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Australia and US face issues over
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Australia has managed to alleviate natural gas supply problems and higher prices for now in areas of Queensland where three LNG liquefaction plants are operating and the same problems could affect the US once more export projects come on stream.

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Jera Co. Inc., the Japanese liquefied natural gas procurement company set up by Tokyo Electric Power Co and Chubu Electric, has signed an agreement to cooperate on…
Petrofac of the UK was awarded a contract worth around $800 million by energy major BP to deliver a second-phase central processing plant as part of the…
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has boosted cash allocations to help boost liquefied natural gas bunkering activities and infrastructure in the Asian city state…
The South Korean government along with shipbuilders and port authorities have signed an agreement to place orders for vessels powered by liquefied natural gas in 2018 as…
Italian energy company Eni said it completed its sale of a 25 percent indirect interest in the Area 4 licence block in the Rovuma Basin of Mozambique…
The Singapore Exchange (SGX) said it cleared the first futures contract for liquefied natural gas delivered into the Dubai, Kuwait and India (DKI) index market at a…
Tellurian Inc. closed its public offering of 10 million shares at $10.00 per share and its net proceeds amounted to $94.8 million to spend mostly on engineering…
US liquefied natural gas equipment maker Air Products has won its second order from the engineering and construction joint venture of TechnipFMC and Japan’s JGC Corp. for…
Kosmos Energy, the stakeholder with BP of the UK in two floating LNG production projects for natural gas discoveries in the Greater Tortue fields offshore Senegal and…
The Chart Industries fuel infrastructure subsidiary Chart Ferox has commissioned a fourth permanent fueling station in Finland for natural gas vehicles, located close to Vantaa airport in…
Gaztransport and Technigaz (GTT), the French LNG maritime storage tank firm, was meeting investors on December 12 to highlight the positive trends in the current market, reflected…

GTT-Korean accord

Dec 14 (LNG) - French LNG storage technology firm GTT and South Korean naval engineering company DSEC have signed a technical assistance and licensing agreement for the construction of GTT’s membrane containment systems. The companies said the accord addressed the requirements of clients wishing to fit membrane-type LNG fuel tanks to all types of vessels, including cruise ships, container vessels, bulk carriers or ferries. “Moreover, DSEC is already recognized for its ability to implement complete solutions including fuel gas supply systems and cargo-handling systems,” said GTT. “With this new cooperation, which broadens the spectrum of GTT industrial partners, shipyards no longer have to acquire the know-how required for the construction of GTT membranes and of LNG handling,” it added.

LNG ship movements

Dec 14 (LNGJ) - The 174,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “Gaslog Glasgow” is scheduled to arrive on December 16 at the Queensland Curtis LNG plant, owned by Royal Dutch Shell, to lift a cargo for Asia, according to shipping data. The 155,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “Gaslog Sydney” will lift a shipment on December 18 from the Australian QCLNG plant. The 145,000 cubic metres capacity carrier “LNG Enugu” will deliver a cargo on December 23 to the Aqaba terminal in the Kingdom of Jordan from the Nigeria LNG plant on Bonny Island. The 155,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “Gaslog Chelsea” is scheduled to arrive on December 24 at the Sabine Pass import terminal in Louisiana, owned by Cheniere Energy, to lift a cargo. The 148,470 cubic metres capacity “LNG Kano” will unload a Nigerian cargo on December 27 at the Pakistani Port Qasim facilities near the city of Karachi.

LNG for Greece and China

Dec 13 (LNGJ) - The 75,000 cubic metres capacity Med-class vessel “Cheikh Mokrani” is scheduled to unload a shipment on December 14 at the Greek Revithoussa terminal from the Skikda plant in Algeria, according to shipping data. The 174,100 cubic metres capacity carrier “Cesi Qingdao” will deliver a cargo on December 17 to the Chinese Qingdao import terminal in the eastern Shandong province, owned by Sinopec, from the Gladstone plant in Queensland, Australia. The 210,100 cubic metres capacity carrier “Fraiha” will deliver a cargo on December 28 to the Incheon import terminal in South Korea, operated by Korea Gas Corp., from Ras Laffan in Qatar.

