract by GDF Suez for its OSV 'SeaMar Splendid'. The SeaMar Shipping vessel has been awarded a five-year contract with GDF SUEZ E&P Nederland B.V. to support its operations on the Dutch Shelf over the period 2013-2017 with a minimum 250 day per year commitment. This contract represents a significant step in SeaMar’s development. The new charter begins from 1, March 2013 and the 'SeaMar Splendid' will be operating out of Den Helder, The Netherlands.
GDF Suez Further Develops LNG Bunkering
Small scale LNG: GDF Suez takes positions in this high potential market with capacities in Zeebrugge, Belgium, LNG terminal. GDF Suez continues to develop its small scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) activities in North West Europe following the award by Fluxys of additional berthing and storage capacity long term rights at the Zeebrugge LNG terminal. GDF Suez will have access to these capacities after the completion of the second jetty being constructed by Fluxys (expected in 2015).
UK's Proserv Wins Platform Topside Controls Contract
Proserv secure a £1.2-million contract to supply topside control equipment at a major southern North Sea development. The company was awarded the deal on the Cygnus field by operator GDF SUEZ through its design contractor AMEC. As part of the agreement Proserv will supply the design, engineering and build of wellhead control panels and accompanying topside umbilical termination unit for the Alpha and Bravo platforms. Six of the 10 development wells for both platforms will be controlled by the initial panel design and includes the commissioning of spares and specialist tools.
KBR Gets Australian FLNG Design Contract
KBR contracted for Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) vessel design by GDF SUEZ, which also pre-qualifies KBR to contend in delivery phase. GDF SUEZ Bonaparte Pty. Ltd. is the operator of the Bonaparte LNG project, offshore Darwin, Australia. This award is one of two contracts being let by GDF SUEZ as part of an initial concept definition design competition for the vessel. The award also pre-qualifies KBR as a contender for the EPC delivery phase of the project. The concept definition work is already underway in KBR’s London operations centre in Leatherhead…
Offshore Solutions’ OAS, 1000 Connections
Offshore Solutions B.V. (OSBV) reported that the OAS, mounted onboard the GDF SUEZ E&P Nederland B.V. (GSEPN) chartered vessel, REM Mermaid, has achieved over 1,000 operational connections without any LTIs. An OAS is a heave compensated telescopic gangway, enabling the safe transfer of personnel from a vessel to an offshore installation (wind turbine, oil or gas platform) designed to operate in 2.5 metre Hs (significant wave height) sea states. Weighing approximately 24 tonnes…