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Alaska tests market for interest
in LNG project and new pipeline

Alaska Gasline Development Corp., the lead company in the Alaska LNG project, is running an open season until the end of August for companies to express an interest in volumes or to book capacity to transport feed-gas from the North Slope to the liquefaction plant in the south.

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The latest policy speech of British Columbia provincial Premier Christy Clark reflected the Canadian federal government’s rejection of a large-scale LNG export industry as it was dominated…
US liquefied natural gas exports decreased during the past week as the approach of Tropical Storm Cindy was given as a shipping alert and was making a…
The Sabal Trail Pipeline in Florida received Federal Energy Regulatory Commission authorization to begin partial operations amid rising natural gas demand from power plants rather than for LNG -  as…
Italian energy company Eni shipped its first small-scale cargo produced for the Indonesian domestic market from the new Jangkrik natural gas field development located offshore the Asian…
Finnish natural gas and LNG company Gasum is increasing its shareholding in Norwegian-based operator Skangas by additional 19 percent to 70 percent as it expands regasification, production and distribution…
South Korea is expected to raise its liquefied natural gas requirements and could see its LNG imports jump to 40 million tonnes a year for the first…
Greek company Energean Oil & Gas will become a main East Mediterranean natural gas player from 2020 with the expected start of production from the Karish gas…
Japanese energy company Inpex Corp. has bolstered its liquefied natural gas trading unit ahead of the coming on stream at the end of 2017 of the Ichthys…
Delfin LNG, the project proposing to construct the first US floating liquefaction and export plant to be located offshore Cameron Parish in Louisiana, has signed a joint development agreement with…
Monadelphous, the Australian engineering company based in Perth, was awarded a A$600 million (US$453M) contract by LNG producer Woodside Petroleum for the provision of gas asset general…
The Australian APA Group, the Sydney-based company that previously purchased an LNG feed-gas pipeline in Queensland, said it planned to build a new gas pipeline as part of…

GTT LNG storage order

June 23 (LNGJ) - GTT, the French LNG maritime storage technology company, said it received an order from Hyundai Heavy Industries of South Korea to equip a new LNG carrier with its Mark III Flex containment system. Hyundai's shipyard based in Ulsan will build the 180,000 cubic metres capacity vessel for the Norwegian shipping company Norspan LNG (Knutsen). Delivery is scheduled for 2019. The Knutsen fleet contains 10 large-scale LNG carriers in service and one on order. These LNG carriers are all equipped with GTT membrane containment systems. “It is the second order of this type this year with the HHI shipyard and the shipowner Knutsen,” said Philippe Berterottiere, Chairman and Chief Executive of GTT. “It highlights the excellent relationship we have with these two key players of the maritime industry,” added Berterottiere.

UK Dragon cargo June 28

June 22 (LNGJ) – The 261,700 cubic metres capacity Q-Flex carrier “Al Ghashamiya” is scheduled to unload a shipment on June 28 at the UK Dragon LNG import terminal in Milford Haven in Wales, the port authority said. The delivery was fixed as the UK National Balancing Point benchmark natural gas price was at the equivalent of $4.45 per million British thermal units, while one of the main continental European prices, the Dutch Title Transfer Facility (TTF), was quoted at $4.80 per MMBtu.

Plea to Senate on FERC

June 22 (LNGJ) - US oil and natural gas industry trade associations and lobbying groups called on US Senate leaders to schedule votes soon on the nominations of Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson to be Federal Energy Regulatory Commission board members. The requests came two weeks after the Energy and Natural Resources Committee forwarded the nominations to the full Senate for final approval to restore the FERC’s quorum to be able to decide on major LNG and energy projects.

Shipping confidence up

June 22 (LNGJ) - Shipping confidence reached its equal highest rating in the past three years in the three months to the end of May 2017, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey from international accountants and shipping advisers Moore Stephens. The average confidence level expressed by respondents to the survey was up to 6.1 out of 10.0 from the 5.6 recorded in the previous survey in February 2017. In the case of brokers, the confidence rating rose from 4.6 to 6.4, while for owners the increase was from 5.6 to 6.1. Confidence on the part of charterers and managers, meanwhile, was up from 5.9 to 6.4, and from 6.0 to 6.2 respectively. Concern persisted, however, over political uncertainty, over-tonnaging in certain trades, depressed oil prices and a potential dearth of quality seafarers.

