Friday, April 3, 2020

Gas Exporter News

Mozambique Army, Islamist Insurgents Battle Near Gas projects

Map of Total's LNG plant under construction and offshore gas fields - Credit: Total

Mozambican troops battled Islamist insurgents in a town in a northern town on Monday close to billion-dollar gas projects being developed by ExxonMobil and Total, police said.The General Commander of Mozambique's police, Bernardino Rafael, said the insurgents attacked Mocimboa da Praia and its army barracks before dawn on Monday, wounding dozens of people.Mocimboa da Praia is about 350 km (220…

Saudi Aramco Launches Largest Shale Gas Development Outside US

Amin H. Nasser (Photo: Saudi Aramco)

Saudi Aramco is launching the biggest shale gas development outside of the United States to boost domestic gas supply and end the burning of oil at its power generation plants, Chief Executive Officer Amin Nasser told Reuters on Monday.The world's top crude oil exporter has for years battled for market share with rapidly expanding shale oil producers in the United States, which in just a decade…

Equinor Targets Zero Emissions

The Johan Sverdrup field in the North Sea. (Photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland / Equinor)

Norwegian oil producer Equinor aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions generated at offshore fields and onshore plants in Norway by about 40% in the coming decade and to near zero by 2050, it said on Monday.The cuts could allow Norway, western Europe's top oil and gas exporter, to continue to pump millions of barrels of oil even as the country seeks to fulfill obligations under the 2015 Paris climate…

Gazprom Proposes Gas Deal with Ukraine

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Gazprom has sent a formal letter to Ukraine proposing either to extend a current gas deal or sign a new one-year agreement, the Russian gas exporter said on Monday .It also said that it had offered to drop legal claims and counter-claims by both Ukraine and Russia as a pre-condition for the deal.The current deal on Russian gas supplies to Ukraine and its transit via the country to Europe expires on Dec. 31.(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; editing by Jason Neely)

Oil Is Our Gold and We Aim to Use All of It -ADNOC

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Abu Dhabi National Oil Co aims to exhaust its vast oil and gas reserves even as many consumers switch to cleaner sources of energy, a senior executive in the Gulf oil company said.The world's transition away from fossil fuel in an effort to slash greenhouse gas emissions is expected to accelerate in coming decades, leaving many oil companies and producing nations pondering their long-term future.But for state-run ADNOC…

Europe Looks for Gas as Groningen Folds

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Europe’s energy landscape will be completely changed once the Dutch shut down the largest gas field on the continent years ahead of schedule, according to Rystad Energy.The Netherland recently announced that production at Groningen – Europe’s largest gas field – will be halted in 2022, eight years earlier than initially planned. However, despite the ambitious target of decommissioning the field by 2022…

ME Gas Output to Exceed Russia

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The Middle East is cruising into the second half of 2019 with spectacular gas production, and is expected to surpass powerhouse Russia by the end of the year.According to Rystad Energy, the Middle Eastern region will produce over 730 billion cubic meters of gas by 2020, increasing to about 920 billion cubic meters by 2030.Nevertheless, international markets may not feel the full effect as demand in the region is also expected to see rapid growth.

Gas Production Set to Triple in Iraq

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Gas developments in Iraq will overtake oil projects in 2019, measured in resources sanctioned for development, according to analysis from Rystad Energy."For the world’s fourth largest crude producer, natural gas is about to take pole position," said a statement from the energy research and business intelligence company.New developments are on track to triple the country’s gas production from just over 1 Bcfd in 2017 to about 3 Bcfd in 2022…

Anadarko Nearing FID for Mozambique LNG

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U.S. independent energy producer Anadarko moved closer to a final investment decision (FID) to build a giant liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Mozambique after signing up an Indian buyer for the gas and saying another deal was imminent.Anadarko and Exxon Mobil are expected to sanction two separate but neighboring LNG projects in Mozambique this year after finding large offshore gas deposits…

Total Wins 40% Stake in Unconventional Gas Concession

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Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) has awarded a 40 per cent stake in the Ruwais Diyab gas concession to French energy major Total.Adnoc group, for which the award is an important milestone to reach the target of 1 Bcfd of unconventional gas production before 2030, said in a press release that it will retain a 60% stake in the concession.Under the terms of the agreement, Total will explore…

ADNOC to Boost Production Capacity

Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and ADNOC Group CEO (Photo: ADNOC)