Skangas-UK LNG deal

Dec 12 (LNGJ) - Skangas, the Nordic LNG operator and supplier, signed a preliminary accord with the UK National Grid and its Isle of Grain LNG import terminal to acquire supplies to be loaded onto small-scale carriers at the facility, located on the Medway River southeast of London. “Grain LNG, which operates primarily as a large-scale import terminal, is firmly committed to developing an LNG break-bulk marine facility to make it possible for small vessels to reload and bunker LNG,” said Skangas. The UK facility is set to offer small-scale ship reloading at its terminal in Kent. “We believe the best way to encourage growth in the market is to offer competitive alternatives which ensure security of supply for small-scale participants” said Nicola Duffin, Commercial Manager at Grain LNG.

LNG cargo deliveries

Dec 12 (LNGJ) - The 140,000 cubic metres capacity carrier “Arctic Discoverer” will unload a shipment on December 14 at the Lithuania’s Klaipeda import facility on the Baltic Coast from the Hammerfest export plant in Norway, operated by Statoil, according to shipping data. The 216,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “Al Thumama” will deliver a cargo on December 21 to the Singapore import terminal on Jurong Island from the Ras Laffan plant in Qatar. The 155,000 cubic metres capacity carrier “British Ruby”, will deliver a cargo on December 22 to the Chinese Tianjin import facility near Beijing from the Gladstone plant in Queensland, Australia. The 155,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “British Emerald”, is scheduled to deliver a shipment on January 5 to the Japanese Naoetsu import terminal, owned by Inpex, from the Atlantic LNG export plant on the Caribbean island of Trinidad.

Wood US shale work

Dec 12 (LNGJ) - Wood Group of the UK, the international energy services company, is providing construction and project management to Discovery DJ Services across a multi-phase installation of an oil and gas gathering system and natural gas and liquid processing facility in the Niobrara shale region of the DJ Basin of the US state of Colorado. “This is Discovery’s first gas plant in Colorado and we are committed to leveraging our differentiated onshore US footprint and long track record of project delivery to successfully support this key asset,” said Robin Watson, Wood’s Chief Executive. The project includes the recently completed project management, fabrication and construction of about 60 miles of 12-inch and 8-inch pipeline for the gathering system with capacity for 60 million cubic feet per day of natural gas.

Teekay $816M loan

Dec 11 (LNGJ) - Teekay LNG Partners, the US-listed fleet owner, completed an $816 million long-term debt facility agreement to finance all six of the partnership’s 50-percent owned ARC7 LNG carrier newbuilds, with the first vessel to be delivered in January 2018 and the remaining vessels through to early-2020.  The ships will service the Yamal LNG project under charter contracts with firm periods out to 2045 plus options. “Together with our joint venture partner, China LNG Shipping, we are pleased to announce this significant project milestone for our ARC7 LNG carrier newbuildings,” said Brody Speers, Chief Financial Officer of Teekay Gas Group. “With the completion of this ARC7 financing, the partnership has now completed $2.2 billion in debt financings for our newbuildings in the past 12 months and has financed 14 of its remaining 15 LNG carrier newbuildings, which include one floating storage unit,” added Speers.

Q-Max for UK Dec 13

Dec 11 (LNGJ) - The 266,000 cubic metre capacity Q-Max carrier “Bu Samara” will deliver a cargo on December 13 to 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 $7.75 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 $7.22 per MMBtu.

FERC head sworn in

Dec 8 (LNGJ) - The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the permit authority for LNG export projects and other energy ventures, has a new Chairman in Kevin J. McIntyre who was sworn in after being confirmed by the US Senate. Prior to joining the Commission, McIntyre was joint leader of the global Energy Practice at the US firm Jones Day, where he practiced law for almost 30 years. “At the firm, he had an expansive FERC practice, counselling and representing clients in nearly all industry sectors, including natural gas, conventional electricity, oil, hydropower and renewable resources,” said a FERC statement. “McIntyre is a graduate of San Diego State University and Georgetown Law School. He and his wife Jennifer have three children,” it added. His term as Chairman of FERC lasts until June 2018.

US LNG and pricing

Dec 8 (LNGJ) - Four LNG carriers departed the Sabine Pass LNG export plant in Louisiana over the past week, while two other tankers were loading at the facility through December 7, according to the US Energy Information Administration. The Henry Hub national benchmark spot price fell from $3.06 per million British thermal units (MMBtu) over the report week to $2.92 per MMBtu. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, the front-month January 2018 contract price fell from $3.17 per MMBtu to $2.92 per MMBtu. Net injections to working gas totaled 2 billion cubic feet (Bcf) for the previous week. “Working natural gas stocks are 3,695 Bcf, which is 7 percent less than the year-ago level and 1 percent less than the five-year (2012-2016) average for this week,” said the EIA.

