Sunday, February 16, 2020

Far East News

India to Buy Russian Crude Oil

Vladimir Putin Introduces the Largest Shipyard in Russia to Narendra Modi. Photo: Rosneft

Russian oil and gas giant Rosneft has signed a contract with India’s largest fuel retailer Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) for supply of 2 million tonne (MT) crude oil to India by end 2020.The Moscow-headquartered integrated energy company said in a press release that the oil will be shipped to the refiner via the port of Novorossiysk.The signing took place during the visit of the Chief Executive Officer of Rosneft Igor Sechin to New Delhi.

Russia's Floating Power Plant Plugged In

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Russia’s state-owned nuclear company Rosatom said its floating nuclear power plant has been connected to the grid and has commenced electricity production for the first time in a remote region of Russia.The floating power unit (FPU) Akademik Lomonosov has been connected to the grid, generating electricity for the first time in the isolated Chaun-Bilibino network in Pevek, Chukotka, Russia’s Far East. This happened after the Russian regulator Rostekhnadzor issued an operations permit…

Exceptional Growth in LNG Trade, Says Awilco

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The exceptional growth in LNG trade recorded in the first half of the 2019 continued in Q3, says Awilco LNG Group, the Norwegian based fully integrated pure play LNG transportation provider.According to Fearnleys LNG total LNG trade is up about 13 % in the first nine months of the year vs last year. In line with normal seasonal patterns gas prices inched upwards in Q3 but remained historically low due to increased production…

COLI, GRS Form Japanese Offshore Team

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Germany's offshore broker Global Renewables Shipbrokers (GRS) has formed a strategic partnership with break bulk and project cargo consultancy COLI Schiffahrt & Transport to target the offshore renewables market in Japan.The aim of the cooperation is to provide fast and first-class project development of offshore wind farm projects in Japan.“With COLI a competent and experienced partner in the field of break bulk and project cargo – especially between Europe and Far East – is by our side…

OP/ED: Offshore Wind

Nicolette Nye, Vice President of Communications and Member Development of the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) in Washington, DC.

Set to Soar, Taking Offshore Support Industry With it.Offshore energy development is opening a new front in the United States -- the Atlantic seaboard, with strong winds, a shallow continental shelf and a proximity to dense population centers is driving strong interest in offshore wind development. The offshore oil and gas supply chain stands to benefit in a big way from billions in coming investment. In fact, it is already playing a role.

Rosneft Starts Far East LSFO Bunkering

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RN Bunker, the bunkering subsidiary of Russia's Rosneft Oil Company, said it has begun to refuel ships with 0.5% sulfur limit marine fuel at the Far East region.The RMLS 40, a marine fuel that has advanced environmental properties, is in full compliance with the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL).The first 200 tons of the new fuel was supplied to a bulk carrier in Nakhodka waters.

Novatek Signs LNG Pact with Chukotka

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Russia's largest independent natural gas producer Novatek has signed a cooperation agreement with the Government of the Chukotka autonomous area, situated in the Russian Far East.As per the agreement, Novatek will consider supply LNG for use in power generation, and as fuel for transport and mining operations."The Russian Federation fully supports the development of the Northern Sea Route as a yearly navigational route connecting the Asian Pacific and European markets.

U.S. LPG Exports Grow by 22%: Dorian LPG

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U.S. liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) exports have grown year-over-year by 22% to 22.5 million tons year-to-date (YTD) and Middle East exports have grown on the same basis 3.5% to 22.6 million tons, said Dorian LPG.For the first time, U.S. and Middle East volumes were equal, said the owner and operator of modern very large gas carriers (VLGCs)."Our expectation is that the U.S. exports will grow faster than those from the Middle East. U.S.

Sibur and Sinopec Link on Amur JV

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Russian petrochemicals giant Sibur has signed several agreements with Chinese state-owned conglomerate China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec).One deal relates to Sinopec’s potential participation in Sibur’s previously announced Amur Gas Chemicals Complex (AGCC) in Russia’s Far East.Sinopec, Chinese oil and gas enterprise based in Beijing,  which bought a 10% stake in Sibur in December 2015, is expected to take a 40% share in the joint venture…

U.S. LPG Gas Exports Up in Q1

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North American liquefied petroleum gas  (LPG) export capacity is forecast to grow considerably over the next two years, said Dorian LPG.According to the LPG shipping company, bolstered by additional volumes out of Marcus Hook in the northeast U.S. due to the startup of the Mariner East 2 pipeline, U.S. exports reached their highest levels for the first calendar quarter of 2019 in January with over 3 million metric tons of LPG exported during the month.However, significant reductions in U.S.

