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UK NBP price to stay key benchmark
as Dutch TTF may lose market focus

The Dutch Title Transfer Facility (TTF) price of natural gas in Europe, already included in some US LNG contract agreements and seen as a future European benchmark instead of the UK price, is threatened by a gas transition policy void in The Netherlands.

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The Atlantic Port of Bordeaux in Southwest France, which is spread over 100 kilometres of the Gironde River estuary, the largest estuary in Europe, has ordered an…
Chinese LNG imports in December rose by 34.8 percent to a monthly record of 5.03 million tonnes compared with the 3.73MT logged in December 2016, according to…
Singapore LNG cargo indexes for March were in the solid US$9.90 per million British thermal units to US$10.337 per MMBtu range before declining in April for spot…
The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved the PennEast pipeline and issued its permits, saying there was a clear need for the infrastructure and that it…
A Swedish ferry line that runs state-subsidised domestic ferries from the ports of Nynashamn and Oskarshamn to Visby on the island of Gotland has signed an LNG…
Venice LNG, a company formed by Italian industrial groups Decal SpA and San Marco Petroli, said they were advancing with plans to construct a coastal storage tank…
Malaysian energy company Petronas said LNG shipments from its Bintulu plant in Sarawak were unaffected by a gas explosion on the Sabah-Sarawak Gas Pipeline and customers would…
Mexico, a recipient of US pipeline natural gas and LNG cargoes from nations such as the US, Nigeria and Peru, plans to launch an online gas trading…
The Sultanate of Oman, whose LNG liquefaction plant exports cargoes from the port of Sur on the Arabian Peninsula, has signed a sales and purchase agreement with…
Indian businessman Darshan Hiranandani and his H-Energy company is making progress on plans for a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) on the East Coast of India…
British Columbia Premier John Horgan leaves on January 20 for a 10-day tour of China, South Korea and Japan with a trade delegation amid a coalition partner…

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.

January LNG arrivals

Dec 27 (LNGJ) - The 216,200 cubic metres capacity “Al Sahla” is scheduled to deliver a cargo on January 2 to the Zeebrugge import terminal in Belgium from Ras Laffan in Qatar, according to shipping data. The 148,300 cubic metres capacity “LNG Ondo” will unload a shipment on January 2 at the Pakistani Port Qasim terminal from the Bonny Island export plant in Nigeria.

LNG ship movements

Dec 22 (LNGJ) - The 148,000 cubic metres capacity carrier “Amali” will deliver a cargo on December 24 to the Higashi-Ohgishima import terminal on Tokyo Bay, operated by Tokyo Electric Power, from the Brunei LNG export plant, according to shipping data. The 140,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “Arctic Voyager” will unload a shipment on December 25 at the Dutch Gate import terminal in Rotterdam from the Hammerfest plant in Norway, operated by Statoil. The 160,400 cubic metres capacity vessel “Malanje” is scheduled to unload a shipment on January 3 at the Indian Dahej terminal, located north of Mumbai and owned by Petronet, from the Angola export plant in southwest Africa. The 210,100 cubic metres capacity carrier “Duhail” will deliver a cargo on January 9 to the Japanese Himeji terminal from the Ras Laffan plant in Qatar.

African licence awards

Dec 21 (LNGJ) - BP of the UK and US exploration and production company Kosmos Energy, the developers of two floating LNG projects offshore the West African countries of Senegal and Mauritania, have been awarded five new blocks off the Cote d'Ivoire under an agreement with state energy company, Societe Nationale d'Operations Petroliere de Cote d'Ivoire, known as Petroci. The government said BP and Kosmos will hold 90 percent of the oil blocks in the Gulf of Guinea and Petroci would own 10 percent. The Cote d'Ivoire has recently awarded a number of licences after an international tribunal settled a dispute with neighbouring Ghana over their shared maritime boundary that had slowed exploration activities in the region.