Chevron budget $18Bln

Dec 7 (LNGJ) - Chevron Corp., currently ramping up its new Wheatstone LNG export plant in Western Australia, said it had set aside $18.3 billion for its 2018 capital and exploratory spending program. This figure includes $5.5Bln for the company’s share of expenditures by affiliated companies. “Our 2018 budget is down for the fourth consecutive year, reflecting project completions, improved efficiencies and investment high-grading,” said Chairman and Chief Executive John Watson. “We’re fully funding our advantaged Permian Basin (US) position and dedicating approximately three-quarters of our spending to projects that are expected to realize cash flow within two years,” added the CEO.

Europe and Asia LNG

Dec 6 (LNGJ) - The 217,000 cubic metres capacity Q-Flex carrier “Al Kharsaah” is scheduled to unload a shipment on December 9 at the Indian Dahej import facility near Mumbai from the Ras Laffan plant in Qatar, according to shipping data. The 140,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “Arctic Voyager” will deliver a cargo on December 11 to the Huelva import terminal in southwest Spain from the Hammerfest plant in Norway, operated by Statoil. The 210,100 cubic metres capacity carrier “Al Ruwais” will unload a Qatargas cargo on December 13 at Thailand’s Map Ta Phut import terminal. The 266,000 cubic metres capacity Q-Max vessel “Al Bahiya” will deliver a Qatargas cargo on December 21 to Turkey’s Aliaga import terminal, owned by EgeGaz, and one of two LNG facilities near the port of Izmir.

LNG ship movements

Dec 5 (LNGJ) - The 155,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “Solaris” on December 5 was unloading a cargo at the Turkish Ege Gaz import terminal at the port of Aliaga, near Izmir. The shipment was delivered from the Equatorial Guinea export plant in West Africa. The 147,500 cubic metres capacity carrier “LNG Ebisu” has docked at the Pluto LNG export jetty at Dampier in Western Australia, operated by Woodside Petroleum, to lift a cargo for Asia. The 162,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “Esshu Maru” has arrived at the US Sabine Pass export plant in Louisiana, owned by Cheniere Energy, to lift a cargo for North East Asia.

JGC Indonesian win

Dec 4 (LNGJ) - JGC Corp., the leading Japanese LNG and energy engineering company, said it received a contract worth around $850 million with two Indonesian partners for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of a gas processing plant at Bojonegoro in the East Java Province of Indonesia. The lump-sum, turn-key contract was awarded by Indonesian state-owned energy company Pertamina. The project will process volumes from the Jambaran-Tiung Biru gas field amounting to 330 million standard cubic feet per day for the domestic market. “The Indonesian government has decided, as one of its important policies, to develop a domestic gas supply network to respond to the increasing energy demand in the country,” said JGC.

China LNG cargo surge

Dec 1 (LNGJ) – The 170,000 cubic metres capacity “Methane Julia Louise” was unloading a cargo on December 1 at the Chinese Zhuhai import terminal in Guangdong province from the Queensland Curtis LNG plant in Australia owned by Shell, according to shipping data. The 173,400 cubic metres capacity vessel “Maran Gas Roxana” has just unloaded a shipment at the PetroChina-owned Dalian import terminal in northeast Liaoning province from the Gladstone LNG plant in Australia. The 145,000 cubic metres capacity carrier “Methane Lydon Volney” is scheduled to deliver a shipment on December 12 to the Ningbo terminal in the eastern province of Zhejiang, owned by China National Offshore Oil Corp., from Shell’s QCLNG plant in Gladstone. The 165,500 cubic metres capacity carrier “Woodside Donaldson” is scheduled to arrive on December 16 at the Taiwanese Yung-An import facility with a cargo from the Dampier export terminal in Western Australia, operated by Woodside Petroleum.

