In this issue

 

Our Asia-Pacific editor

Chiyoda Corp., the Japanese energy and LNG engineering company, has extended an agreement with the Mozambique national oil and gas company to continue training local engineers for future LNG projects, having already helped 70 Mozambicans acquire qualifications. 

The France-based International Group of Liquefied Natural Gas Importers (GIIGNL) has just released the latest edition for 2017 of its “GIIGNL LNG Custody Transfer Handbook”, addressing new commercial and technical developments in the cargo delivery process. 

EnerMech of the UK has been awarded a pre-commissioning subcontract by Technip Oceania, part of TechnipFMC, on the Royal Dutch Shell Prelude floating LNG project under development for offshore northwest Australia. 

Our North America editor in New York

US shipping line Crowley Maritime Corp. has launched its newbuild Commitment Class ship “El Coqui”, one of the world’s first combination container and roll-on-roll-off vessels powered by liquefied natural gas. 

The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) registered fleet, including a growing number of liquefied natural gas carriers, now stands at 223,262,177 deadweight tons (DWT), making it the second-largest registry in the world in terms of DWT after Panama and ahead of Liberia, Hong Kong and Singapore. 

Our Middle East editor

The Algerian government has called on state energy company Sonatrach to move forward and adapt to changes after the appointment of a new chief executive three months after an unscheduled shutdown of liquefied natural gas production and as a venture to increase gas pipeline supplies to Europe is scheduled to come on stream. 

Plans include fuel for shipping and onshore transport in the Pilbara region

Our Asia-Pacific editor

Australian liquefied natural gas producer Woodside Energy is planning to help the growth of a market for LNG as a fuel for shipping and onshore transport and is targeting the Pilbara region of Western Australia because mining companies use billions of litres of replaceable diesel and heavy fuel oil for their operations. 

Our North America editor in New York

Royal Dutch Shell Chief Executive Ben van Beurden said expansion of natural gas and LNG activities would be one of his company’s key contributions to reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. 

Our North American editor in New York

Tellurian Inc., the developer of the Driftwood LNG project in Louisiana and whose Chairman is former Cheniere Energy Chief Executive Charif Souki, has issued a prospectus for a proposal to sell shares on the Nasdaq Capital Markets stock exchange valued at up to $200 million. 

The US Rio Grande LNG project development company in Texas run by former Royal Dutch Shell senior executive Kathleen Eisbrenner is following the trend for large liquefaction projects on the Gulf Coast to list on the stock exchange by setting up a merger with a listed firm. 

Our Europe editor

Gasunie, the Dutch natural gas company and Rotterdam LNG import terminal co-owner, said profits plunged because of an impairment linked to a regulatory ruling as revenues also declined amid more small-scale LNG shipments and low-calorific conversion of pipeline gas because of the cap on Groningen field production. 

US shipping line Crowley Maritime Corp. and project development and supply company Eagle LNG Partners said they had begun construction of a new liquefied natural gas fueling facility in Florida. 

US trucking and parcel delivery company UPS said it planned to add 50 liquefied natural gas vehicles to its alternative fuel fleet as part of new investments of more than $90 million in natural gas transportation and fueling stations. 

Our Europe editor

Wood Group, the UK energy services company based in Aberdeen, has reached an agreement to take over the London-listed energy and LNG project engineering company Amec Foster Wheeler in an all-share deal valued at more than 2.25 billion pounds ($2.75Bln). 

News Nudges

Armenia gas fuel lead

Armenia’s position as the world’s largest user of gas-fueled vehicles as a proportion of cars, trucks and buses on the road was highlighted during a visit to the former Soviet state by Alexey Miller, Chairman of Russian natural gas giant Gazprom. Miller noted that Russian gas exports to Armenia amount to 1.9 billion cubic metres per year as the country has no energy resources of its own. “Gazprom expressed its appreciation for a robust use of natural gas in different economic sectors, including transportation. At present, around 80 percent of vehicles in the country run on natural gas,” said Gazprom.


GTT LNG storage order

GTT, the French LNG maritime storage technology company, said it received an order from Hyundai Heavy Industries of South Korea to equip a new LNG carrier with its Mark III Flex containment system. Hyundai's shipyard based in Ulsan will build the 180,000 cubic metres capacity vessel for the Norwegian shipping company Norspan LNG (Knutsen). Delivery is scheduled for 2019. The Knutsen fleet contains 10 large-scale LNG carriers in service and one on order. These LNG carriers are all equipped with GTT containment systems.


Mexico bid round ends

Mexico has awarded 10 out of 15 licences for exploration in shallow water blocks in the Tampico-Misantla, Veracruz, and Southeast basin areas along the country’s Gulf Coast. Twenty companies and 16 joint ventures from 15 countries took part in the bidding. Italian energy company Eni and Russia’s Lukoil were two individual operators awarded offshore acreage.