Loan for Ophir Energy

June 21 (LNGJ) - Ophir Energy of the UK, developer of the Equatorial Guinea floating LNG project in West Africa, said it signed a $250 million reserve-based loan facility secured against the group’s production assets in Southeast Asia. In addition to the $250M, a further $100M is available on an uncommitted basis from a group of seven international banks. The facility has a seven-year term and matures on 30 June 2024.  “The combination of existing cash, this credit facility and cash flows from operations will provide the capital for Ophir to continue to invest to maximise the cash generation of its production and development portfolio,” said Ophir’s Chief Financial Officer Tony Rouse.

Eni wins Mexico bid

June 21 (LNGJ) - Mexico has awarded 10 out of 15 licences for exploration in shallow water blocks in the Tampico-Misantla, Veracruz, and Southeast basin areas along the country’s Gulf Coast. Twenty companies and 16 joint ventures from 15 countries took part in the bidding. Italian energy company Eni and Russia’s Lukoil were two individual operators awarded offshore acreage. “This result boosts Eni’s presence in a market that only opened to foreign investments in 2014, in line with the country’s energy reform and which has huge growth potential,” said Eni.

LNG for Spain and Asia

June 20 (LNGJ) - The 75,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “Cheikh Bouamama” is scheduled to unload a shipment on June 22 at the Huelva import terminal in southwest Spain from the Skikda plant in Algeria, according to shipping data. The 153,500 cubic metres capacity, French-flagged carrier “Gaselys” will deliver a shipment on June 28 to the Indian Hazira terminal, operated by Shell, from the Ras Laffan plant in Qatar. The 210,100 cubic metres capacity Q-Flex vessel “Duhail” will deliver a cargo on July 1 to the South Korean Incheon terminal, operated by Korea Gas Corp, from Ras Laffan in Qatar. The 155,000 cubic metres capacity carrier “British Ruby”, operated by BP Shipping, will deliver a cargo on July 15 to the Indian Dahej terminal, near Mumbai, from the Bonny Island plant in Nigeria.

Armenian gas fuel lead

June 20 (LNGJ) - Armenia’s position as the world’s largest user of gas-fueled vehicles as a proportion of cars, trucks and buses on the road was highlighted during a visit to the former Soviet state by Alexey Miller, Chairman of Russian natural gas giant Gazprom. Miller noted that Russian gas exports to Armenia amount to 1.9 billion cubic metres per year as the country has no energy resources of its own. “Gazprom expressed its appreciation for a robust use of natural gas in different economic sectors, including transportation. At present, around 80 percent of vehicles in the country run on natural gas,” said Gazprom. There are around 350,000 vehicles on the roads in Armenia, according to estimates.

Qatar LNG for UK July 3

June 19 (LNGJ) - The 266,000 Q-Max vessel carrier “Zarga” is scheduled to deliver a cargo on July 3 to the UK Milford Haven import terminal in Wales from the Ras Laffan plant in Qatar, according to shipping data. The delivery was fixed as the UK National Balancing Point benchmark natural gas price was near a 2017 low of the equivalent of $3.95 per million British thermal units, while one of the main continental European prices, the Dutch Title Transfer Facility (TTF), was quoted at around $4.78 per MMBtu.

UAE awaits Angola LNG

June 16 (LNGJ) - The United Arab Emirates has turned to the southwest African LNG plant in Angola for supplies to help replace volumes normally shipped from Qatar. The 160,400 cubic metres capacity carrier “Malanje” is scheduled to deliver a cargo on June 29 to the UAE import facility at the port of Jebel Ali in Dubai, according to shipping data. The UAE imported 3.10 million tonnes of LNG in 2016. Among the largest volumes, 950,000 tonnes came from Qatar, 750,000 tonnes came from Nigeria and there were no deliveries from Angola.

