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Free ReadDefending Golar LNG’s new strategy to spin off shipping operations, chairman Olav Troim said “significant progress” has been made on downstream LNG distribution for power generation and as a transportation…
Chart Industries has installed and commissioned Europe’s largest LNG fuelling station near the northern German city of Bakum. Using cleaner-burning LNG as a transport fuel will help reduce sector emissions…
Fast adoption of floating LNG technology across Asia is opening up new gas markets in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines. According to Black & Veatch, gas-fired power projects are…
US equity fund Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR), alongside Alberta Investment, has sealed a deal to purchase a 65 percent equity interest in the Coastal GasLink Pipeline. Spanning over 416 miles,…
Free ReadFreeport LNG in mid-December shipped its first cargo from the second liquefaction Train at the export facility on Quintana Island in Texas. The cargo was apparently lifted by the 138,000…
American oil and gas producers are shying away from building major pipelines in the Appalachian Shale as production has slowed down in the current low-price environment. “No exit pipelines will…
A flurry of pipeline projects has been proposed throughout the United States. The U.S. government counts 134 active projects but only 46 entered service this year, adding 16-17 billion cubic…
Petronet, the operator of India’s Dahei and Kochi LNG import terminals, has managed to push down the price for LNG cargoes from North America. Houston-based Tellurian Inc agreed to deliver…
Free ReadAtlantic basin LNG producers, notably at the US Gulf Coast, can achieve a better netback value at the Spanish Virtual Balancing Point (PVB) than elsewhere in Europe. However, offtake obligations…
Shipments of LNG from Cheniere’s Sabine Pass liquefaction and export facility in Louisiana were sold at prices as low as $4.27 per million British thermal units (MMBtu) this year, notching…
Rampant US gas supply has been outpacing demand growth for the past year, slashing prices in Europe and Asia. Some US exporters are considering shutting in production as record low…
Free ReadU.S. dry gas production will rise to an all-time high of 91.63 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd) this year, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said, forecasting a fall…
The Center for Liquefied Natural Gas, a US industry group, expects five export projects along the U.S. Gulf Coast will take a final investment decisions in the next 12 months,…
Sempra Energy’s Cameron LNG export plant in Louisiana has received regulatory permission to start commissioning the second processing Train at the facility on the Calcasieu Ship Channel and commercial operations…

News Nudges

Chesapeake suspends dividends and hires debt advisors

Chesapeake Energy has slashed payment of dividends to zero. The Oklahoma-based oil and gas developer had started this year with $8.92 billion in debt but stressed the suspension of dividends does not imply it will default under any of the company's debt instruments. Whiting Petroleum became the first U.S. upstream company to file for bankruptcy on April 1. Others are not far off, notable Chesapeake Energy and Denbury Resources which are understood to have hired debt advisors. Chesapeake is struggling with a debt burden of nearly $9 billion, up 900 million from the previous year due to the acquisition of Wildhorse Resource Development. The risk of bankruptcies looms large among U.S. fracking companies which struggle with demand destruction as the coronavirus pandemic has brought major economies worldwide to a halt. Gradual relaxation of lockdowns and an agreement of OPEC+ to reduce oil production are hoped to lift prices starting from the second quarter.


Magnolia LNG faces financial crunch

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 pushed back to mid-April, while its own temporary financing is not now forthcoming from a US equity and capital fund. “LNGL’s existing funding is sufficient to meet all of LNGL’s commitments until late April 2020, but LNGL needs to secure additional funding urgently to continue operating beyond then,” the company disclosed. LNG Ltd, which is also developing the Bear Head LNG project in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, said the formal bid would now be lodged in several weeks at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) regulator and then dispatched to shareholders by late April 2020. “The delay from the indicative timeline in the Bid Implementation Agreement is principally due to challenges from and the unavailability of relevant personnel as a result of the global impact of COVID-19,” said LNGL. LNGL added that it would now issue its target’s statement as soon as practicable (and no later than 15 days) after the bidder’s statement from the unnamed Singapore entity, known only as LNG9 Pte Ltd, goes to shareholders.