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Novatek, the main shareholder in the Yamal LNG export project in Siberia and one of Russia’s largest natural gas producers, confirmed that Saudi Arabia’s energy company, Saudi…
China imported a record amount of LNG in January, breaking the previous record set in December, as cold winter weather set in and natural gas replaced coal…
The Singapore LNG cargo index for April averaged US$7.884 per million British thermal units compared with US$9.583 in the first half of March as seasonal demand eases…
Chart Industries, the US LNG equipment-maker, was moving in a positive path with rising sales and fourth-quarter profits after restructuring, acquiring three new companies and winning a…
Fluor Corp. of the US has started the front-end engineering and design work for a project planned by Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) to deploy a…
TechnipFMC, the energy and LNG project engineering company whose main current projects included building the Yamal liquefaction and export plant in Arctic Russia, posted lower annual net…
Malaysian state energy company Petronas has signed a supply agreement with Indian businessman Darshan Hiranandani and his H-Energy company whose LNG plans include a floating storage and…
Indian liquefied natural gas imports soared by almost 47 percent in January as more cargoes were received from West Africa and Australia in addition to regular shipments…
LNG exporter Cheniere Energy, owner and operator of the Sabine Pass plant in Louisiana and developer of the Corpus Christi facility in Texas posted a full-year loss…
CB&I, the US energy and LNG engineering company in the process of merging with McDermott International, posted a fourth-quarter loss and gave an update on the US…

US LNG exports fall

Feb 23 (LNGJ) - US LNG exports numbered three carrier-loads from the Sabine Pass export plant in Louisiana in the past week, down from six in the previous week, while a fourth vessel was lifting a cargo at the facility, according to the US Energy Information Administration weekly natural gas report. The EIA report noted that the slowdown was matched by lower natural gas pipeline deliveries to the Sabine Pass facility amounting to an average 2.2 billion cubic feet per day, down 33 percent. Dominion Energy, the owner of the Cove Point liquefaction facility in Maryland, is close to starting commercial operations at its plant on Chesapeake Bay.

FSRU to Singapore

Feb 22 (LNGJ) - Exmar, the Belgian LNG fleet owner and project developer, said its floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) barge delivered from the Wison shipyard in China at the end of 2017 has left the facility in Nantong and was now bound for Singapore. “There the unit will undergo site specific modifications before departing to its project destination to commence its long-term employment mid-2018 in line with its time charter commitments,” said Antwerp-based Exmar. The vessel is the world’s first newbuild regasification barge and was ordered on a speculative basis. “More information on the charterer and the location will be released at a later stage,” said Exmar.

East Med gas plans

Feb 21 (LNGJ) - Noble Energy, the US exploration and production company with interests in US shale and East Mediterranean natural gas, said capital expenditure is expected to total between $2.7 billion and $2.9 billion in 2018, with almost 70 percent allocated to the US onshore program and over 25 percent to the East Med. Noble said US spending was expected to be around $1.8 billion. In the East Med, Noble’s expected expenditure of $750 million to make progress on the Leviathan development offshore Israel from where gas will be sold to Jordan, Egypt and the Palestinian Authority.

Enagas profits rise

Feb 20 (LNGJ) - Enagas, the Spanish natural gas transmission company that controls most of the nation’s LNG import terminals and has other assets in South America and elsewhere, posted net profits of 490.8 million euros ($606.4M) in 2017. The profits were 17.6 percent higher than in the previous year because of the full integration of its increased stake in the Chilean LNG import terminal company, GNL Quintero. Enagas said its earnings performance was helped by the third consecutive year of increased natural gas demand in Spain, reaching 351 terawatt hours in 2017.

LNG cargo deliveries

Feb 20 (LNGJ) - The 145,000 cubic metres capacity carrier “Methane Nile Eagle” is scheduled to unload a shipment on February 21 at the Indian Dahej terminal, operated by Petronet LNG, from the Equatorial Guinea plant in West Africa, according to shipping data. The 148,470 cubic metres capacity ship “LNG Kano” will deliver a shipment on February 27 to the Tianjin import terminal in northeast China from the Bonny Island plant in Nigeria. The 137,230 cubic metres capacity carrier “LNG Sokoto” will deliver a Nigerian shipment on March 4 to the Indian Hazira terminal, located north of Mumbai and operated by Shell India. The 138,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “British Merchant”, operated by BP Shipping, is scheduled to deliver a cargo on March 9 to Thailand’s Map Ta Phut import terminal from the Atlantic LNG plant on the Caribbean island of Trinidad.

