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Free ReadEnergy independence of the United States will be tested in the 2020s, unless there is a sharp reversal in the collapse of fresh capital expenditure in the shale sector, CME…
The Chinese Government is open to applications for tariff exemptions on several U.S. products, including crude oil and LNG, starting from March 2, 2020. The long-anticipated announcement was widely welcomed…
All eyes are on China’s economic and energy demand growth. But with the U.S. election looming large in November, it is unlikely that President Trump will facilitate real breakthroughs on…
Free ReadLawmakers in the U.S. Congress are preparing to hit European investors in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline with a new set of sanctions in an effort to derail the project…
Natural gas prices at Henry Hub are forecast to stay lower than $4 per million British thermal units (MMBtu) through 2050 amid an abundance of low-cost resources, primarily in the…
Growth in exports of U.S. gas production will nearly double over the next two years, as new liquefaction facilities are placed in service and new gas interconnectors to Mexico begin…
Stranded gas wells at the Marcellus Basin in Pennsylvania, U.S., are being tapped via mobile trailor-mounted liquefaction units. Initial operations were launched and are set to last until at least…
Free ReadRail tankers will soon transport LNG to power generators across the United States, as the regulator seeks to advance the use of this cleaner-burning fuel in decentralized location like the…
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has refused re-hearing requests from environmental groups for the rehearing of its orders authorizing construction and operation of the Texas LNG Brownsville and Annova…
Sempra Energy's Mexican subsidiary IEnova has seen fourth quarter earnings rise 22 percent to $253.4 million as the South Texas-Tuxpan pipeline went in service. However, these gains were partially offset…
Free ReadNew Fortress Energy (NFE), the owner of LNG facilities in Florida and in Jamaica and projects in Puerto Rico and the US northeast, said it signed a long-term LNG supply…
Monday, 02 March 2020
January - February exports at 9.06mmt on 27 February Total shipments more than doubled over same period last year US capacity utilisation at 97% overall US LNG exports for the…
Elba Island LNG Elba LNG shipped has shipped two cargoes totalling 0.12mmt since the beginning of January, pegging capacity utilisation at 64%. However, these shipments concentrated on January, with February…
Free ReadShell Eastern Trading will be the first supplier of LNG cargoes to Hong Kong for use in the 2.5 Gigawatt Black Point and 3.7 GW Lamma Island Power Stations. Under…

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.