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Comparison of inland NG,LNG and imported LNG

Comparison of inland NG,LNG and imported LNG

By Anton Putter, Freek van Heerden and Herman van HeerdenIntroduction The question often arises on the best way to start a natural gas (NG) industry or grow the NG industry in a country.  South Africa is a good case in point where the NG industry has stagnated over...

Overview of LNG Technologies

Overview of LNG Technologies

By Christine Render (OTC) and Bill Howe (Gasconsult). This article explores the most commonly used technologies for the different LNG plant capacity ranges.Introduction Natural gas (NG) has become an increasingly important energy resource and is an important feedstock...

Beneficial Utilisation of Carbon Dioxide

Beneficial Utilisation of Carbon Dioxide

In this article, we take a brief look at the thermodynamics of CO2 and present an overview of some of the more interesting and promising applications for CO2, based on public domain information. Introduction Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the major cause of climate change,...

Alternative Modes of Natural Gas Transport

Alternative Modes of Natural Gas Transport

In this article we explore how energy from natural gas can be transported in other forms rather than directly as gas or liquefied gas.  Some of these methods are more speculative than others and research and development is at an early stage. Introduction The transport...

Thoughts on Marketing a Small Consulting Firm

Thoughts on Marketing a Small Consulting Firm

Marketing is everything that you and your company do to find and keep clients. Most small consulting engineering firms do not have marketing departments or even dedicated marketers. Marketing responsibilities are carried out by partners as one of several management...

Safe and Clean Storage of Natural Gas

Safe and Clean Storage of Natural Gas

In this article, we discuss the different natural gas storage methods and the safety and environmental considerations in both transport and storage of natural gas. Introduction Transportation of natural gas is intricately linked to its storage infrastructure. If...

Other Articles

Smart Factories and the ‘New Normal’

It was only a short 12 months ago that things were vastly different. At the time, I wrote an article entitled Beyond Capex: Future-proofing your IT investment for sustainable value delivery (Halse, 2019). The article introduced smart manufacturing and covered the...

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Traditional gas transport modes

The efficient and effective movement of natural gas (NG) from producing regions to consumption regions requires an extensive and elaborate transportation system. In many instances, NG produced from a particular well will have to travel a great distance to reach its...

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Document Management in a Digital World

Once again, I am grappling with the future and considering moving back to the past… Things worked then, didn’t they?  Printers, photocopiers, and fax machines were the order of the day.  Nothing could go forward on a project unless there was a signature on the...

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Overview of the LNG industry

In this overview of the natural gas (NG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) industries, the emphasis is on the global LNG industry. Where applicable, brief remarks are included on LNG in southern Africa.  The purpose of this article is to provide background on the LNG...

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Hydrogen for Vehicular Transport

I have had very few opportunities to use a motor vehicle during the past several months of Covid-19 induced incarceration.  Not being able to travel, affords one the opportunity to reflect on what the future may hold for vehicular transport.  In other words, what will...

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Importance of Project Stakeholder Management

Effective stakeholder management is fundamental to the success of projects. Communication is one of the main mechanisms used in stakeholder management.  According to the Project Management Institute (PMI, 2013), amongst those organisations considered to be highly...

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Remote Project Support for Owner Teams

Much has been written about the Covid-19 virus pandemic, the impact it has had on the world economy and how it will necessitate changes to the way we have traditionally interacted with other parties.  At this time, nobody knows precisely what the future holds, but we...

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Proven Time Management Tips for Project Managers

Time consumes most of our lives and in some form or degree is an essential part of life: past, present and future.  It brings a sense of order into our lives via structured routine and a common way of interacting with our fellow humans for planning of activities,...

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Hydrogen as Energy Carrier

In this article, we share some thoughts about a potential future hydrogen economy, discuss the different production routes for hydrogen, consider logistic implications of hydrogen storage and distribution, and describe some of the applications of hydrogen, and particularly transport applications.

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The Importance of Engineering Management

In this article we address the areas where the engineering manager must take the lead for a project to be a business success Introduction The role of the engineering manager in projects was previously described using the ten knowledge areas of the Project Management...