New Billiton chairman

June 16 (LNGJ) - BHP Billiton, the Australian commodities and energy company with LNG stakes, has elected Ken MacKenzie as its new Chairman to succeed Jac Nasser. MacKenzie will assume the role of Chairman from September following Nasser’s retirement. Chairman-elect MacKenzie said: “It is an honour and a privilege to succeed Jac Nasser as Chairman of BHP. Under his leadership, BHP has been transformed into a simpler, more productive and more resilient company. As incoming Chairman, I look forward to engaging with shareholders and other stakeholders over the coming weeks to understand their perspectives.”

Three cargoes for Korea

June 15 (LNGJ) - The 148,000 cubic metres capacity “Amali”, a Brunei-Shell vessel, is scheduled to unload a shipment on June 15 at the Pyeongtaek import terminal in South Korea from the Brunei export plant, according to shipping data. The 177,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “Gigara Laitebo” is scheduled to deliver a shipment on June 22 to the Kwangyang terminal in Korea, from the Papua New Guinea plant near Port Moresby. The 210,100 cubic metres capacity Q-Flex vessel “Fraiha” is scheduled to unload a cargo on June 24 at the Incheon terminal in Korea, operated by Korea Gas Corp. from the Ras Laffan plant in Qatar.

TransCanada expansion

June 15 (LNGJ) - TransCanada Corp., the Canadian pipeline company, is moving forward with a new $2 billion expansion of its Nova Gas Transmission Ltd. system, based on new contracted customer demand for approximately 3 billion cubic feet per day, even in the absence of a major LNG export project. “Between now and 2021, TransCanada is investing in new pipeline infrastructure to connect Western Canadian natural gas production to key markets within the basin and across North America,” said Karl Johannson, TransCanada's executive Vice-President. This expansion programme comes from growing producer demand to connect with the low-cost Montney shale-gas play in British Columbia and other resources.

China and India cargoes

June 14 (LNGJ) - The 174,100 cubic metres capacity “Cesi Gladstone” will unload a shipment on June 26 at the Chinese Beihai import terminal, operated by Sinopec, from the Australia Pacific LNG plant on Curtis Island in Queensland, according to shipping data. The 148,300 cubic metres capacity “LNG Imo” will deliver a cargo on June 28 to the Indian Dahej terminal near Mumbai from the Bonny Island plant in Nigeria. The 174,000 cubic metres capacity “Gaslog Greece” is scheduled to deliver a cargo on July 8 to the Yung-An import terminal in Taiwan from Nigeria LNG

LNG ship movements

June 13 (LNGJ) - The 160,000 cubic metres capacity carrier “Asia Endeavour” is scheduled to unload a shipment on June 14 at the Incheon import facility in South Korea from the Woodside-operated Dampier export terminal in Western Australia, according to shipping data. The 216,200 cubic metres capacity Q-Flex vessel “Al Gattara” will deliver a cargo on June 27 to the Dapeng Bay terminal in Guangdong province of southeast China from Ras Laffan in Qatar. The 155,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “British Ruby”, operated by BP Shipping, will deliver a cargo on July 15 to the Indian Dahej import terminal near Mumbai from the Bonny Island plant in Nigeria.

Centrica exits Canada

June 13 (LNGJ) - UK energy and utility company Centrica, a capacity holder in the Isle of Grain LNG terminal for current Qatari and future US imports, has agreed to sell its 60 percent stake in the Energy Canada Partnership, an exploration and production venture, to a consortium including MIE Holdings, the Can-China Global Resource Fund and commodity company Mercuria for C$722 million (US$540M) in cash. “The divestment means Centrica’s E&P activity will now be focused solely on European assets, with the Group having completed the sale of its gas assets in Trinidad and Tobago in May 2017,” the UK company said.

