LNG from Tanzania

OK, so probably this will not mean that much to you, but this is a 100 year anniversary story.

Statoil and BG plan to build an LNG plant at Lindi to export natural gas to Asia, from East Africa. Where, ….Lindi?

They will build Tanzania’s first liquefied natural gas plant in Lindi and are due to meet with authorities about the project schedule and details in April, according to energy minister Sospeter Muhongo.
Production could start in 2021 or 2022 and investments could be $20 billion to $30 billion, Statoil has said. Partners in the offshore blocks include ExxonMobil, Ophir Energy and Pavilion Energy. The total reserves involved are as much as 20 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in the Statoil Block 2, and BG quotes 15 trillion cubic feet in three neighbouring blocks. Then Statoil is targeting another 5 to 15 trillion cubic feet from as many as a dozen wells off Tanzania over the next two years.
In 1915 my grandfather was based at Lindi, fighting the Germans in East Africa, and running the signalling around the Lindi area. He came home with some serious complications from malaria, and various other diseases in the area, but with a lot of respect for the people around Lindi. To read some of his First World War diaries see http://www.dockraydiary.wordpress.com. Its fascinating to think he was working (laying signal cables), walking and marching around there 100 years ago.
Nick Denbow

New Emerson fork viscosity meter

The direct insertion Micro Motion Fork Viscosity Meter is designed for demanding applications where accurate, fast-response viscosity and density monitoring is required.

Emerson Process Management has released the Micro Motion Fork Viscosity Meter, the next generation of the market-leading Micro Motion 7827 and 7829 direct insertion viscosity and density meters.  Incorporating the same rugged and reliable tuning fork design as its predecessors, the Fork Viscosity Meter is built to tackle demanding process applications such as oil fired heater combustion control, HFO blending/production and pump protection.

In applications where accurate, fast-response viscosity and density monitoring is required, this direct insertion meter is the ideal choice. It helps solve the problems customers face on a daily basis, such as reducing oil fired heater combustion emissions, minimising cutter-stock usage in HFO blending and reducing contamination risks on multi-product pipelines.

The Fork Viscosity Meter incorporates a hazardous area approved head-mounted transmitter that has the flexibility to connect to control systems via a wide range of digital and analogue protocols. Because it supports 4-20mA, HART, WirelessHART, Foundation fieldbus and RS485 Modbus, system integration and start-up /commissioning costs are significantly reduced.

An additional benefit of the Fork Viscosity Meter is the capability to accept and process external signals from other field instrumentation such as temperature, pressure and mass or volumetric flow devices.  The input of these external measurements enables the meter to calculate and output enhanced process measurements, minimising the need for extra cables and so reducing installation costs.

The Fork Viscosity Meter also incorporates a new diagnostic capability called ‘Known Density Verification’ that checks the meter for measurement alarm conditions, sensor integrity and the presence of coating, erosion or corrosion. This new technology expands the availability of diagnostics information in critical viscosity and density measurement applications which can result in significant maintenance costs and cycle time reductions.