In this issue

 

US CEO has some Irish US CEO has some Irish connections as graduate of University of NotreDame in state of Indiana 

Our Europe editor

US LNG development company NextDecade has signed an accord with the Port of Cork to eventually ship LNG cargoes from Texas to the Republic of Ireland for distribution in the European market.

Our Asia-Pacific editor

Woodside Petroleum, operator of the North West Shelf plant and Pluto facility in Western Australia, posted US$867 million in second-quarter revenue and said final commissioning of the Wheatstone LNG Train 1 was “well advanced” and nearing completion.

Australian energy company Santos, a stakeholder in three Asia-Pacific LNG export plants, said in its second-quarter earnings it was successfully tackling its debt issues helped by improving LNG prices as it also planned increases in domestic market volumes in the state of Queensland.

Our Europe editor

Norwegian shipping company and import project developer Hoegh LNG has signed an agreement with Qatar Gas Transport Co., also known as Nakilat, to explore joint ventures in the floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) business.

The Kingdom of Jordan is seeking the supply of more than 30 LNG cargoes in 2018 before the completion in 2019 of the Israeli Leviathan natural gas field that will send offshore pipeline gas to Israel’s Arab neighbour amounting to 35 million tonnes of LNG over 15 years. 

Three US LNG cargoes were sent to both the United Arab Emirates and Mexico and two were sent to South Korea as a monthly record 18 LNG cargoes were shipped from the Sabine Pass plant in Louisiana, while the Poles paid much less for their LNG than the Dutch, according to the latest detailed data released by the Department of Energy.

Our North America editor in New York

US Energy Secretary Rick Perry said in a major policy speech in Washington that the nation was planning a “new North American energy strategy” with Mexico and Canada included as it shares the benefits with the world of its LNG export build-out and shale-gas production surge.

Chart Industries, the US maker of liquefied natural gas liquefaction and storage equipment, is celebrating 25 years since its pioneering of the ISO shipping containers that now carry LNG to small-scale users in the Caribbean, Europe and Asia.

Our Asia-Pacific editor

Inpex Corp. of Japan said the Ichthys LNG export project it is developing in Australian is expecting the arrival in mid-August of the Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) facility to process resources for the venture.

Our Asia-Pacific editor

Bangladesh has signed its first initial LNG supply agreement with Qatar after recent progress on establishing the Asian nation’s first import facility at an island in the Bay of Bengal.

Exploration surveys offshore Timor Este, the former Portuguese colony located north of Australia, have raised hopes of LNG and natural gas projects in the future as the Greater Sunshine project remains deadlocked.

Oil Search, a stakeholder in the Papua New Guinea LNG export plant and its expansion project, reported record production at the plant northwest of Port Moresby and operated by partner ExxonMobil.

Our Asia editor

Indian LNG imports declined for a second month with government figures showing shipments in the current fiscal year had cost US$400 million more than in 2016 as volumes were received from nations such as Australia, Nigeria and Qatar.

Japanese liquefied natural gas imports declined amid a more than 20 percent jump in thermal coal shipments to replace LNG for power generation in Japan as LNG costs in June showed a surge of 44 percent compared with a year ago on similar volumes.

News Nudges

US-Mexico gas auction date

Cenagas, the Mexican public body entrusted with assigning capacity rights for pipelines that were previously owned by national energy company Petroleos Mexicamos (Pemex), plans to hold another public auction on August 10 for capacity on the five US cross-border natural gas pipelines assigned to the Mexican Federal Electricity Commission. In the first round for Pemex capacity a total of 24 local and international companies requested rights for 3.6 billion cubic feet per day, more than the 2.2 Bcf/d available.


LNG barge is approved

French classification society Bureau Veritas awarded the Chinese ship and platform builder Wison Offshore and Marine its approval in principle for a newly-developed floating storage regasification and power generation barge. Wison and BV said they had completed the validation for the specified design of the facility with 50 megawatts of capacity. “With the interest in small-scale, LNG-to-power growing, we are developing the building blocks for a lean and integrated supply chain,” said Maarten Spilker, Senior Solutions Director of Wison.


Annova LNG advances

The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said it was preparing a draft environmental impact statement for the Annova LNG Brownsville export project planned for the south bank of the Brownsville Ship Channel in Texas. The venture would include six small-scale liquefaction Trains producing a total of 6 million tonnes per year of LNG, an interconnected pipeline and marine export facilities.