Turkey inaugurates its second floating LNG unit
Turkey’s Energy and Natural Resources Minister, Berat Albayrak, announced on 7 February the launch of the nation’s second floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) unit.
The unit, dubbed an FSRU, has the capacity to send out 20mn cubic metres of LNG per day from a port in Dortyol, Hatay, where it is docked.
Turkey has plans to reduce its dependency on pieline gas through the implementation of FSRUs.
In order to do so, the units are strategically located in ports near area of high gas consumption, with this one in the Mediterranean region.
“We are minimizing investment costs for transmission and distribution lines as well as transportation costs [with FSRUs],” Mr Albayrak stated.
In 2016, the first unit was located in Aliaga, Izmir – this was due to the nation’s requirement of additional gas capacity to meet higher demands due to cold weather in December.
“The (second) unit has 263,000 cubic meters of LNG storage capacity. This capacity size is the largest in the world,” the Minister commented.
“The unit has around 20 million cubic meters of daily send-out capacity and will contribute a lot to Turkey's energy security.”
“Turkey will increase its 3.5 billion cubic meters of gas storage capacity from Silivri and Salt Lake storage facilities to 10 billion cubic meters by 2023,” he added.
“Our target is to be able to store at least 20 percent of our annual gas consumption so that we can have more energy security.”
Global Offshore rebrands Enelift and invests in global hubs
Global Offshore has rebranded Enelift and will invest "a seven-figure sum" in establishing new support hubs in Houston, Dubai, Singapore, Perth and the Caspian during the next six months.
The investment will cover oil, gas and renewables, mainly concentrating on manufacturing capability with associated R&D, as well as in stock held in the hubs.
The company’s flagship Hinge Lok technology provides aluminium, non-welded light weight transportation cradle for casing and tubing. Enelift now plans to enhance its offering by augmenting its existing solutions with robotics and remote operational and training technology, which will reduce manpower for handling offshore equipment that is transported and stored using the Hinge Lok system.
Enelift is partnering with "a Japanese robotics company" and the technology will be trialed with "a Norwegian operator on a Norwegian drilling rig", according to a statement.
Operating from its bases in Aberdeen, UK and Esbjerg, Enelift was founded by 35-year industry veteran and Managing Director Paul Brebner 10 years ago to offer the offshore energy industries safe, reliable and efficient storage and transportation of equipment.
The expansion plans are bolstered by the appointment of Jim Clark of the Craigendarroch Group to Chairman, and Adam Maitland to Non-Executive Director. Maitland is the Managing Director of Hutcheon Mearns IF, and brings his wealth of expertise in the field of corporate finance.
Brebner said Enelift may be a new name in the market, but the experience it brings is "industry renowned".
"Our solutions are underpinned by safety that enables inefficiencies and their associated costs to be eradicated – meaning operational personnel can focus doing what they do best, safely. We remain committed to providing the safest storage and transportation solutions for equipment in the sector as we grow our global operations," he said.
Clark said the market is changing and its solutions fully support customers’ economic and safety aspirations.
"We are very well placed to take full advantage of increasing opportunities in the Middle East, Africa, Far East and Americas. Safety is our absolute commitment to our customers and our support hubs will facilitate this. Aligning our identity to our entire offering ensures that we will drive our expansion through new products and global support sites across the rest of this year."