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Despite the fall in global oil and gas prices, growth of LNG use in Asia's power sector is limited by coal. "Only very competitively priced LNG has a chance to beat coal in Asia," the International Energy Agency's (IEA) executive director Dr Fatih Birol told the Singapore Energy Week today.

Gas Natural Fenosa has increased its interest in Metrogas of Chile, lifting its shareholding to more than 60% in the utility that also holds 20% of the South American country's Quintero LNG import terminal.

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FERC ends plans for Puerto Rico LNG expansion

“Aguirre Offshore GasPort requests that FERC vacate its 2015 order authorizing the construction and operation of LNG import terminal facilities along the southern shore of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico near the municipality of Salinas,” FERC said, adding: “In its request to vacate, Aguirre stated that it no longer intends to proceed with the project, that no construction has been undertaken, and that no facilities are in service.” The Aguirre project company filed its last status report in June 2018 to the regulator to keep its permit process up to date, but later gave notice that the venture was not proceeding. The FERC notice has finally pulls the curtain down for now on plans for LNG expansion in Puerto Rico. Excelerate Energy had previously agreed to provide a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) for the Aguirre project in 2019, but was forced to cancel its contract with the bankrupt Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority. The FSRU was to have been deployed offshore Salinas and would also have had a 6.4 kilometres pipeline to provide regasified LNG to the Aguirre power station.