Something exciting is happening and it involves dragon ships that will transport Marcellus Shale gas to European markets as an alternative to Russian gas.
Range Resources and INEOS have partnered to export Ethane from Marcellus Shale across the Atlantic Ocean, to European Countries, via ship. At 2:43 in the video following they show the Markwest cracker plant, here in Houston, Pennsylvania (Washington County), where they will be supplying Ethane for this. The Ethane is being shipped via the Mariner East I Pipeline, which recently opened, to the Marcus Hook facility in Philadelphia, where “dragon ships” will be loaded for transport to Europe.
INEOS also partnered with Danish Shipping Company Evergas in 2013 to transport it to the European Countries who need Ethane to keep their chemical plants in operation. This project is employing ten’s of thousands of workers, in several countries to build the ships. some four ships were first ordered, then the order was upped to eight to meet demands.
The first two ships have been completed and have been put into service.
HSVA in Hamburg Germany designed the haul of the ships to meet the special needs involved to transport Ethane. The engine was designed by Wartsila in Spain. It was specially designed to run entirely on Ethane.
This world’s first engine design will reduce emissions and allow more room for cargo. Sinopacific in China was chosen to construct the Dragon ships. They are one of the biggest ship builders in the world. The ships tanks are the largest ever built for this purpose. They will carry a total of 27,000 cubic meters of Ethane.
Each ship requires 5,000 people and takes 2 million man hours to build. The ships needed to be built to meet a deadline for the first delivery in October, 2015. The project took five years in the making and spans three continents.
The first two ships were officially named the JS INEOS Ingenuity and the JS INEOS Insight in a ceremony attended by delegates from around the world. They will be the first to set sail to pick up their cargo here in the US.
As Range Resources motto states, “Drilling Is Just The Beginning.”