European LNG deliveries

June 12 (LNGJ) - The vessel 138,100 cubic metres capacity carrier “Berge Arzew” is scheduled to deliver a shipment from Algeria on June 13 to the French Fos Cavaou import terminal near the Mediterranean port of Marseille, according to shipping data. The 140,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “Arctic Voyager” will deliver a cargo on June 14 to the Huelva import terminal in southwest Spain from the Bonny Island export plant in Nigeria. The 266,000 cubic metres capacity Q-Max ship “Al Mafyar” is scheduled to unload a Qatari cargo on July 5 at the UK South Hook terminal at Milford Haven.

Dynagas LNG profit falls

June 9 (LNGJ) - Dynagas LNG Partners, the owner and operator of a fleet of six LNG carriers, said net income fell almost 25 percent for the three months to the end of March 2017, coming in at $12.9 million compared with $17.1M in the same quarter a year ago. Dynagas also has options to buy five more carriers from its European-based affiliate Dynagas Holdings. “Part of our strategic plan has been to enter into longer-term charters for the employment of the vessels in our fleet,” said Tony Lauritzen, Chief Executive of the US-listed company. “In general, long-term charters are priced at day rates below shorter-term charters. Our average remaining contract duration is now 10.5 years and our contracted backlog estimate is $1.52 billion, thereby providing us with significant cash flow visibility,” stated Lauritzen.

LNG for China and Korea

June 8 (LNGJ) - The 155,000 cubic metres capacity carrier “GasLog Sydney” will unload a shipment on June 13 at the Chinese Zhuhai import terminal, located on the west side of the Pearl River estuary in the southeast province of Guangdong. The cargo was lifted on May 15 from the Shell-owned Queensland Curtis LNG plant in eastern Australia. The 210,100 cubic metres capacity Q-Flex vessel “Fraiha” is scheduled to deliver a cargo on June 23 to the Korean import terminal at Incheon, operated by Korea Gas Corp., from Qatargas in Ras Laffan.

BIMCO President

June 7 (LNGJ) - Greek company chief executive Anastasios Papagiannopoulos, head of shipping line Common Progress in the dry bulk sector, has been elected President of the Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO), the world’s largest shipping association with 2,100 members in more than 120 countries. Papagiannopoulos said he had set three aims for his two-year presidential term. The first is to promote digitalisation across the industry, the second is to reduce the administrative burden for ship masters and the third is to encourage the successful implementation of regulations on ballast water and the global caps on sulphur emissions by 2020.

Cooper Basin success

June 7 (LNGJ) - Beach Energy of Australia, which in 2016 completed the all-share takeover of Drillsearch Energy, is seeing the benefits as it underpins its position in the Australian Cooper Basin straddling the states of South Australia and Queensland. Beach has just reported success in the South Australian Gas joint venture in the Cooper Basin with LNG stakeholders Santos and Origin Energy. The first well of the campaign, the Dullingari-43 DW1 intersected 25 metres of net gas pay across a 286 metres section in the Patchawarra formation and some net gas pay in secondary targets. “These results were in line with pre-drill estimates and the well was cased and suspended as a future producer,” said Beach.

Wider LNG projects role

June 6 (LNGJ) - The Australian developer of two North American LNG export projects, LNG Ltd, has appointed John Baguley, formerly of US engineering company KBR, to the post of Chief Operating Officer based in Houston, Texas. Baguley joined LNG Ltd in May 2014 as COO for Magnolia LNG in Louisiana and further expanded his responsibility to the role of Chief Technical Officer for LNG Ltd in November 2015. This included the company’s second export project, Bear Head LNG, in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. “John has been an integral part of LNGL since he joined the company and a trusted advisor to me,” said Greg Vesey, Managing Director and Chief Executive of LNG Ltd.

Argentine gas field event

June 5 (LNGJ) – LNG importer Argentina has held an inauguration ceremony for the Vega Pleyade natural gas project offshore Tierra del Fuego on the southern tip of South America, considered the most difficult gas production operation in the world. It has been supplying Argentina with 9 million cubic metres per day since February 2016. The venture is operated by French energy company Total. “Vega Pleyade supplies between 7.5 percent and 8 percent of Argentina's total consumption of gas,” said Energy and Mining Minister Juan Jose Aranguren. He added that the nation consumes around 130 million cubic metres per day of gas, including supplies from Bolivia, Chile and LNG imports. The Vega Pleyade field relies on extensive logistics and safety planning as it is located in rough waters where wind speeds are as high as 180 kilometres per hour.

