Monday, June 24, 2019

USA to Dominate in LNG Capacity

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The US and India are expected to lead capacity growth in the global LNG liquefaction and regasification industries from planned and announced (new-build) projects, respectively during the outlook period 2019-2023.The US's new-build liquefaction capacity is expected to grow from 26.1 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) in 2019, to 210.3 mtpa in 2023, said a report by ResearchAndMarkets.Of the total capacity expected to come online in 2023, 94 mtpa is expected to come from planned projects that have received required approvals…

Delfin Asks for FLNG Project Extension

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Delfin LNG LLC asked U.S. federal energy regulators for a three-year and six-month extension until March 28, 2023 to build facilities proposed to connect floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) vessels off the coast of Louisiana.The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order on Sept. 28, 2017 authorizing Delfin to build and operate the facilities to transport and deliver natural gas to FLNG vessels in federal waters off Cameron Parish in Louisiana.The FERC order required Delfin to complete the facilities…

Pavilion Acquires LNG assets of Iberdrola

(L to R) Mr Frédéric H. Barnaud, Group CEO of Pavilion Energy and Mr Aitor Moso, CEO of Liberalised Business, Iberdrola. Photo: Pavilion Energy

Singapore-based LNG company Pavilion Energy said its wholly owned subsidiary Pavilion Energy Trading & Supply has agreed to buy Spanish energy company Iberdrola's portfolio of liquefied natural gas (LNG) assets.The portfolio comprises about 4 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of Iberdrola's long-term LNG sale and supply contracts.It also includes long-term regasification of approximately 2 mtpa at the Grain LNG terminal (UK), regasification access in Spain and the Spanish-France border pipeline capacity, as well as the time-charter of a newbuild MEGI LNG vessel.

Shell Sees More FLNG Opportunities

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Royal Dutch Shell sees more opportunities for floating liquefied natural gas projects, but not necessarily like its $17 billion Prelude operation off Australia, which shipped its first cargo last week, over two years behind schedule.Shell Australia Chair Zoe Yujnovich said on Wednesday that it was too early to tell whether Prelude, one of two floating LNG (FLNG) projects in the world, would be replicated in future, as the company was still commissioning the project."I think that there's an opportunity for the floating concept.

Masela Development Approval Nears

The Indonesian government is set to approve Japanese Inpex Corp's revised plan of development for the Masela natural gas block next week, the chairman of the country's upstream oil and gas regulator SKK Migas said on Wednesday.The government is expecting Inpex to submit the plan for the $20 billion gas project this week, Dwi Soetjipto, the SKK Migas chairman told reporters in Jakarta.Approval of the development plan would let Inpex, which controls 65% of the project, start planning for construction of the onshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) processing plant after years of delay.Inpex had to scrap an earlier development plan after the government or

Anadarko Approves $20 Bln Mozambique LNG Project

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U.S. energy firm Anadarko Petroleum Corp gave the go-ahead on Tuesday for the construction of a $20 billion gas liquefaction and export terminal in Mozambique, the largest single LNG project approved in Africa, according to the government of Mozambique and energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie.The announcement, which occurred at an event in Mozambique, was widely expected after Anadarko last month flagged the decision date. Officials at Anadarko were not immediately available for comment.The project, which has committed long-term supplies to utilities…

Abadi LNG Development Deal Reached

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Japan's biggest oil and gas explorer Inpex Corp and the Indonesian government signed a basic agreement on the development of Indonesia's Abadi liquefied natural gas (LNG) project on Sunday, moving forward the $15 billion project.Inpex President Takayuki Ueda said the Japanese company, which owns a 65 percent stake in the project, said they plan to submit a development plan for the project within several weeks to the Indonesian government and aim to make a final investment decision within 2-3 years.The signing ceremony took place on the sidelines of a meeting of G20 energy and environment ministers in Karuizawa…

Australia Dominates China's LNG Supply

Offshore Australia: Shell’s Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility delivered its first LNG cargo earlier this week. Pictured is the Prelude FLNG facility, with the Valencia Knutsen berthed side-by-side (Photo: Shell)

Australia's fast-expanding liquefied natural gas industry has this year been supplying the lion's share of China's growing demand for imports of the commodity, with appetite surging as Beijing shifts away from dirtier fuels such as coal.Australia supplied over 53% of China's LNG imports during the first five months of 2019, shipping data in Refinitiv showed, up from around 40% in 2016 when a previous round of new Australian export projects started to ramp up.With Royal Dutch Shell's Prelude facility delivering its first LNG cargo this week from northwest Australia…

Prelude FLNG Ships First LNG Cargo

The Prelude FLNG facility, with the Valencia Knutsen berthed side-by-side (Photo: Shell)

The first shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) has sailed from Shell’s Prelude floating LNG (FLNG) facility offshore Australia, Shell announced Tuesday alongside its joint venture partners INPEX, KOGAS and OPIC.This shipment from the world’s largest floating producer of LNG, located 475 kilometers northeast of Broome in Western Australia, will be delivered by the LNG carrier Valencia Knutsen to customers in Asia, more than eight years after financial investment decision (FID) and nearly two years after the facility arrived in Australia."How fast Prelude delivers its second and third cargo…

