Tuesday, April 23, 2019

NextDecade Receives EPC Bid Packages

Rio Grande LNG. Image: NextDecade

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

PLuto LNG plant (Photo: Woodside)

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…

SCF: Ten Years of LNG Shipping from Sakhalin-2

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Russian maritime shipping company specializing in petroleum and LNG shipping Sovcomflot (SCF Group) has just celebrated the tenth anniversary of the start of LNG shipments from the Sakhalin-2 project.In March 2009, SCF’s LNG carrier Grand Aniva loaded the first shipment of Russian LNG produced at the Sakhalin-2 plant. As LNG production at Sakhalin-2 commenced, Russia became a full-fledged member of the club of LNG exporting nations, which at that point included just 15 countries.For a decade two of Sovcomflot’s LNG carriers, Grand Aniva and her sister ship Grand Elena, have been transporting LNG from Sakhalin-2 on a regular basis.

Rederij Doeksen Signs LNG Deal with Titan

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Dutch ferry firm Rederij Doeksen has signed a liquefied natural gas  (LNG) bunker supply agreement with Titan LNG, which supplies and transports LNG to marine markets.Both the companies have signed a long-term agreement for the supply of LNG as a shipping fuel to the newbuild ferries, Willem de Vlamingh and Willem Barentsz.The vessels will be bunkered by trucks on a weekly basis. Both ferries will operate on the ferry route to the Dutch islands of Vlieland and Terschelling.As both vessels will only use LNG as fuel, the ferry service can be provided in a much more environmentally friendly way…

NextDecade, Shell Seal Rio Grande LNG Deal

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The liquefied natural gas arm of oil giant Shell has become the first customer at U.S. company NextDecade Corp 's proposed $15 billion Rio Grande LNG export terminal at the Port of Brownsville.NextDecade signed a 20-year binding sales and purchase agreement (SPA) with Royal Dutch Shell for the supply of two million tonnes per annum of LNG.Pursuant to the SPA, Shell will purchase LNG on a free-on-board basis starting from the commercial operation date of Rio Grande LNG, currently expected in 2023, with approximately three-quarters of the purchased LNG volumes indexed to Brent and the remaining volumes indexed to domestic United States gas indices…

JERA, EDF Finalise LNG JV

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Japan’s LNG importing giant JERA and global wholesale energy markets player EDF Trading have completed the transaction to merge their LNG optimization and trading activities into JERA Global Markets (JERAGM), the new name for JERA Trading.JERAGM is now the exclusive LNG optimiser for JERA and EDF S.A., managing their collective short and medium-term LNG optimisation activities in the wholesale markets. This transaction follows the successful completion of the acquisition of EDFT’s coal business by JERAGM on 4th April, 2017.“This…

Novatek, Repsol Pact for Arctic LNG 2

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Russia's second largest natural gas producer Novatek said that its trading subsidiary Novatek Gas&Power Asia and Spanish energy company Repsol  have agreed to a 15-year contract to supply 1 mtpa of LNG from the Arctic LNG 2 project and other projects.The LNG will be delivered ex-ship primarily to markets on the Iberian Peninsula, said a release from Novatek.“The agreement for the sale of LNG would allow us to increase our market presence on the Iberian Peninsula where Russian pipeline gas is not supplied,” noted Novatek’s…

Vitol, Novatek Sign LNG Deal for Arctic 2 Plant

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Novatek Gas & Power Asia, a trading unit of Russia’s largest independent natural gas producer and LNG operator, Novatek, signed a heads of agreement with British energy and commodity trading company Vitol for the supply of LNG from the Arctic LNG 2 project.The Agreement envisages concluding a 15-year contract with annual supply of one million tons of LNG from the Arctic LNG 2 project as well as other Novatek’s projects.The LNG will be shipped on FOB basis to Novatek’s transshipment terminals in the Murmansk region and Kamchatka…

Sempra Gets Okay for LNG Export in Mexico

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San Diego utility company Sempra Energy Sempra Energy said that its subsidiary Energía Costa Azul (ECA) LNG received two authorizations from the US Department of Energy (DOE) to export US produced natural gas to Mexico and to re-export LNG to countries that do not have a free-trade agreement (non-FTA) with the US.Permission to export to non-free trade agreement nations such as China, Japan and South Korea is desirable status to LNG exporters because due to higher natural gas prices in East Asia. Now Sempra can export from its Phase 1 and Phase 2 liquefaction-export facilities in development in Baja California…