Ichthys LNG accident

Nov 30 (LNGJ) - Inpex Corp. of Japan, developer of the Ichthys LNG plant at Bladin Point near Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory, halted construction work on November 30 after a worker died in an accident. “Inpex Operations Australia sincerely regrets to confirm a serious incident occurred at its Bladin Point construction site in Darwin at approximately 8pm last night that resulted in the death of a worker,” the company said. Inpex is building the plant in a joint venture with France’s Total to supply Japanese utilities and Taiwan with LNG. Engineering and construction work is currently more than a year behind schedule and the start of commercial operations is scheduled for the end of the first quarter of 2018.

Madrid talks on gas role

Nov 29 (LNGJ) - The International Gas Union brought together 70 diplomats and executives at its Diplomatic Gas Forum in the Spanish capital Madrid to discuss the LNG and gas industry. Countries such as the United States, South Korea, China and Middle East nations were represented. The event was hosted by Spain’s Gas Natural Fenosa, whose Chief Executive Rafael Villaseca said natural gas remained an important component of the new energy mix. “The participants in the meeting agreed on the key role of natural gas in improving air quality and combating climate change,” said the closing statement. GNF and the Spanish Gas Association will run the General Secretariat of the IGU until 2022 after taking over from Statoil and the Norwegian Gas Association.

LNG for China and France

Nov 29 (LNGJ) - The 147,000 cubic metres capacity “Dapeng Moon” will unload a shipment on December 3 at the Chinese Shenzhen facility, owned by China National Offshore Oil Corp., from the Dampier export terminal in Western Australia, operated by Woodside Petroleum, according to shipping data. The 147,200 cubic metres capacity carrier “Arctic Lady” is scheduled to deliver a cargo on December 15 to the French Fos Cavaou import terminal near the Mediterranean port of Marseilles from the Hammerfest plant in Norway.

Q-Flex LNG for UK Dec 5

Nov 28 (LNGJ) - The 216,000 cubic metres capacity Q-Flex carrier “Al Ghashamiya” will deliver a shipment on December 5 to 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 $7.60 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 $7.15 per MMBtu.

LNG ship movements

Nov 27 (LNGJ) - The 150,000 cubic metres capacity “Seri Camillia” is unloading a cargo on November 28 at the Indian Dahej terminal, operated by Petronet, from the Equatorial Guinea export plant on Bioko Island in West Africa, according to shipping data. The 160,400 cubic metres capacity vessel “Malanje” is scheduled to unload another shipment at Dahej on November 29 from the Angola plant in southwest Africa. The 210,100 cubic metres capacity carrier “Duhail” will deliver a cargo on December 1 to the Himeji terminal in Japan from Ras Laffan in Qatar. The 215,000 cubic metres capacity carrier “Al Utouriya” will deliver a Qatargas shipment on December 12 to the South Korean Pyeongtaek terminal, operated by Korea Gas Corp.

Portugal and Taiwan LNG

Nov 24 (LNGJ) - The 75,000 cubic metres capacity carrier “Cheikh El Mokrani” is scheduled to deliver a shipment on November 26 to the Sines import terminal in Portugal from the Skikda plant in Algeria, according to shipping data. The 177,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “Gigira Laitebo” will unload a cargo on November 29 at the Yung-An terminal in Taiwan from the Papua New Guinea plant. The 210,100 cubic metres capacity Q-Flex vessel “Al Sadd” will deliver a shipment to Singapore on December 3 from Ras Laffan in Qatar.

LNG cargoes for China

Nov 23 (LNGJ) - Two cargoes are heading for China to be unloaded for the December winter season demand surge. The 174,000 cubic metres capacity carrier “Gaslog Glasgow” is expected to deliver a cargo on December 4 to the Ningbo terminal in the eastern province of Zheijang, operated by China National Offshore Oil Corp., and lifted on November 5 from the US Sabine Pass plant. The 148,300 cubic metres capacity vessel “LNG Imo” is scheduled to deliver a Nigerian shipment on December 21 to the Tangshan import terminal in northern Hebei province, operated by PetroChina.

Bangladesh LNG order

Nov 22 (LNGJ) - Finland’s Cargotec Corp., a maker of cargo-handling machinery for ships and ports, has received an equipment order through its MacGregor subsidiary from an LNG import terminal planned for the Moheskhali Island area of Bangladesh. MacGregor has signed an order for the fabrication, engineering and project management of a complete subsea mooring and riser system from Summit LNG Terminal Co. The MacGregor system will serve Summit's floating storage and regasification unit. The Bangladesh LNG terminal end-user is Summit Power, an independent electricity producer, and the facility is one of several under development in the Asian nation.

