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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…
Monday, 04 May 2020
Free ReadUS LNG exports for the period covering March and April stood at 9.19mmt with a delivery horizon of 4th June at the time of writing. Meanwhile, average capacity utilisation for…
Monday, 04 May 2020
At the time of writing, 48 cargoes (3.31mmt) shipped since mid-March remain in transit, with 25 (1.76mmt) still lacking confirmed destinations within the Pacific and Atlantic Basins.
Elba Island LNG We have not seen another Elba Island LNG export since January. Notably, the plant remains under construction, having received FERC authorisation to start feeding gas into its…
A triple whammy of a warm winter, sluggish demand in Asia and cancelled cargoes in China due to the coronavirus outbreak is prompting Cheniere to slow down its midscale expansion…
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…

News Nudges

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.