US China-Dutch cargoes

June 5 (LNGJ) - The 165,500 cubic metres capacity “Magellan Spirit” unloaded a cargo on June 5 at the Chinese import facility in Tianjin, operated by China National Offshore Oil Corp., from the Sabine Pass export plant in the US state of Louisiana, owned by Cheniere Energy. The 140,000 cubic metres capacity “Arctic Discoverer” is scheduled to arrive on June 7 at the Dutch Gate import terminal in Rotterdam with a shipment from the Sabine Pass plant in Louisiana. That US cargo will be the first delivered to a northwest Europe import terminal. Previous US shipments to Europe have gone to Italy, Portugal, Spain and Turkey.

BP Trinidad discoveries

June 2 (LNGJ) - BP of the UK has made two “significant gas discoveries” with the Savannah and Macadamia exploration wells offshore Trinidad. “The results of these wells have unlocked approximately 2 trillion cubic feet of gas in place to underpin new developments in these areas,” said BP, a shareholder in the Atlantic LNG plant at Point Fortin in the Caribbean island nation. “The Savannah exploration well was drilled into an untested fault block east of the Juniper field in water depths of over 500 feet, approximately 80 kilometres off the southeast coast,” said BP “Based on the success of the Savannah well, BP expects to develop these reservoirs via future tieback to the Juniper platform that is due to come online,” it added. 

Saipem in demand

June 2 (LNGJ) - Italian oil and gas drilling and pipeline services company Saipem and energy firm Eni have signed a contract for offshore drilling in Mozambique’s water to monetize LNG feed-gas resources, using the drillship “Saipem 12000”. The contract is for 15 months and will start in mid-2019. “This contract will allow the company to participate in the development of the Coral field,” said Saipem. It added that Eni had also awarded it a contract for the drilling of two wells offshore Cyprus. “Work will once again be carried out by the ‘Saipem 12000’ and commence in the fourth quarter of 2017,” the Italian company said.

German gas dependence

June 1 (LNGJ) - German natural gas imports from Russian company Gazprom have soared by 15.7 percent in the first five months of 2017 compared with last year. Gazprom said it supplied 22.3 billion cubic metres of gas to the German market from January until the end of May, which is 3 Bcm more than in the same period last year. The figures came from a meeting in St Petersburg between Gazprom Chairman Alexey Miller and Klaus Schaefer, Chief Executive of German energy company and unity Uniper. The two discussed the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project to Germany from Russia, noting that the recent signing of the “financing agreements was crucial to the implementation” of the venture to bring even more Russian gas to Germany and Western Europe.

LNG carrier movements

June 1 (LNGJ) - The 160,106 cubic metres capacity vessel “Kita LNG” is unloading a Qatari cargo on June 1 at the Egyptian import facilities at the port of Ain Sokhna in the Gulf of Suez, according to shipping data. The 215,000 cubic metres capacity “Al Utouriya” is scheduled to arrive on June 4 at the Kochi import terminal in the southwest Indian state of Kerala with a partial cargo from Qatar. The 173,400 cubic metres capacity vessel “Oak Spirit” is scheduled to arrive on June 2 at the Sabine Pass export plant in Louisiana, operated by Cheniere Energy, to lift a cargo after previously delivering a shipment to the Argentine import facility at Bahia Blanca. The 147,000 cubic metres capacity carrier “Dapeng Moon” will unload a shipment on June 9 at the Chinese Shenzhen terminal, operated by China National Offshore Oil Corp., from the Woodside Dampier export facilities in Western Australia.

India and Taiwan cargoes

May 31 (LNGJ) -  The 160,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “Asia Vision” is scheduled to deliver a cargo on June 9 to the Dahej import terminal, located north of Mumbai and operated by Petronet. The cargo was lifted from the Gorgon export terminal in Western Australia, according to shipping data. The 145,000 cubic metres capacity carrier “Al Deebel” will deliver a Qatari cargo on June 9 to the Tai-chung import terminal in Taiwan. The 177,000 cubic metres capacity ship “LNG Lagos II” will unload a shipment on June 17 at the Montoir-de-Bretagne terminal in Western France from the Bonny Island plant of Nigeria LNG.