Gazprom, Sovcomflot Pact on LNG Bunkering

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Russian shipping company Sovcomflot and compatriot oil producer Gazprom Neft Marine Bunker have signed an agreement to cooperate on projects for bunkering ships with LNG fuel.The agreement was signed by Igor Tonkovidov, Executive Vice President and CTO/COO of Sovcomflot, and Andrey Vasiliev, CEO of Gazprom Neft Marine Bunker.Sovcomflot said that the agreement reinforces the mutual interest of both parties regarding their cooperation in the bunkering of Sovcomflot’s tankers with LNG fuel.Compared to conventional marine fuels…

First LNG Bunker Vessel Coming in 2020

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Wärtsilä was tapped to supply an integrated package of sustainable solutions for China’s first seagoing LNG bunker vessel, scheduled for delivery in 2020.The ship is being built by the Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (DSIC) for an affiliate of the ENN Energy holdings, one of the largest users of LNG in China. It has been designed by China Ship Design & Research Center Co. Ltd. Wärtsilä will provide the vessel’s cargo handling system, the Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel main engine, the gearbox, controlled pitch propeller (CPP), shaft generator, two Wärtsilä 20DF dual-fuel auxiliary engines, and the ship’s sewage treatment plant.

Exmar Commissions Tango FLNG

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Belgian owner and operator of gas carriers Exmar has completed the commissioning of the 16,100 cbm Tango floating liquefaction unit (FLNG).The performance acceptance tests has been successful, the first cargo has been offloaded and will be exported out of Argentina, said a release from the provider of specialized floating assets.With this first shipment the start-up of the Tango FLNG is accomplished in a record time following the contract signing in November 2018 and delivery acceptance of the unit in Bahia Blanca in February 2019.

Novatek Pact with Chinese Duo on Arctic LNG 2

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Russia's second largest natural gas producer, Novatek has signed share purchase agreements with two Chinese oil giants for the sale of participation interest in the Arctic LNG 2 project.Novatek announced that it has signed the Share Purchase Agreement with China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) in relation to the sale of a 10% participation interest in the Arctic LNG 2 project.The Agreement will close in the nearest future subject to approval by regulatory authorities of the Russian Federation and the People’s…

Austria's OMV, Russia's Gazprom Sign Pact

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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, including the sale and purchase of conventional and small-scale LNG cargo.In addition, both companies intend to explore options for the joint development…

Chinese, Russian Majors Ink Arctic LNG Deal

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Russia's second largest natural gas producer Novatek, Russian maritime shipping company specializing in petroleum and LNG shipping Sovcomflot, Chinese state-owned shipping and logistics services supplier company COSCO Shipping Corporation Limited, and the Chinese government owned investment fund Silk Road Fund, signed a four-party agreement to establish a joint venture Maritime Arctic Transport LLC.The focus of the Maritime Arctic Transport joint venture is to manage an icebreaking tanker fleet of Arctic ice-class vessels…

Chinese Buyers Leave US LNG

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Chinese buyers have avoided US LNG projects even before the tariffs hiked to 25%, said a report by  Rystad Energy.Despite the Chinese tariffs, there is still appetite for US LNG from other countries. Since the first tariff of 10% was introduced on US LNG in September 2019, the US has signed about 18 million tpa worth of new export agreements with buyers globally.Rystad Energy does not expect to see any new Chinese buyers of US volumes as long as the tariff is in force.And that could be crucial for some US projects as the Chinese LNG market is experiencing the largest import growth globally…

EPC Contract Awarded for Mozambique LNG

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A joint venture between McDermott, Saipem and Chiyoda, has reached full agreement for a contract with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation for the Mozambique Area 1 Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Development, McDermott International announced on Wednesday.CCS JV’s project scope includes the onshore engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) for all components of the onshore LNG development, which includes two LNG trains with a total nameplate capacity of 12.88 million tonnes per annum (MTPA), plus the associated utilities and infrastructure.

Shipping of First LNG Cargo from Prelude is "Imminent" - Royal Dutch Shell

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Shipping of the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo from the long-awaited Prelude floating production project in Australia is "imminent", Royal Dutch Shell said on Tuesday.Prelude - the world's biggest floating LNG production unit and the biggest maritime vessel ever built - is expected to have an annual LNG production capacity of 3.6 million tonnes.It will also produce 1.3 million tonnes a year of condensate and 400,000 tonnes a year of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). (Reuters, Reporting by Ekaterina Kravtsova; Editing by Jan Harvey)

Australia to be World's Largest LNG Exporter

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Australia is all set to become the world’s largest producer of liquefied natural gas (LNG) next year and to retain that position until 2024, when Qatar will reclaim the top spot, said a report by Rystad Energy'“Australia has no intention of relinquishing its hard-earned LNG crown without a fight. Over the next two years, pending approvals on up to seven Australian integrated LNG projects could challenge Qatar as the country with the largest sanctioned LNG volumes from integrated projects during that period,” says Readul Islam…

Total Takes Over Toshiba's U.S. LNG Biz

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French energy giant Total takes over the liquefied natural gas business of Japanese outfit Toshiba's Freeport LNG train tolling agreement and gains $800 million.The French oil and gas company will is paying $15 million for the shares in the Texan assets, the firms said. Toshiba will also pay Total $815 million to take over all the contracts linked to the business, Total added."It includes a 20-year tolling agreement for 2.2 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of LNG from Freeport LNG train 3 in Texas and the corresponding gas transportation agreements on the pipelines feeding the terminal.

