Saturday, June 23, 2018

Russia's Novatek, S.Korea's Kogas Sign LNG Agreement

Russian energy company Novatek and South Korea's state-run Korea Gas Corp (KOGAS) signed an agreement on liquefied natural gas (LNG) cooperation after talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his South Korean counterpart, Moon Jae-in, on Friday.After the signing of the agreement, Putin said South Korean firms may join Novatek's Arctic LNG project. Reporting by Denis Pinchuk and Polina Nikolskaya; Writing by Tom Balmforth

Croatia Reopens Bidding for LNG Terminal Capacity

LNG Hrvatska launched a second round of bidding for potential operators of an offshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Croatia's northern Adriatic on Friday, after the previous round drew little interest.Last week, Croatia's parliament passed a law to enable the construction of the terminal, part of a European Union drive to diversify away from Russian gas imports.The project, which will be built on the island of Krk will be partly funded by the EU but has been criticised by environmental groups and local councils.LNG Hrvatska…

LNG to Benefit Philippines, Says ADB Energy Expert

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo: PNA

The Philippines stands to benefit from introducing liquefied natural gas (LNG) to support power generation and making it part of its energy mix, the government's Philippine News Agency reported quoting  an energy sector expert for the Asian Development Bank (ADB). “Right now and the foreseeable future, natural gas and LNG is much cheaper today compared to two to three years ago, so there is a chance for the Philippines and for the countries in Asia to benefit from LNG and this is window of opportunity I think,” ADB chief of energy sector group Dr. Yongping Zhai said in an interview on Thursday.

Thick Sea Ice Blocks Exports from Yamal LNG Plant

LNG carrier Christoph de Margerie (File photo: SCF Group)

Thick sea ice is impeding Arctic shipments of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Russia's newly-built export plant in Yamal, Russia's state-run nuclear-powered tanker company Rosatomflot said.Unseasonably severe ice conditions are also clogging routes to Asia through the Northern Sea Route (NSR), leading to the extension of the winter-spring navigation of Atomflot's nuclear ice-breakers, it said.The Novatek-operated LNG facility's fleet of LNG ice-breaking tankers aim to deliver gas to Northeast Asia along the NSR in summertime when ice sheets thin.In winter…

Russia's Yamal LNG Ships First LNG Cargo to Spain's Fenosa

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Russia's Yamal LNG plant said on Thursday it had shipped a first gas cargo to Spain's Gas Natural Fenosa.According to the 24-year offtake contract, Yamal, controlled by Russia's Novatek, is set to ship 2.5 million tons of LNG annually, which equals more than 3 billion cubic meters of natural gas.Russian pipeline gas is not supplied to Spain.Reporting by Denis Pinchuk

LNG Imports Climb at CNOOC's Zhejiang Terminal

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CNOOC's Zhejiang terminal will receive 5 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas in 2018 up from 3.58 million tonnes last year, CNOOC Gas and Power Co said on Thursday.The Zhejiang terminal located in Ningbo in Zhejiang province has unloaded 33 LNG tankers as of June, or 2.3 million tonnes, up 94 percent from the same period last year, CNOOC Gas and Power said.Storage tanks linked to the terminal are nearly full, CNOOC said.The terminal is a supply hub of LNG for Zhejiang province in eastern China where gas consumption is surging as households switch to gas for winter heating.(Reporting by Meng Meng and Aizhu Chen; editing by Jason Neely)

Shell Sells $1.3 Billion of Oil and Gas Assets

Picture taken after today’s signing. From left: Ola Borten Moe (OKEA CCO), Rich Denny (Managing Director A/S Norske Shell) and Erik Haugane (OKEA CEO)

Royal Dutch Shell announced the sale on Wednesday of oil and gas assets in Norway and Malaysia for over $1.3 billion, bringing it closer to a target of $30 billion in disposals by year-end.The Anglo-Dutch company agreed to sell to OKEA, a Norwegian producer backed by private equity firm Seacrest Capital, its 45 percent interest in the Draugen Norwegian offshore field and a 12 percent in the Gjoa block for a total of $566 million, the two companies said.Earlier, Shell announced the completion of the sale of a 15 percent stake in Malaysia LNG (MLNG) Tiga to the Sarawak State Financial Secretary for $750 million.Shell committed to the ambitious three

GasLog Partners Signs New Charter Agreement with Cheniere Energy

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GasLog Partners announced that it has entered into a new multi-year time charter for the GasLog Sydney with a wholly owned subsidiary of Cheniere Energy scheduled to commence in 2018. The charterer has options to extend the charter for up to two consecutive periods at escalating rates. GasLog Sydney is a 155,000 cbm tri-fuel diesel electric liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier built in 2013 and currently on a multi-year time charter with a wholly owned subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc through September 2018. The vessel…

Panama Imports Its First LNG Cargo

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Panama has imported its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo to commission the newly built $1 billion Costa Norte facility and power plant at Colon, expected to be a launch-pad for LNG trade across Central America.Many utilities in Central America and the Caribbean remain reliant on burning oil to generate electricity, but LNG offers a cleaner, cheaper and more efficient alternative.Shipping data shows the Engie-chartered Provalys tanker arrived last week, carrying a cargo exported from the Sabine Pass plant in Louisiana in March.AES Panama, a unit of U.S.

