US LNG permit
The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said Trans-Foreland Pipeline Co. a subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum Corp, has permission to convert the former small-scale Kenai LNG export plant into an import terminal. The FERC permit gives Trans-Foreland two years to put the proposed facility into service. Trans-Foreland plans to import around four LNG shipments per annum for use in the adjacent Kenai Refinery.
Charter rates firm
Shipping charter rates for LNG carriers in the spot market were firm as Northern Hemisphere winter market demand increased. Rates were quoted at an average of between $158,000 per day and $162,0000 per day West of Suez. Spot rates of $148,000 to 152,000 were heard for the East of Suez charter market for vessels of between 155,000-165,000 cubic metres capacity, according to various brokers. One-year time charters were also little changed for the most modern vessels and were available for around $47,000 per day.