Malaysia's 2nd FLNG May be Ready by Q1 2020

Wan Zulkiflee speaks at the LNG2019 conference in Shanghai (Photo: Petronas)

State-owned Petroliam Nasional Bhd, or Petronas, expects to have its second floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in Malaysia ready by the first quarter of next year, its chief executive, Wan Zulkiflee, told the LNG2019 conference in Shanghai on Tuesday.Malaysia had said in October last year that the facility would be operational by July 2020.Petronas' first floating LNG (PFLNG) Satu is now moored in the Kebabangan cluster field, some 90 kilometers northwest of the Sabah state capital city of Kota Kinabalu, the company had said last month.(Reporting by Meng Meng and Andrew Galbraith; Writing by Jessica Jaganathan; Editing by Tom Hogue)

New Pipeline Coming Offshore Equatorial Guinea

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Noble Energy and partners will build a pipeline linking Equatorial Guinea's offshore gas fields to an onshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant to boost exports, the African nation's government said on Monday.Under a deal with the government the 70 km (44 miles) pipe will have capacity for 950 million cubic feet of gas per day from fields operated by Noble and will be ready in the first quarter of 2021.Once liquefied at the export plant, which is run by Marathon Oil, the gas will be shipped to markets across the globe.Sonagas GE, the state-run gas company, will increase its stake in the project to 30 percent from 25 percent.The gas will come from

Gazprom Names Burmistrova as Deputy CEO

Elena Burmistrova (Photo: Gazprom)

Russian natural gas giant Gazprom has appointed Elena Burmistrova, the head of Gazprom Export, to the post of deputy chief executive, Interfax news agency cited sources as saying on Monday.Oleg Aksyutin, already a board member, was also named as a deputy chief executive, Interfax said. Aksyutin and Burmistrova join at least five other deputy CEOs at Gazprom.(Reporting by Oksana Kobzeva; Writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Jan Harvey)

Norway Investigates Hammerfest LNG Outage

Hammerfest LNG plant (Photo: Harald Pettersen / Equinor)

Norway's oil regulator said on Friday it was investigating the causes of an outage earlier this month at Equinor's Hammerfest LNG plant in the north of the country.The plant converts natural gas produced from the Arctic Snoehvit field into liquid natural gas (LNG) which is exported by tankers."Equinor shut down the plant on 11 March 2019 in order to repair deficiencies in a number of safety valves there.

Russia: New Port of Sabetta LNG Terminal

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an allocation of budget funds in 2021-2022 for the construction of the Utrenny liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in the Russian port of Sabetta on the Northern Sea route, the Kremlin said on its website.The budget money will also be used to reconstruct a navigable channel in the Gulf of Ob in the Kara Sea.The Utrennee gas field is developed by Russian gas giant Novatek and serves as a resource base for the Arctic LNG-2 project. (Reuters, Reporting by Andrey Kuzmin Writing by Polina Nikolskaya Editing by Andrey Kuzmin and Emelia Sithole-Matarise)

Bahrain LNG Terminal to Start Commercial Operations in May

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Bahrain's liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal will start commercial operations in May, with the first LNG shipment to be imported mostly from the UAE's ADNOC, state media quoted the CEO of Bahrain’s National Oil and Gas Authority (NOGA) as saying.Bahrain LNG is the developer of the receiving and regasification terminal within the Khalifa bin Salman Port facility in Hidd, Bahrain, Bahrain LNG's website says.The terminal also houses an offshore LNG receiving jetty and breakwater, a regasification platform, subsea gas pipelines from the platform to shore, an onshore gas receiving facility, and an onshore nitrogen production facility, according to th

Cyclone Halts Production off W. Australia

North Rankin Complex, North West Shelf Project, Western Australia (Photo: Woodside)

Australia's Woodside Petroleum said on Monday it had evacuated all personnel from offshore production platforms off Western Australia ahead of Cyclone Veronica, and was operating the North West Shelf LNG and Pluto LNG plants on skeleton staff.Tropical cyclone Veronica was about 95 kilometers east north east of Karratha, the location of the two LNG plants, early on Monday."Once the immediate risks have passed, Woodside's focus will remain the ongoing welfare of our people, their families and our communities, and the safe return to full operations of our production facilities," the company said.(Reporting by Sonali Paul Editing by Kenneth Maxwell)

First Condensate Cargo Shipped from Prelude

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Royal Dutch Shell on Monday said it had shipped the first condensate cargo from its Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) project off northwestern Australia over the weekend."We can confirm that the first shipment of condensate has sailed from the Shell-operated Prelude FLNG facility.

