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Adrienne Blume, Managing Editor

Wison delivers first batch of Arctic LNG 2 modules

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Wison Offshore & Marine Co. Ltd. announced that four modules for the first train of the Arctic LNG 2 project, weighing nearly 50,000 tons, have been completed after nearly 2 yr of effort and are ready for shipment. The first two modules of the ship officially set sail at WOM’s Zhoushan yard today and will be shipped to Russia. The other two modules will be shipped in mid-September.

Developed by Novatek, Russia’s largest independent natural gas producer, the Arctic LNG 2 project is the world’s largest polar LNG plant. The project consists of three LNG production trains, each with an annual production capacity of 6.6 MMt. For the three trains, Wison undertakes the construction and commissioning of about 150,000 tons of pipe rack modules, including the design, procurement, construction, commissioning and loading of 21 BLM modules. Modules for the first train were delivered from Zhoushan yard recently.

Baker Hughes invests in biomethanation technology

Baker Hughes recently invested in Electrochaea, a growth-stage company developing proprietary bio-methanation technology. Through its investment, Baker Hughes will enhance its broader carbon capture and utilization (CCU) portfolio and provide an integrated solution for customers across the CO2 value chain to enable the production of low-carbon synthetic natural gas (SNG) from captured CO2 and green H2, helping meet demand for cleaner fuels to advance the energy transition.

Electrochaea’s biomethanation process is an accessible, highly-efficient, scalable and complementary technology to the Baker Hughes CCU portfolio. The two companies will join efforts to accelerate the scale-up and industrialization of the technology, and they will develop the commercialization of an innovative integrated CCU solution. Once commercialized, the solution will provide to customers a unique ability to transform CO2 emissions into clean SNG.

Baker Hughes will draw from its portfolio of carbon capture technologies, including its Compact Carbon Capture design, to provide integrated solutions tailored to specific applications utilizing both CO2 sources with biogenic origin, such as biomass and waste-to-energy plants, as well as sources based on combustion of fossil fuels, such as industrial plants.

SNG is methane that originates from a synthesis process that starts from carbon and hydrogen feedstock. Compared to renewable natural gas (RNG) and biomethane—which have biological origin—or fossil based natural gas, SNG reutilizes CO2 that would be otherwise emitted into the atmosphere, thereby contributing to significantly mitigating greenhouse gas emissions.

Electrochaea’s technology produces SNG from green hydrogen and CO2 that can come from a variety of sources, such as biogas, fermentation offgas or captured from single-point emitters such as power and industrial plants. SNG can be used for low-carbon heating, transport and industrial applications. In addition, once SNG is injected into existing natural gas pipelines, it can be used as a form of energy storage. GP


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