Monday, July 22, 2019

Gas Supplies News

US Considering Sanctions Over Nord Stream 2

Pipelaying operations underway (© Nord Stream 2 / Axel Schmidt)

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he was considering sanctions over Russia's Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline project -- which the United States has told European companies to avoid -- and warned Germany against being dependent on Russia for the fuel."We're protecting Germany from Russia and Russia is getting billions and billions of dollars from Germany…

Austria's OMV, Russia's Gazprom Sign Pact

Photo: OMV

Austrian integrated oil and gas company OMV and Russian energy giant Gazprom have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).The two companies had previously agreed that Gazprom will supply 1.2 billion cubic meters of LNG to OMV in 2020.On this basis, both partners have now agreed to continue the cooperation beyond the year 2020…

BP Sells Egypt Assets to Dragon Oil

BP chief executive Bob Dudley (Photo: BP)

BP said on Monday it has agreed to sell its interests in Gulf of Suez oil concessions in Egypt to Dubai-based Dragon Oil, as part of the supermajor’s plan to divest more than $10 billion in global assets over the next two years.Under the terms of the deal, Dragon Oil, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC), will purchase producing and exploration concessions…

Keppel Makes First LNG Cargo Import from N. America

Pic: Keppel Corporation

Singapore's Keppel Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Keppel Infrastructure Holdings, has completed its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo import under Singapore's spot import policy.The policy allows gas customers in the Republic to import up to 10 per cent of their annual long-term contracted LNG intake on a spot cargo basis.The spot cargo of 160…

Shell Starts Exploratory Drilling off Bulgaria

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Royal Dutch Shell said on Tuesday it will start drilling an exploration well in a block off Bulgaria's Black Sea coast next month for oil and gas.Shell has teamed up with Spain's Repsol and Australia's Woodside Energy after sealing a contract with Bulgaria in 2016 for deepwater exploratory drilling as part of Sofia efforts to end its almost complete reliance on Russia's natural gas supplies.

Polish LNG Terminal Gets EU Grant

Image: Polskie LNG

Poland’s LNG import terminal in Świnoujście will receive a EUR128mln grant from from the European Regional Development Fund and the Cohesion Fund to expand its regasification capacity.The European Commission said in a notification that it has approved plans to support the increase of the regasification capacity, and the development of additional functionalities…

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 conferen

Russian Share of European Gas Growing

Graphics: Rystad Energy

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 Only Fills Niches in Europe

Pic: Wintershall Holding GmbH

Although LNG (Liquid Natural Gas) provides a solid supplement to European gas supplies, the EU is and will remain a pipeline market – for good reasons, said Wintershall's new position paper.The report from Germany's largest crude oil and natural gas producer on the importance of liquid gas for Europe said that the liquefaction is highly energy-intensive…

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…

Bahrain's First LNG Terminal Ready for Business

Bahrain expected to start LNG imports early this year; FSU on 20-year time charter to Bahrain LNG arrives in the GulfBahrain's first liquefied natural gas (LNG) floating unit arrived in the Gulf this week as the country gets ready for its maiden imports of the super-chilled fuel this year, data from Refinitiv Eikon showed.Bahrain Spirit, a floating storage unit (FSU) with a capacity of about 173…

Russian President Commissions Kaliningrad LNG Terminal

Launch of a gas-receiving terminal and floating storage regasification platform in Kaliningrad Region. Photo: President of Russia Website

Russian President Vladimir Putin inaugurated a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal that will serve as a back-up gas supply solution for the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad on the Baltic Sea. The facility includes floating storage regasification unit (FSRU) in Baltic Sea enclave.Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said: "The floating storage regasification platform is currently moored at the receiving terminal…

Uniper, Mitsui OSK Lines Press Ahead German FSRU

Image: Mitsui OSK Lines

German energy group Uniper and Japanese shipping group Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) have agreed to intensify efforts on the Wilhelmshaven FSRU (Floating Storage and Regasification Unit) project in Germany, which could start up as early as H2 2022.The FSRU has a planned send-out capacity of 10 bcm/a and liquefied natural (LNG) storage capacity of 263,000 m³…

Shell Says Talks Over Gazprom Asset Swap Suspended

The Lunskaya-A (LUN-A) platform produces the bulk of gas under Sakhalin II. (Photo: Gazprom)

Talks about a possible asset swap deal between Royal Dutch Shell and Gazprom have been suspended, Kommersant business daily reported on Wednesday, citing Cederic Cremers, head of Shell's business in Russia.The memorandum on the possible asset swap was signed in 2015 and was seen as a coup for Gazprom at a time when many Western companies were reducing their exposure to Russia because of Western sanctions over Moscow's actions in Uk

LNG Import Terminal Proposed for Australian port

A typical FSRU (CREDIT Excelerate

A South Korea-based company has proposed building a terminal on Australia's east coast to import liquefied natural gas, the fifth proposal for such a project in the world's No.2 LNG exporter.The proposals have come after three new LNG export plants on the east coast have sucked gas out of the southeastern market and nearly tripled wholesale gas prices in places such as Sydney over the past two years.EPIK…

Gazprom to Review Shale Gas and LNG Sectors

Sakhalin II LNG plant. Photo: Gazprom

Russian energy giant Gazprom revealed that there is still a high level of uncertainty in the long-term forecasts for U.S. shale gas production. It also said that the number of LNG-consuming countries would grow in the long term.Gazprom's Board of Directors took note of the information about the prospects of the shale gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG) sectors around the world…

ADNOC Extends LNG Supply Deal to 2040

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The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) said on Wednesday it has agreed, in principle, to extend gas supplies to ADNOC LNG to 2040.The new gas supply agreement is scheduled to take effect from April 1, 2019, replacing an existing agreement, due to expire on March 31, 2019, ADNOC said in a statement.ADNOC also said that it had signed seven term agreements for the sale of over 4.2 million tonnes per year of LNG as it diversifies i

U.S. Calls on Hungary and Neighbors to Shun Russian Gas Pipelines

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry called on Hungary and its neighbours to reject Russian gas pipelines which Washington says are being used to cement Moscow's grip on central and eastern Europe.Energy diversification would be crucial for the region, as Russia has used energy as a weapon in the past, he said."Russia is using a pipeline project Nord…

APLNG, QCLNG Strike Deal to Share Infrastructure

Image: Australia Pacific LNG

The Australia Pacific LNG project (APLNG) said that it has signed a deal to buy gas from neighboring Queensland Curtis LNG (QCLNG ) project and for both projects to share infrastructure.Under the tolling agreements, the QCLNG project will be able to transport and process gas and water from the Arrow Energy Surat Basin fields using available capacity in existing Australia Pacific LNG-QCLNG joint infrastructure.

First Gas from Cuadrilla Fracking Site in Britain

Preston New Road. Photo: Cuadrilla

The energy company Cuadrilla Resources has produced first gas from its fracking site in Lancashire in northwest England, after it began fracking operations there just over two weeks ago.The energy company said it has started to see natural gas flow at the Preston New Road exploration well. Despite the volumes being “small” at this stage, Cuadrilla…