Flex LNG Bags Charter Deal

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UK-based Flex LNG has entered into a time-charter agreement with an international energy major for one of its liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers.A press release from the owner and operator in LNG shipping with a fleet of next generation LNG carriers said that the time charter period is firm for a period of 12 months commencing end of first quarter 2019.The Charterer also has certain extension options. The time charter rate is variable as a function of the overall market  conditions, it said. Øystein M. Kalleklev, Chief Executive Officer, said:  "We are pleased to announce a prompt time-charter contract with a super major for one of our vessels.

Anadarko Mulls 16 LNG Charters for Mozambique

An LNG carrier transits the Med in a recently taken image (CREDIT: Robert murphy)

Anadarko said on Thursday it would seek long-term charters for around 16 liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers it would need to ship gas from a proposed project in Mozambique.The independent U.S. energy producer aims to take a final investment decision on the $20 billion project in the coming months, having signed up long-term buyers for its LNG.Anadarko said all the contracts signed so far, for over 9.5 million tonnes a year (mtpa) out of a capacity of 12.88 mtpa, were on a delivered ex-ship (DES) basis.The company could have sold the LNG on a free on board (FOB) basis, as do many U.S.

Polish LNG Terminal Gets EU Grant

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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 of the LNG terminal in Poland.The plans were approved under EU State aid rules and would see the terminal capacity increase from 5 to 7.5 billion cubic metres per year.The Commission approved the aid for the construction of this LNG terminal in 2011.

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 conference organised by Vostock Capital.(Reporting by Oksana Kobzeva; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Maria Kiselyova)

Woodside Invests in Cyber Security

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Australia's largest independent oil and gas company said it has invested in a Western Australian company specializing in the protection and security of critical infrastructure.Woodside will take a 10% shareholding in Sapien Cyber, subject to satisfaction of conditions precedent, the company said on Monday.Sapien Cyber is a 100% Australian-owned technology platform that provides clients unprecedented network visibility, dynamic real-time monitoring and actionable intelligence to dramatically reduce the vulnerability of digital systems to cyber attack.

Rising US Oil Clout on Show in Houston

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A glance at the attendee list at one of the world's largest energy industry events in Houston this week left little question about the growing influence of the United States over global oil politics.Present: top U.S. diplomat Mike Pompeo. Absent: leading Saudi and Russian officials, and most OPEC nations.As the United States weans itself off foreign oil imports - thanks to booming domestic production - the complex web of politics and business interests that have shaped decades of Washington's energy diplomacy in the Middle East and beyond is changing.That shift was unmistakable in Houston this week.In his keynote address…

BHP to Drill More Wells in Trinidad

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BHP Group Ltd has stepped up exploration drilling in deep water off Trinidad and Tobago hunting for gas which could supply the country's Atlantic LNG (liquefied natural gas) plant in the 2020s, a senior executive said.The company expects to complete drilling of three wells in block 14, located in its northern contract area, by the middle of this year, Niall McCormack, BHP's vice president for exploration, said on the sidelines of the CERAWeek energy conference in Houston."It's an attractive opportunity so we're looking to de-risk it a bit more…

Petronas FLNG Relocates to Sabah

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Malaysian state-owned oil firm Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) said on Wednesday it had relocated its floating liquefied natural gas facility to the eastern state of Sabah, nearly two years after it began operations.The Petronas FLNG (PFLNG) Satu is now moored in the Kebabangan cluster field, some 90 km northwest of the state's capital city of Kota Kinabalu, the company said.The facility was previously moored in the Kumang cluster field off the coast of Bintulu in neighboring Sarawak, where it began the world's first LNG production from a floating platform in 2017."Petronas has delivered 19 successful cargoes since the commissioning of PFLNG Sat

BP, ExxonMobil in Alaska LNG Deal

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Alaska Gasline Development Corp (AGDC) has signed an agreement with BP and Exxon Mobil to help advance the state-owned company's proposed $43.4 billion Alaska liquefied natural gas (LNG) project.According to the agreement, the concerned parties would work together to identify ways to improve the Alaska LNG project ’s competitiveness, and progress the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission authorization to construct the project.AGDC Interim President Joe Dubler said, “Our respective organizations share an interest in the successful commercialization of Alaska’s stranded North Slope natural gas.

