Gastech Insights is an online platform which delivers unique content, analysis and online discussions on the most important issues, from the perspective of those within the global gas and LNG community. It also gives gas professionals a voice and encourages them to become active contributors by sharing their knowledge, ideas and opinions on a vast range of industry topics.

2019-07-15
Delivering responsible natural gas: The confluence of big data, technology & global...
Delivering responsible natural gas: The confluence of big data, technology & global markets

In North America and beyond, natural gas has become the dominant fuel for generating electricity. As economies expand, global demand for natural gas is projected to continue to rise by 50% over the next two decades. Natural gas is widely perceived as a clean “bridge” fuel to greater adoption of renewables and ultimately a low- or net-zero-carbon economy.

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2019-07-15
How the power has shifted between LNG buyers and sellers: Interview with Wood Mackenzie
How the power has shifted between LNG buyers and sellers: Interview with Wood Mackenzie

With energy experts continually stating that 2019 will be a record-breaking year for the LNG industry in terms of FIDs, it really is an exciting time in the global sector with opportunities around every corner. Ahead of Gastech 2019 in Houston, Gastech Insights spoke with Wood Mackenzie’s Head of Americas Gas Research, Kristy Kramer, at the Governing Body Meeting back in March to hear more about the role US LNG will play in the next wave of supply and exactly what we can expect.

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2019-07-15
Bechtel on increasing productivity and constructability in LNG projects
Bechtel on increasing productivity and constructability in LNG projects

As we see the market dynamics changing globally, it is now more important than ever for projects, short, medium and long-term, to be efficient otherwise you risk losing out on market share. This is why choosing a contractor who can hit schedule is now more important than just picking the lowest cost. Gastech Insights spoke with Bruce Barnes, LNG Technology Manager at Bechtel at Gastech’s Governing Body Meeting back in March to hear more about EPC’s and how they are utilising innovation to adapt to the new evolving markets.  

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2019-07-15
Decarbonisation and industrial demand for gas in Europe
Decarbonisation and industrial demand for gas in Europe

In my first article for Gastech Insights, I discussed how the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES) has published papers on how the pace of energy transition towards low carbon fuels is one of the biggest challenges facing individuals, companies and governments today. The article concluded arguing that the gas industry needs to take decarbonisation more seriously or it risks being marginalized or removed from the European energy system.

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2019-07-15
An integrated gas market: A pre-requisite to fulfil the COP21 targets in a cost-effecti...
An integrated gas market: A pre-requisite to fulfil the COP21 targets in a cost-effective and socially acceptable manner

During the last few months, two major EU official events were organised in Denmark and Spain. The Copenhagen Energy Infrastructure Forum took place in May, while the Madrid Gas Regulatory Forum was held in June. Many lessons and good conclusions about the new EU regulatory design and the future role of gas and gas infrastructure can be withdrawn from both events. However, this article will only focus on some of the main ones.

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2019-07-15
Methane, Europe’s climate blind spot
Methane, Europe’s climate blind spot

In a resolution on the European Union’s (EU) net-zero strategy, on 14th March the European Parliament once again acknowledged the political urgency for legislation on what has, to date, been Europe’s climate blind spot: methane emissions.

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2019-07-05
eBook: Changing the traditional face of the energy industry
eBook: Changing the traditional face of the energy industry

As the global energy sector continues to evolve, the areas of diversity, inclusion and empowerment are becoming the new norms within organisations. Ahead of the Diversity & Inclusion in Energy Programme at 2019's Gastech Exhibition and Conference in Houston, Gastech Insights asked 7 professionals to share their journeys within the industry and share their key advice for others looking to enter and progress within the sector. 

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2019-07-02
Satellite imagery and machine-learning algorithms change the game of LNG plant monitoring
Satellite imagery and machine-learning algorithms change the game of LNG plant monitoring

In an industry that lacks a thorough network of public intelligence, satellite imaging generates real-time data on liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant disruptions before they hit the market. Publicly-released data on LNG operations are scarce, rendering key real-time indicators—liquefaction utilisation rates, train on/off rates and train outages—a blind spot.

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2019-07-02
Overcoming the barriers to effective digitalisation to feed business intelligence
Overcoming the barriers to effective digitalisation to feed business intelligence

Digitalisation can elevate your business by providing opportunities for efficiencies and increased revenue. According to the World Economic Forum, digitalisation has the potential to create around $1 trillion of value for oil and gas firms over the next 10 years, creating benefits worth about $640 billion for wider society.

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2019-07-02
Compressed natural gas for low-cost electrical energy storage
Compressed natural gas for low-cost electrical energy storage

Natural gas now occupies the largest share of total power generation in the U.S. Growing demand for natural gas from the power generation sector also means that electricity and natural gas peak demands tend to converge in some markets. Renewables plus energy storage has been proposed as an alternative to natural gas peaking plants, and large investment has been made to develop energy storage commercially. For energy storage to be beneficial it must be reliable, efficient and cost-effective. All of these characteristics are present in natural gas infrastructure.

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2019-06-27
eBook: Energy... not just for engineers
eBook: Energy... not just for engineers

In an attempt to dispel the myth that the energy industry is just for engineers, Gastech Insights spoke to nine professionals currently working in the energy sector to share their unique career journeys. From Marketing to HR, Business Development to Legal, the industry presents opportunities for all types of careers. 

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2019-06-18
The application of a digital twin aggregate for an LNG liquefaction process
The application of a digital twin aggregate for an LNG liquefaction process

Process surveillance is a key aspect in achieving optimal process efficiency of the liquefaction process, mitigating the risk of unplanned downtime.  Enhanced digitalisation through the application of a digital twin aggregate provides a platform for predictive analytics that integrates process, integrity and safety virtual representations of physical processes to maximise production and reduce the risk of downtime events (Figure 1).  

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2019-06-18
The role of Community Development Agreements in facilitating upstream projects
The role of Community Development Agreements in facilitating upstream projects

Natural resource development has tremendous potential to be a positive force for economic development in countries well-endowed with energy resources. The stories that most often make headlines, however, are horror stories of environmental degradation, social displacement, and, overall, resource development benefitting the few at the expense of the many. Rethinking corporate social responsibility is key to changing this narrative, and community development agreements (CDAs) provide a promising way forward.

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2019-06-18
Ammonia: The next big thing in renewable energy storage
Ammonia: The next big thing in renewable energy storage

With climate change causing more frequent extreme weather and the IPCC setting targets to reduce emissions to prevent a temperature rise of another 1.5 degrees, the world is making efforts to transition to Renewable Energy.

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2019-06-10
eBook: How Europe's gas industry can decarbonise and transform energy power sectors
eBook: How Europe's gas industry can decarbonise and transform energy power sectors

With a new level of urgency now underpinning discussions around the medium and longer-term outlook for the European gas market, Gastech Insights asked 10 market experts - “How can Europe's gas industry decarbonise and transform the energy power sectors?” - ahead of 2019's European Annual Gas Conference (EAGC) in Paris 5-7 November.

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2019-06-04
Chinese demand for gas, LNG 'almost infinite'
Chinese demand for gas, LNG 'almost infinite'

China's impressive investments in renewable energy and electric vehicles have led some anti-fossil fuel activists, as well as some economists, to warn that new pipelines and LNG plants in Canada could become stranded assets. The fear is that China will decarbonize to such an extent that it won't need Canadian oil or natural gas. But Yao Li, CEO of Chinese energy consulting firm SIA Energy, said May 21 at the annual Canada Gas and LNG Conference that China's demand for LNG is “almost infinite.”

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