Cheniere to build LA Sabine LNG Export Train

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U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) company Cheniere Energy Inc said on Monday it will build the sixth liquefaction train at its Sabine Pass LNG export terminal in Louisiana.Cheniere also said it expects to make a positive final investment decision as early as 2020 to add about 9.5 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) of additional liquefaction capacity at its Corpus Christi LNG export terminal in Texas.Natural gas use is growing rapidly around the world as countries, like China, seek to wean their industrial and power sectors off dirtier coal. Cheniere is the biggest supplier of U.S.

Global LNG Trade Continues to Increase

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Höegh LNG Partners, a provider of floating liquid natural gas (LNG) services under long-term contracts, said that with new LNG production facilities in the US and around the world coming on stream, global LNG trade continues to increase.This, together with competitive LNG pricing and environmental arguments, are driving interest in FSRUs world-wide, said the company which owns and operates floating storage and regasification units (FSRUs) which act as floating LNG import terminals. "With an established platform of long-term contracts…

Bechtel Bags Rio Grande LNG EPC Deal

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US project management services provider Bechtel has won the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contracts totaling $9.565 billion for the LNG export project developer NextDecade-led Rio Grande liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in the US.The fully wrapped lump-sum turnkey (LSTK) EPC contracts include cost, schedule, and performance guarantees, NextDecade said in its statement.The EPC contracts are for the first phase of the Rio Grande LNG project, which consists of three liquefaction trains, two 180,000 cubic…

Total to Discuss Anadarko Assets with Algeria

Total will meet Algerian authorities for talks over its plans to buy Anadarko's assets in the country and is not worried by media reports that Algiers would block the deal, Chief Executive Patrick Pouyanne said on Wednesday."We will meet Algerian authorities very soon," Pouyanne told shareholders at the company's annual meeting in Paris. "We are not worried. It is normal that authorities seek to have dialogue with their principal partners and Total is one of the partners of Algeria."Algeria's energy minister said on Monday…

Uniper Sells Italian LNG Plant Stake

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German energy group Uniper has concluded an agreement with Australian fund First State Investments to divest its stake in OLT Offshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) Toscana.First State Investments will acquire Uniper’s entire OLT stake. The purchase price for Uniper’s stake amounts to approx. €400 million ($452 million) and will be adjusted at closing for any distributions already made to Uniper in 2018 and 2019. The resulting net proceeds at a closing later this year are expected to be at a level of approx. €340 million.Uniper has a 48.2% stake in OLT.

Qatar Awards FEED Contract to McDermott

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Qatar Petroleum said it has awarded the front end engineering and design (FEED) contract for the North Field Expansion Project’s offshore pipelines and topsides facilities to McDermott Middle East Inc.The scope of work awarded includes engineering design for eight unmanned wellhead platform topsides, four 38” trunk lines and four 28” intrafield lines, and is expected to take 12 months to complete.Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, the Minister of State for Energy Affairs, the President & CEO of Qatar Petroleum, said, “This award comes…

FSRU: Bangladesh Terminal Makes First STS Transfer

Bangladesh's second liquefied natural gas (LNG) floating facility is set to receive its first ship-to-ship transfer of gas from an Algerian cargo, a spokeswoman from operator Summit LNG Terminal said on Thursday.'Summit LNG', the floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU), will receive 159,000 cubic meters of LNG from Oman Trading International, with the transfer expected to be completed by Thursday night.The LNG tanker, Creole Spirit, loaded gas from Bethioua, Algeria, she said, adding that a second LNG tanker is expected to arrive on June 3.The FSRU is 75% owned by Summit Corp, a unit of Summit Power International, while its remaining stake

Saudi Aramco to Buy LNG from US

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Saudi Arabia’s state owned oil company Saudi Aramco will buy 5 million tons of liquid natural gas per year(LNG) from the U.S. company Sempra Energy, based in San Diego under a 20 year agreement.The heads of agreement (HOA) between the companies anticipates the negotiation and finalization of a definitive 20-year liquefied natural gas (LNG) sale-and-purchase agreement (SPA) for five million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of LNG offtake from Phase 1 of the Port Arthur LNG export-project under development. It also includes the negotiation and finalization of a 25% equity investment in Phase 1 of Port Arthur LNG.Amin Nasser…

FLNG Satu Achieves First LNG at Kebabangan

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Petronas has produced its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) from a floating LNG (FLNG) facility at the Kebabangan cluster field, 90 kilometers offshore the eastern state of Sabah, the Malaysian state-owned oil company announced on Tuesday.First gas from Kebabangan was introduced into the Petronas FLNG (PFLNG) Satu’s turret system via a 5-kilometer flexible pipeline on May 4, followed by three days of start-up activities that lead to production of the first LNG drop on May 7.Petronas said it expects the first LNG cargo delivery in June 2019.Operated by Kebabangan Petroleum Operating Company Sdn Bhd (KPOC)…

Novatek in Arctic LNG 2 Deal with TechnipFMC

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Russian largest independent gas producer and liquefied natural gas (LNG) player Novatek signed a deal with TechnipFMC for its Arctic LNG 2 project.The contract was signed on engineering, procurement, supply, construction and commissioning (EPC) of an integrated liquefied natural gas facility with an annual liquefaction capacity of 19.8 million tons under the Arctic LNG 2 project, said a press release from the Russia's second largest natural gas producer.The contract terms provide for the launch of the first train of the project in 2023…

