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Free ReadPromising new shale gas prospects of a “substantial size” have been identified by China National Administration of Coal Geology (CNACG) both in Hubei and in Guizhou Province. CNACG will now…
The worlds’ seven largest LNG buyers – CNOOC, CPC, JERA, KOGAS, PetroChina, Sinopec and Tokyo Gas – together make up over half of the global market. Wood Mackenzie research reveals…
Japan’s largest LNG importer JERA will also become the nation’s biggest power producer as of April 2019 when it will take control of TECPO and Chubu Electric’s domestic power business.…
Free ReadRegardless of the trade war between the United States and China, state-controlled Sinopec has reaffirmed plans to reserve 75% of the project's LNG production capacity. Sinopec wants to become the…
Royal Dutch Shell will keep investing in global gas projects as demand is anticipated to grow at a rate of 2% per year, twice the rate to worldwide energy demand.…
Golar LNG chairman Tor Olav Troim said he is looking for the next opportunity, encouraged by investors embracing the $1.74 billion integrated LNG-to-power project in Brazil. Golar Power, a venture…
Free ReadDavid Keane, President of Canada’s Woodfibre LNG project, has announced the imminent construction start for the brownfield liquefaction facility, licensed to export over 2 mtpa of LNG for 40 years.…
More shale gas produced in Texas will soon cross the border to Mexico after the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) approved an application by Mexico Pacific Ltd (MPL) to export…
Tightening in global LNG markets has allowed the second wave of US LNG ventures to gain momentum again. Since early 2018, a second wave of projects set to bring more…
Free ReadAnticipating a speedy energy transition globally, the global classification society DVN GV says upstream players are adapting to this trend by shifting to faster, leaner and cleaner hydrocarbon production techniques.…
Coal-to-gas switch policies in China’s energy sector are expected to boost the country’s LNG demand by a 12 million tons in 2018, exceeding last year’s record growth of 8 mt. Already…
AES Colón – a $1.15 billion LNG import terminal and adjacent combined-cycle power plant – is being fast-tracked in Panama. The project comprises the first LNG regas terminal in Central…
Free ReadThe International Energy Agency (IEA) has called on Saudi Arabia, Russia, Iraq, the UEA, Nigeria and Venezuela to step up efforts to diversify their economies to be able to cope…
Since the Trump administration threatened fresh sanctions against Iran, the oil-rich country has substantially scaled down its production and exports of crude oil and natural gas. In May 2018, the…

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.