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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…
Petronet, the operator of India’s Dahei and Kochi LNG import terminals, has managed to push down the price for LNG cargoes from North America. Houston-based Tellurian Inc agreed to deliver…
Free ReadAtlantic basin LNG producers, notably at the US Gulf Coast, can achieve a better netback value at the Spanish Virtual Balancing Point (PVB) than elsewhere in Europe. However, offtake obligations…
Shipments of LNG from Cheniere’s Sabine Pass liquefaction and export facility in Louisiana were sold at prices as low as $4.27 per million British thermal units (MMBtu) this year, notching…

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Kinder Morgan sells 25% stake in Chicago city-gas supplier

US pipeline operator Kinder Morgan said a minority stake of 25 percent had been sold in the 9,000-mile Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America, which supplies city gas to Chicago and feed gas to LNG plants on the Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana. Kinder Morgan and the other joint owner of the pipeline, Brookfield Infrastructure Partners of Canada, sold the NGPL stake to a fund controlled by ArcLight Capital Partners, based in Boston, Massachusetts, and specialising in energy sector investment. “The value of the minority interest implies an enterprise value of about $5.2 billion for NGPL, representing 11.2 times its 2020 earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization,” said a statement from Kinder Morgan and Brookfield. Kinder Morgan and Brookfield said they would each hold a 37.5 percent interest in NGPL following the closing of the ArcLight deal and Kinder would continue to operate the pipeline.