Daily Archives: May 12, 2011
Distrigas of Massachusetts LLC, a subsidiary of GDF SUEZ Energy North America, announced that it is providing LNG (liquefied natural gas) to the first LNG refueling station east of the Mississippi River.
Enviro Express Natural Gas, LLC owns and operates the combination LNG and CNG (compressed natural gas) refueling station in Bridgeport, Connecticut, adjacent to Interstate 95. This represents the first time LNG has been sold as a vehicle fuel from Distrigas’s Everett Marine Terminal.
“Interest in LNG to power fleet vehicles is increasing significantly as diesel fuel and gasoline prices continue to climb,” said Joe Murphy, vice president, Sales and Transportation for Distrigas. “The difference in fuel and maintenance costs and the environmental benefits make LNG an attractive vehicle fuel alternative.”
The public-access refueling station presently provides LNG to Enviro Express’ new commercial fleet of 18 Kenworth T800 semi tractor-trailers and CNG to fleet customers. Enviro Express is a waste collection and transport company, which uses its fleet to haul ash and other refuse from Bridgeport to Putnam, Connecticut, a 110-mile trip.
Partially funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the $6.2 million project is part of the larger Connecticut Clean Cities Future Fuels project.
By switching to LNG, Enviro Express’ fleet is able to displace approximately 500,000 gallons of diesel fuel annually and remove hundreds of tons of particulate emissions from the air. The switch to a cleaner fuel should also lower vehicle maintenance costs and allow the trucks to travel farther between oil changes. Additional savings is realized because the price of LNG is much lower than the price of diesel fuel and gasoline.
Adding to the environmental benefit, the fueling station is a closed system which recaptures boil-off from the LNG that would otherwise vent into the atmosphere and compresses it to be stored as CNG.
“LNG is lighter than diesel, so we can go farther, cleaner, and improve load efficiency by hauling more with the same vehicle,” said Bill Malone, of Enviro Express.
By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, May 10 — DCP Midstream LLC, Denver, and Targa Resources Partners LP, Houston, have reached agreements that will, according to the joint announcement, provide a “long-term anchor commitment” to DCP Midstream’s Sandhills Pipeline and an interconnect of the pipeline to a new delivery point with Targa’s Cedar Bayou fractionators’ plant at Mont Belvieu, Tex.
DCP is negotiating with several customers, it said, to sign long-term commitments to the Sandhills Pipeline.
Additionally, DCP and Targa reached a long-term anchor commitment by DCP for a new 100,000-b/d fractionation expansion at the Mont Belvieu plant, which Targa operates and of which it is majority owner.
In November 2010, DCP Midstream began an open season and is currently securing right-of-way and environmental permits for the Sandhills Pipeline. The new 700-mile system will move Y-grade NGLs from gas plants in the Permian basin and South Texas to various fractionators along the Gulf Coast along with the Mont Belvieu NGL hub.
The Sandhills Pipeline will serve NGL transportation needs at Targa’s gas plants, existing DCP gas plants, and the 200-MMcfd DCP Eagle plant designed to serve Eagle Ford shale gas development. The Sandhills pipeline and CBF target first-half 2013 for completion of construction and start up.
Significantly, the Sandhills Pipeline along with CBF’s new fractionation expansion will allow DCP to handle producers’ increased liquid-rich natural gas production from the new Avalon Shale-Bone Springs areas, said the announcement, as well as the Eagle Ford shale area.
Queensland’s recent heavy rains and floods could delay the expansion of BG Group’s $18 billion Queensland Curtis LNG plant at Gladstone because the British gas giant has been unable to shore up gas reserves as quickly as it had hoped.
Speaking to investors in London on Tuesday night, chief executive Frank Chapman said BG was still targeting a mid-2012 sanction of a third LNG production train at Gladstone.
“The name of the game at the moment is the maturation of that reserves and resources base within that period,” Mr Chapman said.
“That has suffered some impact because of the flooding and the impact that’s had on access to drilling sites, but we’re still focused on moving some of that prospective resource into a more, higher confidence level to underpin a third train.”
Despite the rains, BG was still on track for first LNG exports from Gladstone in 2014, he said.
BG was the first of three big CSG-to-LNG proponents planning exports out of Gladstone from 2014.
Mr Chapman joined the chorus of voices touting stronger LNG demand because of the Japanese earthquake and subsequent Fukushima nuclear disaster.
He said the flow-on effect was likely to be long-term. “After (the) Three Mile Island (1979 nuclear accident) in the US, we saw lead times for nuclear projects going out to something like 12 or 13 years, and associated with that will be increased costs associated with more stringent regulatory safety requirements,” he said.
“All of this, I think will result in medium to long-term higher gas demand for power, and as a consequence, extra demand for LNG, and this is going to cause a further tightening of a market situation which we already regarded as quite tight.”
After a competitive tender process, Technip has been awarded by Statoil Brasil Óleo & Gàs Ltda. a frame agreement for engineering studies. The scope of this 3-year contract covers feasibility, concept and front-end engineering design studies for Statoil’s existing offshore production fields and future developments in Brazil.
All work will be performed by Technip’s operating center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with support from the Group’s European centers, and will achieve a minimum 60% of local content.
This award reinforces Technip’s leading position as engineering services supplier to the Brazilian market where the Group previously carried out similar feasibility, conceptual and front-end engineering design projects for Petrobras, OGX, OSX and Maersk.
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