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Latest earnings calls from publicly-traded U.S. gas producers show a slowdown in 2019 gas production although the role of private producers increases. Energy Aspects sampled E&P firms with a combined…
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…

News Nudges

US rig count jump

Baker Hughes said in its latest rig count that there were 13 more US rigs in the week ending July 25, compared with the previous week and amounted to 753 rigs. “Oil rigs are up 10 to 594, gas rigs are up three to 157 and miscellaneous rigs are up two,” said the company. The US Rig Count is up 283 rigs from last year's count of 470 with oil rigs up 222, gas rigs up 59 and miscellaneous rigs up by two. The US offshore rig count is flat one to 16 and up two year-on-year.


US LNG for UK

The 164,000 cubic metres capacity carrier, the “Maran Gas Posidonia”, is scheduled to discharge a US LNG cargo on June 26 at the UK South Hook importer terminal at Milford Haven, according to shipping data. The cargo was lifted on June 9 from Sempra’s Cameron LNG plant in Louisiana. The shipment was headed for the UK as the National Balancing Point market price for natural gas was at the equivalent of $25.30 per million British thermal units, about $13.00 per MMBtu less than the European Union benchmark Dutch Title Transfer Facility (TTF) price.


Saipem Brazil award

Saipem of Italy said it was awarded a limited notice to proceed (LNTP) by BW Offshore for the early-stage engineering services for the supply of a Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) unit. The FPSO will then be provided to Shell and its partners for the development of the Gato do Mato natural gas and oil field located about 200 kilometres offshore Brazil in the prolific Santos Basin in water depths of around 2,000 metres. “The LNTP is a key step ahead for this initiative and the Saipem project team is already fully mobilized. Upon completion of the LNTP, Shell and its partners target to award a lease and operate contract which will include the award of the engineering, procurement, construction, and installation (EPCI) of the FPSO to a consortium comprising Saipem and BW and with expected delivery in 2026,” said Saipem.