SMALL TO MID-SCALE LNG TO SUPPORT WIDER GAS AGENDA IN ASIA

SINGAPORE, THURSDAY 20 NOVEMBER : Developments within the small to mid-scale LNG sector to support the wider natural gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG) agenda in Asia were a recurring theme at this year’s Gas Asia Summit (GAS). The Summit was organised by dmg :: events and took place from 28 to 30 October as part of the Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW).

Earlier in SIEW at the Singapore Energy Summit, Tang Kin Fei, Group President and CEO for Sembcorp Industries highlighted that Singapore could become an LNG hub for smaller niche markets through smaller scale LNG for countries currently using more expensive fuels, while Senior Executive Officer and Member of the Board, Head (Commercial & Industrial Energy Business Unit) for Osaka Gas, Yasuo Ryoki noted that LNG bunker trade could be more manageable than cargo trades to realise Singapore’s ambitions to become a trading hub.

Within the GAS conference, Sriram Narayanan, Vice President (Commercial) for Singapore LNG Corporation Pte Ltd highlighted the flexibility and scalability of the Singapore LNG Terminal including its capacity to expand and support small scale LNG reloading via a tertiary jetty. Many others also highlighted regional infrastructure and applications for smaller scale LNG including Antonius Aris, Vice President Strategic Management for PT Perusahaan Gas Negara Tbk (PGN), who touched on LNG breakbulking and a “mini LNG” approach for scattered gas demand across Indonesia’s archipelago, and Sushil Purohit, Regional Director, Power Plants for Wärtsilä Corporation, who suggested using small-scale LNG distribution gas as an intermediate and peaking fuel for small-scale power plants.

To support further growth and development for the industry, dmg :: events is organising 2 events in Singapore next year, namely the 4th annual Asia Pacific Small and Mid-Scale LNG (APAC LNG) Forum (13 to 15 May 2015) and the 28th Edition of the Gastech Conference & Exhibition (27 to 30 October 2015).

APAC LNG is an annual Forum gathering 120 regional and international participants and key decision makers from countries such as Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Netherlands, Thailand, Australia, France, USA, China, Germany, Malaysia, Japan, South Korea and Finland, to discuss critical issues transforming the stranded gas markets through small & mid-scale LNG. While Gastech is dmg :: events’ flagship natural gas and LNG event and is Asia’s largest industry event gathering 21,479 international commercial and technical decision makers from across the natural gas supply chain.

Preparation for the APAC LNG Forum commenced on the side-lines of the Summit; an advisory committee meeting to build the agenda was held on Friday 31 October and included participation from Singapore LNG Corporation, JGC Corporation, DNVGL, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, PT Humpuss Intermoda Transportasi, Anthony Veder and Lantau Group.

Committee member Pieter Wijkstra, Business Developer for Anthony Veder said, “I enjoyed our meeting, believe it was valuable for all to discuss the programme.” While Naoyuki Takezawa, Project Manager, LNG Project for JGC Corporation, Ltd. commented, “I enjoyed the Gas Asia Summit and APAC Small and Mid-Scale LNG committee meeting in Singapore.”

The Forum’s agenda will be built around the theme “Fuelling ahead with small-mid LNG, an economical solution” and will address key trends, market drivers, challenges and opportunities, LNG vs other gas monetization options for smaller gas reserves, regulations and policies, onshore and offshore transportation solutions, small LNG power plants as well as LNG producers accessing small markets and vice versa in Asia Pacific and the international arena.

For further information about the APAC LNG Forum visit www.apaclng.com