LNG Shipping Demand Flat in Q1 209

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Global liquefied natural gas (LNG)  shipping demand in Q1 209 was essentially flat compared to Q1 2018 and coupled with a 10 % growth in the fleet since Q1 2018 rates suffered, said Awilco LNG Group.A relatively warm winter in the Far East and high storage levels in China and South Korea resulted in muted gas buying interest in the quarter and the downward gas price pressure seen in Q4 2018 continued throughout Q1 2019…

Russian Pipeline: Bringing Gas and Building Trust

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A discussion over energy at the summit last week between Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has excited the government in South Korea, where the government is desperately looking to entice the North Koreans to come in out of the cold.Among the topics that came up was access for the North Koreans to Russian electricity supplies and the question of North Korea allowing the Russians to build a pipeline that would ship natural gas from Vladivostok…

Exxon Mulls FEED for Far East LNG Project

Exxon Mobil's Russian unit may take a decision this year on the Front End Engineering Design (FEED) for its Far East Liquefied Natural Gas project with Rosneft, Alexander Popov, vice president at Exxon Neftegaz, said on Wednesday.The company is continuing to hold talks on gas supplies from the Sakhalin 1 oil and gas project to Sakhalin 2, a project which needs gas in order to expand its LNG production, Popov said at an LNG conference organised by Vostock Capital.(Reporting by Oksana Kobzeva; writing by Tom Balmforth; ed

Russian Share of European Gas Growing

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With gas supplies growing at a faster rate than domestic demand, Russia can increase pipeline and liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports to Europe, said a report.Russia’s gas production has been steadily increasing since the low of 611 Bcm in 2015, and reached 695 Bcm in 2018, according to a report form Rystad Energy, an independent energy research and business intelligence companyMature fields exhibit relatively high decline rates…

LNG Rates Hit Record in 4Q: Flex LNG

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During the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2018, spot LNG rates reached record levels as market players were positioning themselves ahead of the winter season, said Flex LNG.According to the UK-based provider of LNG Shipping with a focus on LNG Carriers and FSRUs (Floating Storage Regasification Units), due to a combination of higher temperatures meaning fewer heating days, liquidation of approximately 30 vessels utilized…

Gazprom to Start Gas Supply to China

Construction of Power of Siberia gas pipeline. Pic: Gazprom

Russian gas giant Gazprom will start supplying Russian natural gas to China via the Power of Siberia pipeline almost one month early than previously planned.Alexey Miller, Chairman of Gazprom Management Committee, said after the negotiations with representatives of Chinese partner CNPC in Beijing, “Construction of the Power of Siberia gas pipeline is going ahead of schedule, and Gazprom will start delivering gas to China well in advance…

Storms, Snow Disrupt Exports from Russian Baltic

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Storms, snow and freezing temperatures in Russia's northwest to the south have delayed some oil product exports but the fall in volumes so far has not been exceptional for the time of year, industry sources said on Thursday.Products are mainly shipped from ports on the Baltic coast, Black Sea, Sea of Azov and the Far East. They are mostly transported by rail and pipelines, with small volumes travelling by truck.Fuel oil…

Gazprom, Mitsui Discuss LNG Cooperation

Japanese trading house and liquefied natural gas market participant Mitsui has held talks with Russia’s giant Gazprom on cooperation in liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects.A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Masami Iijima, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Mitsui & Co., Ltd., took place in Moscow.They discussed about the progress made in two Russian plans to expand LNG output…

Russia's Rosneft Signs Oil and Gas Deal with China

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Russian oil giant Rosneft said that China National Chemical, known as ChemChina, agreed to purchase 2.4 million tons a year of crude oil. That amount is equivalent to 6% of Rosneft's total exports to China in 2017.Crude oil from Eastern Siberia will be transported to a Russian Far East port by pipeline and will reach China via Russia’s Pacific port of Kozmino.The deal allows for increasing crude oil supplies to China’s market…

GSF Condemns Maersk's Sulphur Surcharge

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The Global Shippers Forum has reacted with suspicion to the announcement by the Maersk container shipping line of new fuel surcharge arrangements from 1 January 2019 to recover presumed costs from the introduction of low-sulphur marine fuel from 1 January 2020.Based on the information released by Maersk, the new charges, which are additional to agreed contract rates, are based on two factors - an average cost of fuel…