Norway’s Kanfer Shipping AS has signed a global co-operation agreement with UAE’s ADNOC Logistics & Services, the maritime and logistics arm of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), to explore the small-scale LNG market.
The co-operation between the two companies will focus on potential transportation, storage (onshore/offshore), bunkering as well as other LNG infrastructure. The parties are currently jointly developing several projects, according to Kanfer Shipping.
Kanfer Shipping’s small-scale LNG transportation and bunkering solution is based on using an articulated tug and barge (ATB) unit. Kanfer Shipping reported it is working on projects in three continents that would use its ATB design for a cost efficient, flexible and scalable transport and floating storage solution.
ATB units are widely used in the US to move crude oil, clean and dirty products and other liquid bulk cargo. The first LNG bunkering ATBs are under construction in the US at VT Halter Marine in Pascagoula, Mississippi. VT Halter Marine is building two ATBs for Q-LNG. One will have a 4,000 m3 capacity and the other an 8,000 m3 capacity.
As for the agreement with Kanfer Shipping, ADNOC Logistics & Services (L&S) will have an influential role in the project and the commercialisation process. The focus areas for this co-operation will be pure transportation, gas-to-power and bunkering projects.
“We are proud to have ADNOC on board in this co-operation,” Kanfer Shipping managing partner Stig A Hagen said. “We clearly see that large- and small-scale LNG goes hand in hand, and we believe there are considerable synergies that could be achieved between the parties. With ADNOC’s know-how, experience and interest in developing the small-scale LNG market, we are confident that we will be successful,” said Mr Hagen.