Gazprom Finds New Yamal Offshore Fields

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Russian state gas producer Gazprom has discovered two new offshore fields in the Yamal region with total reserves of more than 500 billion cubic meters (bcm), the company said on Friday.The fields are located in the Kara Sea and hold 390.7 bcm and 120.8 bcm respectively, Gazprom said.(Reporting by Anastasia Teterevleva and Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by David Goodman)

10,000th LNG Loading by ​​Qatargas

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The world's largest liquefied natural gas company Qatargas announced that Qatargas Ras Laffan Terminal Operations (RLTO) has safely loaded the 10,000th cargo shipment of non-LNG product in Ras Laffan Industrial City (RLIC).Since starting operations in 2006, the dedicated teams at Qatargas have efficiently and reliably loaded more than four billion barrels of product to customers all over the world. With demand continuing to grow for the vast array of products produced in RLIC, RLTO is entrusted to handle approximately one million barrels of oil equivalent of product every single day.To celebrate this important milestone…

KBR Awarded FEED Contract for Oman LNG

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American engineering company KBR announced  it has been awarded a Front End Engineering Design (FEED) contract by Oman LNG L.L.C for the debottlenecking of their facility at Sur in the Sultanate of Oman.Under the terms of the contract, KBR will provide FEED services for the debottlenecking project to increase production at its world-class plant in Sur. This FEED stipulates KBR performing full FEED services including licenser and vendor management and associated services."This project builds on KBR's extensive track record of developing and implementing LNG projects and providing solutions to complex developments around the world…

Cameron LNG Begins Production

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The Cameron LNG project has achieved first liquefied natural gas (LNG) production from train 1. The project will begin exports in the coming weeks.The project is operated by Cameron LNG LLC jointly owned by Sempra Energy (50.2%), Total (16.6%), Mitsui & Co., Ltd. (16.6%) and Mitsubishi/NYK (16.6%). NYK participates through Japan LNG Investments LLC (JLI), an NYK–Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) joint venture.NYK said in a press release that the Project will produce 12 million tons of LNG per annum through three liquefaction trains.This first batch of LNG was produced by the first liquefaction train.

Rovuma LNG Gets Government Green Light


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The government of Mozambique has approved development plans for the ExxonMobil-led Rovuma LNG project, which will produce, liquefy and market natural gas from three reservoirs located in the Area 4 block offshore Mozambique, two of which straddle the boundary with neighboring Area 1.“The development plan approval marks another significant step toward a final investment decision (FID) later this year,” said Liam Mallon, president of ExxonMobil Upstream Oil & Gas Company.“This is the third development plan approved in this…

Anadarko Signs LNG Supply Deal with JERA, CPC

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US hydrocarbon exploration company Anadarko has signed a Sale and Purchase Agreement (SPA) with Japanese power company JERA and Taiwanese oil and gas company CPC.The SPA calls for the delivered ex-ship supply of 1.6 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) for a base term of 17 years from the commercial start date. Mozambique LNG's portfolio of long-term sales now includes four of the top five LNG importing markets in the world."This co-purchasing agreement with JERA and CPC brings together two prominent Asian foundation customers and will ensure a reliable supply of cleaner energy to meet the growing demands of both Japan and Taiwan…

LNG Trailblazer Eisbrenner Dies at 58

Kathleen M. Eisbrenner (Photo: NextDecade Corporation)

Kathleen M. Eisbrenner, a liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry pioneer and Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors at US based LNG development company NextDecade Corporation, has passed away at the age of 58.Eisbrenner enjoyed a remarkable career, and was widely viewed as one of the foremost female executives in the global LNG industry. She founded NextDecade in 2010 and led the company to its listing on the Nasdaq Stock Market in July 2017. She served jointly as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer until February 2018…

Sempra Names Bilicic Group President

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Sempra Energy on Monday announced that George W. Bilicic has been named group president, effective upon completion of his service at Lazard later this year. Bilicic will lead the company's strategy, corporate development, and legal activities, reporting to Jeffrey W. Martin, chairman and CEO of Sempra Energy.Bilicic is currently a vice chairman of investment banking with Lazard Ltd, a New York-based investment banking firm. He also serves as global head of power, energy and infrastructure and head of Midwest investment banking.Prior to joining Lazard, Bilicic served as managing director and head of infrastructure at KKR, a global investment firm.

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, said the Norwegian owner of LNG carriers.Due to weak demand and ample cargo availability Asian LNG futures prices for Q2 2019 delivery continued falling until early April…

Natural Gas Consumption Up 10% in China

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According to the preliminary estimate, the consumption of natural gas in China exceeded 27 million cubic meters in 2018, registering a YOY increase of more than 10%, said a report.The growing Chinese economy and stricter environmental protection policies drive the growth of natural gas consumption in China. In 2018, the Chinese government introduced several environmental protection policies to further prevent and control atmospheric pollution and replace coal with natural gas in key areas, which pushed up natural gas consumption in China.The market survey by ResearchAndMarkets shows that in 2018…

Tellurian to Decide on Louisiana Driftwood LNG Project in 2019

Tellurian Inc confirmed on Wednesday it still plans to make a final investment decision to build its proposed $30 billion Driftwood liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project in Louisiana in 2019:* The company, in a first-quarter earnings statement, said it was on track to make a final investment decision in 2019, start construction in 2019 and begin operations in 2023.* Driftwood is designed to produce 27.6 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) of LNG or about 4 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd) of natural gas. One billion cubic feet of gas is enough to fuel about 5 million U.S.

