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FERC says that any comments on the environmental impact statement scope is expected to be received by July 10

Our North America editor in New York

The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued a notice of its intent to prepare an environmental impact statement for the Jordan Cove LNG export project proposed for Coos Bay in the northwest state of Oregon. 

Corpus Christi LNG, the second Cheniere Energy liquefaction and export plant to add to the Houston-based company’s volumes from the Sabine Pass facility in Louisiana, said the first processing Train would be ready for commercial operations ahead of schedule in the first half of 2019 and that pipeline supply infrastructure has also been secured. 

Sapient Global Markets, a consultancy for financial and commodity markets, has been selected by Japanese conglomerate Mitsubishi Corp. to provide a risk management platform for the cargoes it will export from the Cameron LNG project currently under construction in Louisiana. 

Our Asia editor

Bangladesh has chosen Swiss commodities company Astra Transcor Energy (AOT) to help procure liquefied natural gas shipments for a new floating storage and regasification project scheduled to come on line in mid-2018 on an island in the Bay of Bengal. 

Chart Industries of the US, one of the main suppliers of liquefaction and LNG storage equipment, has completed the sale of a range of non-core assets to RIX Industries for an undisclosed sum. 

Indian businessman Darshan Hiranandani and his H-Energy company is making progress in his floating storage and regasification project by formally signing its charter agreement for the vessel with French energy company Engie. 

Our Europe editor

The LNG bunkering vessel “Engie Zeebrugge”, set to operate in northwest Europe, has performed its first regular deliveries of fuel to two new gas-propelled pure car and truck carriers in the Belgian port of Zeebrugge. 

Italian utility Edison said it was planning to sell its stake in the Adriatic LNG import terminal owned as a joint venture with Qatar Petroleum and ExxonMobil for shipping cargoes into northern Italy. 

Our Asia-Pacific editor

Australian company Santos, a stakeholder in three Asia-Pacific liquefied natural gas production plants, reported a positive production well test result from the Muruk ST3 gas exploration in the Papua New Guinea Highlands to help underpin PNG LNG plant expansion. 

Our Europe editor

Gaztransport and Technigaz (GTT), the French owner of liquefied natural gas maritime and other storage technologies, said it received an order from Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea to equip a floating hull with storage for the Mozambique Coral FLNG project. 

Norwegian energy company Statoil has committed itself to continuing the deepwater offshore exploration programme in the Great Australian Bight offshore South Australia that was vacated by BP of the UK in October 2016. 

Australian developer LNG Ltd has formally extended its final turn-key engineering and construction contract for the Magnolia LNG export venture in Louisiana by six months as it seeks to finalize supply agreements with customers. 

Our Europe editor

Qatar Petroleum has signed an accord with Royal Dutch Shell Chief Executive Ben van Beurden on developing liquefied natural gas as a maritime fuel as well as the infrastructure to deliver it at strategic shipping locations across the globe. 

LNG export Qatar’s dispute with its Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) neighbours, including the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia is having little impact on the LNG market and it is business-as-usual for global LNG shipping shares. 

News Nudges

TransCanada plans expansion

TransCanada Corp., the Canadian pipeline company, is moving forward with a new $2 billion expansion of its Nova Gas Transmission Ltd. system, based on new contracted customer demand for approximately 3 billion cubic feet per day, even in the absence of a major LNG export project. “Between now and 2021, TransCanada is investing in new pipeline infrastructure to connect Western Canadian natural gas production to key markets within the basin and across North America,” said Karl Johannson, TransCanada's executive Vice-President. This expansion programme comes from growing producer demand to connect with the low-cost Montney shale-gas play in British Columbia and other resources.


Centrica exits Canada project

UK energy and utility company Centrica, a capacity holder in the Isle of Grain LNG terminal for current Qatari and future US imports, has agreed to sell its 60 percent stake in the Energy Canada Partnership, an exploration and production venture, to a consortium including MIE Holdings, the Can-China Global Resource Fund and commodity company Mercuria for C$722 million (US$540M) in cash.


New Billiton Chairman

BHP Billiton, the Australian commodities and energy company with LNG stakes, has elected Ken MacKenzie as its new Chairman to succeed Jac Nasser. MacKenzie will assume the role of Chairman from September following Nasser’s retirement. Chairman-elect MacKenzie said: “It is an honour and a privilege to succeed Jac Nasser as Chairman of BHP.