In this issue

 

Veresen Inc., the Canadian energy company currently being acquired by Calgary-based Pembina Pipeline in an agreed US$7.5 billion takeover, has formally re-applied to develop a US LNG export plant across the border in the US state of Oregon. 

Our Asia-Pacific editor

Keppel Corp of Singapore and Royal Dutch Shell have completed the first liquefied natural gas truck-to-ship bunkering for a liquefaction and production vessel built at the Keppel shipyard for service offshore the West African nation of Cameroon. 

Gaztransport and Technigaz (GTT), the French LNG maritime storage technology company, said it had decided to re-validate some aspects of its Mark V tank system after the discovery of a technical concern. 

Our Southeast Asia editor

The state-run Thailand energy company PTT has signed an agreement to purchase 2.6 million tonnes per annum of LNG from a Mozambique project after securing a stake in the latest Malaysian production Train as it is also plans to have three import terminals operating by 2022. 

Our North America editor in New York

Edison, the Italian utility owned by Electricite de France (EDF) and a capacity holder in the Adriatic LNG import terminal, has signed an agreement to receive 1 million tonnes per annum of shipments from a US export plant proposed for Calcasieu Pass on the Gulf Coast of Louisiana. 

Registro Italiano Navale (Rina), the Italian maritime classification society, said it was chosen by Italian energy company Eni to certify the design and fabrication of subsea structures and equipment for the Coral South floating LNG project offshore the southeast African nation of Mozambique. 

The Israeli Tamar natural gas field in the Eastern Mediterranean, the region’s main competitor to LNG and owned by Noble Energy of the US and Israeli companies including the Delek Group, has restarted production after a five-day shutdown caused by a pipeline fault. 

Our Europe editor

Russian fleet owner and operator Sovcomflot along with oil company Rosneft and the country’s new Zvezda Shipbuilding complex have signed a set of agreements that entail the construction of five Aframax tankers with LNG propulsion that will also lead to infrastructure development to allow ships to be bunkered with LNG fuel at Russian ports. 

Hyundai Heavy Industries of South Korea, the world’s largest shipbuilder by orders, said it received its biggest order for five years in signing a contract to build 10 very large ore carriers to an LNG-ready design for Korea’s Polaris Shipping line. 

Our Middle East editor

Qatar has signed a 15-year liquefied natural gas supply agreement with Bangladesh to supply the Asian nation with 2.5 million tonnes per annum of LNG at its planned floating storage and regasification unit in the Bay of Bengal. 

Baltic and Nordic markets make more progress on fuel distribution and ship-to-ship bunkering

Our Europe editor

Nordic LNG supplier Skangas has taken a big step in helping develop the Baltic and North Sea clean maritime fuel market by using its new LNG bunkering vessel to refuel a products tanker on international waters between Denmark and Sweden.

Our Europe editor

Fluxys, the Belgian natural gas network operator, posted an increase in turnover due to the start of contracts for gas transmission at the French Channel port of Dunkirk, whose new LNG terminal is linked to the Zeebrugge gas hub, and by more activity linked to the shutdown of the UK’s largest gas storage site.

Qatargas is set to become the key liquefied natural gas supplier to Turkey after Algeria under a medium-term sales and purchase agreement signed with Botas Petroleum Pipeline Corp. of Turkey, the fourth-largest net importing nation in Europe.

Our Europe editor

German energy company and utility Uniper has signed a capacity swap agreement with Pavilion Energy of Singapore for access to its Far East LNG import facility in exchange for access rights to terminals in the Netherlands and the UK where it holds capacity.

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.