Natural Gas Liquid Market to Cross 14 mbl/day by 2025

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Global Natural Gas Liquid Market is poised to cross 14 million barrels per day by 2025, said a study.Japan natural gas liquid market is projected to surpass an annual consumption of 0.2 mbl/day said the latest study by Global Market Insights.Accelerating funding’s toward chemical industry along with the manufacturing of high value-added petrochemicals will augment the industry growth.In addition, up-surge in investments toward automotive sector coupled with expansion of various industrial base including manufacturing, refineries and chemicals will positively impact the product penetration.The U.S.

Piedmont Awards EPC Gig to Matrix

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Oklahoma-based Matrix Service Company has secured an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the Piedmont Natural Gas LNG  facility in North Carolina.The contract was awarded to Matrix’s subsidiary, Matrix Service Inc, to build its liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in Robeson County, North Carolina.The facility will help Piedmont Natural Gas continue providing customers with a reliable supply of natural gas during peak usage days, when extremely low temperatures create a higher-than-normal demand…

Oxy Would Sell Anadarko’s Africa Assets to Total

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France's Total SA said on Sunday it has agreed with Occidental Petroleum Corp to acquire the African assets of Anadarko Petroleum Corp for $8.8 billion, should the two U.S. oil and gas companies clinch a deal to combine.The agreement with Total is the latest move by Occidental in its effort to convince Anadarko to accept a $38 billion cash-and stock acquisition offer and abandon its agreed $33 billion sale to Chevron Corp. On Tuesday, Occidental secured a $10 billion investment from Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway Inc…

Shell Pursues Exit from Indonesia LNG Project

Royal Dutch Shell is moving to sell its stake in Indonesia's $15 billion Abadi liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, industry and banking sources said, following on from an asset disposal program that has raised more than $30 billion.Shell, the world's largest buyer and seller of LNG, is raising cash to help pay for its $54 billion purchase of BG Group in 2015 and hopes to raise around $1 billion from the sale of its 35 percent stake in the project, the sources said.Shell's decision to sell out of the Abadi project in the Masela block…

Nauticor Acquires World's Biggest LNG Bunkering Ship

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AB Klaipedos nafta (KN), the operator of oil products and liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals, and the German company Nauticor GmbH & Co. have agreed on the sale of KN’s 10% stake in the charter contract of Kairos, the world’s largest LNG bunker supply vessel to Nauticor.This leaves the world's biggest LNG bunkering vessel at Nauticor's disposal. The transfer shall become effective as of 30 September 2019, said a press release.World’s largest LNG bunker supply vessel Kairos started operations in Q4/2019. Kairos, owned by Babcock Schulte Energy, is charterd by Blue LNG, a joint venture between Nauticor (90%) and KN (10%).

DOE Approves Port Arthur LNG Project

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the signing of a long-term order authorizing the export of domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Sempra Energy’s Port Arthur LNG export project to be built in Port Arthur, Texas. The U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry signed the authorization allowing Port Arthur LNG to export approximately 13.5 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of LNG to countries that do not have a free-trade agreement (FTA) with the U.S. during the first U.S.-EU Energy Council High-Level Energy Forum in Brussels…

Tellurian Clears Hurdle for LNG Export

Rendering of Tellurian's Driftwood LNG near Lake Charles, Louisiana. Photo: Tellurian Inc.

Texas-based natural gas company Tellurian has announced that the US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy has issued the long-term authorisation for Driftwood LNG to export domestically produced LNG from its proposed export facility to non-free trade agreement (non-FTA) countries.U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry said, “I am pleased to announce the order signed today authorizing Driftwood, owned by Tellurian Inc., to export up to 3.88 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas as LNG, to any country that does…

Bangladesh's 2nd LNG Terminal Begins Operations

Excelerate's FSRU “Summit LNG” Flowing Gas into Bangladesh. Image: Excelerate Energy

Bangladesh has employed its second liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal with the beginning of operations of floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) 'Summit LNG' offshore Moheshkhali Island in the Bay of Bengal.According to Excelerate Energy, the FSRU completed commissioning of the LNG terminal, owned by Summit LNG Terminal, on April 29, 2019. The terminal has a send-out capacity of 500 million standard cubic feet per day (MMscf/d) of natural gas.In August 2017, Summit entered into a 15-year charter agreement with Excelerate for the FSRU Summit LNG.

US LNG Opens Floodgates to Europe

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The United States has nearly tripled its natural-gas exports to the European Union (EU) since July and signed new licenses seeking to establish American energy as an EU mainstay. US exports of LNG surged following a meeting between Donald Trump and Jean-Claude Juncker in July 2018.In their Joint Statement of 25 July 2018 in Washington D.C., President Juncker and President Trump agreed to strengthen EU-U.S. strategic cooperation with respect to energy. They came in particular to an understanding on the benefits of expanded exports of U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the EU gas market.Since the first cargo in April 2016 U.S.