Feedgas Flows into Sabine Pass LNG Export Plant Drop Again

Sabine Pass LNG export plant (File photo courtesy pf Cheniere Energy)

Feedgas supplies into Cheniere Energy's Sabine Pass liquefied natural gas (LNG) export plant in Louisiana fell again after recovering briefly following a month-long maintenance shutdown affecting one of three production units, data showed on Tuesday.Input levels on the three pipelines serving the facility showed feed levels had fallen to 2,180 million cubic feet/day (mcf/day) on Tuesday after a fall and briefly recovering to a high of 2,860 mcf/day on Saturday.Current inflow levels suggest that the expected restart of the plant's third liquefaction train, or unit, had suffered a setback.Cheniere was not available for immediate comment.(Reporting b

Trafigura Signs Second Storage Deal with Singapore LNG Corp

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Commodities trader Trafigura has signed a second deal with Singapore LNG Corp, operator of the city-state's first liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal, for storage and reload services, the two companies said on Monday.Under the agreement, which was signed on May 30, Trafigura will have access to 160,000 cubic meters of firm LNG storage capacity on a segregated basis for the next 24 months, they said in a joint statement.It is the second such agreement that Trafigura has signed to use excess LNG storage capacity at SLNG's terminal on Jurong Island off western Singapore.

Centrica, Tokyo Gas Break Mold in Mozambique LNG Deal

Britain's Centrica and Japan's Tokyo Gas aim to buy liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Anadarko Petroleum's $20 billion project in Mozambique, the first joint procurement deal designed to defuse risks facing the buyers in their respective markets.The deal also brings Anadarko one step closer to constructing its East African LNG project just as it corrals $14 billion to $15 billion from banks and export credit agencies for the 17,000-acre liquefaction complex in Mozambique's remote north.Lenders require Anadarko to fix at least 8.1 million tonnes (mt) of the project's 12.88 mt total annual output in long-term sales deals to guarantee project revenues

ExxonMobil Considers Importing LNG to Australia

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ExxonMobil Corp, southeastern Australia's biggest gas supplier, is considering importing liquefied natural gas (LNG) to help plug a looming gas shortage from 2021 and protect its market share.The move would compete with plans by both Australia's no.2 energy retailer AGL Energy to start importing LNG by 2021 and a consortium involving Japan's JERA to start imports from 2020.ExxonMobil is also stepping up exploration off the coast of Victoria and considering developing a gas field called West Barracouta close to an existing field…

GTT Studying Gravity Based Systems for LNG Projects

French engineering company GTT said it has been assigned by two major companies to carry out Front End Engineering Design (FEED) studies on new Gravity Based System (GBS) projects for separate linquefied natural gas (LNG) projects.The first one, signed with an European EPC, concerns a large LNG liquefaction project comprising several concrete caissons with several liquid gas membrane tanks, while the second concerns a smaller and metallic GBS project conducted with an Asian partner for providing energy to an island.The…

Enbridge Starts Valley Crossing Natgas Pipe Work at Tex-Mex Border

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Canadian energy company Enbridge Inc said it started construction of the offshore border crossing section of its $1.6 billion Valley Crossing natural gas pipeline between Texas and Mexico, according to a federal filing made available on Wednesday.The 168-mile (270-kilometer) Valley Crossing project is designed to carry up to 2.6 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd) of gas from Texas to help Mexico meet its growing power needs as generators there shift away from fuel oil and imported liquefied natural gas.One billion cubic feet is enough to fuel about five million U.S.

Shell Feeds Gas to Australia's New Prelude FLNG

Prelude FLNG (File photo courtesy Shell)

Royal Dutch Shell has introduced gas to its 490 meter (1,600 ft) long Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) unit as part of the cooling process before start-up, a spokeswoman told Reuters on Wednesday.Gas was fed to the unit from liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier Gallina, she said.

AGL Energy Inks Deals for LNG Import Jetty

Australian power producer AGL Energy said on Tuesday it has signed two agreements for its planned liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal at Crib Point in the southeastern state of Victoria.The first is with pipeline firm APA Group to develop and construct the Crib Point Pakenham pipeline, and transport gas from the proposed LNG terminal to the domestic market, AGL said.The second is with the Port of Hastings Development Authority for the long-term use of Crib Point Jetty berth 2 to moor the floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU).Both are subject to a final investment decision to be made on the terminal by the financial year 2019.The

Nine People Injured in China Gas Pipeline Blast

A gas pipeline exploded late on Sunday in China's southwestern province of Guizhou, seriously injuring nine people, official news agency Xinhua reported on Monday.The blast occurred on a pipeline owned by PetroChina at Jiangbaying, near Shazi in Guizhou province, Xinhua said. No deaths had been reported.The route is a domestic extension of a Myanmar-China gas pipeline.After the explosion at 11.20 pm (1620 GMT), automatic control systems closed the pipeline, Xinhua said.

Sibur Says New Gas Chemical Complex Will Cost up to $8 Bln

Russian petrochemical company Sibur said its plans to build a gas chemical complex in Russia's Far East will require preliminary investments of up to $8 billion and it is still looking for Asian partners.Sibur said a year ago that it had been in talks with a number of Chinese investors about participating in the project to build the complex in Amur.Sibur's Chief Executive Officer Dmitry Konov told Reuters in a recent interview, that the company, Russia's largest petrochemicals company, was still talking to investors, without giving details on their progress."We look at the implementation of the Amur complex as a joint venture…

New LNG Contract Framework to Spur 'Oil-like' Trading Model

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Introduction of GTC contracts could spur trading, cut costs; traders say existing system inefficient and tedious. A new umbrella contract meant to streamline trading of liquefied natural gas (LNG), bogged down in red tape and wrangling over terms, could boost liquidity, draw in new entrants and speed up the market's transition to an oil-like model. Already a mainstay of crude oil and pipeline gas trading, general terms and conditions (GTCs) provide a framework that traders can opt into by reference, scrapping the cumbersome system which currently sees LNG bought and sold through a web of bilateral master sales agreements (MSAs).

