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Gastech Insights is an online platform which delivers unique content, analysis and online discussions within the global gas and LNG community.

2019-03-20
Address locally, think globally: FortisBC on climate change
Address locally, think globally: FortisBC on climate change

The industry is experiencing a growing recognition of the role of gas and LNG as the world tackles poor air quality and climate change. With a growing population, the world is trying to tackle the challenged to not only reduce emissions but to do this while providing more reliable energy supplies.

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2019-03-20
Red Box on Canada's Arctic regions: Sharing unique experiences for safe & effi...
Red Box on Canada's Arctic regions: Sharing unique experiences for safe & efficient transportation

As reported by Shell in the LNG Outlook 2019, the use of LNG in transport is growing, especially in the heavy-duty transport sector. And with 143 LNG-fuelled ships currently in operation and 135 on order, marine LNG is another exciting area in the market.

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2019-03-20
Arctic and cold climate solutions: The Norwegian experience
Arctic and cold climate solutions: The Norwegian experience

Some of the defining characteristics of the harsh and cold climate regions are the special weather conditions, the light phenomenon, the large geographical areas and the vast distances to nearest infrastructure. These conditions affect cost, safety and access to emergency preparedness. The skills needed to carry out safe operations in these vulnerable areas require great knowledge, experience and robust technologies. Access to such information is hence key to overcoming the various challenges.

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2019-03-11
Learning from Accidents: Are we asking the right questions?
Learning from Accidents: Are we asking the right questions?

A sense of curiosity and asking some different questions offer an opportunity to impact our chronic inability to learn which typifies the ‘awful sameness’ of accidents.  We are in a vicious cycle – there is an accident/near miss/HIPO. We investigate. Analyse. Produce Reports. Highlight failures to learn. Distribute Reports. Produce Action Lists.  Another event happens. Repeat. We have a growing list of failures to learn and little shift in learning. Vicious cycles indicate the need to shift paradigms, to think differently.

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2019-03-11
Turning off vibration risk, turning on profitability
Turning off vibration risk, turning on profitability

In the long list of risks that pipeline operators face, vibration-induced fatigue is usually a low priority. Yet the consequences of a failure related to vibration can be catastrophic. Of course, when pipework fails due to the effects of excessive vibration, safety is at stake. Entire production lines and plants may have to be shut down. Major repairs or overhauls may be required. Even if the threat is relatively minor, the costs of non-operation – in terms of lost revenue – add up fast.

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2019-03-11
CEDIGAZ Report: Underground gas storage in the world
CEDIGAZ Report: Underground gas storage in the world

At the end of 2017, there were 671 underground gas storage (UGS) facilities in operation in the world (unchanged from the end of 2016). Only three new storage facilities were commissioned in 2017, in China, Turkey and the United States. But at the same time, some sites were closed in the United States and Europe. The global working gas capacity has slightly increased to 417 bcm, up 0.4% from the end of 2016 (415 bcm revised).

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2019-03-05
White Paper: Can Natural Gas Reduce Emissions From Transport?
White Paper: Can Natural Gas Reduce Emissions From Transport?

This new white paper, penned by academics at Imperial’s Sustainable Gas Institute, examines the potential benefits of using natural gas for ship and truck fuel. It looks at how the change could affect greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution, and cost to industry. 

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2019-03-05
Gas vs Coal in the US Power Stack
Gas vs Coal in the US Power Stack

The dynamics of gas vs coal generation in the power stack are quite complex. Several factors drive changes in gas and coal generation from day to day with changes in renewable/nuclear output, power demand, weather, grid constraints, power plant outages and regional gas prices all playing a role in determining the amount of gas and coal dispatched on a given day. Because prices are only one of many factors that drive dispatch, quantifying gas vs coal generation as a function of price can look very noisy from day to day or week to week.

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2019-03-05
How biomethane can help turn gas into a renewable energy source
How biomethane can help turn gas into a renewable energy source

Australia’s report card on reducing its greenhouse gas emissions isn’t exactly glowing, but there are ample opportunities to get it on track during this period of rapid change in the energy sector. Greater use of renewable electricity sources like wind and solar are playing a large part in reducing emissions, and gas can also lift its game.

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2019-02-27
eBook: 12 Ways Canada's Gas & LNG Will Bring Both National & Global Benefits
eBook: 12 Ways Canada's Gas & LNG Will Bring Both National & Global Benefits

The arrival of FID has planted LNG on Canadian front pages and suddenly the possibilities of developing the vast resources has become a reality once again. Ahead of 2019’s Canada Gas & LNG Exhibition and Conference, Gastech Insights asked 12 market experts: “What do you believe the top benefits Canada’s gas and LNG could bring nationally and globally?” 

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2019-02-21
Changing the biofuel landscape with BioLNG
Changing the biofuel landscape with BioLNG

The heavy transport sector is searching for ways to contribute to the energy transition. Although there are many promising technologies ahead of us, there is one that can make a drastic impact today. LNG is becoming one of the best available heavy transport fuels to support the energy transition. The use of BioLNG (Liquified Bio Methane) will aid in further reducing the CO2 footprint and will enable LNG as the future energy source for the long-haul heavy transport sector (trucks and ships).

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2019-02-21
Introducing LNG for inland shipping: Designing the sea-river LNG carriers
Introducing LNG for inland shipping: Designing the sea-river LNG carriers

The continually increasing demand for LNG and the rapidly growing small-scale LNG (ssLNG) market in Central and inland Europe highlights certain deficiencies in continental LNG transport.

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2019-02-21
Railways: The new link in the LNG logistics chain
Railways: The new link in the LNG logistics chain

More than 50 years have passed since the gas industry found the formula to “globalise” the LNG business. This was achieved through the use of tanker trucks, establishing the bases for a small-scale logistics development and short distance and accelerating the gasification process in countries such as Spain, and even exporting more than 5,000 annual loads to Europe. LNG has helped to guarantee global security of supply, allowing it to build up a strong track record with regards to safety, efficiency and technological development.

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2019-02-14
Interview with FERC: Seizing the natural gas opportunities
Interview with FERC: Seizing the natural gas opportunities

Following the shale revolution in the United States, LNG has become a crucial resource. And, with US LNG poised to play an important role in serving the increasing worldwide LNG demand, FERC continues to issue environmental schedules for numerous proposed export terminals.

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2019-02-13
Strategic impetus of investing in LNG projects
Strategic impetus of investing in LNG projects

We know there’s money to be made in LNG. Take the abundant levels of gas from North America and sell it to the key importing regions, like Asia or Europe, looking for more supply. Pretty simple stuff, but how do independent natural gas producers partake in the upcoming LNG boom?

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2019-02-13
North America’s gas monetisation opportunities and challenges
North America’s gas monetisation opportunities and challenges

Natural gas is growing in importance worldwide and is widely seen as the fuel of choice in the power generation industry. Gas, along with the associated NGLs (Natural Gas Liquids), is being used as the preferred feedstock for petrochemical projects, especially where prices are low or large volumes are readily available.  

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