In this issue

 

Delfin LNG, the most advanced US floating export development proposed for offshore Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico, has had its permit approved by regulators to reactivate and construct facilities on its onshore pipeline in Cameron Parish. 

Our Europe editor

Volvo, the Sweden-based auto manufacturer, said it was introducing new heavy-duty trucks to run on liquefied natural gas and compliant with new European Union emission restrictions. 

Flex LNG, the Oslo-listed company whose shareholders include a fund controlled by John Fredriksen, has named Oystein Kalleklev as its new Chief Financial Officer as it plans to take its place in the floating storage and regasification market for import terminals. 

Nordic LNG supplier and infrastructure operator Skangas is advancing its re-fueling operations in the region’s largest port, Gothenburg, as it expands the activities of its new bunkering vessel “Coralius” and regional ports also gain more operational knowledge.

Our Asia-Pacific editor

Golar LNG, the project and shipping company, said the floating LNG production vessel, the “Hilli Episeyo”, has moved to a deep-water anchorage offshore Singapore where Keppel Shipyard will complete final commissioning before the vessel is deployed for a joint venture in the West African state of Cameroon. 

Ophir Energy, the UK exploration and production company with assets in Africa and Asia, said it awarded the upstream contract for the Fortuna floating LNG project offshore Equatorial Guinea to a joint venture comprising a subsidiary of oil and gas services firm Schlumberger and UK-based company Subsea 7. 

Our Southeast Asia editor

The merged Baker Hughes-GE Oil and Gas (BHGE) company, a key supplier of services and equipment to the LNG industry, said its board of directors had elected President and Chief Executive Lorenzo Simonelli as Chairman of the BHGE board. 

Our Europe editor

Fluxys Belgium, the operator of the Zeebrugge LNG import terminal and the Belgian gas transmission network, said it completed transactions for the sale of 350 million euros ($410M) of bonds with an offering that was subscribed twice over in a show of confidence by investors in the European LNG and natural gas industry. 

UK maritime classification Lloyd’s Register has given approval in principle to Hyundai Mipo Dockyard of South Korea for a cargo-handling system design for a 6,600 cubic metres capacity LNG bunkering vessel. 

Fluxys Belgium, the natural gas network operator as well as owner of the Zeebrugge Trading Point and the LNG import terminal, said it was simplifying services for physical trading with the France-based Pegas trading platform also agreeing to enhance its services. 

Our North America editor in New York

Tellurian Inc., the developer of the Driftwood LNG project on the Gulf Coast of Louisiana has entered into a six-month time charter for a modern LNG carrier to start gaining market exposure by trading during the coming Northern Hemisphere winter. 

KBR, the US LNG and energy engineering company, was awarded an engineering and project management services contract for the biggest natural gas joint ventures currently under way in Algeria at In Salah and In Amenas. 

Our Southeast Asia editor

Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific Co. of the Philippines, the LNG infrastructure and fabricated modules supply company, said it was making progress in its plans to building up its own LNG project portfolio of small-scale ventures in the Asian and South East Asian regions as it also strengthened its executive team. 

BP-led tight gas field project will help nation overcome its immediate domestic gas concerns

Our Middle East editor

The Sultanate of Oman, a long-term LNG producer in the Arabian Peninsula and supplier of cargoes to Japan, South Korea and the spot market, has gained time to rethink its future strategy after BP started production at the giant Khazzan tight gas field and removed domestic gas supply concerns. 

News Nudges

Atlas Copco LNG order

Atlas Copco Gas and Process Division, based in the German city of Cologne, secured a compressor order for the LNG carrier shipbuilding market in Asia. The order was placed by Samsung Heavy Industries of South Korea for a total of four centrifugal gas compressors, four gas screws compressors and with heaters and vaporizers to be used on two Korean-built vessels. “Specifically, the vapor return compressors will provide tank pressure control during loading and the fuel-gas compressors will feed excess boil-off gas to the gas engine during operations,” said Atlas Copco. “This order is a very important step for Atlas Copco in the Asian LNG market,” said Robert Radimeczky, President of the Gas and Process Division.


Anthony Veder LNG conversion

Royal Dutch Shell and Dutch shipping company Anthony Veder have signed a contract to modify the small-scale LNG carrier “Coral Methane” into an LNG bunker vessel. The modification marks the first of its kind and will entail integration of specific LNG bunker equipment into the vessel. The 7,500 cubic metres capacity ship currently operates as on a multipurpose basis.


Pipeline boost for Marcellus

Tennessee Zone 4 Marcellus shale-gas spot prices increased $1.71 from $0.52 per million British thermal unit to $2.23 per MMBtu in the week. “Marcellus prices likely increased this week as a result of a combination of cold weather in the Northeast and the commencement of service of the Access South and Adair Southwest pipelines,” said the Energy Information Administration.