In this issue

 

UK major and partner from Dallas consider potential of 15 trillion cubic feet of feed-gas

Our Europe editor

West African LNG production plans are growing. UK major BP and its US project joint venture partner Kosmos Energy announced another large natural gas discovery to further enhance the resources offshore Senegal and Mauritania and providing the foundation for a second liquefied natural gas hub. 

Our North America editor in New York

Veresen Inc. of Canada, developer of the Jordan Cove LNG export project in the US northwest state of Oregon, said the LNG venture was still going ahead even as Veresen proceeded with its planned friendly merger with Canadian peer Pembina Pipeline Corp. in a deal valued at US$4.3 billion. 

The US Center for Liquefied Natural Gas and other Washington-based industry bodies have welcomed the nomination of two candidates by President Donald Trump to fill vacancies on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and return the regulator of LNG and other projects to a quorum to take decisions. 

Our North American editor in New York

AES Dominicana, a subsidiary of AES Corp. of the US, has signed an agreement to supply liquefied natural gas to the Barbados National Oil Company from its AES Andres LNG terminal in the Dominican Republic. 

CB&I, the US energy and liquefied natural gas engineering company, reported a 77 percent drop in first-quarter net income and revenue also fell, though the company sensed a rebound in opportunities in China and the Middle East. 

Crowley Maritime Corp. said its liquefied natural gas services group has been awarded a multi-year contract to supply additional volumes of containerized LNG shipped from Florida to pharmaceutical manufacturing plants in Puerto Rico. 

Our North American editor in New York

Japanese utility and LNG importer Tokyo Gas has completed a transaction to take a strategic equity investment in a US company with natural gas assets in Louisiana and Texas, including the Haynesville shale play, for future use in liquefaction tolling agreements at Gulf Coast export plants. 

Australian engineering and construction company Monadelphous said it was awarded the long-term offshore maintenance services contract for the Ichthys LNG project being developed by Japanese energy company Inpex near Darwin in the Northern Territory. 

Our Asia-Pacific editor

Malaysian energy company Petronas said it expected to proceed with a second floating liquefied natural gas project involving a US company after the successful start-up of “PFLNG Satu”, the world’s first production hull deployed over the stranded Kanowit gas field offshore Sarawak. 

Our North America editor in New York

Tellurian Inc. reported a net loss of $141 million in the first-quarter of 2017 as it followed its game plan to develop the Driftwood LNG plant near Lake Charles in Louisiana by 2022 to match the Sabine Pass venture of Cheniere Energy with 27 million tonnes per annum of output. 

US natural gas production is expected to rise to an average of 74.1 billion cubic feet per day for 2017 and to surge even higher in 2018 as benchmark prices also increase on the back of LNG exports and more demand from the domestic market. 

Anadarko Petroleum Corp., the US company with plans to develop LNG projects in the southeast African nation of Mozambique, has made executive changes to its US and international operations team leadership as it moves forward after the Colorado accident that led to a temporary shutdown of 3,000 wells in the state. 

Our Asian editor

Petronet LNG of India, operator of the Dahej import terminal near Mumbai, almost doubled net profits for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 in line with the surge in imported cargoes and a rise in regasification capacity. 

Woodside Petroleum Chief Executive Peter Coleman said global liquefied natural gas market conditions are pushing the company towards using its Browse Basin resources offshore Western Australia to double the life of its existing Northwest Shelf liquefaction plant rather than undertaking a separate Browse LNG joint venture. 

News Nudges

Cameron LNG stays on track

The Sempra Energy head of infrastructure businesses, Joseph Householder, said the US Cameron LNG export project in Louisiana remained on track after experiencing some weather-related construction delays. Householder said the California-based utility and energy company and its French and Japanese partners, Engie, Mitsui and Mitsubishi were committed to the current Cameron schedule for the first of three liquefaction Trains to be on stream by early 2018. “The commitment of each of our partners and customers to get the project finished and into operation is completely there,” Householder told a meeting of analysts.


Egyptian gas supply increases

BP of the UK said it had started natural gas production from the first two fields of the West Nile Delta development in Egypt. The West Nile Delta venture and the Zohr gas project in the East Mediterranean are expected to lessen current Egyptian dependence on LNG to meet domestic demand. The project was delivered eight months ahead of schedule and the first gas was delivered to Egypt’s national grid. “The commissioning of all nine wells of the development’s first two fields and ramp up to stable operations has now been completed,” said BP.


Clean Energy makes choice

Clean Energy Fuels Corp., the LNG and gas fuel company and station network owner on the US West Coast, said it appointed Frank Meyer as President of its compression subsidiary. Clean Energy, based in Newport Beach in California, said Meyer brought 24 years of leadership experience after serving in a variety of roles.