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Oil and gas industry announcements: 27 February 2015

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It has been reported that Amp Trillium LLC and Champions Brand Incorporated (CBI) were scheduled to hold the grand opening ceremony of February 26 of the public access CNG station, the first in Northeast Florida. Amp Trillium is a joint venture between ampCNG and Trillium LLC that was created in 2012. The company’s goal is to develop and build a network of CNG stations that serve commercial trucks.

Delfin LNG

Delfin LNG LLC has announced the signing of a joint development agreement with Hoegh LNG Ltd in relation to its US based Delfin Liquefied Natural Gas Deepwater Port Project. The project is a planed floating liquefaction, deepwater port designed to export LNG from the Gulf of Mexico, and is positioned to be the first floating deepwater liquefaction project in the US.

Frederick Jones, Delfin President said, “we are very pleased to be teaming with Hoegh LNG, a world class partner in floating liquefaction, on the Delfin LNG project. In an unpredictable and dynamic energy market, floating liquefaction is an extremely attraction option for both producers and customers. Floating liquefaction is environmentally friendly, cost competitive, economical with limited scale, moveable in the event of a hurricane, and has a shorter and more efficient schedule relative to an onshore plant. Furthermore, in the event global energy markets drastically change in the coming decades a floating liquefaction plant can be deployed in alternate locations, which provides floating liquefaction vessel owners the flexibility to be in a position to serve a more diverse pool of customers with shorter duration contracts.”

GE Oil & Gas

GE Oil & Gas has used the latest in metal laser sintering hybrid milling machines at its Kariwa plant in Niigata Prefecture, Japan, to manufacture GE’s Masoneilan control valve parts with special configurations for use across various applications in the energy industry. The use of metal 3D printing offers several benefits. One is that it is now possible to manufacture control valve parts with complex shapes, such as hollow structures, curves, and meshes, which are difficult to make using conventional additive manufacturing methods, thereby allowing for a substantial improvement in design freedom. Another merit is that it makes integrated molding possible, which reduces the steps required for processing mold dies, realising faster manufacturing times and lower cost when compared with conventional methods.

Mitsuaki Sakonju, Kariwa plant Director said, “we consider this metal 3D printer to be the best means for delivering high grade products that meet the customer’s individual needs in the shortest amount of time and with increased cost competitiveness. GE’s Kariwa plant will continue to work to provide its customers in Japan with the most suitable control valve products and solutions in the shortest amount of time possible by making full use of its accumulated knowledge and the latest technology.”


Royal Dutch Shell plc has said that the Pearl gas to liquids (GTL) plant in Qatar has entered planned maintenance in February 2015. Pearl GTL comprises two identical GTL trains, with a total capacity of 140 000 bpd of GTL products plus 120 000 bpd of natural gas liquids and ethane. One train, representing half the facility, has recently begun a planned turnaround maintenance programme, which will continue for a period of some two months.

The Pearl GTL project was developed in two phases. The first phase started up in early 2011 and exported the first commercial shipment of gasoil in June 2011. The whole plant ramped up to full production at the end of 2012. The plant produces cleaner burning diesel and aviation fuel, oils for advanced lubricants, naphtha used to make plastics and paraffin for detergents. It makes enough diesel to fill over 160 000 cars a day and enough synthetic oil each year to make lubricants for more than 225 million cars. The products reach customers in every major energy market through Shell’s global retail network.

Edited from press releases by Claira Lloyd

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