In this issue


Our North America editor in New York

LNG Ltd, the Australian developer of the Canadian Bear Head export project in Nova Scotia, has completed Transport Canada’s technical review of marine terminal systems and trans-shipment sites. 

The Canadian province of British Columbia is calling for investments by Canadian utilities and others to build liquefied natural gas fuel infrastructure to help establish BC as a marine bunkering centre on the Pacific Coast capable of providing LNG to an increasing number of vessels. 

The Canadian province of British Columbia welcomed the decision by pipeline company TransCanada Corp. to inform the National Energy Board it was proceeding with the construction of the North Montney Mainline project to transport shale-gas to North American markets. 

Our North American editor in New York

Cheniere Energy, the owner of the sole operating US export plant on the Gulf Coast at Sabine Pass in Louisiana, has signed agreements with foundation shippers to support construction of a 200-mile interstate natural gas pipeline from Oklahoma to southeast markets. 

Philippine National Oil Co. said it would be drawing up a short-list by the end of April for the development of a floating liquefied natural gas import terminal. 

Our Europe editor

Engie, the French LNG player and utility, was fined 100 million euros ($108M) by the national competition authority for abusing its dominant position by using an historical data file to convert its customers on regulated gas tariffs to market-based contracts. 

Our Asia-Pacific editor

Chiyoda Corp., the Japanese energy and LNG engineering company, has extended an agreement with the Mozambique national oil and gas company to continue training local engineers for future LNG projects, having already helped 70 Mozambicans acquire qualifications. 

The France-based International Group of Liquefied Natural Gas Importers (GIIGNL) has just released the latest edition for 2017 of its “GIIGNL LNG Custody Transfer Handbook”, addressing new commercial and technical developments in the cargo delivery process. 

EnerMech of the UK has been awarded a pre-commissioning subcontract by Technip Oceania, part of TechnipFMC, on the Royal Dutch Shell Prelude floating LNG project under development for offshore northwest Australia. 

Our North America editor in New York

US shipping line Crowley Maritime Corp. has launched its newbuild Commitment Class ship “El Coqui”, one of the world’s first combination container and roll-on-roll-off vessels powered by liquefied natural gas. 

The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) registered fleet, including a growing number of liquefied natural gas carriers, now stands at 223,262,177 deadweight tons (DWT), making it the second-largest registry in the world in terms of DWT after Panama and ahead of Liberia, Hong Kong and Singapore. 

Our Middle East editor

The Algerian government has called on state energy company Sonatrach to move forward and adapt to changes after the appointment of a new chief executive three months after an unscheduled shutdown of liquefied natural gas production and as a venture to increase gas pipeline supplies to Europe is scheduled to come on stream. 

Plans include fuel for shipping and onshore transport in the Pilbara region

Our Asia-Pacific editor

Australian liquefied natural gas producer Woodside Energy is planning to help the growth of a market for LNG as a fuel for shipping and onshore transport and is targeting the Pilbara region of Western Australia because mining companies use billions of litres of replaceable diesel and heavy fuel oil for their operations. 

Our North America editor in New York

Royal Dutch Shell Chief Executive Ben van Beurden said expansion of natural gas and LNG activities would be one of his company’s key contributions to reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. 

News Nudges

Law firm hires LNG stars

Global law firm Orrick said leading energy regulatory practitioners Lisa Tonery and Erik Swenson have joined the firm as partners. They join Orrick from Norton Rose Fulbright, where Tonery led the US LNG Regulatory practice and co-chaired the LNG International Business Group. Tonery joins the New York office and Swenson will be based in Washington DC.

US revision is praised

Two energy industry groups in Washington DC, the US Natural Gas Supply Association (NGSA) and the US Center for Liquefied Natural Gas (CLNG), released statements on the rescinding by a White House order of speculative estimates on environmental issues limiting energy projects. Dena E. Wiggins, President and Chief Executive of the NGSA, said: “The existing National Environmental Policy Act project review process is already stringent, extensive and thorough. By attempting to include unquantifiable and speculative upstream impacts in an expanded guidance, the Council on Environmental Quality risked hindering development of the very infrastructure that has enabled natural gas to reduce emissions.”

ABB deal on FSRU

Swiss-based ABB said it would supply the power and electric propulsion system to a new Floating Storage and Regasification Unit for BW Group, which will also be remotely connected to ABB operations centres. The equipment onboard will provide data to the shore-side centres allowing ABB and the vessel owner to take a proactive approach to maintenance throughout the lifetime of the vessel.