TechnipFMC Awarded Pluto Contract

Pluto LNG Platform (Photo: Woodside)

TechnipFMC said it has been awarded a contract by Woodside to upgrade the Pluto Platform Offshore for water treatment, located offshore Western Australia.The contract includes the engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning (EPCIC) of the Pluto Water Handling Module. This module, to be installed on the existing Pluto Alpha Gas Production Platform, will consist of facilities for water separation and treatment, together with upgraded power generation units.Nello Uccelletti, President of TechnipFMC's Onshore/Offshore business…

Explosion on TransCanada WV Gasline Section Contained

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An explosion on a TransCanada Columbia Gas Midstream pipeline outside Moundsville, West Virginia early on Thursday has been contained, according to a local media report. No employees were at the site of the explosion and no homes were in danger, the Intelligencer reported on its news website, citing Roberts Ridge Volunteer Fire Department chief Robert Jones. TransCanada Corp was not immediately available for comment.

Phoenix Petroleum, CNOOC Partner for LNG Terminal

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Philippine fuel retailer Phoenix Petroleum said it had agreed to partner with a subsidiary of state-owned China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC) to explore building a receiving terminal for liquefied natural gas in the country.The Philippines is seeking investors to build a storage and distribution facility for imported LNG as it moves to replace its Malampaya gas reserves, expected to be depleted by 2024.Phoenix Petroleum, owned by a local businessman who helped bankroll President Rodrigo Duterte's 2016 election campaign…

Cheniere's U.S. LNG Outage Spurs European Reload Activity to Asia

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Cheniere Energy, dealing with an ongoing partial outage at its Sabine Pass liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in Louisiana, is making use of its idle tankers to pick up LNG in Europe for sale in Asia where prices are surging, traders said.Feedgas volumes into Sabine Pass fell by a third to 2 billion cubic feet/day on May 15 and have remained there ever since, according to flow data from three pipelines serving the facility.The plunge reflects an outage at the plant's third liquefaction train, traders said.

GTT to Equip FSRU Newbuild

GTT has received an order notification from South Korean shipyard Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) to equip a new floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) with its Mark III cryogenic membrane containment system.The FSRU of 170,000 m3 will be built on behalf of a European ship-owner. Its delivery is scheduled in 2020."We are very pleased to pursue our long-term partnership with HHI through this project," commented Philippe Berterottière, Chairman and CEO of GTT. "FSRU are the prime solution chosen by operators as they constitute an economical alternative to onshore storage terminals and offer a higher flexibility…

New LNG Import Terminal Planned at Port Kembla

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A consortium including Japan's JERA Co and Marubeni Corp aiming to ship liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Australia's east coast has chosen a site south of Sydney at Port Kembla for an import terminal, it said on Monday.The project will allow access to a new gas supply for local industries in New South Wales state by 2020, the consortium, Australian Industrial Energy (AIE), said in a statement.AIE also includes iron ore magnate Andrew Forrest's Squadron Energy. Top global LNG buyer JERA is a joint venture of Tokyo Electric Power Co and Chubu Electric Power Co.This is Australia's second proposed LNG import terminal.

China's LNG Trucking Capacity to Double by 2025

China's liquefied natural gas (LNG) trucking capacity will double to 38 million tonnes by 2025, consultancy Wood Mackenzie said in a report on Monday.The flexibility offered from delivering LNG by truck will help offset a lack of infrastructure such as pipelines, storage and regasification units, the consultancy said.Wood Mackenzie estimated the country's gas consumption would reach 264 billion cubic metres in 2018, with 12 percent of that delivered by trucks.While gas demand is expected to remain healthy this year, the next winter shortage will not be as severe as last season, Wood Mackenzie said.(Reporting by Meng Meng and Aizhu Chen Editing by

East China LNG Terminal Records 93% Sales Increase

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A liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal in east China operated by China National Offshore Oil Company, or CNOOC, recorded an increase of 93 percent in gas sales in the first five months of this year, the state oil company said on Monday,CNOOC's LNG sales from the Ningbo terminal in Zhejiang province hit 2 million tonnes by the end of May, nearly doubling the amount from a year ago, according to a statement posted on CNOOC's website.The gas sales are expected to head higher in the coming few months as demand for the fuel rises with hotter summer temperatures.The report did not give a breakdown for sales via pipeline and LNG trailers, the latt

CNOOC Leases Bigger FSRU to Boost LNG Imports

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The trading arm of China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC) struck a three-year lease for a bigger floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) from Hoegh LNG as it seeks to boost imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG).In a statement, shipowner Hoegh LNG said its Esperanza FSRU was contracted to CNOOC Gas & Power Trading and Marketing.The floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal will be based in Tianjin as a replacement for Hoegh's GDF Suez Cape Anne FSRU, recently redeployed from China to India.The Esperanza is larger…

CNOOC Plots Tianjin LNG Terminal Expansion

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CNOOC will start building six liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage tanks by the end of the year as part of a project to expand its Tianjin LNG terminal to help meet surging demand from households in northern China, CNOOC Gas and Power Group said in statement on Wednesday night.The project, including six tanks each with 220,000 cubic meters of storage capacity, 12 gasification units and 12 high pressure pumps, has been approved by CNOOC's board members, the company said.The new facilities are expected to start operating in 2022.CNOOC's Tianjin terminal is expected to have 7.25 million tonnes of annual LNG processing capacity by 2030, up for 3.21 mil