Spain and Mexico LNG

Nov 22 (LNGJ) - The 155,000 cubic metres capacity “Gaslog Saratoga” will deliver a shipment on November 23 to the Huelva terminal in southwest Spain from the Qatar plant in Ras Laffan, according to shipping data. The 174,000 cubic metres capacity “Maran Gas Ulysses” has unloaded a shipment at the Altamira import plant in the Gulf Coast of Mexico from the Nigeria LNG plant on Bonny Island.

SDX earnings boost

Nov 21 (LNGJ) - SDX Energy, the exploration and production company listed in London and Toronto and with recent drilling successes in Morocco, a potential LNG importer, posted third-quarter revenue of $10 million compared with $2.1M in the same three months of 2016. Nine-month revenue was $28.2m versus $7.6M in 2016. “This has been one of the company’s strongest quarters yet,” said SDX Chief Executive Paul Welch. “We announced a successful $10 million fundraise during the period, which allows us to accelerate our drilling programmes in Egypt and Morocco. We have made an excellent start to the Morocco drilling campaign, announcing two discoveries from the first two wells,” added the CEO.

Mitsubishi-Gazprom talks

Nov 21 (LNGJ) - Gazprom said Chairman Alexey Miller has held talks in St. Petersburg Takehiko Kakiuchi, President and Chief Executive of Mitsubishi Corp. on LNG cooperation. Mitsubishi owns 10 percent of the Sakhalin LNG export plant in the Russian far East. “The parties reviewed issues related to joint efforts under the Sakhalin II project, including the construction of the third Train of the LNG plant,” said Gazprom. “A focus was also placed on cooperation prospects in the LNG sector,” it added.

Trinidad LNG for Brazil

Nov 20 (LNGJ) - The 138,200 cubic metres capacity carrier “British Innovator” is unloading a shipment on November 20 at the Salvador import facility in the northeast Brazilian state of Bahia from Atlantic LNG in Trinidad, according to shipping data. The 160,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “Cool Runner” is also scheduled to unload a Trinidad delivery at the Salvador terminal in Brazil.

LNG for Spain and France

Nov 17 (LNGJ) - The 266,000 cubic metres capacity Q-Max vessel “Al Dafna” is scheduled to deliver a shipment on November 19 to the French import terminal at Dunkirk from Ras Laffan in Qatar, according to shipping data. The 148,300 cubic metres capacity “LNG Ondo” is scheduled to arrive with a cargo on November 25 at the Huelva import terminal in southwest Spain from the Nigeria LNG plant on Bonny Island.

Teekay small-scale fleet

Nov 16 (LNGJ) - Teekay LNG Partners, the US-listed affiliate of Teekay LNG, has established a division called the “Teekay Multigas Pool” for in-house commercial management of small-scale liquefied natural gas carriers and ethylene-capable liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) vessels. “The pool fleet is expected to reach at least 12 vessels by the end of 2017, including third-party partner vessels,” said Teekay. The company said the seven directly owned, ethylene-capable LPG carriers have been part of the Norgas fleet operated by I.M. Skaugen and the transition of these vessels into the Teekay Multigas Pool will start immediately. “We believe there are opportunities to consolidate the ethylene and small-scale LNG shipping sectors,” said Mark Kremin, President and Chief Executive of Teekay Gas Group Ltd.

Europe and Asia cargoes

Nov 15 (LNGJ) - The 147,200 cubic metres capacity “Arctic Lady” will deliver a cargo on November 17 to the Zeebrugge import facility in Belgium from the Hammerfest plant in Norway, according to shipping data. The 155,000 cubic metres capacity carrier “British Ruby”, owned by BP Shipping, will unload a cargo on November 27 at the Japanese Kawagoe import terminal, operated by Chubu Electric, from the Bonny Island plant in Nigeria. The 155,000 cubic metres capacity BP carrier “British Diamond” will deliver a cargo on December 1 to the Yung-An import facility in Taiwan from the Caribbean Atlantic LNG plant in Trinidad.

Turkish LNG demand

Nov 14 (LNGJ) - The 266,000 cubic metres capacity Q-Max vessel “Al Bahiya” is scheduled to deliver a cargo on November 21 to the Turkish Aliaga LNG import terminal near the port of Izmir from Qatargas in Ras Laffan, according to shipping data. The 140,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “Arctic Discoverer” will unload a shipment on November 23 at Turkey’s Aliaga facility from the Hammerfest plant in Norway, operated by Statoil.