Beach profits slip

Feb 19 (LNGJ) - Beach Energy, the emerging Australian natural gas player and buyer of Origin Energy’s Lattice oil and gas spin-off, posted a 7 percent decline in first-half net profits for fiscal 2018 to A$95.7 million (US$74.7M) versus A$103.4 in the previous first half. One of Beach’s main assets is its joint venture equity stake in the onshore Waitsia natural gas project in Western Australia with AWE Ltd, a company expected to be taken over by Japan’s Mitsui & Co. Beach acquired the Lattice assets for US$1.25 billion from Origin, a stakeholder in the Australia Pacific LNG plant, and the move doubled Beach’s size and established it as a major supplier of gas to domestic markets.

Q-Max cargo for UK

Feb 16 (LNGJ) - The 266,000 cubic metres capacity Q-Max carrier “Aamira” will unload a cargo on February 22 at the UK Milford Haven import terminal in Wales from the Ras Laffan plant in Qatar, according to shipping data. The delivery was heading for the UK as the National Balancing Point benchmark natural gas price was at the equivalent of $6.95 per million British thermal units, while one of the main continental European prices, the Dutch Title Transfer Facility (TTF), was lower at the equivalent of around $6.55 per MMBtu.

US LNG exports

Feb 16 (LNGJ) - US LNG exports numbered five carrier-loads from the Sabine Pass export plant in Louisiana in the week ending February 14, while a sixth vessel was lifting a cargo at the facility, according to the US Energy Information Administration weekly natural gas report. The EIA noted that Dominion Energy, the owner of the Cove Point liquefaction facility in Lusby, Maryland, is close to starting commercial operations. “The terminal began producing LNG on January 31 and commercial deliveries are expected to start in early March,” said the EIA.

LNG ship movements

Feb 15 (LNGJ) - The 148,300 cubic metres capacity vessel “LNG Ondo” is scheduled to deliver a cargo on February 18 to the French Montoir-de-Bretagne import terminal on the West Coast from the Nigeria LNG plant at Bonny Island, according to shipping data. The 141,000 cubic metres capacity carrier “LNG River Niger” will deliver a second shipment on February 24 to France’s Montoir terminal. The 165,500 cubic metres capacity carrier “Magellan Spirit”, operated by Teekay LNG, was expected to lift a cargo on February 17 from the US Sabine Pass export plant in Louisiana. The 174,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “Maran Gas Achilles” will be lifting a shipment on February 21 from the Bontang export plant in Indonesia for delivery to an Asian terminal. The 170,000 cubic metres capacity “Methane Julia Louise” will deliver a cargo on February 22 to the Tianjin import facility in northeast China from the Queensland Curtis plant in Gladstone, Eastern Australia.

LNG carriers on order

Feb 14 (LNGJ) - BW Group, the Singapore-based energy shipping and platforms company, has ordered two LNG carriers from South Korean shipyard Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering. The two vessels with capacities of 173,000 cubic metres will each cost around US$190 million and be delivered in the first half of 2020. BW currently has 16 LNG carriers on the water and five others on order in Korea. Of the 21 vessels, 18 of them are conventional LNG carriers while three are floating storage and regasification units.

Awilco narrows losses

Feb 13 (LNGJ) - Awilco LNG, the Norwegian operator of two modern carriers, the 156,000 cubic metres capacity “WilPride” and the “WilForce”, narrowed its fourth-quarter losses to $4.5 million, down from $6.8M in the previous three months. Awilco said freight income for the quarter was $9.6M, up from $5.7M in the third quarter “due to the improving market fundamentals” as both vessels operated in the spot market. Voyage related expenses amounted to $2.3M compared with $1.3M in the previous quarter. “After almost three years of depressed freight rates, the market finally returned to profitable territory in Q4 2017 on the back of increased production volumes, the open West-East arbitrage and low availability of vessels in the Atlantic,” Awilco noted.

LNG arbitration case

Feb 12 (LNGJ) - South Korean LNG importer Korea Gas Corp. (Kogas) said it had entered an arbitration process with the Australian North West Shelf LNG plant in Western Australia, operated by Woodside Petroleum, to settle an LNG contract dispute dating back to 2016. The arbitration relates to differences over a price renegotiation. Kogas imports most of South Korea’s LNG from plants in Australia, the Middle East and Asia to its four terminals at Incheon, Pyeong-Taek, Samcheok and Tong-Yeong.

LNG ship movements

Feb 12 (LNGJ) - The 134,425 cubic metres capacity vessel “Galea”, operated by Shell Shipping, will deliver a cargo on February 13 to the Turkish import facilities at Aliaga from Atlantic LNG in Trinidad, according to shipping data. The 266,000 cubic metres capacity Q-Max carrier “Al Mafyar” is scheduled to deliver a cargo on February 16 to Singapore from the Ras Laffan plant in Qatar. The 172,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “Beidou Star” will unload a shipment on February 18 at China’s Dalian terminal, operated by PetroChina, from the Gorgon export plant on Barrow Island in Western Australia, operated by Chevron Corp.