Shell Outperforms Rivals in Q1

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Royal Dutch Shell reported on Thursday a small drop in first quarter profit to $5.4 billion, but still easily beat forecasts, helped by stronger trading and liquefied natural gas earnings.Shell's results outshone those of rivals Exxon Mobil, Chevron and BP which all saw sharp declines in profits in the first three months of the year as a result of lower refining margins and weaker crude and gas prices.Shell's shares were up 2.5 percent by 0932 GMT, compared with a 0.25 percent decline for the sector's broader index .The strong results build on a sharp rise in profits last year to $21.4 billion…

Ichthys Ramps Up Output

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A tanker carrying liquefied natural gas (LNG) has been floating off Australian waters for nearly two weeks as production at Ichthys project ramps up, industry sources told Reuters.The tanker 'Symphonic Breeze' has been moored at Darwin anchorage since April 17 after loading a cargo from the recently launched Ichthys LNG facility, shipping data from Refinitiv Eikon showed.The LNG cargo has already been sold to a North Asian buyer, who chose to lift it at a later date due to high inventory in its tanks, an industry source familiar with the matter said.The "floating cargo" situation has been partly created due to ample global supply with several new

LNG Headed for $200B Capex Boom

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Announcing that the “boom is back” for liquefied natural gas (LNG), Wood Mackenzie says that over the next two years, almost 90 million tonnes per annum (mmtpa) of LNG is expected to take final investment decision (FID) and start construction.The capital expenditure – for both LNG plant and upstream infrastructure – will total more than US$200 billion between 2019 and 2025.This is a major boon for engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractors and other providers along the supply chain.However, the LNG industry…

Novatek Sell 20% Stake in Arctic LNG 2 to China

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Russian gas producer Novatek said on  that it had signed agreements with two Chinese companies to sell a combined 20 percent stake in its new liquefied natural gas project, Arctic LNG 2.Under the agreement, the Chinese firms -CNOOC and CNODC - will become shareholders in the Arctic LNG project with 10 percent each. Novatek gave no financial details in a statement announcing the agreements.According to a press release, Novatek  has signed a binding agreement to enter the Arctic LNG 2 project with China National Oil and Gas Exploration and Development Company Ltd (CNODC)…

EU Funding for Polish LNG Terminal Expansion

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The Polish government and the Polskie LNG company signed a grant agreement on 24 April for the extension of the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal in Świnoujście, in north-western Poland on the Baltic Sea coast.Almost EUR 128 million from the European Regional Development Fund is invested in extending this terminal, which is the only facility of its size in Northern, Central and Eastern Europe.Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Creţu said: "The extension of the Świnoujście terminal will help diversify natural gas supply sources and improve the country’s energy security.

GasLog Predicts LNG Spot Rate Recovery

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GasLog Partners, which owns, operates, and acquires liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers under multi-year charters, said that the longer-term outlook for natural gas demand continued to strengthen in the first quarter of 2019.Despite LNG demand in the first quarter of 2019 being negatively impacted by warmer than usual weather in the Northern Hemisphere winter, global LNG imports during the period totalled 88 million tonnes (mt), compared to 79 mt in the first quarter of 2018, or 11% growth, according to Poten.In particular, China’s LNG imports totalled 15.3 mt, 24% growth over Q1 2018.

Exxon, Chevron Q1 Earnings Expected to Dip

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Exxon Mobil and Chevron are expected to report lower quarterly earnings per share when compared with last year's first quarter, though their stocks have outperformed smaller companies with both in the midst of aggressive expansion plans in shale oil.A combination of lower oil prices, weakness in liquefied natural gas (LNG) portfolios and lackluster refinery margins could hurt integrated oil companies across the board, analysts said ahead of results announcements on Friday."We're not looking for a great first quarter for the group…

Gail Offers 10 U.S. LNG Cargoes

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Gail India on Wednesday offered 10 cargoes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) loading in the United States, three trade sources said.The cargoes are offered for loading between June 2019 and March 2020 on a free-on-board basis, meaning buyers will have to arrange shipping.The Indian importer has 20-year deals to buy 5.8 million tonnes a year of U.S. LNG, split between Dominion Energy's Cove Point plant and Cheniere Energy's Sabine Pass site.The tender closes on April 29.Reporting by Ekaterina Kravtsova and Sabina Sawadzki

NextDecade Receives EPC Bid Packages

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NextDecade Corporation, a liquefied natural gas (LNG) development company focused onLNG export projects and associated pipelines in the State of Texas, announced that it has received bid packages from each of Bechtel Oil, Gas, and Chemicals, Inc. and Fluor Corporation.Both the companies are two of the global LNG market’s leading engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractors.The technical and commercial bid packages, which were received on-schedule, are for fully wrapped lump-sum turnkey (LSTK) EPC contracts for NextDecade’s Rio Grande LNG export project in Brownsville…

Oman LNG Settles $2bln Loan in Advance

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Oman Liquefied Natural Gas LLC has announced that it has successfully repaid its US$2 billion loan facility obligation ahead of schedule, saving interest costs.According to Oman News Agency, the move is part of the company’s ongoing efforts to reduce financial costs and support Oman’s credit rating.The agency quoted Dr Mohammed bin Hamad al Rumhi, Minister of Oil and Gas and chairman of Oman LNG, as saying: “The early repayment of the loan by Oman LNG demonstrates the financial robustness of the company and confidence in the oil and gas industry and Omani economy at large.