Magnolia LNG deal

Dec 20 (LNGJ) - Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd, the developer of the Magnolia LNG export plant in Louisiana, has extended the validity period of its binding $4.35-billion engineering, procurement, and construction contract with KBR Inc. of the US and South Korea Engineering and Construction until the end of June 2018. The extension is required to allow other commercial accords to be finalized. “KSJV is one of our key and valued partners, and we appreciate their continuous support,” said LNGL Chief Executive Greg Vesey. “Our EPC contract with KSJV is an important component of the overall de-risked position of the project,” added Vesey. Stuart Bradie, KBR President and CEO, said the Magnolia project was important for the Houston-based engineering company. “We welcome the opportunity to continue applying our experience with major, complex projects to achieve successful completion of this innovative midscale LNG facility,” said Bradie.

Corpus Christi LNG work

Dec 19 (LNGJ) - Corpus Christi Liquefaction, a subsidiary of Sabine Pass export plant owner Cheniere Energy, has entered into an amended engineering, procurement and construction contract for Stage Two of the Corpus Christi plant in Texas with US engineering company Bechtel for an amount of $2.36 billion. “The work to be performed includes procurement, engineering, design, installation, training, commissioning and placing into service of the Stage Two natural gas liquefaction facility, consisting of one liquefaction Train with an expected nominal production capacity of 4.5 million tonnes per annum,” said Cheniere.

India and Turkey cargoes

Dec 19 (LNGJ) - The 160,400 cubic metres capacity carrier “Soyo” will deliver a shipment on December 20 to the Indian Dahej terminal, located north of Mumbai, from the Angola plant in southwest Africa, according to shipping data. The 138,088 cubic metres capacity carrier “Berge Arzew” is scheduled to deliver an Algerian cargo on December 23 to the Turkish Aliaga facility near the port of Izmir. The 137,200 cubic metres capacity vessel “LNG Rivers” will unload a shipment on December 26 at the Montoir-de-Bretagne import terminal in Western France from the Bonny Island plant in Nigeria.

Portugal and Korea LNG

Dec 18 (LNG) - The 141,000 cubic metres capacity carrier “LNG Adamawa” is scheduled to deliver a cargo on December 19 to the Portuguese import terminal at the port of Sines from the Bonny Island plant in Nigeria, according to shipping data. The 160,000 cubic metres capacity “Asia Energy” will deliver a cargo on December 23 to the South Korean Kwangyang terminal from the Dampier export facility in Western Australia, operated by Woodside Petroleum. The 266,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “Al Mayeda” will deliver a shipment on December 25 to the Pyeongtaek terminal in South Korea, operated by Korea Gas Corp., from the Ras Laffan plant in Qatar. The 162,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “Esshu Maru” will deliver a cargo on December 31 from the US Sabine Pass plant in Louisiana to the Korean Pyeongtaek terminal.

Chart LNG station

Dec 18 (LNGJ) - Chart Industries said its latest compact LNG regasification station is now fully operational on-site in Mexico. The station is close to the town of Queretaro and enables natural gas to be supplied to an area that lacked connection to the pipeline grid. Chart added that users are able to use natural gas as a replacement for the less environmentally friendly liquefied petroleum gas. “The regasification station mimics the familiar fueling model of diesel, propane and other LPGs whereby an external provider delivers the liquid fuel via truck for storage on site in a horizontal tank. Chart’s complete system then vaporizes the LNG to supply the end-user with natural gas at the point of use, exactly as if they were connected to the pipeline grid,” said the company. The station was supplied as a skid mounted, fully factory assembled and tested package, which meant minimal ground preparations and civil work.

China and France LNG

Dec 15 (LNGJ) - The 152,300 cubic metres capacity “Seri Bakti” will deliver a Malaysian cargo on December 18 to the Chinese Zhuhai import terminal in the southern province of Guangdong, owned by China National Offshore Oil Corp, according to shipping data. The 137,230 cubic metres capacity “LNG Rivers” is scheduled to deliver a shipment on December 26 to the French Montoir-de-Bretagne terminal on the Loire estuary, from the Nigeria LNG plant on Bonny Island. The 148,300 cubic metres capacity “LNG Ondo” will unload a Nigerian shipment on January 1 at Pakistan’s Port Qasim terminal. The 174,000 cubic metres capacity “Maran Gas Ulysses” is scheduled to arrive on January 2 at the Sabine Pass plant in Louisiana to lift a cargo.

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.