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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…
Free ReadNatural gas will become the fastest-growing energy source in the coming decades, displacing coal as a fuel for power plants and heavy industries, Royal Dutch Shell said in its 2019…
Pieridae Energy, developer of the German-backed Goldboro LNG export project in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, has entered into agreements for a private placement of shares with a group…
Steelhead LNG has stopped construction on the Kwispaa LNG project in Sarita Bay on Vancouver Island’s west coast, casting doubt on the future of the joint venture. Developers said the…
Free ReadMexico’s state-run electric utility Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) is aiming to renegotiate take-or-pay clauses it had agreed with North American gas pipeline developers, including TransCanada and Sempra’s IEnova. CFE…
Rapidly evolving exports of LNG and liquid fuels will turn the United States into a net energy exporter next year. As gas demand grows in Asia and Henry Hub prices…
Seasonal imports of LNG help meet peakload gas demand in New England’s industrial and power sector. During a freeze in the first week of February, more than 800,000 million cubic…
Free ReadThough trade tensions with the U.S. affected China’s GDP figures in the fourth quarter, demand growth in China’s gas and electricity sector is still “phenomenal,” Wood Mackenzie says. Total electricity…
Pembina Pipeline Corp., the Canadian owner of the Jordan Cove LNG export project reported progress on the US liquefaction venture and expects a decision from the U.S. federal energy regulator…

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.