ExxonMobil LNG boost

Feb 9 (LNGJ) - Exxon Mobil Corp., one of the world’s largest LNG players, said it added 2.7 billion oil-equivalent barrels of proved oil and gas reserves in 2017, replacing 183 percent of production. ExxonMobil's proved reserves totaled 21.2 billion oil-equivalent barrels at year-end. “Significant new proved reserve additions were made in Guyana, where the company funded the first phase of development last year, and in Mozambique, associated with the project funding of the Coral FLNG project in the gas-rich deepwater Area 4,” said the US major. “In Mozambique, ExxonMobil acquired a 25 percent indirect interest in Area 4, which contains an estimated 85 trillion gross cubic feet of natural gas in-place,” it added.

LNG ship movements

Feb 8 (LNGJ) - The 147,200 cubic metres capacity carrier “Arctic Princess” is scheduled to deliver a cargo on February 9 to the Dutch Gate terminal in Rotterdam from the Hammerfest plant in Norway, operated by Statoil. The 160,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “Asia Endeavour”, owned by Chevron Corp., is scheduled to lift a cargo on February 12 from the Ashburton port of Wheatstone LNG in Western Australia for delivery to Asia. The 155,000 cubic metres capacity carrier “British Diamond”, owned by BP Shipping, will unload a cargo on February 26 at the Japanese Futtsu terminal from the Atlantic LNG plant in Trinidad. The 155,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “British Merchant” is scheduled to deliver a cargo from Trinidad on March 11 to Thailand’s Map Ta Phut terminal.

Statoil record output

Feb 7 (LNGJ) - Statoil, the Norwegian oil and gas company and operator of Western Europe’s only baseload LNG production plant at Hammerfest, reported adjusted fourth-quarter overall earnings of $4 billion and $1.3Bln after tax. Statoil said the earnings were based on a solid operational performance with record production in the final three months of 2017. “In a recovering market, we delivered strong earnings and cash flow from all business segments,” said Chief Executive and President Eldar Saetre. At an average oil price of around $54 per barrel, Statoil said it generated 3.1Bln in free cash flow in 2017 and strengthened its financial position. 

Banks back Kosmos

Feb 7 (LNGJ) - Kosmos Energy, the joint venture partner of BP in two floating LNG projects planned for Offshore Senegal and Mauritania, has easily refinanced its reserve-based lending (RBL) facility to $1.3 billion. The facility, which previously incorporated only the company’s Ghana assets, now includes recently acquired production assets in Equatorial Guinea as well as allowing the company the flexibility to include the Greater Tortue development, source of the feed-gas for the FLNG projects. “We are pleased to have refinanced, increasing our borrowing capacity through the incorporation of our increased reserves and production. The financing, which was oversubscribed, saw strong appetite from both new and existing banks,” said Kosmos Chief Financial Officer Thomas P. Chambers.

LNG player overhauls

Feb 6 (LNGJ) - AES Corp., the US company that brought LNG to the Caribbean with its AES Andres import terminal in the Dominican Republic and with a project planned in Panama, has started a corporate overhaul as part of a strategy to simplify its portfolio. “Our new structure will accelerate our transformation to an energy company of the future,” said Andrés Gluski, President and Chief Executive of the Arlington, Virginia-based company. Among its measures, AES intends to reduce operating areas to just 16 countries instead of the current 28 nations, though will stick by its LNG assets and plans.

US-Canada pipelines

Feb 5 (LNGJ) - Canadian natural gas imports from the US rose by 25 percent in the first nine months of 2017 and prices were 33 percent higher, the government said in a report. Northbound cross-border pipeline deliveries hit 693 billion cubic feet through to the start of October. “Prices for US gas flowing into Canada jumped to an average US$3.09 per million British thermal units at the international boundary for the first nine months of 2017 from $2.32/MMBtu for the same period the year before,” the report said. While Canadian pipeline deliveries into the US are the biggest gas deliveries the volumes were little changed from 2016.