Nigerian LNG deliveries

Nov 13 (LNGJ) - The 140,620 cubic metres capacity carrier “Gallina” will unload a cargo on November 15 at the Mugardos import terminal at the Port of El Ferrol in northwest Spain from the Bonny Island plant in Nigeria, according to shipping data. The 141,00 cubic metres capacity vessel “LNG Cross River” will deliver a shipment on November 15 to the Sines   terminal in Portugal from Nigeria LNG. The 145,700 “LNG Benue” is scheduled to deliver a Nigerian cargo on November 19 to the Jordanian import terminal at the Red Sea Port of Aqaba.

Shale pipelines boost

Nov 10 (LNGJ) - Tennessee Zone 4 Marcellus shale-gas spot prices increased $1.71 from $0.52 per million British thermal unit to $2.23 per MMBtu in the week. “Marcellus prices likely increased this week as a result of a combination of cold weather in the Northeast and the commencement of service of the Access South and Adair Southwest pipelines,” said the Energy Information Administration. “These pipelines add approximately 0.6 billion cubic feet per day of takeaway capacity for the region and should help mitigate the regional discount,” said the EIA.

US natural gas stocks

Nov 10 (LNGJ) - US working natural gas in storage totaled 3,784 billion cubic feet (Bcf), according to the Energy Information Administration “The natural gas storage injection season has been traditionally defined as April 1 through October 31, although injections often occur into November. Inventories at the traditional end of this year’s injection season were 58 Bcf (2 percent) lower than the five-year (2012-2016) end-of-October average and 193 Bcf (5 percent) lower than the record-setting level of 3,977 Bcf established last year,” said the EIA.

Teekay LNG posts loss

Nov 9 (LNGJ) - Teekay LNG Partners, the US-listed affiliate of the fleet operator awaiting the delivery of eight new carriers scheduled for 2018, reported a wider third-quarter loss of $18.89 million compared with a profit of $50.10M in the same quarter of 2016. “During the third quarter, we continued to generate stable cash flows,” said Mark Kremin, President and Chief Executive of Teekay Gas Group. “In October and November 2017, we took delivery of two wholly-owned M-type, Electronically Controlled, Gas Injection (MEGI)-powered LNG carrier newbuilds and one 30 percent-owned newbuild, all of which immediately commenced charter contracts ranging between six and 20 years in duration with Shell,” said Kremin. “We expect these newbuilding deliveries will have a positive contribution to our cash flows and earnings beginning in the fourth quarter,” said the CEO.

LNG ship conversion

Nov 8 (LNGJ) - Royal Dutch Shell and Dutch shipping company Anthony Veder have signed a contract to modify the small-scale LNG carrier “Coral Methane” into an LNG bunker vessel. The modification marks the first of its kind and will entail integration of specific LNG bunker equipment into the vessel. The 7,500 cubic metres capacity ship currently operates as on a multipurpose basis for Shell. “We are proud to offer Shell this pioneering solution that once again emphasizes our expertise and continuous focus on safety and innovation,” said Jan Valkier, Chief Executive of Anthony Veder. “Furthermore, the modification project enables us to continue to build on our strong partnership with Shell and to drive sustainable change in our industry,” added Valkier. The conversion project is scheduled to start in early 2018 on the “Coral Methane”, first delivered in 2009.

Atlas Copco LNG order

Nov 8 (LNGJ) - Atlas Copco Gas and Process Division, based in the German city of Cologne, secured a compressor order for the LNG carrier shipbuilding market in Asia. The order was placed by Samsung Heavy Industries of South Korea for a total of four centrifugal gas compressors, four gas screws compressors and with heaters and vaporizers to be used on two Korean-built vessels. “Specifically, the vapor return compressors will provide tank pressure control during loading and the fuel-gas compressors will feed excess boil-off gas to the gas engine during operations,” said Atlas Copco. “This order is a very important step for Atlas Copco in the Asian LNG market,” said Robert Radimeczky, President of the Gas and Process Division. “We were pleased to leverage Atlas Copco’s proven experience in supplying full cargo-handling systems on large LNG vessels,” added Radimeczky.

