zoom Liquid gas transporter Evergas has reached an agreement with INEOS to expand its newbuilding series of ethane/multigas vessels from six to eight units. In January 2013, Evergas announced for the first time that it had secured shipping agreements of up to 15 years with INEOS for the world’s first transatlantic shipments of ethane with commencement in 2015.The fleet of eight vessels will bring US ethane from shale gas to INEOS’ manufacturing sites in Grangemouth, Scotland and Rafnes, Norway.Evergas said that this advantageously priced feedstock will have a highly positive impact for the company’s European operations that so far have relied on declining and expensive volumes from the North Sea.INEOS will source its ethane feedstock from Marcus Hook and Houston, USA.“Bringing competitiveness to Europe the increased volumes of the cost-efficient US ethane feedstock will be paramount for INEOS in order to support its competitive business model,” Evergas said in a release.David Thompson, COO INEOS Trading & Shipping says: “The increased ethane volumes, lifted on the expanded Evergas Dragon fleet will provide us with long term security & flexibility, cost efficiency of our feedstock supplies, and importantly support the company’s competitiveness in Europe”. As described by Evergas, these vessels are the largest, most flexible and advanced multigas carriers yet to be built, securing INEOS with a highly flexible solution for their ethane supplies, yet at the same time providing the benefit of transporting LNG, LPG as well as petrochemical gases including ethylene.According to Martin Ackermann, CEO of EVERGAS, the Dragon series of vessels has been specifically designed and tailor-made for the transatlantic trade.The dual-fuelled vessels are built to match the highest environmental an efficiency performance levels securing ultra-low emissions and reduced transportation cost.“Gas fueling the future A relentless increase in the world’s demand for energy and with gas rapidly replacing other fossil fuels in the global energy mix the demand growth for marine gas transportation is expected to be strong in the years ahead. Demand growth is further spurred by significant demand for shale gas driven transportation, demand for gas as a marine fuel and development of short-haul marine redistribution networks. It is the clear strategy of Evergas to further develop and grow its presence within marine transportation of natural gas liquids for use as industrial feedstock and source of energy,” the release added.Press Release
Brantford police are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 29-year-old man.Police say Dwayne Kyle Webb was last seen on Tuesday near West and Henry street around 9 p.m.He was wearing a black windbreaker style jacket, pants, a t-shirt but was not wearing any shoes or socks.Police are concerned for Webb’s well-being as he is not dressed appropriately for the current weather conditions.Webb is described as six-foot tall, 185 lbs with a medium build, brown eyes, black hair and some facial hair.Anyone with information is asked to contact the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-7050.