LNG ship movements

Feb 2 (LNGJ) - The 155,000 cubic metres capacity vessel "GasLog Seattle" arrived at the Port Arthur anchorage on the US Gulf Coast to await a cargo lifting from the Sabine Pass plant in Louisiana, according to shipping data. The 127,450 cubic metres capacity carrier "Northwest Seaeagle" was unloading a cargo on February 2 at the Japanese Niigata terminal, owned by Tohoku Electric, and delivered from the Dampier export facility in Western Australia, operated by Woodside Petroleum. The 216,200 cubic metres capacity carrier Tembek was unloading a Qatargas cargo on February 2 at Japan's Higashi Ohgishima terminal, operated by Tokyo Electric Power. The 217,000 cubic metres capacity "Al Kharsaah" is scheduled to arrive on February 19 at the Chinese Yuedong terminal in southern Guangdong province with a cargo from Qatar,

Russian LNG for Dutch

Feb 1 (LNGJ) - The 172,600 cubic metres capacity carrier "Christophe de Margerie", operated by Sovcomflot, is expected to deliver a shipment on February 9 to the Dutch Gate import terminal in Rotterdam from the Russian Yamal plant at Sabetta in Siberia, according to shipping data. In other shipping movements, the 216,200 cubic metres capacity vessel "Al Gattara" is scheduled to deliver a shipment on February 7 to the Pakistani Port Qasim terminal, near Karachi from Ras Laffan in Qatar. The 160, 000 cubic metres capacity vessel "Asia Excellence", owned by Chevron Corp., will deliver a cargo on February 9 to the South Korean Pyeongtaek terminal from the Gorgon plant on Barrow Island in Western Australia. The 266,000 cubic metres capacity carrier "Al Mafyar" will unload a Qatargas cargo on February 9 at the South Korean Incheon terminal, operated by Korea Gas Corp.

Wärtsilä results mixed

Jan 31 (LNGJ) - Wärtsilä, the Finnish ship-propulsion and gas systems company, said profits before taxes declined by 5 percent in the fourth quarter to 215 million euros ($268M) compared with 226M euros in the same three months of 2016. On an annual basis, pre-tax profits were up 6 percent at 506M euros versus 479M euros the previous year. Fourth-quarter order intake rose 14 percent to 1.51 billion euros and on a yearly basis orders were up 15 percent at 5.64Bln euros. “The favourable order trends seen throughout the year continued in the fourth quarter, providing us with a solid basis from which we can develop our business,” said President and Chief Executive Jaakko Eskola. Wärtsilä noted that in December 2017 it signed a cooperation agreement with French LNG storage technology company GTT to explore potential business opportunities in the marine sector in relation to LNG storage, fuel-gas supply systems and associated services.

LNG ice-breaker

Jan 30 (LNGJ) - Arctia, the shipping company in Finland with a fleet of eight ice-breakers, said the world’s first LNG-powered ice-breaker “Polaris” had entered 2018 operations. The “Polaris” runs on both marine diesel and LNG. “The crew is very excited to begin ice-breaking duty,” said Pasi Jarvelin, the master of “Polaris”. Arctia said the vessel would be fueled with 700 cubic metres of LNG at the Finnish import terminal at the port of Pori before joining two other ice-breakers assisting shipping traffic in the Bothnian Bay area of the northern Baltic Sea.

LNG ship movements

Jan 29 (LNGJ) - The 216,200 cubic metres capacity Q-Flex carrier “Al Sahla” was unloading a shipment on January 29 at the Pakistani Port Qasim facilities, near Karachi, from Ras Laffan in Qatar, according to shipping data. The 160,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “Asia Energy” was scheduled to deliver a cargo on February 4 to the Japanese Sendai import terminal from the Dampier export facility in Western Australia, operated by Woodside Petroleum. The 174,100 cubic metres capacity carrier “Cesi Gladstone” will deliver a cargo on February 5 to China’s Beihai terminal in the southwest Guangxi region, operated by Sinopec, from the Australia Pacific LNG plant in Queensland, operated by ConocoPhillips. The 174,000 cubic metres capacity “Gaslog Greece” is scheduled to deliver a shipment on February 7 to the Singapore import terminal from the Gorgon export plant on Barrow Island in Western Australia, operated by Chevron Corp.

Japan LNG fuel talks

Jan 26 (LNGJ) - Four Japanese companies have begun joint discussions on the commercialization of a new business to supply LNG as a marine fuel for ships in the Chubu region of Japan. The companies are Japanese shipping line Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, known as K-Line, the utility Chubu Electric Power, trading company Toyota Tsusho Corp. and Japanese shipbuilder Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha. “LNG is expected to become an important alternative to heavy fuel oil due to its relatively low emissions of air-polluting substances and greenhouse gases, which will enable ships to meet increasingly stringent international regulations on emissions,” the four companies said in a statement.

Small carrier named

Jan 25 (LNGJ) - The small-scale Ice Class 1A carrier, “Coral EnergICE”, was formally named at a ceremony in the Port of Turku in Finland. The 18,000 cubic metres capacity vessel had been delivered to its owner, Anthony Veder, by the Neptun Werft shipyard in Rostock, Germany. The “Coral EnergICE” is specially designed and constructed to operate in the Baltic Sea. The vessel will be managed by LNG supply company Skangas, a subsidiary of Finnish natural gas company Gasum.