Singapore bunker ban

Nov 7 (LNGJ) - The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has revoked the bunker supplier and operator licences of Transocean Oil. The ban comes as the MPA aims to increase its activities and integrity levels as a global bunkering hub for LNG and other fuels. “As part of MPA’s ongoing regulatory efforts to ensure the integrity of bunkering in Singapore, checks were conducted on Transocean. MPA’s investigations revealed that there were several falsifications of records and discrepancies in the stock movement logbooks on board the bunker tankers operated by Transocean,” said the MPA. Transocean is the third provider to have its licence revoked in 2017 amid investigations into short deliveries by suppliers to bunker fuel customers. Transocean operates a fleet of 13 bunkering barges in the Port and its client list includes major Asian shipping companies such as NYK Line of Japan and US and Singapore Navy ships.

UK Trelleborg boost

Nov 6 (LNGJ) - Trelleborg of Sweden, a maker of LNG hose and transfer equipment, said its offshore operations base in Skelmersdale, northwest England, has received certification for the design of its Type 3 Clamp under the American Petroleum Institute’s specification for flexible pipe ancillary equipment. The approval is an important landmark as the full suite of qualification requirements relating to the design methodology of Trelleborg’s clamps and Distributed Buoyancy Modules is now complete. “Receiving full industry-recognized accreditation from an independent verification agent, demonstrates our dedication to execute projects and designs to the required standard, providing customers with additional confidence and peace of mind,” said Tom Perry, Design Manager in Trelleborg’s offshore operations.

LNG for China and Spain

Nov 6 (LNGJ) - The 159,900 cubic metres capacity vessel “Energy Atlantic” arrived on November 6 at the Tianjin import facility in northeast China with a cargo lifted on October 10 from the US Sabine Pass plant in Louisiana, according to shipping data. The 145,000 cubic metres capacity “Methane Nile Eagle” unloaded a cargo on November 6 at the Cartagena import terminal in southeast Spain from the Peru LNG plant at Pampa Melchorita.

LNG carrier earnings

Nov 3 (LNGJ) - Malaysia International Shipping Corp., the owner and operator of a fleet of 114 vessels including 30 LNG carriers, said overall quarterly operating profit more than doubled to 678 million Malaysian ringgits ($160M) compared with the same three months of 2016 because of one-off charges. “In the LNG shipping front, spot charter rates remain sluggish because of the tonnage oversupply situation,” said MISC. “Spot charter rates are, however, expected to pick up as countries start building up inventories to meet the winter heating demand,” the company added. “The present portfolio of long-term charters in the Group's LNG shipping business will continue to support the financial performance of this segment,” said MISC.

FSRU deal for China

Nov 2 (LNGJ) - French utility and energy company Engie confirmed the renewal of a charter on the floating storage and regasification unit “GDF Suez Cape Ann” at the port of Tianjin in northern China to help meet peak Chinese natural gas demand for the capital Beijing and other cities. Engie said the FSRU had arrived in Tianjin fully loaded with LNG and had started operations. The FSRU will remain in the Chinese port until around the end of the first quarter of 2018. It had previously provided similar services to CNOOC from November 2013 to January 2017. The FSRU will also transfer LNG into smaller onshore tanks used by CNOOC for LNG truck-loading. “We are especially pleased to continue this relationship with CNOOC, a long-standing partner of Engie in the field of LNG,” said Philip Olivier, Head of Global LNG at the French company.

Thailand and Korea cargoes

Nov 2 (LNGJ) - The 160,100 cubic metres capacity vessel “Kita LNG” is scheduled to deliver a cargo on November 14 to Thailand’s Map Ta Phut regasification terminal from the US Sabine Pass plant in Louisiana, owned by Cheniere Energy. The 160,000 cubic metres capacity carrier “Asia Endeavour” will deliver a cargo on November 7 to the South Korean Boryeong facility, owned by GS Energy, from the Gorgon LNG plant in Western Australia, operated by Chevron. The 261,700 cubic metres capacity “Al Ghuwairiya” will unload a shipment on November 14 at the South Korean Incheon terminal, operated by Korea Gas Corp, from the Ras Laffan plant in Qatar.

