Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Gas Supplier News

Japan Marks 50 years of LNG Imports

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Japanese gas buyers on Wednesday marked the 50th anniversary since the first cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) arrived in Japan, now the world's biggest importer of the fuel.The arrival of the cargo on Nov. 4, 1969 helped transform Japan's energy system, which had relied on oil, coal and gas from coal in an era of high growth, before nuclear power was developed.But Japan's energy situation is undergoing huge changes in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, which pushed LNG imports to record highs as reactors were closed…

Equinor Sticks to 2019 Output Forecast

The mega Johan Sverdrup oil field has already achieved a daily production above 200,000 barrels, and will have a capacity of well above 300,000 barrels by the end of November. (Photo: Espen Rønnevik/Øyvind Gravås, Equinor)

Equinor's third-quarter profit fell by more than expected on Thursday after a significant decline in the volume and price of natural gas sold to Europe, although the Norwegian firm reiterated its forecast for flat 2019 production.Shares in Oslo-listed Equinor were up 2.2% by 0730 GMT after it also confirmed plans to reach Phase 1 plateau output of 440,000 barrels at its giant Johan Sverdrup oil field by summer 2020 after new wells are drilled.Equinor's Sverdrup oil field, which only started in early October, has already achieved a daily production above 200…

Santos Acquires ConocoPhillips’ Northern Australia Interests

Santos announced it has acquired ConocoPhillips’ northern Australia business with operating interests in Darwin LNG, Bayu-Undan, Barossa and Poseidon for US$1.39 billion plus a $75 million contingent payment subject to FID on Barossa.Matt Fox, ConocoPhillips executive vice president and chief operating officer, said, “While we believe the Darwin LNG backfill project remains among the lower cost of supply options for new global LNG supply, this transaction allows us to allocate capital to other projects that we believe will generate…

ExxonMobil Looks to Sell Australian Assets

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Exxon Mobil Corp said on Wednesday it was looking to sell its 50% stake in the Gippsland Basin oil and gas development in Australia's Bass Strait as part of a broader review of its global portfolio of assets.The sale could fetch up to $3 billion, however decommissioning costs for the ageing fields could dent the price tag, analysts and bankers said.The Gippsland Basin joint venture, off the state of Victoria, has long been the mainstay oil and gas supplier for southeastern Australia, but output is in decline."As a pivotal producer…

European Gas Prices Fall To 10-Years Low

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European natural gas prices reached their lowest in at least a decade, fueled by a battle for market share between Russia, traditionally the continent's supplier, and the U.S., whose gas exports have gained momentum on the back of the shale boom.European natural gas prices are at a historical low and below the cost of shipping gas from the US to Europe. In May, prices remained just above this floor, fetching around $4.20 per million British thermal units (MMBtu).But this floor seems to be crumbling, if not collapsing, now that the…

New Sonatrach CEO: Foreign Partnerships Essential

Rachid Hachichi (Photo: Sonatrach)

Algeria's state energy company Sonatrach wants to develop its partnerships with foreign firms to boost output and exports, its new chief executive said on Wednesday, comments that could reassure investors a week after his appointment.Algeria, a member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and a major gas supplier to Europe, has struggled to lift production to meet rising domestic demand, while foreign investors have often balked at contract terms.Rachid Hachichi, Sonatrach's former head of production and exploration…

SEA\LNG Welcomes Vancouver Fraser Port

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The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has joined SEA\LNG, the multi-sector industry coalition aiming to accelerate the widespread adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel. Vancouver Fraser Port  is the first North America port member to join the industry group.The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is the federal agency of the Port of Vancouver, Canada’s largest port, and the fourth port member to join the coalition, alongside Port of Rotterdam, Yokohama-Kawasaki International Port Corporation (YKIP), and most recently the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).

Equinor Sells Natural Gas Worth USD26bln in 2018

Tor Martin Anfinnsen (left), Equinor’s senior vice president for marketing and trading. Irene Rummelhoff (right), Equinor’s executive vice president for marketing, midstream and processing. Photos: Harald Pettersen (left) and Ole Jørgen Bratland,  Equinor.

