Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Gas Pipeline News

Partners to Expand Pakistan LNG Inport Terminal

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Excelerate Energy announced it has agreed with partner Engro Elengy Terminal Ltd. (EETL) to expand the EETL liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal in Port Qasim, Pakistan.Under the heads of agreement (HOA), Excelerate will exchange its existing floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) Exquisite with a newbuild FSRU, Hull 2477, which is currently under construction at South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard and due to be delivered in April 2020. The newbuild will increase…

TurkStream Gas Pipeline Launched

Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photo by RIA Novosti/Gazprom

The Presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, respectively, officially launched the TurkStream natural gas pipeline designed to ship Russian gas to Turkey and markets in southeastern Europe.TurkStream, which is laid in the Black Sea, is a link between the gas transmission systems of Russia and Turkey. The gas pipeline has two strings with a combined throughput capacity of 31.5 billion cubic meters. The first string will deliver gas to Turkey, while the second string is intended…

Europe Dominates LNG Import Story in 2019

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Global liquefied natural gas (LNG) production jumped in 2019, triggering oversupply and low prices that are expected to persist in 2020. Initial full-year data from LNG Edge shows exports at 355 million tonnes in 2019, up from 314.9 million tonnes in 2018.This represents the largest ever increase in production.While East Asian, especially Chinese, demand increased in 2017 and 2018 to absorb additional production, there was little change this year. Instead, supply pushed into Europe reached a record high, having…

India to Lead Asia New-Build Pipeline Growth

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India is expected to lead Asia’s oil and gas new-build trunk/pipeline length additions, contributing around 53 percent of Asia’s planned and announced pipeline length additions between 2019 and 2023.According to a report from GlobalData, India is expected to have new-build pipeline length of 23,360.6 km by 2023.Varun Ette, Oil and Gas Analyst at GlobalData, said: “In India, 42 new-build pipelines are set to start operations by 2023, out of which 29 are planned and remaining 13 are from early-stage announced pipelines. Jagdishpur–Haldia is the longest upcoming pipeline in the country with a length of 2,655.0 km.

Petrofac Secures $130 Mln in PDO Awards

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Petrofac announced on Tuesday it has secured a new contract and has been awarded of an additional scope of work with Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), with a combined value of approximately $130 million.The new contract award, under a 10-year framework agreement signed in 2017 with PDO, is an engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services contract for the Mabrouk North East Development Project in Oman.The full field development of Mabrouk North East field is planned to be executed in a phased approach.

Putin, Merkel Pledge Support to Nord Stream 2

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and his German counterpart Angela Merkel agreed to further support the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project in a phone call on Sunday, the Kremlin said.Putin and Merkel also agreed there was a need to boost political and diplomatic efforts to solve the Libyan crisis, while the two leaders welcomed the prisoner swap in Ukraine, which took place earlier on Sunday.(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin, Editing by William Maclean)

Russia Says Nord Stream 2 Will Be Ready in Months

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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Monday that the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline would be completed in a matter of months and U.S. sanctions imposed on the project last week would not be "catastrophic".Russia's new gas transit deal with Ukraine would also mollify the impact on Russian gas supplies of U.S. sanctions introduced on the pipeline project, he said.Last week a major contractor suspended work on the Nord Stream 2 project, which is led by Russia's Gazprom, due to U.S. sanctions introduced by U.S.

Allseas Suspends Nord Stream 2 Work

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Swiss-Dutch company Allseas said last week it had suspended its pipe-laying activities in the Nord Stream 2 Russia-to-Germany natural gas pipeline in anticipation of U.S. President Donald Trump's signing of a defense policy bill."In anticipation of the enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Allseas has suspended its Nord Stream 2 pipelay activities," the company said in a statement dated Dec.

Boskalis Bags El Salvador FSRU Gig

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Dutch dredging, offshore and heavylift company Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. has been awarded a major contract to connect an offshore Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU)  to an onshore power plant in El Salvador.The contract was awarded by Energia del Pacifico (EDP), a 378-MW liquefied natural gas (LNG)-to-power infrastructure project at the Port of Acajutla, El Salvador. The project will commence early 2020 and is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2021.‎The project entails the construction…

Boskalis Wins Two Offshore Projects

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Dutch engineering company Royal Boskalis Westminster  has been awarded two offshore contracts with a combined value of approximately EUR 85 million.For a new offshore windfarm in Taiwan, Boskalis will carry out the scour protection of the turbine foundations and in Denmark a four-kilometer-long gas pipeline will be installed in the seabed. The execution of both projects is scheduled to take place in 2020.In Taiwan, Boskalis was awarded a contract for the scour protection for the Yunlin offshore windfarm. The award was made by Yunneng Wind Power Co. Ltd.