LNG ship movements

Nov 1 (LNGJ) - The 155,000 cubic metres capacity carrier “Solaris” arrived on November 1 at the Dabhol terminal in India with a cargo from the Equatorial Guinea onshore LNG export plant on Bioko Island, operated by Marathon Oil of the US, according to shipping data. The 145,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “Al Deebel” will unload a shipment on November 2 at the Egyptian port of Ain Sokhna in the Gulf of Suez from Qatargas in Ras Laffan. The 216,200 cubic metres capacity vessel “Al Gattara” will arrive on November 7 in Singapore with a cargo from Ras Laffan. The 138,200 cubic metres capacity vessel “Methane Kari Elin”, owned by Shell, has just lifted a cargo from the Equatorial Guinea plant in West Africa and is awaiting orders. The 140,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “Methane Rita Andrea”, operated by GasLog for Shell, has arrived at the Peru LNG loading terminal at Pampa Melchorita to lift a cargo.

APLNG boost for Origin

Oct 31 (LNGJ) - Origin Energy, a shareholder in the Australia Pacific LNG project with ConocoPhillips and Sinopec, said revenue in past quarter was $678.6 million, an increase of 1 percent compared with the previous quarter and a 58 percent rise on the same three months of 2016, reflecting higher output at APLNG from where 32 cargoes were shipped. “At APLNG planned maintenance was completed on both Trains,” said Origin Chief Executive Frank Calabria. “APLNG continues to be a major supplier of gas to Australia’s east coast and is expected to provide almost 30 percent of total east coast gas market demand in 2018, as well as meeting its export commitments,” he stated.

Chart $250M note sale

Oct 31 (LNGJ) - Chart Industries, one of the leading makers of LNG equipment, said it intended to offer $225 million of Convertible Senior Subordinated Notes due in 2024 in a private placement to institutional investors. Chart also intends to grant to the initial purchasers a 13-day option to purchase up to an additional $33.75M of the notes. Chart intends to use a portion of the net proceeds of the offering to pay the cost of hedge transactions and may repurchase other outstanding debts.

Q-Max LNG for UK Nov 5

Oct 30 (LNGJ) - The 266,000 cubic metres capacity Q-Max carrier “Umm Slal” will deliver a shipment on November 5 to 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 $6.00 per million British thermal units, while one of the main continental European prices, the Dutch Title Transfer Facility (TTF), was slightly lower at the equivalent of around $5.95 per MMBtu.

Sales by Total increase

Oct 27 (LNGJ) - French energy company Total, a shareholder in two liquefaction projects currently nearing completion, Yamal LNG in Russia and Ichthys LNG in Australia, said in its third-quarter earnings that LNG sales rose 8 percent to 2.95 million tonnes compared with 2.75MT in the same three months of 2016. Sales for the first nine months of the year were 8.56MT versus 8.24MT in the same period of 2016. “Yamal LNG in Russia is expected to begin production by year-end,” said the French company.

Eni-Exxon LNG deal

Oct 27 (LNGJ) - Italian energy company Eni said it expected to complete the sale of a 25 percent stake in Area 4 licence in the Rovuma Basin, offshore Mozambique to US major ExxonMobil before the end of 2017. Eni explained the status of the delayed deal in its third-quarter earnings statement. ExxonMobil agreed in March 2017 to pay around $2.8 billion for part of the Eni stake in the Area 4 concession with estimated resources of 85 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Under the deal, Eni will continue to lead the Coral floating LNG project and all upstream operations in Area 4, while ExxonMobil will lead the construction and operation of liquefaction and export facilities onshore. Eni’s earnings showed third-quarter net profits of 340 million euros ($395M) compared with a loss of 562M euros in the year-ago quarter.

African cargoes for India

Oct 27 (LNGJ) – The 174,000 cubic metres capacity “Maran Gas Agamemnon” is scheduled to deliver a cargo around November 3 to the Indian Dahej terminal, owned by Petronet, from the onshore Equatorial Guinea plant at Bioko Island in West Africa, operated by Marathon Oil of the US, according to shipping data. The 141,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “LNG Adamawa” will deliver a shipment on November 7 to the Dahej facility, north of Mumbai, from the Nigeria LNG plant on Bonny Island. The 141,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “LNG Adamawa” will deliver another Nigerian shipment on November 11 to Dahej. A further Nigerian cargo is scheduled for delivery to the Petronet terminal on November 12 on board the 137,230 cubic metres capacity carrier “LNG Rivers”.