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Shale gas from the US has been brand marked as ‘a new rival’ by the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) as it undermines the alliance’s strategy on pricing and production…
Pieridae Energy, the developer of the Goldboro LNG project in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, has forged a shareholder relationship with Orlan of Poland, strengthening its European ties beyond…
Houston-based Targa Resources Partners and Sanchez Energy have committed to invest an intital $125 million and $115m, respectively, to build a LNG processing plant and feed-gas pipelines that will exclusively…
Two companies involved in $100 billion of takeover transactions, BG Group of the UK and Energy Transfer Equity (ETE) of the US, have received full regulatory approval to proceed with…
Clean Energy Fuels Corp., the US developer of a liquefied natural gas fueling station network welcomed the passage by Congress of an alternative fuel tax credit that will continue to…
Committing to a 36% cut in emissions per GDP ratio by 2030, Singapore is counting on clean energy. Natural gas accounts for over 95% of the city state’s power mix,…
Tuesday, 16 February 2016
Higher prices of LNG compared to coal and nuclear is prompting two of the biggest importers in Asia to move away from gas generation.
Tuesday, 01 December 2015
A supply gap is likely to open up by the end of the decade and to prevent this, the industry should reduce costs of liquefaction, e.g. through small FLNG units,…
Privately-owned ENN of China is close to finalising deals for LNG imports into Zhoushan terminal, due operational in 2018. "We'll have a minimum of 1mtpa for sure, possibly 2mpta, and…
Rebuking criticism of the oil & gas industry, BG's chief executive Helge Lund has called for "courage to continue investing in difficult times," while ensuring shorter cash-flow returns. "Otherwise we're…
Gazprom's pricing strategy for exports to Europe is a wildcard that will determine how much US LNG will find a home there. It's revenue vs market share, analysts at the…
Buyers, spoilt for choice, have adopted a 'wait & see approach' but QatarGas does not see itself challenged. "We're optimising our established position but are not competing with US LNG,"…
Exports of US LNG to Europe will not be a game changer so "I see us more as a price taker in Europe," Charif Souki, chairman and CEO of Cheniere…
LNG buyers and sellers in Singapore will soon be able to trade gas domestically at a secondary market, allowing power producers to hedge their gas imports and rely less on…

News Nudges

FERC raises concerns over Jordan Cove LNG project

In its draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Jordan Cove LNG export project in Oregon, the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) raised “serious reservations” about the environmental impact of the Canadian-led venture. Jordan Cove LNG, owned by Pembina Pipeline Corp., is designed to include five small-scale liquefaction Trains each with 1.5 mtpa of output for a total of 7.8 mtpa. It will also include two full-containment LNG storage tanks with total capacity of 320,000 cubic metres, gas treating facilities, an export jetty and access to more than 25 Bcf/d of gas supply from Western Canada and the US Rockies. “We conclude that constructing and operating the project would result in temporary, long-term, and permanent impacts on the environment,” said the FERC in its draft report. “Specifically, we conclude that constructing the project would temporarily but significantly impact housing in Coos Bay and that constructing and operating the project would permanently and significantly impact the visual character of Coos Bay. Furthermore, constructing and operating the project is likely to adversely affect 13 federally-listed threatened and endangered species,” the regulator stated. As proposed, the LNG plant would be visited by about 120 LNG carriers per year and Pembina has confirmed that it had signed preliminary accords with Jera and Itochu of Japan for the supply of LNG. The natural gas feeder pipeline would link to the existing pipeline systems in Klamath County, Oregon, and would span parts of Klamath, Jackson, Douglas, and Coos counties before connecting with the LNG plant. The approximately 229-mile-long, 36-inch-diameter pipeline would be capable of transporting up to 1.2 Bcf/d of natural gas.


Bangladesh nears start-up of 2nd FSRU

Bangladesh is getting ready to commission its second floating storage and regas unit (FSRU) in an effort to import more LNG for use in the power sector. Moored offshore the port of Cox’s Bazar, the FSRU vessel ‘Summit LNG’ has been chartered from Excelerate Energy in a project involving Summit Power. The Summit Group stated the ‘Summit’ FSRU can handle around 3.75 mtpa of LNG, which effectively doubles the Bangladesh’s LNG import capacity after a first FSRU, the ‘Excellence’, was commissioned at Moheshkhali Island in August last year. All regasified LNG, produced at the new FSRU, will be procured by state-owned Petrobangla. To transport the gas, the Chinese major CNOOC has been commissioned to build a 4.2 mile pipeline that connects Summit FSRU to the shore. Singapore-based Summit Power operates 20 power plants in Bangladesh with an installed capacity of 1,941 MW, which is about 20% of the country’s total privately-held power generation. Summit is currently developing a 583 MW gas power plant in the town of Meghnaghat, some 20km south of the capital Dhaka. The plant is planned to be commissioned in March 2022. Muhammed Aziz Khan, chairman of Summit Group, said the company was “working towards achieving power and energy sufficiency in Bangladesh under the bold leadership of the government.” Targeting Bangladesh, GE has agreed to potentially provide $50 million to Summit to be used for the development of power projects. Mitsubishi Corp. owns a 25% stake in Summit Group since Augsut 2018, and is also eying to participate in power projects across Southeast Asia.