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Free ReadLength in natural gas supply the U.S. Mid-Atlantic and Ohio region is building up amid rising production from the Marcellus and Utica Shale. Simultaneously, growing demand in the South Central…
The Argentine Secretary of Energy Gustavo Lopetegui has said it would take some time before Argentina becomes a globally competitive LNG market participant. “Shale gas production could be increased by…
Free ReadNorway’s Golar LNG in early March started to unload the first commissioning cargo at its Golar Nanook FSRU (floating storage and regas unit) offshore Sergipe, northeastern Brazil. The supply is…
Electricity, not natural gas, will drive the compressors of the Annova LNG export project at Brownsville Ship Channel, lowering the project’s carbon footprint. To that end developers have signed an…
U.S. gas pipeline operator Williams and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) have set up a US$3.8 billion joint venture that centers around Williams' Ohio Valley Midstream (OVM) and…
Free ReadSpain’s gas network operator Enagás has agreed to pay $590 million for a 10.93% ownership interest in Tallgrass Energy (TGE), the operator of several U.S. interstate pipelines. To finance the…
US-listed LNG equipment manufacturer Chart Industries and Indian Oil Corp, owner of India’s first East Coast LNG import terminal at Kamarajar Port, Ennore, have entered a cooperation to promote LNG…
The developer of Calcasieu Pass LNG in Louisiana, Venture Global has announced plans to expand the scope of its LNG development business on the US Gulf Coast to 60 mpta…
Free ReadKinder Morgan said it would start-up its Elba Island LNG export plant in Georgia in late April after receiving regulatory permission in early March to introduce feed-gas, back-up fuel and…
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has granted approval for the Stratton Ridge pipeline additions to help provide the 700 million cubic feet per day that will be needed provide…
Energy Transfer and Shell plan to move towards a potential final investment decision on the 50-50 joint venture and have started seeking engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) companies, while intending…
Free ReadThe U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has delivered a final environmental impact statement for the Texas LNG export project, giving the green light for proposed project in the Port…
Optimism has been expressed by Peter Altmaier, the German economy minister, that two regasification terminals will be built on the northern Germany coastline “in the foreseeable future” to enable LNG…
Though no firm offtake agreement is in place, Qatar Petroleum and ExxonMobil have taken FID on their 15.2 mtpa Golden Pass LNG venture and announced they will jointly invest over…

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Tellurian’s LNG supply accord with India’s Petronet lapses

Tellurian Inc., the developer of the Driftwood LNG plant in Louisiana, has confirmed that a memorandum with Petronet LNG has lapsed. Though the MOU was not renewed when it expired at the end of May, Tellurian stressed, talks with the Indian company were continuing. Tellurian’s accord with Petronet, first signed in Houston in September 2019, covered a possible equity investment in the project of up to $2.5 billion as well as 5 mtpa of supplies. It was seen as a landmark deal for Driftwood LNG to reach FID on the proposed 26 mtpa project on the west bank of the Calcasieu River. However, the Petronet-Tellurian agreement suffered its first setback in February 2020 when it was announced that the informal agreement would become a formal transaction by the start of June 2020. Driftwood LNG still has other supply agreements in place with Total and the global commodities trading house Vitol. As a principal investor, Total agreed to purchase 1 mtpa of LNG from Tellurian ventures and an additional 1.5 mtpa from Tellurian’s offtake volumes from Driftwood. Total's aggregate investment in the Tellurian portfolio will be around $907 million once a FID will be taken, though this looks likely to be delayed. Construction for the Driftwood plant has already been contracted to Bechtel.