LNG Prices Nosedive

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A mild winter and growing surplus of supply have knocked the legs out from under Asian LNG, with spot prices plummeting more than 60% since last September, Rystad Energy, energy research and business intelligence company.Similarly, British front month prices (NBP) have dropped from $9.90 per MMBtu in September 2018 to $4.40 per MMBtu during the first week of April.Current low prices at importing markets offer producers in the main exporting countries – Australia, Qatar and the US – meagre netbacks of below $4 per MMBtu.This basement price no longer allows all exporters to cover their operational costs…

FERC Authorises Driftwood LNG

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U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has granted the authorisation for the construction and operation of Tellurian's Driftwood LNG export facility in Louisiana, U.S.Driftwood LNG is a proposed 27.6 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) liquefaction export facility near Lake Charles, Louisiana, and the associated Driftwood pipeline, a 96-mile proposed pipeline connecting to the facility.President and CEO Meg Gentle said, “Tellurian thanks FERC and other state and federal agencies for their diligence and for working…

Total to Invest in Novateks LNG Projects

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The French oil giant Total intends to buy 10% shares of the transshipment points of liquefied natural gas in Murmansk and Kamchatka, which Novatek plans to build.Russian news agency TASS quoted the CEO of the French company Patrick Pouyanne as saying: "We have just announced that we are investing in Arctic LNG 2, but we are also investing in terminals in Murmansk as well as in Kamchatka. This is part of our agreement with Novatek. To develop Arctic LNG 2, we need two hubs — one in Murmansk, the other in Kamchatka. And Total will be a partner in these two hubs.""All of that will account for a 10 percent share.

U.S. FERC Approves Two New LNG Export Terminals

Chenier's Sabine Pass LNG Facility (CREDIT: Cheniere)

The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Thursday approved construction of two proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminals, Tellurian Inc's Driftwood in Louisiana and Sempra Energy's Port Arthur in Texas.Tellurian said in a release it planned to make a final investment decision on its $30 billion Driftwood project, which includes pipelines and production fields in addition to the liquefaction plant, in 2019 with first LNG production expected in 2023.Sempra has said it planned to make a final investment…

Woodside Q1 Revenue Rises 4%

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Australia's Woodside Petroleum Ltd on Thursday posted a 4 percent rise in first-quarter revenue on higher realized prices for its oil and gas.Revenue rose to $1.22 billion for the three-months ended March 31, compared to $1.17 billion a year ago.Australia's largest listed oil and gas explorer said total production for the quarter came in at 21.7 million barrels of oil equivalent (mmboe), down from 22.2 mmboe a year earlier.The average realized price for the quarter ending March 31 rose to $56 per boe from $51 per boe a year ago.The Wheatstone venture, run by Chevron Corp and in which Woodside has a 13 percent stake, ramped up the firm's LNG output

Santos Posts Record Production in Q1

Santos in January announced first oil from the Van Gogh infill project, marking the completion of the two-well program that will increase production from the field. (Photo: Santos)

Australia's No.2 independent gas producer Santos Ltd on Wednesday posted record quarterly production, boosted by its acquisition of Quadrant Energy assets, while sales revenue jumped 28 percent.Santos said production for the quarter ended March 31 rose to a record 18.4 million barrels of oil equivalent (mmboe), up from 13.8 mmboe last year.Revenue came in at $1.02 billion, the second-highest quarterly revenue on record, it said.Santos acquired Quadrant Energy last year in a $2.15 billion deal, snapping up Quadrant's 80 percent stake in the promising Dorado oil find."In the second quarter…

Feed Gas Introduced at Cameron LNG

Cameron LNG has begun pipeline feed gas flow to the first liquefaction train of the liquefaction-export project as it prepares to begin production of liquefied natural gas (LNG) at the facility in Hackberry, La., according to partners involved in the project. This is the final commissioning step for Train 1 of Cameron LNG Phase 1."We expect to start producing LNG this quarter," said Lisa Glatch, chief operating officer of Sempra LNG and board chair for Cameron LNG.Cameron LNG is jointly owned by affiliates of Sempra LNG LLC, Total, Mitsui & Co. Ltd.

FueLNG Scores Century in Singapore Bunkering

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FueLNG, a joint venture between Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M) and Shell Eastern Petroleum (Pte) Ltd, has set a new industry milestone for Singapore by completing its 100th LNG bunkering operation.Since May 2018, FueLNG has been providing truck-to-ship LNG bunkering for two dual-fuel tugs operated by Keppel Smit Towage.FueLNG is also able to provide LNG for the commissioning of LNG systems and machinery, and trials for gas-fueled vessels. In September 2017, FueLNG completed its first operation and provided LNG…

Cameron LNG Project in Final Stage

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McDermott International, provider of technology, engineering and construction solutions to the energy industry, and its joint venture partner, Chiyoda International Corporation, a U.S.-based wholly-owned subsidiary of Chiyoda Corporation, Japan, announced that Train 1 of the Cameron LNG project in Louisiana has reached the final commissioning stage.This includes the introduction of pipeline feed gas into Train 1 of the liquefaction export facility, the precursor for the production of liquefied natural gas (LNG), said a…

Woodside Expands LNG Supply

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Australian exploration and production company Woodside has opened a liquefied natural gas (LNG) truck loading facility at its Pluto LNG project in Western Australia (WA), as it looks to develop the domestic LNG market for remote power generation and transport fuels.The Pluto LNG project is located 190km north-west of Karratha in WA, in the Northern Carnarvon Basin. It processes LNG from the Pluto and Xena gas fields, which have total dry gas recoverable reserve volumes of 4.4 trillion cubic feet (tcf) and 0.6tcf respectively.Following the completion of commissioning activities…