Forecasts fuel NYMEX

Jan 25 (LNGJ) - US natural gas futures on the New York Mercantile Exchange continued to soar because of forecasts of high natural gas withdrawals in the next storage report on January 25 from the US Energy Information Administration as well as the expected return of cold weather to the East Coast. The NYMEX front-month contract was last at $3.48 per million British thermal units while the US Henry Hub benchmark spot price was at $3.33 per MMBtu. European prices were little changed from seasonal averages, with the UK National Balancing Point price being at the equivalent of $6.80 per MMBtu and the Dutch Title Transfer Facility (TTF) price quoted at $6.50 per MMBtu. Energy prices were underpinned by the North Sea Bent crude oil price hitting $71 per barrel.

Moroccan gas find

Jan 24 (LNGJ) - SDX Energy Inc., the oil and gas company focused on North Africa and whose shares are listed in London and Toronto, said it made another natural gas discovery at its Onz-7 development well on the Sebou permit in Morocco. The latest Moroccan gas find is relatively small in scale and the country is still planning to import LNG to supplement its growing energy needs. The Onz-7 well was drilled to a total depth of 1,167 metres with 5 metres of net conventional natural gas pay. “The well came in on prognosis but reservoir quality exceeded initial expectations,” said SDX. The well will now be completed, tested and connected to existing infrastructure. “We are very excited to be able to announce another discovery, the fourth from five wells drilled to date in our nine well Moroccan campaign,” said Paul Welch, Chief Executive of SDX.

PNG LNG progress

Jan 23 (LNGJ) - Oil Search, the Australian-listed company with a stake in the Papua New Guinea LNG plant and its expansion project, said its full-year production was 30.31 million barrels of oil equivalent, its highest ever. PNG LNG production at an annualised rate was 8.3 million tonnes per annum, despite upgrading work carried out in October on the compressor at the plant, operated by ExxonMobil. Oil Search said its fourth-quarter revenue was US$389 million and the average realised gas and LNG price was US$7.86 per million British thermal units. Managing Director Peter Botten commented: “ExxonMobil, on behalf of the PNG LNG project participants, completed its evaluation of proposals received for the additional 1.3 MTPA of LNG being marketed. Oil Search expects the joint venture to sign binding contracts during the first half of 2018.”

Europe and Korea LNG

Jan 22 (LNGJ) - The 145,000 cubic metres capacity “LNG Enugu” will deliver a cargo on January 23 to the Huelva import terminal in southwest Spain from the Bonny Island plant in Nigeria, according to shipping data. The 135,000 cubic metres capacity “Hyundai Oceanpia” will unload a shipment on February 3 at the Pyeongtaek terminal in South Korea from Oman LNG. The 147,200 cubic metres capacity vessel “Arctic Lady” will deliver a cargo on February 5 to the French Fos Cavaou terminal, near the Mediterranean port of Marseille, from the Hammerfest plant in Norway operated by Statoil.

US LNG cargo exports

Jan 19 (LNGJ) - Five LNG carriers with carrying capacity of 17.2 billion cubic feet combined departed the Cheniere Energy-owned Sabine Pass export plant in Louisiana in the week through January 17 and one other tanker with 3.8 Bcf of capacity was loading at the terminal, according to the weekly natural gas report from the Energy Information Administration. In the working gas storage report, which lags by one week, the EIA said withdrawal levels were lower than the five-year average for the first time in three weeks. “Net withdrawals from storage totaled 183 Bcf for the week ending January 12, compared with the five-year (2013-2017) average net withdrawal of 203 Bcf and last year's net withdrawals of 230 Bcf during the same week. Working gas stocks totaled 2,584 Bcf, which is 362 Bcf less than the five-year average and 368 Bcf less than last year at this time,” said the EIA.

Novatek gas edges up

Jan 18 (LNGJ) - Novatek, operator of the Yamal LNG plant in Arctic Russia that came on stream in the fourth-quarter of 2017, said its annual production of natural gas rose 0.5 percent to just over 65 billion cubic metres. Novatek, whose stakeholders include French energy company Total, said all of its hydrocarbon production amounted to 513.3 million barrels of oil equivalent. Novatek processed 6.96 million tonnes of stable gas condensate at the Ust-Luga Complex, located 110 kilometres west of St. Petersburg, representing a 0.9 percent increase in daily average volumes processed at the facility in 2017. At the end of the year, the company said it had 1.0 billion cubic metres of natural gas and 754,000 tonnes of stable gas condensate and petroleum products in storage or in transit and recognized as inventory.

