Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Singapore, a regional natural gas hub?

Lynda Hong Ee Lyn Today Online 22 Jun 11;

SINGAPORE - Abundant enough to sustain world production for over 250 years and available all over the world, natural gas produces one of the lowest levels of carbon emissions when burnt for electricity production.

And Singapore is well-positioned to be a regional natural gas hub, said Dr Birol Fatih, chief economist of the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Natural gas was one of the main topics touched on by Dr Birol, who spoke at the Energy Market Authority's (EMA) Distinguished Speaker Programme, which was attended by nearly 300 industry players in the energy sector.

Sharing key findings from IEA's special report, "Are We Entering a Golden Age of Gas?" Dr Birol said that the building of an LNG terminal in Jurong Island was "very timely".

"It's definitely going to put Singapore in a very good position in the region to be a regional hub. This will definitely put Singapore in a very advantageous position in the region," said Dr Birol, who was named by Forbes Magazine as the world's fourth most powerful and influential person in the global energy scene,

EMA CEO Chee Hong Tat said the LNG terminal is on track to complete by the second quarter of 2013.

When in operation, Singapore's LNG terminal will be Asia's first open-access, multi-user LNG terminal, allowing different companies to process LNG by processing and storing up to six million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) in its three tanks.

Mr Chee also said LNG has seen a strong uptake by Singapore companies, having sold about 2.3 Mtpa of LNG to mostly power generation companies as of end-May this year. There is also interest from industrial companies outside the power generation sector to purchase LNG to fuel their new businesses and project expansions, added Mr Chee.

Compared to other fossil fuels, natural gas is considered by industry players and academics to be the "cleanest", producing less carbon than other hydrocarbon fossil fuels, thereby reducing carbon emissions.

Energy production and sources have been responsible for producing two-thirds of the world's carbon emissions, noted Dr Birol.

However, natural gas alone cannot help mitigate carbon emissions from climate change. Renewable energy sources have to be part of the balance, and so far, all countries with a strong renewable energy programmes are backed their governments, he said.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

在我国建全球最大人造胶厂

2011-06-02

  人造胶厂商德国朗盛公司(LANXESS)计划投资2亿欧元(约3亿5000万新元),在裕廊岛建造一个全球最大的钕聚丁二烯(neodymium polybutadiene)胶厂,这也是朗盛在裕廊岛的第二项投资。

  这个胶厂每年的产能将为14万吨,预计于2015年上半年启动,可创造约100个工作机会。这个工厂将坐落在朗盛已经动土的丁基橡胶(butyl rubber)厂旁边。

  朗盛首席执行员贺德满博士(Axel C. Heitmann)今天将与经发局主席叶成昌签署谅解备忘录。

  贺德满博士说:"我们为丁基橡胶厂动土才一年,现在就开始进行我们在新加坡第二大的投资项目。亚洲区域是我们中期发展战略的重要基石。"

  朗盛表示,集团在亚洲为该厂的位置进行了可行性研究,最后新加坡由于拥有出色的原材料供应而被选中。此外,新加坡出色的基建、高技术的劳动力、海港和靠近增长市场的地理位置也吸引了朗盛。

  朗盛的丁基橡胶厂预计于2013年第一季陆续投产,建造工作正如期进行。

  朗盛也和新加坡石油化学(PCS)签署了长期供应的谅解备忘录,新加坡石油化学将为朗盛供应丁二烯,朗盛则将为新加坡石油化学供应残油液。

  朗盛是"绿色轮胎"所使用的人造胶领域的龙头企业,"绿色轮胎"是行业中增长最快的领域,全球年增长率达9%,在亚洲的增长更是达到14%。朗盛的客户正纷纷在亚洲扩张产能。

  欧盟已推出政策要求使用更环保的轮胎,日本轮胎制造商也主动推出环保轮胎标签。

  贺德满博士说,这些行动最终会推动德国化学和轮胎业的创新,并创造更多就业机会。