AGL Decision on LNG Import Terminal Expected in FY2019

AGL Energy Ltd, Australia's biggest power producer, expects to make a final investment decision on the country's first liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal in the financial year of 2019, a company official said on Friday.The A$250 million ($189 million) project will consist of a leased floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) and jetty at Crib Point in the southeastern state of Victoria. The terminal will handle up to 130 to 140 petajoules a year, or 2.6 million tonnes of LNG, by 2020 or 2021."We are working to progress the project to a final investment decision in the financial year 2019 and are on track to do that…

LNG Prices Climb on Limited Supply

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Asian spot liquefied natural gas (LNG) prices rose this week to their highest since February as buying interest from China remained firm and as supply is expected to be limited during maintenance in August.Spot prices for July delivery in Asia were at $9.60 per million British thermal units (Btu) this week, gaining 40 cents from the previous week and are at the highest for this time of the year since 2014.Higher oil prices had been deterring some buyers from snapping up cargoes in the spot market in recent weeks but some of them may now need to cover their requirements promptly…

Golar LNG Unwinds Joint Venture with Schlumberger

Golar LNG said on Thursday it would wind down its joint venture with Schlumberger, called OneLNG, which had been involved in the development of the Fortuna LNG project with Ophir in Equatorial Guinea.Golar said despite an agreed development plan and extensive efforts in the last 12 months by OneLNG and Ophir management, it has not been possible to finalise an attractive debt financing package.This, together with other capital and resource priorities, resulted in a decision from Schlumberger to end their participation in the project.Based on the structure of the BP project, Golar and Schlumberger plan to wind down OneLNG and work on Fortuna LNG pro

LNG Tanker Stena Blue Sky to Arrive at Rotterdam on June 7

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Liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker Stena Blue Sky is due to arrive at the Dutch port of Rotterdam on June 7, Reuters shipping data showed on Thursday.The tanker has a capacity of about 144,000 cubic meters of gas.(Reporting by Susanna Twidale; Editing by Dale Hudson)

Petronas Buys Stake in Canadian LNG Export Project

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Malaysia's state-owned oil and gas company Petroliam Nasional Bhd said on Thursday it is buying a 25 percent stake in a Canadian liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project, nearly a year after cancelling its own planned terminal.The company, known as Petronas, scrapped plans to build a $36 billion ($28 billion) LNG export terminal in British Columbia last year over concerns of a glut in the market that led to depressed fuel prices.But surprisingly strong demand from China, South Korea and India has erased those concerns…

BW LPG Offers to Buy Dorian LPG in $1.1 Bln Deal

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The world's largest liquid petroleum gas (LPG) shipper, Norway's BW LPG, is offering to buy competitor Dorian LPG in a $1.1 billion all-stock deal in an effort to boost its earnings in a weak market, it said in a statement on Tuesday.Dorian shareholders will receive 2.05 BW LPG shares for each Dorian share, equal to $7.86 per share, a premium of 13 percent from Friday's closing price, and based on BW LPG's share price on May 28.New York-listed Dorian LPG's equity is valued at about $441 million and including debt the transaction is valued at $1.1 billion.The deal is backed by shipping conglomerate BW Group, owned by the Hong Kong-based Sohmen-Pao

Flex LNG Steers Away From Floating Units as Challenges Emerge

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Flex LNG, a liquefied natural gas shipping company and part of the nautical empire of Norwegian billionaire John Fredriksen, has dropped its interest in operating floating regasification units due to project failures and low returns. Floating Storage Regasification Units (FSRUs) have been lauded by analysts as transformative for the LNG industry by opening up emerging markets to supplies as the vessels are cheaper to build than the onshore infrastructure normally needed to receive the super-cooled gas that is transported by ship. But over the past year several projects have either stalled or been delayed.

LNG Prices Firm on Chinese, South Korean Demand

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Spot price highest in more than 3 months. Asian spot liquefied natural gas (LNG) prices breached the $9 per million British thermal unit (mmBtu) mark this week, a three-year summer season high driven by crude oil gains, production outages and demand from key Asian consumers. Spot prices for July <LNG-AS> delivery in Asia were at $9.20 per mmBtu this week, gaining 50 cents from the previous week and the highest in more than three months. Demand from buyers in South Korea, China and India supported prices at a time when maintenance in Angola is expected to curb supply.

Total to get 10 pct in Russia's Arctic LNG-2 Project

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French energy major Total will get a 10 percent stake in the future Arctic LNG-2 project led by Novatek, Novatek Chief Executive Leonid Mikhelson said on Thursday.   The entire project has been valued at $25.5 billion, Mikhelson told reporters, adding the deal was expected to close in the first quarter of 2019.   Total has an option to increase its stake in Arctic LNG-2 by a further 5 percent if Novatek decides to reduce its stake below 60 percent, Mikhelson said. Novatek currently plans to keep its stake in the project at 60 percent, he added.   Total owns almost 20 percent of Novatek shares.   Reporting by Oksana Kobzeva

India's GAIL Turns to Spot and Short-term LNG Deals

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Indian gas utility GAIL (India) has switched its focus to short-term and spot deals for the purchase of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to meet rising demand and hedge against price volatility, its chairman said.The move from longer-term deals comes as India builds infrastructure, including pipelines and import facilities, to raise the share of gas in its energy mix to 15 percent by 2030 from the current level of about 6.5 percent."Today the market is moving from long-term (deals) to short term and spot. So we are buying short-term and are also looking at the swap (deals)," said B.

