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Dresser-Rand, part of Siemens Group, has commissioned an LNGo-HP (high-pressure) micro-scale natural gas liquefaction system for Altagas Ltd. in Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Canada. Producing approximately 30,000 gallons of LNG…
Sempra Energy, developer of the Cameron LNG export plant in Louisiana, has received its draft environmental impact statement from regulators for the proposed Port Arthur LNG project in Texas, comprising the…
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved Williams’ request to place its Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project into full service. Operations commenced in early October, increasing design capacity of the Transco…
As the US-China trade war escalates, Beijing says it has “no chance but to retaliate” new trade tariffs imposed by the Trump administration. Effective September 24, the Chinese President Xi…
Before the turn of 2018/19, Germany will decide where to locate its first LNG import terminal. The German economy and energy minister Altmaier announced this move as “a gesture to…
Exports of natural gas from the U.S. to Mexico by pipeline exceeded 5 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) for the first time in July 2018, according to Genscape data,…
Trinidad and Tobago is increasing sources of feed-gas for the Atlantic LNG plant at Point Fortin on Trinidad. To that end, the government of Trinidad and Tobago has signed an…
Global gas trade expanded last year by 63 billion cubic metres, or 6.2%, with growth in LNG outpacing growth in pipeline trading, according to the latest BP Statistical Review of…
The global trend towards urbanization will increase business activities within some of the world fast-growing port cities, driving demand for Floating LNG power vessels. MarketsandMarkets analysis sees the FLNG power…
Higher relative cost to produce natural gas from the Haynesville region has led to a gradual decrease in shale gas production over the past five years. The Haynesville formation lies…
Gross natural gas production across the United States has risen by more than 10% in recent month, spurred by new drilling and completion techniques that propelled up output from Appalachian…
Cheniere Energy, the leading US LNG exporter, has signed its latest supply agreement with Switzerland-based independent commodities trader Vitol. Cheniere said its marketing unit will provide 700,000 tonnes per annum…
Monday, 01 October 2018
Pieridae Energy of Canada, developer of the Goldboro LNG export project in the Atlantic coast province of Nova Scotia to supply German customers, has named Melanie Litoski as its Chief…
Monday, 01 October 2018
US LNG decreased by one shipment on the week ending September 21 to five cargoes, four from the Sabine Pass plant in Louisiana and one from Cove Point in Maryland.…

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.