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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…
Tuesday, 01 December 2015
Northwest Europe, most notably the UK Isle of Grain terminal, has overtaken Spain as the key supplier of reload cargoes from Europe. Though US LNG seeking a market of last…
Flexibility is the key value for Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) when it comes to signing new LNG supply deals. The Indian buyer is seeking more pricing flexibility, shorter duration of…
Prospects of US gas exports have been boosted by a report of the Department of Energy (DoE), saying that the Utica Shale may hold almost 800 trillion cubic feet of…

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.