Wärtsilä LNGPac Passes Milestone

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Wärtsilä’s Fuel Gas Supply Systems passed a significant milestone with the 100th order being booked. Two new shuttle tankers being built for Singapore based AET Tankers will feature Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel auxiliary engines running primarily on LNG fuel, and fitted with LNGPac units. This contract brought the total number of orders received for this innovative system to 100. Introduced in 2009,  the system comprises a bunkering station, the LNG fuel tank and related process equipment, as well as the control and monitoring system. The LNGPac fuel system can be offered as a standalone product, or as part of a complete propulsion system.

US LNG Projects Buoyed by China Import Talks

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China's interest in reducing its trade surplus with United States through increased energy imports could advance plans for U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) plants, said energy executives involved in developing new facilities.The White House and China on Saturday said a U.S. trade team would travel to China to explore new energy and agricultural deals. The joint communique lowered trade tensions, lifting stock markets in Asia and the United States on Monday.There are over two dozen proposed U.S. LNG plants waiting for customer commitments to reach a final investment decision, many of them looking to China for deals. About 13 percent of U.S.

Tokyo Gas Takes First LNG Cargo from Cove Point

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Japan received its first shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) on Monday from Dominion Energy Inc's newly completed Cove Point export plant, the beginning of a jump in imports from the United States by the world's biggest buyer of the fuel.The docking of the tanker LNG Sakura at Tokyo Gas Co's Negishi terminal near Tokyo is another marker of shifting global energy flows as the United States ramps up exports of gas and oil from shale formations.The cargo is the first of 2.2 million tonnes of LNG a year Japanese companies are purchasing under long-term contracts from Cove Point in Maryland.

Osaka Gas wins Taiwan LNG terminal consulting work

Japanese city gas supplier Osaka Gas says its subsidiary has won consulting work for liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals planned by Taiwan's state-owned CPC Corp and Taiwan Power Co.The subsidiary, Osaka Gas Engineering, will handle basic design for all of the planned LNG terminals in Taiwan, Japan's second-biggest city gas supplier said in a statement.(Reporting by Osamu Tsukimori)

Dana Gas Receives Dividend From Pearl Petroleum

Dana Gas PJSC, the Middle East’s largest regional natural gas company has announced that it received a dividend payment of $22.75 million (AED 83.5m) from Pearl Petroleum Company Limited (‘Pearl Petroleum’) in proportion to the company’s shareholding in Pearl Petroleum.    This brings the total dividend payments received from Pearl Petroleum for the year to date to $36.75 million (AED 135m).

Bangladesh Drops Trafigura in LNG Talks as Gunvor Advances

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Bangladesh has terminated talks with Swiss-based commodity trader Trafigura to install a small floating liquefied natural gas (LNG ) import terminal due to delays in agreeing terms, while rival trader Gunvor advances with a separate project. Once considered an energy backwater, Bangladesh's LNG demand is set to hit 17.5 million tonnes annually by 2025 after importing its first cargo last month, and as traders target Southeast Asia's booming gas markets to boost sales. Swiss-based commodity traders Trafigura, Vitol and Gunvor were all pursuing LNG import projects in Bangladesh…

Expected LNG Surplus Evaporates, New Projects Looming

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Liquefied natural gas (LNG) producers around the globe are once again considering new investments as expectations of a glut in supply wither away in the face of strong, China-led demand growth in Asia. Given it takes several years to go from a Final Investment Decision (FID) to producing cargoes of the super-chilled fuel, however, the industry may be acting too late to prevent a supply shortfall by the middle of next decade. Much of the focus this week at an annual oil and gas conference in Australia - which is about to become the world's top exporter of LNG - was on what projects are viable and how quickly can they be developed.

Angola LNG Ramps Up Exports ahead of Maintenance

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Angola's sole liquefied natural gas (LNG) project is stepping up exports of cargoes in the spot market ahead of maintenance, three industry sources said on Tuesday.The plant has issued several tenders in the spot market for LNG cargoes to load in May and June, the sources said.Angola's Soyo plant, which has a capacity of 5.2 million tonnes of LNG per year, will be undergoing a planned shutdown for maintenance in July, with production expected to resume in early August, a company spokeswoman said.The spokeswoman declined to comment on the plant's recent rise in exports…

Norway Expects Gas Export Prices to Slip in 2019

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Prices of Norwegian gas exports are likely to rise slightly this year amid strong demand, but will fall back in 2019 as liquefied natural gas (LNG) deliveries in Europe are expected to increase, the government said in its revised budget on Tuesday.Europe's largest gas supplier after Russia forecast gas export prices would rise by 0.1 crowns per standard cubic metres (sm3) to average 1.8 crowns (22.43 U.S.

Nord Stream 2 Dredging Starting Off German Coast

An ROV operates from the vessel Trio to explore the seabed close to Lubmin, Germany. (File photo: © Nord Stream 2 / Axel Schmidt)

A consortium of western companies and Russia's Gazprom that is due to build the controversial subsea Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany said on Tuesday it was starting preparatory work in the Greifswald bay off Germany's Baltic coast."Five dredgers are now working on the trench for the two pipeline strings," the consortium, based in Switzerland's Zug, said in a press release. Nord Stream 2 will consist of two pipelines running in parallel."Preparatory works are in accordance with the Stralsund mining authority's planning approval," it said.

