LNG Infrastructure Investments Increasing Globally

liquid natural gas (LNG)

Levon Termendzhyan came to the United States at the age of 14 and began his career as an attendant at a local service station. Today, Levon Termendzhyan leads multiple companies in the energy and fuel sectors, including innovative fuel company Viscon and Noil Energy Group. Recently, Mr. Termendzhyan pivoted Noil Energy Group to take advantage of the growing liquid natural gas (LNG) market.

As cheap and bountiful natural gas continues to increase its share of the global energy market, more international energy companies are seeking to develop multibillion-dollar LNG plants around the world. In recent months, several countries have announced partnerships with companies such as ExxonMobil and Royal Dutch Shell to build new LNG production facilities to meet the growing demand from markets such as China and India.

The new wave of planned development has taken some observers by surprise, as conventional wisdom has generally held that the low price of LNG, which plummeted in 2014 along with a drop in crude oil prices, would lead to a glut of production and a decrease in new investment in the sector. However, with crude oil prices going back up in recent months and no sign of demand slowing for LNG, companies and government energy agencies are again bullish on natural gas for the near future.

Abrasive Blasting Program Grants CARB Oversight of Abrasive Blasting


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Abrasive Blasting Program
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An equity owner of Viscon USA and Viscon International, Levon Termendzhyan has spearheaded the widespread acceptance of the Viscon diesel fuel additive. Thanks to the help of Levon Termendzhyan, Texas mandated the use of Viscon, and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) verified the product.

As part of its efforts to protect the public from air pollution, CARB develops numerous programs that fight climate change. One such program is the Abrasive Blasting Program. This program is authorized by the California Health and Safety Code and maintains regulations that CARB has set up in with regard to sandblasting operations.

According to these regulations, abrasive blasting can only be performed within a permanent building. The only times outdoor blasting is allowed by CARB is when the blasting is done with a CARB-certified hydroblasting, vacuum, wet, or abrasive blasting technique or when an iron or steel shot is used exclusively. Further, the item being blasted must be at least 8 feet in any dimension and be permanently situated.

CARB is also responsible for certifying abrasives for outdoor use through the Abrasive Blasting Program. Before blasting, approved abrasives cannot have over 1 percent by weight of a #70 U.S. standard sieve. After blasting, this weight must decrease to 1.8 percent. Alternatively, the emissions produced by outdoor abrasives cannot be more than 20 percent opaque.