BHP Billiton gas view

Jan 18 (LNG) - BHP Billiton, the Australian commodities and energy company, said it was contributing US$314 million to maintain LNG plant throughput at the North West Shelf project, operated by Woodside, at Karratha in Western Australia as part of a life-extension project. BHP said its second-half natural gas production was down 6 percent at 325 billion cubic feet because of hurricane shutdowns in the US. The Australian company noted that its average second-half LNG price was up 18 percent at US$7.75 per million British thermal units versus $6.58 per MMBtu in the second half of 2016. BHP's foreign assets include offshore operations in US Gulf of Mexico as well as onshore in the Eagle Ford and Haynesville Shale plays and the Permian Basin. “Onshore US drilling and development expenditure for the December 2017 half-year was US$336 million. Our operated rig count remained at nine during the December 2017 quarter,” said BHP.

LNG cargoes for China

Jan 17 (LNGJ) - The 172,000 cubic metres capacity “Beidou Star” is scheduled to deliver a cargo on January 27 to the Chinese Dalian import terminal, owned by PetroChina, from the Gorgon LNG plant on Barrow Island in Western Australia. The 174,000 cubic metres capacity “Gaslog Glasgow” will deliver a shipment on January 29 to the Chinese Tianjin North import terminal, owned by Sinopec, from the Australia Pacific LNG plant In Queensland, operated by ConocoPhillips. The 155,000 cubic metres capacity “Gaslog Sydney” is heading for South America’s only LNG export plant at Pampa Melchorita in Peru to lift a cargo on January 29 for Asia.

Liftings and deliveries

Jan 16 (LNGJ) - The 165,000 cubic metres capacity carrier “Marib Spirit”, operated by Teekay LNG, will lift a cargo on January 17 from the Bonny Island plant in Nigeria, according to shipping data. The 174,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “Maran Gas Ulysses” is scheduled to lift a cargo on January 24 from the US Sabine Pass export plant in Louisiana. The 145,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “Al Deebel” will deliver a shipment on January 27 to Taiwan’s Tai-Chung terminal from Ras Laffan in Qatar. The 261,700 cubic metres capacity Q-Max carrier “Al Ghuwairiya” will deliver a Qatargas cargo on February 2 to the South Korean terminal at Incheon.

LNG cargo deliveries

Jan 15 (LNGJ) - The 160,000 cubic metres capacity carrier “Asia Vision”, owned by Chevron Corp., will unload a shipment on January 22 at the Japanese Oita terminal, owned by Kyushu Electric, from the Gorgon plant on Barrow Island in Western Australia, according to shipping data. The 140,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “Arctic Voyager” will deliver a cargo on January 24 to the Turkish Aliaga import facilities near the port of Izmir, from the Hammerfest plant in Norway, operated by Statoil. The 155,000 cubic metres capacity carrier “British Sapphire”, operated by BP Shipping, will deliver a shipment on February 8 to Thailand’s Map Ta Phut terminal from the Atlantic LNG plant on the Caribbean island of Trinidad.

LNG ship movements

Jan 12 (LNGJ) - The 145,000 cubic metres capacity carrier “Ejnan” will deliver a cargo on January 12 to the Adriatic LNG import facility offshore Italy. The 165,500 cubic metres capacity vessel “Magellan Spirit”, operated by Teekay LNG, will unload a shipment on January 17 at China’s Dalian import terminal in the northeast Liaoning Province from the US Sabine Pass export plant in Louisiana, owned by Cheniere Energy. The 155,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “Gaslog Seattle” will deliver a cargo on January 19 to the Manzanillo import facility on the Pacific Coast of Mexico from the US Sabine Pass plant. The 137,250 cubic metres capacity “LNG Rivers” will deliver a shipment on January 19 to the Huelva terminal in southwest Spain from the Bonny Island plant in Nigeria.

Qatar LNG shipments

Jan 11 (LNGJ) – Qatargas is increasing its January LNG deliveries, according to shipping data. Among the deliveries, the 210,000 cubic metres capacity Q-Flex carrier “Al Nuaman” will unload a Qatargas shipment on January 11 at the Turkish Aliaga import facilities, near the port of Izmir. The 210,000 cubic metres capacity “Al Oraig” will deliver a cargo on January 17 to the South Korean Incheon terminal, operated by Korea Gas Corp. The “Al Thumama” will deliver a shipment from Qatar on January 20 to the Chinese Tangshan terminal, operated in Hebei Province by PetroChina. The 210,100 cubic metres capacity vessel “Al Ghariya” will deliver a Qatari cargo on January 27 to China’s Dalian import terminal in Liaoning Province.