Angola LNG Plant Sells Cargo to Petrobras

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Angola's sole liquefied natural gas (LNG) project has sold a cargo loading over May 12 to 13 to Brazil's Petrobras, two industry sources said on Monday.The exact price details could not immediately be confirmed but the cargo is priced off the European benchmark National Balancing Point (NBP) gas price, one of them said.The cargo will be loaded on the vessel 'Sonangol Sambizanga' and will head to Brazil, the source added.(Reporting by Jessica Jaganathan; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)

Equatorial Guinea May Strip Ophir of LNG Project Due to Finance Delays

Equatorial Guinea will force Ophir Energy out of the company's flagship liquefied natural gas (LNG) project and may scrap it entirely unless long-delayed financing deals worth $1.2 billion are presented to the government by December.The ultimatum is a blow to UK-listed Ophir, which has set aside $150 million of its own cash to develop west Africa's first deepwater LNG project, Fortuna, by 2022 despite its lack of a track record in LNG and small balance sheet."We have a clear idea of who we would give the license to but at this stage we are not prepared to comment," Gabriel Obiang Lima, minister of mines and hydrocarbons, told Reuters.Ophir decline

Shell Gets Mexico LNG Supply Tender

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Royal Dutch Shell will supply Mexico with six LNG cargoes to be delivered in May and June, Reuters has reported, citing trade sources. State-run utility CFE held a tender on 2 May for deliveries to Mexico’s Altamira terminal in the Gulf of Mexico. According to the tender, deliveries are set to be made to the Vopak-operated Altamira LNG import terminal on Mexico’s Atlantic coast. There are six delivery windows for each cargo staggered throughout May and June. The delivery windows for the cargoes are May 11-13, 18-20, 27-29, June 5-7, 13-15 and 21-23, according to the document.

Total to Buy 25% Stake in Clean Energy Fuels Corp

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Total has agreed to buy up to 50.8 million shares in Clean Energy Corp for $83.4 million, becoming its largest stockholder with a 25 percent stake, the French energy company announced on Thursday.Total will also provide $100 million in credit support for Clean Energy's plan to launch a leasing program to place thousands of new natural gas heavy-duty trucks on North American roads by the third quarter of this year.Clean Energy provides natural gas fuel and renewable natural gas fuel for transportation in North America with a network of over 550 stations."Total believes there is a strong development opportunity in the natural gas for transportation

Gorgon LNG Faces Scrutiny on Delayed Carbon Capture Project

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The state of Western Australia has ordered an inquiry into a delay in burying carbon dioxide emissions at Chevron Corp's Gorgon liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, which could lead to a change in conditions on the project.The state approved the $54-billion Gorgon project in 2009 on the condition that at least 80 percent of carbon dioxide released in its gas processing operations over a five-year rolling average period would be buried."It has become apparent there needs to be a clearly defined start point for the commencement of the five-year rolling average…

Croatia Acts to Cut Red Tape for FSRU Terminal Project

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The Croatian government proposed a special law on Thursday to facilitate the construction of an EU-backed liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in the northern Adriatic.The floating terminal is expected to start operations in 2020.The European Union wants the facility to help diversify sources of supply and reduce dependence on Russian gas, most notably for countries in central Europe.Brussels will invest 101.4 million euros ($121 million), or 28 percent of the project's assessed value.The law, which will help untangle property issues and other factors…

Vitol Sees Gas and LNG as Key Growth Driver

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Vitol's future growth will increasingly be driven by gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG), especially in emerging markets, as peak oil demand approaches, its head of gas and power investments said on Thursday.Steven Brann said that LNG and gas, coupled with related asset acquisitions, will offer the best growth opportunities for Vitol as the world moves towards cleaner-burning fuels and oil demand peaks in the next decade."Our portfolio as a company will increasingly be gassy and asset-heavy and LNG is a means of moving that gas around the world," Brann said."Africa is important and LNG in and around Africa is an important part of our growth strate

Papua New Guinea LNG Mid-term Deals to be Finalized

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Papua New Guinea LNG mid-term deals to be finalized in H1 2018** Papua New Guinea's (PNG) liquefied natural gas (LNG) project aims to finalise supply agreements with shortlisted companies for up to 1.3 million tonnes per year of LNG in the first half of 2018, project partner Oil Search said.** Higher-than-expected production at the site - operated by Exxon Mobil - means excess output could be sold via mid-term deals at a time of rising spot prices and firming demand in Asia.** 6.6 million tonnes of PNG LNG's annual output is already sold under long-term contracts to Japanese trading giant JERA…

Croatia Seeks Fresh Bids to Supply Future LNG Terminal

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Croatia on Tuesday issued a fresh tender to provide a ship-based import terminal for a planned liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal on the island of Krk in the northern Adriatic, part of an EU drive to diversify away from Russian gas imports.LNG Croatia, the firm behind the project, said the previous tender has been cancelled because of the need to scale down the size of the project and its cost, but did not provide details.The initial projected capacity of the terminal was 2.6 billion cubic metres of gas a year.A June 8 deadline has been set for submitting bids for delivery of floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU)…

Gail Sells Most 2018/19 US LNG Volumes through Swaps

India's Gail Ltd's executive says the company has sold 90 percent of U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) volumes through time and destination swap deals for 2018/19.Executive says 65 percent of U.S. LNG volumes for 2019/20 have been sold through destination swap and FOB sales deals.Executive says company has sold 45 percent of U.S. LNG volumes through destination swap and FOB sales deals for 2020/21.GAIL has a contract to buy 90-92 U.S. LNG cargoes annually.GAIL has contracted 5.8 million tonnes a year of LNG under two long-term contracts.(Reporting by Nidhi Verma; editing by Jason Neely)

