A. Blume, Editor
The $26-B small-scale LNG market is gaining exciting traction this year. The first small-scale LNG facility in the US commenced operations in May in Jacksonville, Florida (see News section of this issue for more information), small-scale LNG shipments are ramping up from Canada to China, and several companies have banded together to study small-scale FLNG offshore Australia (also see News).
However, the small- and mid-scale LNG sectors have until recently been limited by a lack of adequate and suitable bunkering infrastructure. New solutions, such as modular, floating LNG transfer systems, are expanding the ability to load and offload smaller volumes of LNG at ports not served by pipelines.
Integrated networks for large-scale LNG are still developing, but are virtually nonexistent for small- and mid-scale LNG. This makes it difficult to cost-effectively transport and distribute gas produced from small and stranded reserves to LNG customers, including power producers, metals manufacturers and a growing number of shipowners.
Certainty of supply is paramount to expanding gas-to-power applications and the use of LNG as a marine fuel. Growth of import and storage capacity is needed to expand the availability of LNG. With IMO 2020 sulfur regulations looming in January, more shipowners with the ability to capitalize on natural gas are eyeing LNG as a permanent fuel switch. The approximately 20% price discount for LNG vs. high-sulfur fuel oil will further encourage this switch, if differentials remain steady. GP
The continued expansion of natural gas trade is led primarily by growth in the LNG sector, which has tripled over the past 3 yr.
Industry Focus: The future of gas-to-power projects in Africa
Natural gas is expected to play a central role in supporting Africa’s drive to achieve electricity connection for nearly 600 MM people without access to the grid, to reduce widespread reliance on coal for power generation, and to fast-track the continent’s slowed industrial expansion.
Regional Focus: Gazprom faces challenges for combined LNG/processing plant in Baltics
Russia’s largest natural gas producer, Gazprom, aims to build a giant project on the Russian Baltic seaport of Ust-Luga. The plans include the construction of a combined LNG and gas processing plant.
GasPro 2.0: A Webcast Symposium
Following on the heels of the highly successful GasPro 2.0 Webcast Symposium in October 2018, the second GasPro Webcast Symposium 2.0 will take place on October 24, 2019.
The 2019 web event will gather experts in the fields of LNG, gas processing, and gas transport/distribution to share their operations expertise, engineering and design solutions, and technology advances and trends with our audience.
Attendees will learn about technology and operational solutions and deployments in a number of areas: plant design and expansion, construction, NGL production, optimization, sulfur removal, marine operations and separation technology.
October 24, 2019 08:30 AM CDT