In this issue

 

China’s state-owned CNOOC is making a concerted effort to meet, and even overshoot, its target on capital expenditure. The company’s revised strategy follows President Xi Jinping's call for greater self…
Indonesia and the Philippines, archipelagos within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), are in focus of MAN’s new integrated LNG-to-Power solutions. “We have new projects under development mainly in…
Free ReadKawasaki Heavy Industries of Japan is advancing the development of a floating power plant that will operate on regasified LNG, targeting utility customers in remote areas of Southeast Asia. The…
The American Gas Association has welcomed the balanced perspective taken in the draft guidance released by the White House Council on Environmental Quality in relation to the greenhouse-gas emissions of…
California-based Sempra Energy is striving to take a leadership role in modernizing North America’s natural gas infrastructure to help incentivize power plant operators to switch from coal to gas. On…
Trump-alley Andrew Wheeler, the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has signed a final ruling that roles back Obama-era emission limits for thermal power plants. The new rule…
Free ReadThe biggest losers of tit-for-tat trade politics between the United States and China are developers of US LNG export projects. Debt-financing for such costly infrastructure projects is now hard to…
State-owned Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil and gas company, has signed a Heads of Agreement (HoA) or a definite 20-year LNG sale-and-purchase agreement (SPA) over 5 mtpa from Phase-1…
Falling gas prices in Europe and Asia pose no risk of reducing US LNG exports, the Cheniere Energy CEO Jack Fusco said. “There haven’t been any spot cargos that haven’t…
Free ReadAnnouncing non-FTA export approval for the Driftwood LNG project near Lake Charles, the US Energy Secretary Rick Perry said he “applauds the American private sector for continuing to reach new…
Spreads for arbitrage trading are narrowing between the Dutch TTF and the US Henry Hub as well as the TTF and the Japan Korea Marker (JKM), so Energy Aspects warns…
In a triangle move to lift a US LNG cargo, the Qatari Q-Flex tanker “Al Safliyah” has become the largest LNG vessels to transit the expanded Panama Canal. It recently…
YPF, Argentine’s state-run oil and gas producer, is seeking to sell a partial cargo from its Tango floating liquefaction unit at Bahia Blanca in a first step to turn the…
Free ReadThe Port of Corpus Christi in Texas, the site of an LNG export plant owned by Cheniere Energy and other oil and gas shipment facilities, said it was set to…

News Nudges

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.