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Free ReadThe California Energy Commission has withdrawn the license for the Palmdale Energy Project, just north of Los Angeles, after the developer Palmdale Energy signaled it was unable to secure a…
Thursday, 02 July 2020
May - June exports at 5.81mmt on 30th June Significant month-on-month drop of 1.41mmt (-39%) in June Total shipments down marginally over same two-month period last year Avg. US capacity…
As markets reel from the coronavirus crisis, prices available to oil and associated gas producers have fallen to single digits in Western Canada and turned negative in parts of North…
Free ReadThough China’s economy and gas demand is picking up, the coronavirus pandemic chocked energy consumption elsewhere. Delivered gas prices into Northeast Asia today fell below $2.40/MMBtu, hence Wood Mackenzie warns…
Debt financiers of U.S. fracking firms are preparing to directly manage distressed energy assets to avoid debt write-offs in the event of bankruptcies. Bank of America, Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase…
OPEC producers and Russia, supported by the U.S. and Mexico, have agreed to cut output by about 10%, or 9.7 million barrels per day, after demand slumped due to coronavirus…
Plummeting oil prices impact U.S. fracking activities. With Brent crude oil prices seen average $43 a barrel in 2020, down from $64/bbl last year, the Government expects shale oil and…
Free ReadAs China returns to work and energy demand recovers, four U.S. LNG cargoes are en route to Chinese import terminals. Two cargoes are seen heading for Tianjin and analysts suspect…
Four pipelines – currently in planning or under construction – will significantly step up gas deliverability into New England, in the northeastern United States. Once operational, these interconnectors will gradually…
Tellurian Inc., the developer of the Driftwood LNG project near Lake Chares, has raised some additional institutional investor funds to give it more time to secure offtake deals, like the…
Free ReadUK major BP has reiterated its commitment to sell its Alaska business to Hilcorp Energy of the US for the original price of $5.6 billion despite the industry downturn. The…
The Freeport LNG export plant on Quintana Island in Texas has asked regulators to place its third liquefaction Train into service by April 30 as the US Gulf Coast export…
Calcasieu Pass LNG project has reached a construction landmark by having the roof raised on the first LNG storage tank. Venture Global is developing three liquefaction plants in Louisiana and…
The Australian-listed developer of the US Magnolia export plant in Louisiana with an agreement to supply cargoes to Vietnam said a takeover bid by a Singapore-based private company has been…

News Nudges

Dark clouds hang over Driftwood LNG

Doubts are cast on Tellurian’s ability to complete the Driftwood LNG project on time, or at all, after the company withdrew a proposed public offering which could have raise $1 billion, and later cancelled two sales agreements (SPAs) with Shell and Vitol. CEO Octávio Simões said the public offering was called off due to “uncertain conditions in the high-yield market.” Instead, Tellurian is now looking for equity partners to help finance the project. “The potential corporate and strategic partners we are seeking may want liquefied natural gas volumes that they can sell globally and now we have some capacity to offer that option,” he said. The search for new partners may slow down the project. “It sets us back, definitely. It puts in jeopardy the ability to deliver gas on the schedule that we were hoping to stick to,” explained Chairman Souki. In another blow, Tellurian said that three SPAs covering offtake from Driftwood had been terminated: notable two 3 mtpa deals with Shell and one with Vitol for the same amount. Shell ended its SPAs, while the Vitol agreement was cancelled by Tellurian, according to a regulatory filing. Construction on Driftwood LNG is progressing, funded by Tellurian’s cash and operating cash flow – notably from the Haynesville shale gas sale. CEO Simões also aims to raise $1 billion by selling bonds but the main focus is now to find a strategic investor for the $12 billion project, planned to be operational in 2026 and with regulatory approvals for 27.6 mtpa of output.