LNG Majors Okay MHPS Gas Turbine

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The engineering and manufacturing giant Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Group (MHI Group) said it has completed successive technical qualification, conducted by oil majors and engineering companies on Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems’ 120MW H-100 Gas Turbine.To date, major LNG players, including ExxonMobil, Shell, Total, along with key engineering contractors such as Bechtel, have all completed extensive qualification studies on Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems' 120MW H-100 Gas Turbine for use as the mechanical driver in conjunction…

BP, Exxon Sign On Alaska LNG Export Project

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Alaska Gasline Development Corp (AGDC) said it signed an agreement with BP PLC and Exxon Mobil Corp to help advance the state-owned company's proposed $43.4 billion Alaska liquefied natural gas (LNG) project."Our respective organizations share an interest in the successful commercialization of Alaska's stranded North Slope natural gas," AGDC Interim President Joe Dubler said in a statement late Friday.BP and Exxon Mobil produce massive amounts of oil in Alaska and have discovered huge gas resources that are stranded in…

Cheniere Completes 5th LNG Train at Sabine Pass

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Texas-based Cheniere Energy Partners said that that Substantial Completion of Train 5 of the Sabine Pass liquefaction project in Cameron Parish, Louisiana (the "SPL Project") was achieved on March 7, 2019."Commissioning has been completed and Cheniere Partners’ EPC partner Bechtel Oil, Gas and Chemicals has turned over care, custody, and control of Train 5 to Cheniere Partners," it said.Under sale and purchase agreements (SPAs) with Centrica plc and Total Gas & Power North America, Inc., the date of first commercial delivery is expected to occur in August 2019…

NextDecade in Rio Grande LNG Site Lease Deal

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US LNG export project developer NextDecade Corporation signed a lease agreement with the Brownsville Navigation District (BND) for its Rio Grande LNG project.The proposed $15 billion Rio Grande LNG export terminal and pipeline at the Port of Brownsville, Texas, was considered and approved during a meeting of the BND Board of Commissioners.The lease agreement, which covers an approximately 984-acre parcel of land in Cameron County, Texas, carries an initial term of thirty years, with two options to renew and extend the term of the lease for periods of ten years each.

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).

Philippines Greenlights LNG Terminal Project

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Philippine power producer First Gen Corp said on Friday it has learned that the Department of Energy has approved its application for a Notice to Proceed (NTP) for the construction of its FGEN Batangas LNG Terminal Project.First Gen, which operates four power plants with a combined capacity of 2,000 megawatts running on the Philippines' Malampaya natural gas, said it has yet to received a formal notice from the DOE on the issuance of NTP.First Gen, with Tokyo Gas Co Ltd as its LNG partner, is seeking to ensure availability of imported gas for its power plants ahead of Malampaya's depletion possibly by 2024 at the earliest.First Gen, in a regulator

First US FLNG Project Moving Ahead

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Plans to construct a U.S. floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) vessel in China, which may also provide funding and buy part of its output, are moving ahead despite trade tension between the countries, an executive at one of the partners said on Thursday.The Delfin LNG project will be the first of its kind for the United States, which has only onshore liquefaction facilities, and will produce up to 13 million metric tonnes per annum (mtpa) of LNG for export.Delfin could export to China, the world's second-largest LNG buyer, but a 10 percent tariff on U.S. LNG as part of the trade conflict begun by U.S.