Capuano starts at EIA

Jan 10 (LNGJ) - The US government said Linda Capuano has formally taken over as Administrator of the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). “As the EIA's ninth administrator, Capuano is responsible for directing the nation's primary energy statistical and analytical agency,” said the government. Capuano said she was grateful to President Donald Trump and to Energy Secretary Rick Perry for their confidence. “There are important challenges facing the US Energy Information Administration in the current dynamic energy environment, and I look forward to leading this distinguished organization to set and achieve goals,” she said. Prior to her appointment as EIA Administrator, Capuano was the fellow in energy technology at the Baker Institute Center for Energy Studies. She was also on the faculty of Rice University's Jones Graduate School of Business.

Schulte-Pronav deal

Jan 9 (LNGJ) - The Schulte Group has signed a contract to acquire all the shares in the LNG ship manager Pronav, subject to merger approval of the German Federal Cartel Office. “The transaction puts the Schulte Group in a strong position to further exploit ship owning and ship management potential in the growing LNG market,” said a statement. Schulte owns about 100 vessels, mainly containers, tankers and bulkers and manages 600 vessels in all segments. Pronav, based in Hamburg, is a ship manager specializing in large LNG tonnage. Schulte is currently providing management services for 23 LNG carriers and has one LNG bunkering vessel and one 174,000 cubic metres capacity LNG carrier on order which will join the Schulte fleet in 2018.

Shipments for Europe

Jan 9 (LNGJ) - The 177,000 cubic metres capacity “LNG Lagos II” is scheduled to arrive on January 10 at the Portuguese Sines import terminal from the Nigerian export plant at Bonny island, according to shipping data. The 266,000 cubic metres capacity Q-Max carrier “Al Bahiya” is scheduled to arrive on January 20 at the UK Isle of Grain terminal from Ras Laffan in Qatar. The 172,600 cubic metres capacity carrier “Christophe de Margerie” arrived on January 9 at the Sabetta Port of the Russian Yamal LNG plant in northeast Siberia to lift its second cargo. The 160,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “Golar Kelvin” was awaiting orders after lifting a cargo on January 9 from the Bonny Island plant in Nigeria.

Sixth Guyana discovery

Jan 8 (LNGJ) - ExxonMobil, one of the leading global LNG producers through its partnership with Qatar, has had positive results from its Ranger-1 exploration well, marking ExxonMobil’s sixth discovery since 2015 offshore Guyana on the North Atlantic coast of South America. The US major said the Ranger-1 well discovery adds to previous world-class discoveries at Liza, Payara, Snoek, Liza Deep and Turbot, which are estimated to total more than 3.2 billion recoverable oil-equivalent barrels. The well was safely drilled to 21,161 feet (6,450 metres) depth in 8,973 feet (2,735 metres) of water. “This latest success operating in Guyana’s significant water depths illustrates our ultra-deepwater and carbonate exploration capabilities,” said Steve Greenlee, President of ExxonMobil Exploration Company.

LNG engine certified

Jan 5 (LNGJ) - Cummins Westport Inc., the Vancouver-based maker of natural gas truck engines, said it received certifications from both the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Air Resources Board in California for its newest ISX12N natural gas engine. “Cummins Westport’s 2018 product line offers customers ultra-low emissions with reliable performance,” said Bart van Aerle, President of Cummins Westport. “The ISX12N near-zero emissions natural gas engine provides truck and bus customers with an industry-leading alternative fuel option for demanding applications,” added Aerle. All CWI engines offer customers the choice of using either liquefied natural gas (LNG), compressed natural gas (CNG) or renewable natural gas (RNG), a fuel made from organic waste.

LNG ship movements

Jan 4 (LNGJ) - The 145,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “Methane Rita Andrea” delivered a cargo on January 4 to the Indian Dahej terminal, north of Mumbai, from the Bonny Island plant in Nigeria, according to shipping data. The 174,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “Gaslog Geneva” has arrived at the Nigerian export plant at Bonny Island to lift a cargo. The 160,000 cubic metres capacity carrier “Asia Excellence” arrived on January 4 at Port Ashburton in Western Australia to lift a cargo from the Wheatstone plant, operated by Chevron Corp. The 147,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “Dapeng Moon” will deliver a shipment on January 11 to China’s Shenzhen Diefu import terminal in Guangdong province, owned by China National Offshore Oil Corp., from the Dampier facility in Western Australia, operated by Woodside Petroleum.