Saudi Energy Minister: Kingdom on Way to Restoring Market Stability

Saudi Arabian Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih tells Japan's trade minister Hiroshige Seko that he is concerned about low investment levels and potential oil shortages in the future.   "We believe we are on our way to restoring energy stability to the market, and Japan will continue to receive our highest commitment," Falih also said, continuing, "The Kingdom is trying its hardest to stabilise oil markets."   Reporting by Osamu Tsukimori and Aaron Sheldrick

Cyprus-Egypt Gas Pipeline to Cost $800 mln-$1 bln

A pipeline connecting Cyprus' Aphrodite gas field to Egypt's liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities will cost between $800 million and $1 billion, Egyptian petroleum minister Tarek El Molla said on Monday. Egypt has rapidly increased its production of natural gas and is hoping to become a hub for exporting to Europe after making a series of big discoveries in recent years. Molla, speaking at a joint news conference with Cyprus energy minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis, said Cypriot gas would be used in part for domestic consumption and in part for export.

Stena Oil Rolls Out Scandinavia's Largest Bunkering Terminal at Frederikshavn

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Stena Oil has signed an agreement to create a new marine fuel terminal in the Port of Frederikshavn. The facility will be fully adapted for the new Sulphur Directive 2020 and its location will reduce the distances travelled by bunkering vessels. The oil terminal will be the largest of its kind in Scandinavia, with a capacity of 75 000 cubic metres. "We are delighted to be developing our business in Frederikshavn. We will create a state-of-the-art terminal that can handle all fuel types that meet the IMO’s global sulphur directive, which comes into effect in 2020.

Sri Lanka Approves LNG Plant Near Chinese-controlled Port

Sri Lanka's state-run investment body has approved a $500 million liquefied natural gas plant by China Machinery Engineering Corp near a Chinese-controlled port and industrial zone, the development strategies minister said on Friday.The state-run Board of Investment has approved investment projects worth $1 billion in the first quarter, Malik Samarawickrama said, the largest of which was the LNG project in Hambantota, where China Merchants Port Holdings controls a Chinese-built port on a 99-year lease.The port, which is leased for $1.12 billion…

Jumbo Completes Work on Bangladesh FLNG Terminal

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In 2017 Jumbo was awarded a contract by Geocean for the Moheshkhali Project, which is seeing a floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal developed off the shores of Moheshkhali Island in the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh. It will be the country's first LNG import terminal and is expected to help secure the future provision of energy for Bangladesh.The Moheshkhali floating LNG import terminal will also include a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU), a subsea buoy system and a subsea pipeline, which will connect the terminal to an onshore pipeline system.Jumbo was contracted to transport and install the mooring system for the FSRU.

Exxon's Rosneft JV LNG Project Proceeds - Despite Sanctions

Exxon Mobil is pushing ahead with efforts to develop its $15 billion Far East Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project with Russia's Rosneft despite being forced to exit some joint ventures due to Western sanctions. Two months ago Exxon invited companies including China National Petroleum Corporation's engineering arm to bid for construction contracts by October, sources with knowledge of the matter said. A final investment decision is due in 2019, they said. The project is being jointly developed with Rosneft using gas from…

India's First FSRU Based LNG Terminal Launched

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H-Energy Gateway, the energy venture of Hiranandani Group, launched India’s first Floating Storage Regasification Unit (FSRU) based LNG terminal at JSW Jaigarh Port in Ratnagiri District, Maharashtra. The Jaigarh Port is owned & operated by JSW Infrastructure (the maritime infrastructure development arm of $ 12 billion JSW Group). The LNG terminal was inaugurated today, by the Hon. Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Devendra Fadnavis. H-Energy’s LNG Terminal has an annual capacity of 4 MMTPA and is scheduled for commercial operations by Q4 2018 and will be capable of reloading LNG into other vessels.

Two U.S. Coal Miners See Growth Amid Sector's Gloom

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U.S. electric utilities are expected to shut hundreds more of their coal-fired power generators in the coming years, extending a long trend away from coal and toward natural gas that has cast a pall over the mining industry. But not every U.S. coal company sees a bleak future. Ramaco Resources, which produces coal for steel mills, and Consol Energy, which supplies coal to larger power plants, have ramped up investments even as the industry shrinks. President Donald Trump has promised to revive the coal sector by stripping away burdensome regulation. But the two companies say their confidence stems more from market forces than any policy.

LR to Class India’s First FSRU

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Lloyd’s Register (LR) said it signed a contract to class the first ever floating storage regasification unit (FSRU) to be ordered for Indian waters.Due for delivery in December 2019, the new 180,000m³ FSRU will be built to LR’s Rules for the Classification of Offshore Units by South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) for SWAN LNG Pvt. Ltd. (SLPL). It will be stationed at Jafrabad port for 24h-hours-a-day operations, 365 days a year.SLPL’s Bhavik Merchant said, “Our FRSU based LNG Terminal at Jafrabad will…

India Seeks Japan's Help to Build LNG Facilities

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India asked Japan on Tuesday to help build infrastructure needed to boost the usage of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in India and elsewhere in Asia, India's oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan said after a meeting with Japan's trade minister Hiroshige Seko.India wants to increase the share of gas, which is a cleaner fuel than oil, to 15 percent of its energy usage by 2030 from 6.2 percent currently."Explored opportunities for Japanese investments in India's gas infrastructure and SPR (strategic petroleum reserve) program," Pradhan…