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Crude Oil Market Dynamics 2019

OTC published a series of three articles in early 2015 on the international crude oil market and price (Putter & Buys, 2015). This article is an update and follow-up on the 2015 articles. We thought now would be an opportune time to give an update on what...

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Can Anybody be a Project Manager?

Project management is the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities to meet specific project requirements.  Can anyone be a project manager, more importantly can anyone be effective in this role? Opening remarks Can anybody be a...

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Third Generation Modularisation

The development of modularisation in the process industry, from Generation 1 (G1) to Generation 3 (G3), was discussed in an earlier Insight Article. In this article we focus on the more salient and practical issues during the development of a modular approach and...

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The Elusive Project Sponsor

All projects are risky ventures: the larger and more complex the project, the higher the risk of an unsuccessful outcome. The project sponsor is the primary risk taker and owner of the project’s business case. In this article, we consider several scenarios for the...

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Introducing the Project Execution Plan

The Project Execution Plan is used by the project team and management to assure, firstly, that the right aspects for project implementation are considered and secondly, that the project has been described in such a way that during each stage of front-end loading (FEL)...

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The Widening Trust Gap in Projects

Trust is essential for project success. With several stakeholders, often with competing short term business objectives, how is this trust established by the owner team?  What causes trust to break down?  In this article we discuss this challenge from the perspective...

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The Project Management Office (PMO)

“Our leaders are great thinkers. We need to take those ideas, make sure they are grounded and able to be executed.   The PMO helps us do that.” - President of project services, global construction services provider, North America (Forrester Consulting, 2013)...

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Structuring the Business to the Project Opportunity

The world constantly provides us with a myriad of challenging and exciting business opportunities. Whether you are an entrepreneur developing the opportunity or it is being developed by the business development department of a major corporation, the focus is normally...

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Effective Process Safety Management

"Keep it in the pipe!" This paper addresses the elements of a process safety framework through the stages of a project from concept design, to detailed design, to operations; and translates these into elements of a process safety management programme. Introduction...

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Quantitative Risk Analysis for Projects

This article is a continuation of a two-part series of articles on the basics of project risk management as published previously.  The two parts are as follows: Part 1:  Planning for project risk management (Steyn, 2018a); and Part 2:  Identify, analyse, action and...

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Introduction to Engineering Management

In this article the roles and responsibilities of an engineering manager and the interaction between the engineering manager and the project manager is explored. Introduction There is sometimes confusion regarding the role of, and need for, an engineering manager on a...

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Project Portfolio Management and Optimisation

In this article, the primary focus is on the management and optimisation of the project portfolios to ensure that business needs are adequately addressed, and value is maximised. Introduction Organisations invest in programmes and projects to ensure sustainable growth...

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Health Considerations for a New Project

This article attempts to introduce a perspective that, hopefully, clarifies the involvement, role and responsibilities of occupational health practitioners in projects and uncertainty about the scope of such involvement. Introduction There is often uncertainty about...

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Value Chain Optimisation

The methodology followed during Value Chain Optimisation (VCO) is a rigorous and pro-active approach, across the full project value chain, during each development and design stage of a project. It ensures that only the required functionalities are incorporated into...

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Planning for a Safe Project

Safety on megaprojects does not come easily, or cheaply.  It requires intensive preparation, dedicated focus from all parties involved, a willingness to learn and a good portion of luck. Introduction Safety on megaprojects does not come easily, or cheaply.  It...

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Introduction to Product Logistics

In a general business sense, product logistics can be described as the management of the flow of things between the point of origin and the point of consumption in order to meet the product requirements of customers. Introduction In a general business sense, product...

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Site Selection for Process Plants

In this article, we’ll discuss the site selection process, we’ll see how facility objectives influence site selection, we’ll spend time on site selection criteria and discuss the site selection decision matrix. Introduction Selecting a site for a process plant is far...

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An Introduction to Project Logistics Management

Most people in the project and business environment are familiar with the terms ‘logistics management’ and ‘supply chain management’, until they’re asked to explain the difference. In this article, we discuss these terms and then focus on the unique aspects of...

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