Second June UK cargo

May 30 (LNGJ) - The 266,000 cubic metres capacity Q-Max vessel “Rasheeda” is scheduled to deliver a cargo on June 5 to the UK South Hook import terminal in Milford Haven in Wales, the port authority said. This will be the second shipment of the month after another scheduled unloading on June 2 by the Q-Flex carrier “Al Gharrafa”. The delivery was fixed as the UK National Balancing Point benchmark natural gas price was last at the equivalent of $4.65 per million British thermal units, while one of the main continental European prices, the Dutch Title Transfer Facility (TTF), was quoted at around $5.05 per MMBtu.

Australian LNG roadshow

May 30 (LNGJ) - Australian company Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd. is holding three separate meetings with investors in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney to give updates on the Magnolia LNG project in the US state of Louisiana, the Bear Head LNG venture in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia and the Fisherman’s Landing LNG project in Gladstone in the Australian state of Queensland. LNG Ltd speakers will include Chairman Paul Cavicchi, Chief Executive Greg Vesey and Chief Technical Officer John Baguley. The meetings will take place in June 2017. The dates and locations are: Monday, 12 June at 12 noon at the Parmelia Hilton (Fremantle Room), 14 Mill Street, Perth; Tuesday, 13 June at 4.00pm at the InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto (Trade Room), 495 Collins Street, Melbourne; and on Wednesday, 14 June at 4.00pm at the Christie Conference Centre, 3 Spring Street, Sydney.

LNG for UK on June 2

May 26 (LNGJ) - The 216,200 cubic metres capacity Q-Flex vessel “Al Gharrafa” is scheduled to deliver a cargo on June 2 to the UK South Hook import terminal in Milford Haven in Wales, the port authority said. The delivery was fixed as the UK National Balancing Point benchmark natural gas price was last at the equivalent of $4.70 per million British thermal units, while one of the main continental European prices, the Dutch Title Transfer Facility (TTF), was quoted at around $4.82 per MMBtu.

Angola LNG deliveries

May 26 (LNGJ) - The 160,500 cubic metres capacity carrier “Sonangol Benguela” is scheduled to deliver a cargo on May 31 to the Mugardos terminal at El Ferrol port in northwest Spain from the Soyo export plant in Angola, southwest Africa, according to shipping data. The 160,500 cubic metres capacity “Sonangol Etosha” will unload a shipment on June 10 at the Tong-Yeong terminal in South Korea, operated by Korea Gas Corp., from the Angola LNG plant.

Cargoes for India-Chile

May 26 (LNGJ) - The 137,230 cubic metres capacity vessel “LNG Rivers” is scheduled to deliver a cargo on June 2 to the Hazira import terminal near Mumbai in India from the Bonny Island plant in Nigeria. The 161,870 cubic metres capacity “Maran Gas Alexandria” is scheduled to deliver a cargo on June 14 to the Quintero terminal in Chile from the US Sabine Pass plant in Louisiana.

Atlantic Basin cargoes

May 25 (LNGJ) - The 155,000 cubic metres capacity “British Ruby”, operated by BP Shipping, is unloading a Qatargas cargo on May 25 at the Bahia Blanca import facility in Argentina in the form of the FSRU “Exemplar”, according to shipping data. The 145,700 cubic metres capacity “LNG Benue” is unloading a shipment on May 26 at the Brazilian Guanabara Bay FSRU, near Rio de Janeiro. The 266,000 cubic metres capacity Q-Max vessel “Al Bahiya” is scheduled to unload a cargo on May 30 at the Rotterdam Gate import terminal from Ras Laffan in Qatar.

Gasunie profile boost

May 25 (LNGJ) - Dutch natural gas utility Gasunie, a shareholder in the Gate LNG import terminal in Rotterdam, has had its credit outlook changed to “positive” from “stable” by US ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service. Gasunie said its A2 credit rating was affirmed. The positive outlook means that the Gasunie credit rating could be upgraded in the next 18 months because of its “solid financial profile despite lower future revenues and lower capital expenditure in the coming years.”