Asia LNG shipments

Jan 3 (LNGJ) - The 160,500 cubic metres capacity vessel “Sonangol Benguela” was unloading an Angolan LNG cargo on January 3 at the Zuhai import terminal, located on the west side of the Pearl River estuary in the Chinese province of Guangdong and operated by China National Offshore Oil Corp. The 174,000 cubic metres capacity carrier “Maran Gas Pericles” has departed on January 3 from the Sabine Pass plant in Louisiana, operated by Cheniere Energy, with a cargo bound for Asia. The 147,000 cubic metres capacity “Energy Navigator” will deliver a cargo on January 6 to the Japanese Oita import facility from the Dampier export terminal in Western Australia, operated by Woodside Petroleum. The 210,000 cubic metres capacity carrier “Al Oraiq” will deliver cargo on January 15 to the Incheon terminal in South Korea from Ras Laffan in Qatar.

Asia-Pacific deliveries

Jan 2 (LNGJ) - The 174,400 cubic metres capacity carrier “Cesi Gladstone” is scheduled to unload a shipment on January 7 at the Tanghshan import facility in the northern Hebei province from the Gladstone export plant in the east Australian state of Queensland, according to shipping data. The 160,000 cubic metres capacity carrier “Asia Endeavour” will unload a shipment on January 10 at the South Korean Kwangyang import facility, owned by Korea Gas Corp., from the Dampier export terminal in Western Australia, operated by Woodside Petroleum. The 160,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “Asia Excellence”, owned by Chevron Corp., has docked at the Wheatstone export plant in Western Australia to lift a cargo for Japan.

Cargoes for Europe

Jan 1 (LNGJ) - The 138,200 cubic metres capacity carrier “British Innovator”, operated by BP Shipping, is scheduled to arrive on January 5 at the Mugardos facility in northwest Spain from the Atlantic LNG export plant in Trinidad, according to shipping data. The 147,2000 cubic metres capacity vessel “Arctic Lady” will unload a shipment on January 7 at the French Dunkirk import terminal from the Hammerfest plant in Norway, operated by Statoil. The 160,400 cubic metres capacity carrier “Cubal” is scheduled to deliver a cargo on January 10 to the Turkish Aliaga terminal, near the port of Izmir, from the Angola plant in southwest Africa.

Hoegh shares transfer

Dec 31 (LNGJ) - Hoegh LNG Holdings Ltd, the Bermuda-based unit of Norwegian-listed LNG fleet operator and floating terminal developer Hough LNG, has wound up an investment vehicle in operation since 2006 and called Methane Ventures Limited. The MVL subsidiary was an investment company jointly owned by Hoegh senior executives with the purpose of investing in the parent company’s own shares. “In connection with the termination of the co-investment scheme, Hoegh LNG has acquired 529,000 shares in MVL from key employees,” the company said. Hoegh President and Chief Executive Sveinung J. S. Stohle, and four other executives transferred the shares. CEO Stohle alone disposed of 249,000 shares in MVL. “Following the transaction, Mr Stohle owns 134,738 common shares and 423,000 options in HLNG, and 7,968 common units and 20,996 units in Hoegh LNG Partners,” it added. The Hoegh shares were last priced at 65 Norwegian crowns (US$7.92) each.

LNG cargo movements

Dec 29 (LNGJ) - The 145,700 cubic metres capacity vessel “Tangguh Towuti” will unload a shipment on December 31 at Chinese Qingdao terminal in the eastern province of Shandong from the Papua New Guinea plant, located northwest of Port Moresby. The 145,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “Methane Alison Victoria” is scheduled to deliver a cargo to China by year-end at a price of $11.02 per million British thermal units from Peru LNG. The 134,400 cubic metres capacity carrier Galea is delivering another cargo from Peru to a Spanish terminal at the price of $7.63 per MMBtu. The 160,5000 cubic metres capacity vessel “Sonangol Benguela” will deliver to China on January 3 to the Zhuhai terminal, operated by China National Offshore Oil Corp. in the southeast province of Guangdong, from Angola LNG in southwest Africa. The 165,500 cubic metres capacity “Woodside Donaldson” will unload a cargo on January 4 at the Japanese Ohgishima terminal in Tokyo Bay from the Damper export facility in Western Australia, operated by Woodside Petroleum.

Driftwood LNG timetable

Dec 28 (LNGJ) - Tellurian Inc., developer of the Driftwood LNG export project near Lake Charles in Louisiana, said the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) had issued the notice of schedule for environmental review of the venture with production capacity of 27.6 million tonnes per annum and its associated pipeline. According to the notice, FERC will issue its final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on October 12, 2018, and has established a 90-day Federal authorization decision deadline on January 10, 2019. “Assuming a favorable decision, Tellurian expects that this schedule would allow it to begin construction of Driftwood LNG in early 2019, pending a final investment decision by Tellurian,” said the company.