China to Launch State Pipeline Group

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China plans to launch its long-awaited national oil and gas pipeline company on Monday, part of a sector-wide reform aimed at providing fair market access to infrastructure and boost investment in oil and gas production.Most of the country's pipeline infrastructure is controlled by energy giant PetroChina, CNPC's listed arm, and small, non state-owned oil and gas producers and distributors often don't have access to the pipelines at competitive rates, analysts have said.This also hinders companies from investing in oil and gas exploration as they are concerned about access to the pipelines.Beijing started considering reforming the s

Energean Seeks to Pipe Karish Gas to Cyprus

Stena's DrillMAX drilling Karish North, offshore Israel (Photo: Energean)

Energean Oil & Gas said on Tuesday its Energean International unit submitted an application to import and supply natural gas to Cyprus starting in 2021.In its application to Cypriot authorities, it said it sought to supply gas through a pipeline from the Karish block offshore Israel to Vassiliko, Cyprus.The pipeline would be 215 kilometers long and transport natural gas from the Karish North field, which contains 25 billion cubic meters of discovered recoverable resources.Total investment, Energean said, will be about $350 million and will be funded by Energean.

Gas Explosion Kills 7 in Bangladesh

At least seven people were killed and eight injured on Sunday after a gas pipeline exploded in the Bangladeshi port city of Chittagong, a police official said.The gas pipeline exploded in front of a five-storey building, blowing walls off the building, local police official Mohammad Mohsin said, citing witnesses.The injured have been taken to hospital, he said, adding a rescue operation was under way

Poland Ends Major Russian LNG Contract

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Poland's state gas company PGNiG says it had notified Russia's Gazprom that it will not renew their long-term deal on liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplies when the agreement expires after 2022.In accordance with the provisions of the Yamal Contract, three years prior to its original termination date, i.e. by December 31st, 2019, the parties are required to submit a declaration whether or not they intend to continue their contractual relationship beyond 2022.Gazprom Export, the gas-exporting arm of state-controlled Gazprom…

PGNiG Ups Stake in Duva Field, Norway

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PGNiG Upstream Norway bought 10 percent shares in the PL636 and PL636B licenses in the North Sea from Pandion Energy, thus increasing its ownership in the Duva field to 30 percent.Duva oil and gas field (formerly Cara) is located in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea at a water depth of 360m. The field is jointly owned by Idemitsu Petroleum Norge (30%), Neptune Energy Norge (30%, operator), Pandion Energy (20%) and Wellesley Petroleum (20%).“Increasing our share in the deposit, which is close to starting production…

Rebooting What’s Possible in India’s Gas Market

‘To lose patience is to lose the battle’ -Mahatma GandhiIndia is something of a conundrum for global LNG players. I recently returned from a week in Delhi, just as the capital was making headlines for one of the worst episodes of air pollution, while the country’s energy mix remains dominated by cheap domestic coal. At the same time, gas price sensitivity continues to stymie investment and contracting negotiations. Progress has been made with LNG import terminals but delays to pipeline infrastructure and convoluted gas allocation policies frustrate demand growth.

Denmark OKs Nord Stream 2 Project

Connecting pipe sections above water. Photo:  © Nord Stream 2 / Axel Schmidt.

Denmark has granted permission for the Russian Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline to be constructed across Danish seabed in the Baltic Sea, leading to Germany.The Danish decision puts greater pressure on U.S. Congress to quickly pass a sanctions bill to halt the project before it is completed.The pipeline being constructed under the Baltic Sea by Russia's Gazprom energy giant is nearly complete, but had not previously been granted permission to cross Denmark's exclusive economic zone.DEA is in charge of the…

Zhanjiang Refinery Launches Mainstream Gas Pipeline

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Sinopec's Zhanjiang integrated refinery complex in Guangdong has launched its main gas transmission pipeline, the Chinese company said in a statement on Thursday.The refinery, which was set up jointly by Sinopec and Kuwait Petroleum Corp in 2011, is designed to include a 300,000 barrels-per-day (bpd) refinery and a 1 million tonnes-per-year ethylene complex.The 53.5-kilometers main pipeline at Sinopec Zhanjiang refinery has annual transmission capacity of 1.8 billion cubic meters, sending gas from Zhanjiang Beimen LNG terminal to the plant."The company will orderly push forward the construction progress and get ready for the operati

W. Africa Crude-Freight costs ease, especially for VLCCs

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Freight rates eased further on Friday, especially for the largest oil tankers, promising some recovery for West African oil prices which had touched multi-year lows. VLCC freight costs eased more rapidly than smaller Suezmaxes, making it less advantageous to ship on the latter. Prices for Suezmaxes were estimated around world scale 190-200, with one European buyer estimating further relief to around 150 by the end of next week.Nigeria's NNPC cut its November official selling price for Bonny Light crude to dated Brent plus 58 cents per barrel and for Qua Iboe to plus 63 cents per barrel…

Kinder Morgan's Elba Island LNG up by mid-2020: CEO

Kinder Morgan's Elba Island facility (CREDIT: Kinder Morgan)

Kinder Morgan expects to bring the remaining nine units of its liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility at Elba Island into service by the first half of next year, Chief Executive Officer Steven Kean said on Wednesday.The first unit of Kinder Morgan's Elba Island facility began producing LNG natural gas for export last month, and is one of several new U.S. projects adding to global supplies.The Houston pipeline operator plans to bring three more into service this year, with another six to start up in the first half of 2020…