In this issue

 

Free ReadShell Eastern Trading will be the first supplier of LNG cargoes to Hong Kong for use in the 2.5 Gigawatt Black Point and 3.7 GW Lamma Island Power Stations. Under…
Global market are flush with new supply from the latest round of US LNG project build-out, but the prevailing ‘tolling’ model makes offtaker exposed to a significant downside risk. LNG…
The latest U.S. Government Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) anticipates natural gas production will grow much less in 2020 because of the lag between changes in price and changes in future…
Asia's hunger for natural gas and electricity is likely to increase over the coming five years, the International Energy Agency (IEA) says, forecasting annual growth rates of over 4% in…
Free ReadThe International Energy Agency says the massive expansion of natural gas production is having wide-ranging effects on the global liquefied natural gas balance by underpinning major investments in new liquefaction…
Efforts to develop Vaca Muerta, Argentina’s vast shale reserves in northern Patagonia, have slowed as national energy companies await direction from the incoming President. Alberto Fernández, who took office on…
US LNG exports received a regulatory boost when Cheniere Energy Corpus Christi expansion was approved in mid-November along with three other development projects in Texas proposed by NextDecade Corp., Texas…
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…

News Nudges

US LNG permit

The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said Trans-Foreland Pipeline Co. a subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum Corp, has permission to convert the former small-scale Kenai LNG export plant into an import terminal. The FERC permit gives Trans-Foreland two years to put the proposed facility into service. Trans-Foreland plans to import around four LNG shipments per annum for use in the adjacent Kenai Refinery.


Charter rates firm

Shipping charter rates for LNG carriers in the spot market were firm as Northern Hemisphere winter market demand increased. Rates were quoted at an average of between $158,000 per day and $162,0000 per day West of Suez. Spot rates of $148,000 to 152,000 were heard for the East of Suez charter market for vessels of between 155,000-165,000 cubic metres capacity, according to various brokers. One-year time charters were also little changed for the most modern vessels and were available for around $47,000 per day.