Crown LNG Holdings: Crown LNG Holdings is a company that focuses on constructing unique stations for liquefied natural gas (LNG) that can operate in challenging weather conditions. They have expressed their desire to become a publicly traded company in New York. The company plans to team up with Catcha Investment Corp, a unique purpose acquisition company (SPAC) supported by tech entrepreneurs Patrick Grove and Luke Elliott. The combined company’s value will be $685 million.
In February 2021, Catcha Investment Corp raised $275 million in its first public sale. Once the agreement is finalized, Crown will be traded on the well-respected New York Stock Exchange.
Crown, a company in Oslo, is currently involved in two major construction projects in India and Scotland. The company wants to use the money from the SPAC deal to pay for the final investment decision (FID) for these projects and to expand into new markets like Vietnam and Canada. The CEO of Crown, Swapan Kataria, said that he was pleased about the things that could happen in the future.
One cool thing about Crown’s LNG stations is that they use a heavy concrete structure that sits on the bottom thanks to gravity. This intelligent design can hold tanks and other vital equipment needed to transport LNG. Crown says that ocean ports are better than land-based LNG plants because they cost less and are simpler to operate. These ocean locations allow ships carrying extremely cold fuel to park safely, even in unfavorable weather conditions. This differs from mobile LNG stations, which can move around when the seas are rough.
Patrick Grove and Luke Elliott started Catcha Group in 1999. Since then, they have mainly invested their money in technology and media companies in Southeast Asia and Australia. Catcha’s initial step into the energy industry involves investing in Crown. Patrick Grove discussed his reasons for choosing to invest in Crown. He said that the company can serve markets that other owners still need to catch up with and also help with the switch from coal to LNG for power generation.
The upcoming merger of Crown LNG Holdings and Catcha Investment Corp is significant for the energy industry. It shows how much we need LNG infrastructure to meet the world’s energy needs. As Crown aims to expand and venture into different regions, the business community eagerly anticipates the impact this partnership will have.