In this issue


Thursday, 16 May 2019
Qatar Petroleum (QP) has issued a tender to expand its LNG storage, loading and export facilities for its North Field expansion (NFE) project.
The Awilco LNG Group has reported net freight income of $8.4 mill in the first quarter of this year, compared to $10.4 mill in the previous quarter.
Free ReadSovcomflot (SCF Group) has signed a $297 mill limited recourse credit facility, for up to 10 years. Three leading international banks were involved: ING Bank; KfW IPEX-Bank, and Crédit Agricole…
ExxonMobil Corp and Qatar Petroleum (QP) were due to start building the $10 bill-plus Golden Pass LNG export terminal in Texas on 13th May.
GasLog Ltd has reported revenues of $166.5 mill, a profit of $5.9 mill and a loss per share of $0.17 for the quarter ended 31st March, 2019.
Yamal LNG has shipped its first cargo to China this year, which was also believed to be the first under a long term contract.
Thursday, 16 May 2019
Free ReadUltrasonic anti-fouling system company, Sonihull, was recently certified in compliance with 94/9/EC ATEX Approval, the regulation applied to all equipment intended for use in explosive atmospheres.  With this approval, Sonihull…
Centrica has loaded its first LNG cargo at Energy's Cove Point export terminal in Maryland under a long term contract, a company trading official said at an energy forum in…
Thursday, 16 May 2019
It is with deep regret that LNG Shipping News has to report the passing of Kathleen Eisbrenner at the age of 58.
Qatar Petroleum (QP) has issued an invitation to tender to build a new LNGC fleet. 
Free ReadGasLog has taken its usual look at the state of play in the first quarter 2019 presentation with the help of leading analysts.  Despite LNG demand in 1Q19 being negatively…
Russia is to spend around RR70 bill to build a new Arctic terminal on the Kola Peninsula for storage and reloading of LNG. 
The Australian New South Wales Government has awarded development consent to Australia Industrial Energy’s (AIE) Port Kembla Gas Terminal (PKGT). 
Free ReadTeekay LNG Partners has secured a new, three-year fixed-rate charter contract for the LNGC ‘Magellan Spirit’ to an integrated oil and gas company commencing this summer. Concurrently, Teekay LNG extended…

News Nudges

GTT receives another two orders

At the end of September, GTT received two orders from Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) and Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) for the tank design of two LNGCs. Each vessel will have a capacity of 174,000 cu m. GTT will design their tanks, which will be fitted with the Mark III Flex membrane containment system. The SHI LNGC will be built for NYK and will be delivered during the third quarter of 2021. The HSHI LNGC will be built for an undisclosed Asian shipowner. The vessel’s delivery is scheduled for the end of the fourth quarter of 2021.

DSME wins two LNGC contracts

South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) said in a stock exchange filing that it had received a contract to build two LNGCs for unidentified US interests. According to the filing, the order is worth KRW446.5 bill ($376.8 mill). Brokers have reported that BW Gas is behind the order and that they are options declared. Scheduled to be delivered by September, 2022, each LNGC will have a capacity of 174,000 cu m. DSME said that the vessels would feature MAN B&W ME-GI dual-fuel, 2-stroke, gas-injection engines and in-house full re-liquefaction systems (FRS).

Cheniere takes LNGC for period business

Brokers have reported that Cheniere has chartered the 160,000 cu m LNGC ‘Yari LNG’ for 12 months at $69,900 per day.

Record Panama LNGC transits

The Panama Canal has closed the 2019 fiscal year (FY19) with a record tonnage of 469 mill Panama Canal tons (PC/UMS), a 6.2% increase compared to FY18. The waterway also exceeds the 450.7 mill PC/UMS tons projection for FY19, as well as the record tonnage of 442 mill PC/UMS tons registered in the previous fiscal year. During FY19, transits for the LNG and LPG segments rose by 37.6 and 6.9%, respectively, representing the largest gain across all segments. In terms of tonnage, LNGCs accounted for 43 mill PC/UMS tons.

PETRONAS conducts third LNG STS transfer

PETRONAS LNG recently completed its third LNG delivery via a ship-to-ship (STS) transfer. It took place in Brunei Bay, Sabah, Malaysia. The delivering vessel, ‘Seri Bijaksana’, transferred 80,000 cu m of LNG to ‘Polar Spirit’ and 62,000 cu m to ‘Lerici’. The two ships then delivered the two cargoes to Chinese receiving terminals. The 1993-built ‘Polar Spirit’ is operated by Teekay LNG Partners and the 1998-built ‘Lerici’ by MISC, according to VesselsValue. PETRONAS completed its first LNG STS operation in June, 2018, and the second in April, this year.

First Gen plans FSRU

It has been reported that First Gen is considering leasing an FSRU to regas LNG imports, which can yield savings on feed gas costs. The power supplier has fixed gas supply contracts with the consortium behind the sole producing gas field in the Philippines.

Delta LNG port proposal

The US Maritime Administration (MARAD) has issued a notice stating that a public meeting concerning the proposed West Delta LNG deepwater port (DWP) license application will be held in Belle Chasse, Louisiana on 29th October. Written comments must be submitted by 6th November.

OLT launches consultation process

It is now possible to consult OLT Offshore LNG Toscana’s website ( on the proposal to amend the Regasification Code, previously approved by ARERA. The modifications include the clarifications published during the Gas Year 2018/2019 on OLT’s website and also the greater flexibility for terminal users’ related to the allocation of capacity procedures. Comments on the Regasification Code must be sent by 19th November, 2019.