Norwegian energy company Equinor has announced its 2018 sales of natural gas totalled $26bn, an increase of 29% from 2017.Equinor sold a total of 100 billion cubic metres (bcm) of gas worldwide in 2018. The company is the second-largest gas supplier to Europe, as well as the largest producer of natural gas on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS)."As more countries prepare for the energy transition, Equinor sees strong market opportunities for gas and expects global demand to grow by around 10% towards 2030," Equinor said.Equinor is the largest producer of natural gas on the Norwegian continental shelf and the second-largest gas supplier to Europe.

Natural Gas Contributes to Low Carbon Future

Photo from the LNG facility in Hammerfest. (Photo: Einar Aslaksen - TRY / Equinor ASA)

Equinor sold natural gas for around $26 billion in total in 2018, an increase of 29 percent from 2017. As more countries prepare for the energy transition, Equinor sees strong market opportunities for gas and expects global demand to grow by around 10% towards 2030.Equinor is the largest producer of natural gas on the Norwegian continental shelf and the second-largest gas supplier to Europe. The company also has a significant gas portfolio outside Norway. At its Gas Seminar in London, Equinor outlines its gas position as well as its long-term market outlook.“Global energy markets are changing. The world needs more energy, but lower emissions.

US to Become Third Largest LNG Exporter in 2019

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The coming year is expected to make the U.S. the third largest exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the world, creating jobs stateside while reducing emissions and providing reliable energy to countries around the world, said American Petroleum Institute (API).API, Center for LNG, and LNG Allies, the three national trade associations specializing in U.S. LNG, today issued a first-of-its-kind joint statement on the extraordinary developments expected in U.S. LNG in 2019.Todd Snitchler, Vice President of Market Development at the American Petroleum Institute, said: “The dramatic expansion of U.S.

Delek Drilling to Spin Off Tamar Stake

Tamar Platform (Photo: Albatross Aerial Perspective Ltd. / Delek Drilling)

Israel's Delek Drilling is looking to spin off its remaining 22 percent stake in the offshore Tamar gas field in 2019, the company's chief executive said on Monday.Last year Delek spun off an initial 9.25 percent of Tamar into a new company in Tel Aviv called Tamar Petroleum. It said at the time it expected to get $980 million for the sale.CEO Yossi Abu said Delek Drilling is now focusing abroad, including the Euronext market, since the local market is already saturated for Tamar."We are looking to duplicate what we did with Tamar Petroleum but in the international market.

BMT Inks Service Deal with Al Masaood

Bakri Tarmanini, Business Development Manager at Al Masaood Oil & Gas; Louise Ledgard, Director Business Development at BMT; and Suba Sivandran, Director of Capability & Strategy at BMT (Photo: BMT)

BMT said it has signed a service agreement with UAE oil and gas supplier and contractor Al Masaood Oil & Gas.The agreement with the Abu Dhabi headquartered company will see BMT being assisted by Al Masaood Oil & Gas to deliver risk & safety, environmental modelling, marine & port engineering, metocean, environmental, integrity and structural monitoring and data management services for projects situated in the UAE.Al Masaood Oil & Gas General Manager, Ahmad El Tannir, said, “Our state-of-the-art diversified portfolio supplier services are designed to further boost BMT’s international energy services presence to the next level.

EU Approves State Aid for Lithuania’s Klaipėda LNG Terminal

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The European Commission said that the EC has approved under EU State aid rules the compensation granted by Lithuania to LITGAS for supplying a mandatory quantity of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the LNG terminal in Klaipėda.In November 2013, the Commission approved under EU State aid rules an aid scheme to support the construction and operation of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal at the Klaipėda seaportin Lithuania The LNG terminal has, since its construction, played a vital role in the diversification of gas supplies and security of supply in Lithuania.In June 2018…