U.S. LNG Exports Soar, Europe a Big Buyer

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U.S. LNG to Europe may squeeze out smaller gas suppliers.Shipments of U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) have gathered pace in March and Europe is set to stay a top destination for spot cargoes with Asian prices still too low to ship the chilled fuel that far.But winter demand for gas is fading, while steady supplies of gas and LNG have kept inventories well stocked, depressing European gas hub prices. This has raised the question: how many more cargoes can Europe absorb?Suppliers of U.S. LNG have loaded 14 cargoes so far in March…

Nuclear Container Ship Sets Sail to Arctic LNG2

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The nuclear-powered, 260 meter long, 33980 tons deadweight 'Sevmorput' this week sailed from Murmansk to Arkhangelsk where it is to pick up more than 17,000 tons of construction goods.The lighter aboard ship (LASH) system carrier of FSUE Atomflot, the world’s only ship of its kind, will deliver thousands of tons of construction materials to the Arctic LNG 2 project in peninsula Gydan.At the port of Arkhangelsk, the ship will be loaded with pallets, containers and equipment. Upon completion of the loading works, nuclear…

Australia's Best Option is LNG Imports

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Australia has painted itself into a corner with its natural gas industry and faces the stark reality that there are no easy choices to alleviate the dual problem of a looming supply crunch and the associated higher prices.Australia is far from the first country to find itself with an energy issue, but it is unusual insofar as the country is about to become the world's largest exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG), and still it can't get its policy settings right to ensure domestic supplies.It sounds counter-intuitive and somewhat bizarre…

India's Ennore Terminal Gets Qatari LNG

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Qatargas, the world’s largest LNG producer, supplied a commissioning cargo for India’s Ennore LNG receiving terminal, near the southern Indian city of Chennai.The commissioning LNG cargo was delivered onboard the vessel ‘Golar Snow’ on 25th February 2019 by the Swiss commodity trader, Gunvor, to the state-owned Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), which owns and operates the five million tonnes per annum (MTPA) terminal. Qatargas sold the cargo Free On Board (FOB) basis to Gunvor.Ennore will be India’s fifth operational LNG terminal and the first LNG terminal on the East Coast of India.

Venture Global Gets LNG Export Approval from US

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Venture Global LNG said on Tuesday it had received approval to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from its Louisiana facility to non-free trade agreement countries.The company said the U.S.

Total Buys 10% Stake in Arctic LNG 2

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Total has agreed to buy a 10 percent stake in the Arctic LNG 2 project from Russia's Novatek, as the French energy group looks to build up its presence in the area to service a fast-growing Asian market.The companies said on Tuesday Total would also have the opportunity to buy a 10-15 percent direct interest in all Novatek's future LNG projects on the Yamal and Gydan peninsulas.Novatek said that, as well as paying for the 10 percent stake, Total would provide some financing through capital investment for Arctic LNG 2, adding it expected preliminary capex for the project to be $20-21 billion."Arctic LNG 2 fits into our strategy of growing our LNG p

Cheniere's First LNG Train Almost Complete

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Cheniere Energy and Bechtel Oil, Gas and Chemicals said that they have achieved substantial completion of Train 1 of the Corpus Christi LNG Project.Commissioning is wrapped up and Bechtel has turned over care, custody, and control of Train 1 to Cheniere Energy.Jack Fusco – President and CEO of Cheniere said: “Train 1 at Corpus Christi has achieved Substantial Completion, becoming the first liquefaction train placed into operation at a greenfield liquefaction facility in the lower 48 states.Bechtel won the engineering, procurement…

Spanish Port Hosts First LNG Operations

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The port of Ferrol hosted its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering operation recently which saw two ferries filled with LNG by Repsol in the port’s Mugardos terminal.Recently built by Turkish shipyard Tersan, the Samnøy and Huftarøy ferries received 178 cubic metres of fuel from five tanks in total. The Samnøy received about 110 cubic metres of fuel, whereas the Huftarøy was supplied with 68 cubic metres.The two operations were carried out on the outer jetty, which is the dock of the inner dock where small and medium-sized cruise ships usually dock when they visit the city.They were on their way to the Norwegian fjords…

LNG Meets IMO Goals: SEA\LNG

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The consortium promoting the commercial case for liquefied natural gas (LNG), SEA\LNG, believes LNG is a viable pathway to meet the International Maritime Organisation (IMO)’s 2050 Greenhouse Gas (GHG) targets.The maritime industry really has two broad but major environmental initiatives related to air emissions; dramatic improvement of global air quality, and reduction of GHGs, said a release from the multi-sector industry coalition aiming to accelerate the widespread adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel.Reinforcing the case for LNG as a marine fuel…