Queensland LNG for China

May 24 (LNGJ) - The 174,100 cubic metres capacity “Cesi Qingdao” will deliver a shipment on June 1 to the Ningbo import terminal in Zheijang province, operated by China National Offshore Oil Corp., from the Queensland port of Gladstone in eastern Australia. The 155,000 cubic metres capacity “Gaslog Sydney” is scheduled to unload a cargo on June 1 at the Zhuhai terminal in the Chinese province of Guangdong, operated by CNOOC, from the Shell-owned Queensland Curtis LNG plant.

Skangas bunker ship

May 23 (LNGJ) - A naming ceremony has been held for the 5,800 cubic metres capacity “Coralius”, an LNG bunkering and distribution vessel that will enter service in June for Nordic company Skangas. The vessel was commissioned by Dutch owners Anthony Veder and Sirius Shipping in 2015 and was built at the Royal Bodewes shipyard. “This new vessel will offer LNG bunkering services for Skangas, mainly operating in the North Sea, the Skagerak area and the Baltic Sea,” said Skangas, the charterer. “Bunkering LNG ship-to-ship increases the accessibility of this marine fuel for our customers,” said Kimmo Rahkamo, Chief Executive of Skangas.

LNG cargoes for Spain

May 23 (LNGJ) - The 145,700 cubic metres capacity “Al Jassasiya” is unloading a cargo on May 23 at the Barcelona import facility in northeast Spain from the Ras Laffan export terminal in Qatar, according to shipping data. The 75,000 cubic metres capacity “Cheikh Bouamama” will deliver a shipment from Sonatrach in Algeria on May 25 to the Huelva import terminal in southwest Spain.

US LNG for Dutch June 7

May 22 (LNGJ) - The 140,000 cubic metres capacity LNG carrier “Arctic Discoverer”, operated by Japanese shipping firm K-Line, will deliver the first cargo of US LNG to the Netherlands on June 7, according to shipping data. The vessel lifted the cargo on May 21 and left the Cheniere Energy-owned Sabine Pass terminal in Louisiana to head across the Atlantic for the Rotterdam Gate import facility, owned by Gasunie and Royal Vopak. Previous European importers of US LNG from Sabine Pass include terminals in Italy, Portugal, Spain and Turkey.

Ghana gas project starts

May 22 (LNGJ) - Italian energy company Eni started production on an integrated oil and gas project offshore the West African state of Ghana, providing among other resources about 40 billion cubic metres of natural gas. “The project includes the development of gas fields whose production will be utilized entirely by Ghana’s domestic market,” said Eni. “The launch of the Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) project will provide gas to Ghana for over 15 years and the resulting electricity will give a real boost to the country’s development,” added Eni.

LNG for UK on May 25

May 19 (LNGJ) - The 266,000 cubic metres capacity Q-Max vessel “Bu Samra” is scheduled to deliver a cargo on May 25 to the UK South Hook import terminal in Milford Haven in Wales, the port authority said. The delivery was fixed as the UK National Balancing Point benchmark natural gas price was last at the equivalent of $5.20 per million British thermal units, while one of the main continental European prices, the Dutch Title Transfer Facility (TTF), was quoted at around $4.95 per MMBtu.

CB&I leaders change

May 19 (LNGJ) - CB&I, the US energy and LNG engineering company, said Philip K. Asherman would be retiring, aged 66, from his positions as President and Chief Executive from July 1 and would be replaced by Patrick K. Mullen. “CB&I's Supervisory Board is grateful for Phil's service and congratulates him on his nearly 12 years of leadership of what has become one of the premier energy infrastructure companies in the world,” said L. Richard Flury, Non-Executive Chairman of the CB&I Supervisory Board. New CEO Mullen, aged 52, was named Chief Operating Officer in 2016 after previously serving as Executive Vice President and President of CB&I's Engineering and Construction unit where he was responsible for worldwide operations.

