Weekly HEG Global Energy Digest
Yamal LNG starts gas exports from second LNG Train
Total has announced that the first shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the second train of the Yamal LNG project in Northern Russia is ready to leave Sabetta.
This train adds an additional 5.5 million tons per year of LNG capacity to the facility, bringing the total capacity in operation to 11 million tons per year. At full capacity, the three-train facility will supply 16.5 million tons of LNG per year to Asian and European markets. The third train is expected to start up in early 2019.
“Following the successful start-up of Yamal LNG in December last year, the first shipment from the second train ahead of schedule is another major milestone for this world-class LNG project,” commented Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and CEO of Total. “The Yamal LNG production adds competitive LNG resources to our growing portfolio. We will keep developing new LNG projects in the Russian Arctic with our strategic partner Novatek, as illustrated by the recent announcement of our entry in Arctic LNG 2 with 10% direct working interest.”
Last May, Novatek and Total also agreed that Total will have the opportunity to acquire a 10 to 15% direct interest in Novatek’s future LNG projects in Yamal and Gydan.
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Germany Bulldozes Old Villages for Coal Despite Lower Emissions Goals
The Garzweiler coal mine and power plant near the city of Grevenbroich in western Germany. Plans to expand an open-pit brown coal mine in the eastern German village of Pödelwitz have prompted protests.
Germany enjoys a reputation as a pioneer of clean energy. Its leader Angela Merkel was even dubbed the “climate chancellor” when she decided to ditch nuclear power in 2011. But the reality is much dirtier.
Centuries-old villages across the country are being bulldozed to make way to mine brown coal — one of the filthiest and cheapest fossil fuels. As the world’s biggest brown coal miner, Germany is at risk of missing its 2020 carbon emissions targets.
The latest rural idyll threatened with destruction is the medieval village of Pödelwitz, in the eastern state of Saxony. Its quaint timber-framed houses stand empty and only 27 out of 200 villagers remain because mining company MIBRAG wants to dig up the coal that lies beneath.
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Aeolus reports for Norther duty
Marine contractor Van Oord has kicked off foundation installation at the 370MW Norther offshore wind farm off Belgium.
Jack-up Aeolus has reported for duty to install the project’s 45 monopiles and transition pieces, which were supplied by a Sif and Smulders partnership.
The work is being carried out three months later than initially planned after upgrades to the vessel took longer than expected.
However, the project developers Elicio, Eneco and Mitsubishi Corp subsidiary DGE said commissioning is still scheduled for next summer.
“Installing the 45 foundations is extremely important and meticulous work,” said project director Dennis Sanou.
“They constitute the base for the whole structure. Thanks to Van Oord’s expertise and the project experience of the Aeolus’s crew, we’ll make a successful start with this project.”
Van Oord is balance of plant contractor for the project.
The wind farm, which will feature MHI Vestas 8.4MW turbines, is due online next year.
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