Vitol and KOMIPO Sign LNG Pact

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South Korea's Korea Midland Power (KOMIPO) and Vitol Asia have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on cooperation in various sectors including liquefied natural gas (LNG).Under an existing long-term Supply and Purchase Agreement (SPA), signed in 2015, Vitol agreed to supply KOMIPO with 400,000 tons of LNG annually for 10 years, said a press release from Vitol.Hyung Koo Park, President and CEO of KOMIPO said, “KOMIPO looks forward to developing its relationship with Vitol, our trusted partner in the LNG business.”CEO of Vitol Group…

LNG Only Fills Niches in Europe

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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 – the energy consumption corresponds to about 13% of the gas transported.With an energy loss of less than five percent, pipelines are much more energy-efficient. Another argument for pipeline gas lay in its lower costs.

Gasum's Coralius Made 100th LNG Bunkering

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Nordic energy company Gasum said that its liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker vessel, Coralius, made its 100th bunkering on February21. Coralius is operating on behalf of Gasum (former Skangas) and the vessel mainly operates in the North Sea and the Skagerrak area.The LNG bunker vessel Coralius celebrated a milestone at the end of February, as she completed her 100th bunkering operation in just 18 months. Coralius delivers LNG through ship-to-ship bunkering at sea and in port. This has significantly increased Gasum’s flexibility and responsiveness to vessels that require LNG but are unable to visit a terminal or a port.

Global LNG Demand to Rise by 35mt in 2019

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Global liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply is set to rise by 35 million tons (mt) in 2019, Trend reports with reference to forecasts of Royal Dutch Shell. Acording to Shell’s latest annual LNG Outlook, Europe and Asia are expected to absorb all this additional supply.Strong demand for cleaner-burning fuel in Asia continued to drive rapid growth in liquefied natural gas (LNG) use in 2018, with global demand rising by 27 million tons to 319 million tons, according to Shell’s latest annual LNG Outlook. Shell expects demand to reach about 384 million tons in 2020.

LNG Rates Hit Record in 4Q: Flex LNG

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During the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2018, spot LNG rates reached record levels as market players were positioning themselves ahead of the winter season, said Flex LNG.According to the UK-based provider of LNG Shipping with a focus on LNG Carriers and FSRUs (Floating Storage Regasification Units), due to a combination of higher temperatures meaning fewer heating days, liquidation of approximately 30 vessels utilized for floating storage the freight rates for LNG has slumped during first quarter of 2019 and also…

Golar Bullish on LNG Market

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Through the provision of cheaper and cleaner energy the liquefied natural gas (LNG) market will likely take market share from coal and oil and sustain industry growth levels of around 10% for the foreseeable future, said Golar LNG.The shipping company registered in Bermuda said that key markets continue to import record levels of LNG as they distance themselves from coal and nuclear, with Chinese and Korean 2018 demand up 41% and 18%, respectively.Lessons learned from gas shortages and last minute buying at the end of 2017 meant that China entered the winter buying market earlier in 2018.

Chesapeake Beats Street, Predicts Higher Output

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Chesapeake Energy Corp's quarterly profit beat analysts' estimates on Wednesday and the company said it expects to produce more crude oil in 2019, boosted by its acquisition of WildHorse Resource in October.Chesapeake's shares rose 10 percent before the opening bell.The company, which agreed to buy Texas oil producer WildHorse in a $4 billion deal, has been focusing on producing more oil over natural gas to benefit from improved prices.Chesapeake said it expects to pump out 116,000 to 122,000 barrels per day of oil bbls in 2019.

Keppel, Golar to Build FLNG Facility

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Keppel Corporation will partner liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipping company Golar LNG  to develop a floating LNG facility (FLNG) facility to be located on the Mauritania and Senegal maritime border.Keppel will partner Golar by subscribing for 30 per cent in Gimi MS Corporation, through Keppel's indirect wholly owned subsidiary First FLNG Holdings (FFH). The remaining 70 per cent in Gimi MS Corporation will be subscribed by Golar.Gimi MS will build and operate the facility, said the company.Keppel and Golar have previously partnered on the FLNG Hilli Episeyo…