Abu Dhabi state-owned oil producer ADNOC plans to increase oil production capacity to 5 million barrels per day by 2030, the emirate's crown prince said in a tweet.Abu Dhabi's "Supreme Petroleum Council approved AED 486 billion ($132.33 billion) in capex to support ADNOC's 5-year growth plans, including its gas strategy to become self-sufficient and a net gas exporter," Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed also said in his tweet.($1 = 3.6726 UAE dirham)(Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Cather

India's Petronet LNG says Talks to Invest in Qatar Have Slowed

India's Petronet LNG Ltd said on Monday its talks to invest in Qatar's exploration and production sector had "slowed down," as the company had not been able to reach an agreement on pricing with the Middle Eastern nation."Qatar is still at a very preliminary stage. We were actually looking at getting the molecule (gas) at the well head price. They want to sell it at market price," said Prabhat Singh…

Gazprom Gets Nod to Build Nord Stream 2 Gasline

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Finland has given its approval for the construction of Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline through Finland's economic zone, the government and Russian gas exporter Gazprom said on Thursday. "On 5 April 2018, the Finnish Government gave its consent to the Nord Stream 2 AG's gas pipeline construction project in respect of the section that passes through Finland's exclusive economic zone," the government said in a statement on its website.

Statoil Awards Subsea Contracts

The Troll A platform in the North Sea. (Photo: Harald Pettersen)

Statoil has, on behalf of the license partners, awarded EPC contracts for the delivery of subsea production systems and services for the Troll Phase 3 project in the North Sea and the Askeladd project in the Barents Sea, respectively, to Aker Solutions. The contracts have a total estimated value of between NOK 1.5-2 billion kroner ($190 mln -$254 mln). The contracts include installation and commissioning support services.

Putin Okays Loading Start at Yamal LNG

President Vladimir Putin launched the first loading of liquefied natural gas at the Novatek-led Yamal LNG project in the Arctic (Photo: SCF Group)

President Vladimir Putin on Friday launched the first loading of liquefied natural gas at the Novatek-led Yamal LNG project in the Arctic, which will further expand Russia's global energy reach. The Yamal project, which required investments of $27 billion, will allow Russia to fulfil a plan to double its share of the global LNG market by 2020 from around 4 percent now. The LNG was loaded onto the ice class tanker "Christophe de Margerie"…

Rising US LNG Exports Boost Interest in Natgas Futures

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A surge in speculative interest in the U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) export boom has pushed open interest in natural gas futures to an all-time high, traders said on Thursday. Open interest, which measures the number of contracts outstanding, in the Henry Hub front-month hit 386,826 on the New York Mercantile Exchange on Wednesday, topping the previous high of 366,383 set in May 2016, according to Reuters data going back to 1990.

Big Gas Exporter Nations Blast Unilateral Sanctions in US Dig

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Representatives from a group of major energy-exporting nations on Friday said they oppose the use of unilateral sanctions on any of their members - an apparent dig at the United States for its moves against Russia, Iran and Venezuela. The Gas Exporting Countries Forum, which also includes members like Libya, Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria, expressed their "profound concern" about sanctions affecting the gas sector that are not authorized by the United Nations…

Total Postpones Investment Decision on Absheron Gas Field

French oil company Total has postponed an investment decision on development of the Absheron gas and condensate field in the Azeri sector of the Caspian Sea until spring 2018 from December, the company official said on Wednesday. Total and Azeri state energy company SOCAR formed a joint venture in 2009 to explore and develop the Absheron field area, which has estimated reserves of 350 billion cubic metres (bcm) of gas and 45 million tonnes of condensate.

Norway Looks to Shift from Oil

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Norway will study ways to make its economy greener and reduce dependence on oil and gas reserves that are likely to lose value amid efforts to slow climate change, Environment Minister Vidar Helgesen said on Thursday. A government commission of experts, to be appointed in coming days, will examine the nation's green competitiveness and ways to insulate western Europe's biggest oil and gas exporter from financial risks linked to climate change.

Cheniere Energy to Open China Office

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U.S. natural gas exporter Cheniere Energy Inc is setting up an office in Beijing to help it clinch long-term supply deals with Chinese buyers, four industry sources said. Cheniere, which held extensive talks with China earlier this year, will be the first operator of a U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility to establish a presence in the country. The move follows an agreement in May between…