LNG Carrier Seri Camar Delivered to MISC

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Malaysian shipping firm MISC Group has taken delivery of Seri Cemara, the final vessel in a series of five MOSS-Type liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers built for long-term charter to Petronas.The 150,200 CBM LNG carrier has been built for MISC by South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (HHI). Upon its delivery, Seri Cemara joins her sister MOSS-Type carriers Seri Camellia, Seri Cenderawasih, Seri Cempaka and Seri Camar on long-term charter to Petronas.The new generation of Seri C Class LNG carriers…

Total, Siemens Hope to Sign Cuban LNG Deal Soon

French energy firm Total SA and German industrial giant Siemens AG hope to sign a deal soon with Cuba to build a 600 megawatt gas-fired power plant on the island, according to diplomats and businessmen with knowledge of the talks.The two are leading a consortium that has been in negotiations with Communist-run Cuba since last year when they won a tender for the project, said the sources, who did not identify the other members"Total, with some international partners, is looking at a LNG power project in Cuba, one of several countries where Total is exploring similar LNG potentials…

Chevron to Idle Gorgon LNG Unit in May

Chevron will idle the second production unit at its Gorgon liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in May to carry out modifications already implemented at the other two units, a senior executive said.Pat Yarrington, Chevron's vice president and chief financial officer, said in an earnings call on Friday that Gorgon Train 2 in Australia has a planned "pit stop" in May for crews to replicate performance improvement modifications.Traders said the maintenance is expected to last 30 days.The work will focus on remedying vibration problems already fixed on Trains 1 and 3…

Fluxys to Add a Permanent LNG Bunkering Facility in Antwerp

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Fluxys has taken over the concession in the port of Antwerp at quay 526-528 to make liquefied natural gas (LNG) available as an alternative fuel for ships and barges, in one of the Port Authority's key initiatives to make the port's activities more sustainable. Fluxys will add a permanent LNG bunkering facility by the end of next year to complement the existing mobile (truck-to-ship) bunkering service. For ships and heavy duty trucks LNG is the ideal alternative in the transition to lower greenhouse gas emissions and better air quality.

LNG Tankers En Route to Britain, Belgium and the Netherlands

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The following liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers are expected to arrive in Britain, Belgium and the Netherlands in the coming weeks.The vessels carry gas to Europe's most active markets and include cargoes delivering on a spot basis and under long-term contracts.Estimated arrival dates, often revised by port authorities and AIS Live ship-tracking data on Reuters, are updated below.Some tankers heading for Belgium and Britain may be loading at the terminal.Those expected to load are indicated with an (L). Tankers that have docked are indicated with an (A).LNG tankerCapacity in cubic metersExpected arrivalFromPortBRITAINShagra262…

ABS Execs Discuss Key Maritime Topics in Singapore

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ABS executives informed the industry conversation at Singapore Maritime Week, with presentations on the growing cyber security threat to maritime, new opportunities to take advantage of data, and the huge potential of LNG shipping for the region. Speaking at the Singapore Maritime Cyber Security Seminar, ABS Chief Digital Officer, Howard Fireman highlighted the opportunities and challenges presented by the ever-increasing connectivity of maritime assets. “The cyber threat is real to maritime safety, making it a relevant issue that ABS must address.

Gazprom 2017 Net Profit Falls to 714 Bln Roubles

Russian gas giant Gazprom said on Thursday its net profit totalled 714 billion roubles ($11.38 billion) in 2017, down from 952 billion roubles a year earlier.Analysts polled by Reuters had expected the company to post a net profit of 684 billion roubles.Revenue totalled 6.5 trillion roubles, the company said, while earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) came in at 1.47 trillion roubles.($1 = 62.7482 roubles)(Reporting by Oksana Kobzeva; Writing by Jack Stubbs; Editing by Maria Kiselyova)

Japan: An LNG Bunkering Hub?

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New study examines Japanese government strategy for creating infrastructure for environmentally-friendly ship fuel.A new report by the Intrernational Transport Forum at the OECD assesses Japan’s ambition to become an international bunkering hub for liquefied natural gas (LNG).The Japanese government is working to position the nation as a LNG bunkering hub as it expects the fuel's significance in shipping to grow.Japan is already the world’s largest importer of LNG by a large margin. Alongside the fuel’s main use in electricity production, the country has developed marine bunkering facilities to provide LNG to ships.

GTT, Sembcorp Ink Membrane Tank Solutions Deal

GTT has signed a Technical Assistance and License Agreement (TALA) with Singapore-based Sembcorp Marine for the design and construction of Sembcorp Marine's Gravifloat, FSRU and mid-scale LNG carrier products, using GTT membrane solutions. Sembcorp Marine is a provider of engineering solutions for the offshore, marine and energy sectors, operating a total of nine shipyards in Singapore, Indonesia, the U.K. and Brazil. Sembcorp Marine received its approval after successfully completing a qualification process which started in 2017, including the building of a Mark III mock-up and an audit conducted by GTT.

EPA Announces Funding to Reduce Diesel Emissions

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Preference given to fleets in areas facing air quality challenges. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of grant funding to modernize the nation’s diesel fleet by retrofitting or replacing vehicles with cleaner, more efficient diesel engines. EPA anticipates awarding approximately $40 million in Diesel Emission Reduction Program (DERA) grant funding to eligible applicants, subject to the availability of funds. “These grants will incentivize improvements to aging diesel fleets and improve air quality throughout the country,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.