Our Asia-Pacific editor

Air Water Inc., Japan's second-largest provider of industrial gases, has acquired a natural gas tank maker in Malaysia to build up the small-scale LNG storage and transportation market in the Asia-Pacific region.

Former Cheniere Energy Chairman and Chief Executive Charif Souki, who was ousted as head of the US developer of the Sabine Pass and Corpus Christi liquefied natural gas export projects, has formed a new company to pursue LNG ventures with ex-BG Group executive Martin Houston.

Our North America editor in New York

Chart Industries, one of the leading US LNG equipment providers, said that given the continued low oil prices, economic headwinds and weak orders the year would be challenging, though 2016 net sales in all divisions could still hit $1 billion.

One of only two US LNG export projects on the East Coast, the Dominion Cove Point venture on Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, is about one-quarter complete, according to the latest construction report filed with the US Federal energy Regulatory Commission.

McDermott International, the US energy and LNG engineering company, will put its new flagship vessel, the “DLV 2000”, to work offshore Australia on two liquefied natural gas projects.

Our North America editor in New York

Cheniere Energy told US regulators its Corpus Christi liquefied natural gas export project in Texas was almost a third complete as its first cargo from its Sabine Pass Louisiana venture was scheduled to arrive at a regasification facility in Brazil.

Gaztransport and Technigaz (GTT), the French designer of membrane containment systems for LNG maritime transportation and storage, posted a net profit as the energy technology company averted the worst effects of the oil price slump.

Our Europe editor

French liquefied natural gas terminals operator Elengy is proposing a pooling service for intra-monthly regasification capacity between France’s three regulated import facilities to enable more arbitrage options.

Our Europe editor

IM Skaugen, the Norwegian operator of small-scale LNG carriers and other fuel vessels, narrowed its full-year losses as several bright spots remained in the liquefied natural gas shipping market, including serving small-scale hubs in Asia and elsewhere.

Lydall Performance Materials is building up its supply portfolio for liquefied natural gas projects in Australia and the US as infrastructure orders continue, though at a slower pace amid the commodity market downturn.