Keppel Makes First LNG Cargo Import from N. America

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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 160,000m3 of LNG originated from an LNG liquefaction project in North America, marking the first time that Keppel Gas has diversified its gas supply portfolio beyond Southeast…

Study Shows LNG Forming Pathway to IMO 2050

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Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reductions of up to 21% are achievable now from LNG as a marine fuel, compared with current oil-based marine fuels over the entire life-cycle from Well-to-Wake (WtW).An independent study report confirms that emissions of other local pollutants, such as sulphur oxides (SOx), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM), are close to zero when using LNG compared with current conventional oil-based marine fuels.The study, commissioned by SEA\LNG and SGMF, was conducted by leading data and consultancy provider thinkstep according to ISO standards.

Total, Exxon Sign for Papua New Guinea LNG Project

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French energy giant Total and its partners ExxonMobil and Oil Search have signed the Gas Agreement with the Independent State of Papua New Guinea defining the fiscal framework for the Papua LNG Project.The Papua LNG project Gas Agreement allows the partners to enter the Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) phase of study that will lead to the Final Investment Decision in 2020.“The finalization of the Gas Agreement is a major milestone for Papua LNG project that confirms the commitment of all partners and the Government of Papua New Guinea to make the project a success for all stakeholders”…

Petronas Expands LNG Supply

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Malaysian oil and gas company Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) said that it is well-positioned to meet rising LNG demand and expands its flexible and innovative LNG solutions for existing and new markets."With its growing portfolio of LNG supply sources in Malaysia, Australia, Egypt and soon in Canada, Petronas is well-positioned to provide clean energy through its flexible and innovative LNG solutions to existing and new demand markets, as well as to emerging trading hubs," said a press statement from the fully integrated oil and gas company.Petronas President and Group Chief Executive Officer Tan Sri Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin said: “Asia…

Shell to Exit Baltic LNG Oroject

Royal Dutch Shell has decided to exit the Baltic liquefied natural gas (LNG) project led by Russian gas producer Gazprom in the Leningrad region, the chairman of Shell's Russian unit said on Wednesday."Following Gazprom's announcement on March 29 regarding the final development concept of Baltic LNG, we have decided to stop our involvement in this project," Cederic Cremers, Shell Russia's chairman, said.Shell said earlier on Wednesday it was studying the possible implications of a recent decision by Gazprom to move towards the full integration of its Baltic LNG and gas processing plants.(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Writing by Tom Balmforth; e

$13 Bln Papua LNG Project Pushes Ahead

France's Total and its partners signed a long-awaited deal with Papua New Guinea on Tuesday that will allow initial work to start on a $13 billion plan to double the country's liquefied natural gas exports.Developing the Pacific island nation's gas reserves is seen as crucial to its economy as LNG is its biggest export earner, while demand for the fuel is surging globally.Total's partner Oil Search said the agreement would allow the parties to start engineering and design work for a project dubbed Papua LNG also involving Exxon Mobil.They now aim to make a final investment decision in 2020…

Qatargas Delivered 500 Cargoes LNG to China in Ten Years

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Qatargas Operating Company Limited (Qatargas) has recently highlighted its long-term relationship with China."Qatargas has reliably supplied Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to China for 10 years, having safely delivered more than 500 cargoes of LNG to date," Qatargas said.Qatargas established its Beijing Representative Office (BRO) in China in November 2009 to facilitate easy access to both existing and potential LNG buyers in the country.The BRO team, also celebrating a decade of Beijing office setup, have supported in establishing…

Guanghui Signs 10-year LNG SPA with Total

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France’s Total and  Guanghui Energy, a China-based company, principally engaged in the natural gas and coal business, have signed a long-term sale and purchase agreement (SPA) for the supply of 0.7 million tonnes per year of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for a period of 10 years.According to Total, the gas will be delivered to Guanghui’s regasification terminal in Qidong, Jiangsu Province, from Total’s global LNG portfolio.“We are delighted to start a long-term relationship with Guanghui, an increasingly successful LNG market player in China with clear ambitions for growth.

Global LNG Bunker Fuel Market to Reach $1.3bln by 2026

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The global Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as a bunker fuel market was valued around US$ 550 million in 2017, and is expected to register a CAGR of over 8.5%. The bunker fuel market revenue value is exprected to reach US$ 1,263.2 million in 2026.According to a market research report, based on the region the market is segmented into US, Europe, China, India, Japan, and Southeast Asia. Europe market is expected to dominate the global LNG as a bunker fuel market, and it accounts for largest market revenue over US$ 260 mn in 2017…

Woodside Inks LNG Supply Deal with ENN

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Australia's Woodside Petroleum WPL.AX has signed a Heads of Agreement (HOA) to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) to China's ENN Group for 10 years from 2025, both companies said on Friday.Woodside, Australia's biggest listed oil and gas explorer, said in a statement the volume covered by the HOA is 1 million tonnes per annum (mtpa), to be sourced from Woodside's portfolio of gas supply. Signed at the LNG 2019 conference in Shanghai, the HOA follows a cooperation agreement sealed last October.ENN is aiming to increase its market share in China's gas distribution and retailing sector…