Golar to Supply FLNG for BP

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Golar LNG Limited announced Tuesday that its newly incorporated subsidiary Gimi MS Corporation has entered into a 20-year Lease and Operate Agreement (LOA) with BP for the charter of a floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) unit, Gimi, to service the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim project offshore Mauritania and Senegal.The FLNG unit Gimi will liquefy gas as part of the first phase of the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim project and be located at an innovative nearshore hub located on the Mauritania and Senegal maritime border. Expected to commence production in 2022…

MOL Signs LNG Charter with Pavilion Gas

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Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has announced that it has signed a long-term charter contract to operate Asia's largest (12,000m3-class) LNG bunkering vessel in Singapore, the world's largest fuel supply port, with Pavilion Gas, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pavilion Energy.Demand for LNG as bunker fuel is expected to grow on a global scale as stricter SOx regulations take effect in January 2020. Singapore's Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) is focusing considerable effort on development of an LNG fuel supply infrastructure and…

Environmental Concerns to Lift LNG Demand

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China LNG demand soars amid push to reduce pollution; LNG demand to reach 384 mln tonnes in 2020 -Shell.Global liquefied natural gas (LNG) trade is set to rise 11 percent this year as China leads a global drive to reduce pollution and tackle carbon emissions, Royal Dutch Shell said in an annual LNG report on Monday.Shell's forecasts, which see LNG demand rising to 354 million tonnes this year and to 384 million tonnes in 2020, reflect a burgeoning industry with new production facilities opening in Australia, the United States and Russia and more countries becoming importers by constructing receiving terminals.Shell…

EPIK, Hyundai Join for FSRU Projects

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South Korea-based liquefied natural gas (LNG) floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) project development company EPIK Co. has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Hyundai LNG Shipping, the marine freight transportation services for LNG."The agreement lays out a framework for the two companies to work together in the development of FSRU projects around the globe, including, but not limited to, EPIK’s recently announced Newcastle LNG FSRU import project at the Port of Newcastle, Australia," said a press release form EPIK.Jee Yoon…

Repsol Signs Deal for Brittany Ferries' New LNG Ship

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Repsol signs supply deal for Brittany Ferries' new LNG ship* Spanish energy company Repsol has signed an agreement with Brittany Ferries to deliver liquefied natural gas (LNG) to its Spanish operations, it said on Friday.* Under the agreement, Repsol will install a fixed quayside LNG storage and supply system in one of Brittany Ferries’ two Spanish ports - Santander or Bilbao. Repsol will then supply LNG bunker fuel to Brittany Ferries’ new LNG-powered cruise ship Salamanca during the ship’s routes between Britain and Spain.* The supply of LNG will begin in 2022 after Salamanca's entry into service.

Venture Global Gets Approval for Louisiana Facility

Venture Global LNG Inc said on Friday it has received regulatory approval for its Calcasieu Pass LNG export facility and the TransCameron Pipeline in Louisiana.Venture Global, which plans to immediately begin construction on the project, said it has binding 20-year sale and purchase agreements with two leading oil companies - Royal Dutch Shell Plc and BP.The Calcasieu Pass facility is designed to produce about 10 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) of LNG, or about 1.3 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd) of natural gas. One billion cubic feet is enough gas to fuel about 5 million U.S. homes for a day.

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…

LNG Bunkering Takes Off in Rotterdam

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The throughput of LNG - liquefied natural gas - as bunker fuel in the Rotterdam bunker port increased considerably from 1,500 to 9,500 tonnes in 2018.Meanwhile, the sale of bunker oil - fuel for shipping - in the bunker port decreased from 9.9 million m3 to 9.5 million m3. The decrease can almost entirely be ascribed to the decline in sales of heavy fuel oil from 8.3 million m3 to 7.9 million m3.The Port of Rotterdam Authority suspects that the decline in bunker volumes in Europe’s largest bunker port is a consequence of the increased scale and use of modern vessels in container shipping.

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.

Elengy's Fos Tonkin LNG Capacity for Sale

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French liquified natural gas (LNG) terminal operator Elengy, a unit of the energy giant Engie, is preparing the sale of access capacities to the Fos Tonkin LNG terminal for the period 2021-2030.Within the sale process, Elengy will offer its potential customers several types of services, including the conventional unloading of Medmax-type LNG tankers (vessel with a capacity of 75,000m3 of LNG), the reloading of micro-tankers for LNG bunkering needs, as well as the LNG trucks loading.Compared to currently-used shipping fuels…