No-deal Brexit Will Not Interrupt Norwegian Energy Flows to Britain

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Energy exports from Norway to Britain will not be affected even if Britain leaves the European Union without a deal, Norway's energy ministry said on Friday."Energy trade is governed by bilateral commercial agreements. We hence expect that energy exports from Norway to Britain will not be affected, even under a 'no-deal' scenario," a ministry spokesman said in an email.Gas and oil flows through the offshore pipeline system connecting Norway and Britain are also regulated by bilateral agreements between the two countries, he added.Norway is Britain's main external natural gas supplier.Reporting by Nerijus Adomaitis

Equinor to Boost Drilling to Extend Norwegian Shelf Life

Photo: Harald Pettersen / Equinor

Oil producer Equinor aims to boost the recovery rate from its Norwegian fields to well above the global average to extend production from the mature basin beyond 2030.Equinor announced plans on Tuesday to drill up to 3,000 wells offshore from its native Norway in coming decades - almost as many as it has drilled since its startup in 1972 - to mitigate declining output from older fields, and extend the production lifetime of more than 20 installations.The company said it remained on track for to keep profitable oil and gas production in Norway towards 2030…

Plans for Another South Australia LNG Import Plant in the Works

A private firm is looking to import liquefied natural gas (LNG) to South Australia starting in 2020, around the same time as two other proposed import projects, looking to fill a supply gap as domestic gas gets sucked into LNG exports.Venice Energy, set up by former BHP Billiton executives, plans to submit a development application to the South Australian government within the next month to park a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) in Port Adelaide, Managing Director Kym Winter-Dewhirst said.If regulatory approvals come through by March, construction could begin by June 2019, he told Reuters in an interview.

Hoegh LNG to Supply FLNG Terminal to Australian Import Project

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Norway's Hoegh LNG has won a tender to supply a floating LNG import terminal for a consortium aiming to import liquefied natural gas to Australia's east coast from 2020 in a push to boost local supply.Australian Industrial Energy, a consortium that includes Japan's JERA and Marubeni Corp, said on Monday it signed an agreement giving it the right to lease one of Hoegh LNG's floating storage and regasification units (FSRU), to be docked at Port Kembla.The project needs approvals from the state of New South Wales, which is evaluating the proposal on a fast track as "critical state significant infrastructure", amid pressure to drive down gas prices."We remain on sch

Integrated Gas Compression: A Natural Fit for North America

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Natural gas abounds in North America. At the end of 2016, Canada and the U.S. shared 414 trillion cubic feet of proved reserves, with the U.S. the world’s largest producer and Canada the fourth largest. Unsurprisingly, there’s a keen appetite for developing LNG facilities across the continent.In recent years, we’ve seen several large-scale LNG projects taking shape, including five new export terminals coming online in 2018 and 2019. Once in operation, they will make the U.S. one of the top three LNG exporters in the world.Over the years…

Qatargas, PetroChina Sign 22-Years LNG Supply Deal

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Qatargas, the world’s largest LNG producer,  has announced a long-term Sale and Purchase Agreement (SPA) with PetroChina International Company Limited, a unit of PetroChina Company Limited (PetroChina), to supply China with around 3.4 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) per annum.Under the 22-year SPA, which ends in 2040, Qatargas will supply LNG from the Qatargas 2 project, a joint venture between Qatar Petroleum, ExxonMobil and Total, to different receiving terminals across China, with the first cargo to be delivered to the People's Republic of China later this month.Commenting on this landmark agreement…

Norway Expects Gas Export Price to Fall Until 2021

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Norway expects its gas export price to fall by more than a quarter by 2021 as increasing global liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplies outstrip growth in European demand.Norway's 2019 fiscal budget on Monday showed it expects the average price for Norwegian gas to fall to 2.05 crowns/standard cubic meter (sm3) and reach a low of 1.70 crowns/sm3 by 2021, then rebounding in 2022.The projections are higher than what Norway, Europe's second largest gas supplier after Russia, was expecting in its revised budget in May, when 2018's price was seen at 1.8 crowns/sm3 and 2019 just below 1.5 crowns.The average price for Norway's gas was about 2.20 Norwegian crowns ($0.2655)