UK gas network profit

May 18 (LNGJ) - National Grid, the UK utility and owner of the Grain LNG import terminal southeast of London, said its annual operating profit from UK Gas Transmission increased 5 percent to 511 million pounds ($662M) compared with 486M pounds in the previous fiscal year. “UK Gas Transmission delivered a solid performance,” the company said. “We continued to invest in asset health to meet Network Output Measures, which was reflected in strong levels of network availability. Capital investment is expected to rise, reflecting the increased compressor reengineering projects as well as the continued construction of our Feeder 9 project (under the Humber Estuary),” it added.

Daewoo LNG tank order

May 18 (LNGJ) - GTT, the French liquefied natural gas tank storage technology firm, said it received an order from Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) of South Korea to equip two LNG carriers with its No. 96 GW containment system. The two vessels of 173,400 cubic metres capacity are scheduled for delivery in 2019 to a European-based shipping company. “We are proud of the close relationship we have had with DSME for over 30 years, which has led to this new order. With 103 vessels in service and 49 on order at present, DSME is indeed a faithful user of our No. 96 solutions,” said GTT Chairman and Chief Executive Philippe Berterottiere.

Even cleaner LNG

May 17 (LNGJ) - Woodside Petroleum, the major Australian LNG producer, has signed a seven-year contract with a company called Contract Resources to use its planned facility in Karratha, Western Australia, to process spent catalysts and hazardous waste by-products from LNG production and the oil and gas stream process. The Contract Resources secure storage, processing and purification plant will be the first of its kind in Australia and construction is expected to commence shortly. “Woodside is pleased to be the foundation client for Contract Resource’s new treatment plant, which will provide an innovative and environmentally sustainable solution for the LNG industry in Australia,” said Niall Myles, Senior Vice-President of Woodside’s operations unit.

LNG for France-China

May 17 (LNGJ) - The 155,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “GasLog Saratoga” is scheduled to deliver a shipment on May 20 to the French terminal at Montoir-de-Bretagne in Western France from Ras Laffan in Qatar, according to shipping data. The 155,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “GasLog Sydney” is scheduled to unload a cargo on June 1 at the Chinese Ningbo import terminal in Zheijang province, operated by China National Offshore Oil Corp., from the Queensland Curtis plant in Queensland, Australia, owned by Royal Dutch Shell.

Four cargoes for Japan

May 17 (LNGJ) – Four LNG carriers are headed for Japan to deliver shipments before the end of May. The 147,600 cubic metres capacity “Energy Frontier” will deliver a cargo on May 18 to the Japanese Chita import facility at Nagoya port, operated by Toho Gas, from Woodside Petroleum’s Dampier export terminal in Western Australia, according to shipping data. Three Qatari cargoes are also being delivered. The 216,200 cubic metres capacity Q-Flex vessel “Al Gattara” is scheduled to unload a cargo on May 20 at the Sendai City terminal from Qatargas in Ras Laffan. The 210,100 cubic metres capacity carrier “Al Garriya” is delivering to Tokyo Bay on May 30 and the 137,000 cubic metres capacity ship “Al Hamla” will unload a shipment at the Himeji facility on the same date.

Dutch-Swedish deliveries

May 16 (LNGJ) - The 210,100 cubic metres capacity Q-Flex vessel “Duhail” will unload a shipment on May 24 at the Dutch Gate import terminal in Rotterdam from Qatargas at Ras Laffan, according to shipping data. The 7,500 cubic metres capacity small-scale vessel “Coral Methane” will deliver a break-bulk cargo on May 19 to the Swedish import terminal at Nynashamn from the Gate import facility in Rotterdam.

LNG for Greece-Turkey

May 16 (LNGJ) – The 75,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “Cheikh El Mokrani” will deliver a shipment on May 19 to the Revithoussa import terminal in Greece from the Skikda liquefaction plant in Algeria, operated by Sonatrach, according to shipping data. The 138,088 cubic metres capacity carrier “Berge Arzew” will unload a shipment from Algeria on May 20 at the Turkish import terminal at Alianga, near Izmir.