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Malaysian energy company Petronas has started commercial gas-up and cool-down services for the global LNG carrier fleet from its liquefaction plant at Bintulu port in Sarawak in competition to other ports such as Singapore. 

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Canadian Pembina Pipeline Corp. said it anticipated a final decision from the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on developing its Jordan Cove LNG export plant in the northwest US state of Oregon within a year as company earnings jumped. 

Kosmos Energy, the partner of BP in two floating LNG projects offshore Senegal and Mauritania, said the front-end engineering and design for phase one was almost completed and the development plan had been submitted to both governments. 

The Goldboro LNG export plant in the Atlantic Coast Canadian province of Nova Scotia, with plans to ship cargoes to Europe, has been given the final go-ahead by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board after previously receiving its environmental approval. 

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Mitsui Osk Lines, the Japanese shipping company with an operating fleet of almost 100 LNG carriers, posted a first-half profit and higher revenues from its energy transportation business as its other shipping divisions struggled. 

The coalition of energy and shipping companies backing the increased use of liquefied natural gas as a maritime fuel said it strongly supported the decision by the International Maritime Organization to reaffirm the January 2020 implementation date of the sulfur cap on ship fuel. 

The Italian government ‘severely constrains’ any upside potential for Eni's credit rating

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Italian energy company Eni, the developer of LNG projects in Mozambique and other world-class natural gas ventures worldwide, has had its debt rating reduced by the main US ratings agency because of concern over Italian government debt arising from the worsening budget dispute with the European Commission. 

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US regulators have released their final environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Venture Global Calcasieu Pass liquefaction and export plant and its affiliated pipeline planned for Cameron Parish and with its LNG volumes pointed at European buyers. 

The US Annova liquefied natural gas export project planned for the south bank of the Brownsville Ship Channel in Texas, and whose owners included Chicago-based power company Exelon Corp. is moving forward with its plans by signing up several contractors as investors. 

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The seventh LNG Producer-Consumer Conference held in the Japanese city of Nagoya heard Qatar outline the positive benefits for the global trade of the production expansion planned by Qatar and of a new wave of export ventures in North America and in nations such as Mozambique. 

OLT Offshore LNG Toscana, the floating terminal offshore the Italian Mediterranean port of Livorno, has chosen the winner of a liquefied natural gas cargo tender from six offers received. 

The Australian Ichthys LNG export plant, the joint venture involving Inpex Corp. of Japan and French major total, has finally begun full commercial operations by shipping its first LNG cargo from the liquefaction and export plant at Bladin Point, near Darwin. 

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Chart Industries, the US-based global manufacturer of engineered equipment for the LNG, industrial gas and energy industries reported solid third-quarter results and said it expected more LNG project orders through 2019 as developers moved to its products. 

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A liquefied natural gas -powered truck built by Turin-based Italian truck and bus maker IVECO said one of its vehicles had broken the European record for travel on a single LNG tank from the UK to the Spanish capital Madrid. 

News Nudges

Tenerife LNG bunkering

Dutch shipping line Anthony Veder said its small-scale LNG carrier, the 7,500 cubic metres capacity “Coral Methane”, has successfully carried out its first liquefied natural gas bunkering operation on the world’s first LNG-powered cruise ship at Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the Spanish Canary Islands. The “Coral Methane” fueled the “AIDAnova”, the newest ship from AIDA Cruises, which made history as the cruise industry’s first ship to be powered at sea and in port by LNG.

Crowley LNG success

Crowley Maritime Corp. said its new combination LNG-powered container-roll-on roll-off ship, the “Taino”, successfully completed its first voyage to Puerto Rico after receiving fuel for the first time at the Eagle LNG bunkering station in the Florida port of Jacksonville and departing on January 8. “The successful transit puts a historic capstone on the company’s Commitment Class modernization project and begins a new era of world-class supply chain services between the island commonwealth, the US mainland and the Caribbean Basin,” said Crowley.

LNG cargoes for China

The 148,300 cubic metres capacity carrier “LNG Ondo” will deliver a cargo on January 24 to the Qidong terminal in Jiangsu province from the Nigeria LNG plant on Bonny Island. The 170,050 cubic metres capacity carrier “Hoegh Giant” is scheduled to arrive on January 25 at the Chinese port of Tianjin with a cargo from the US Sabine Pass plant in Louisiana. The 266,000 cubic metres capacity Q-Max carrier “Al Dafna” will deliver a cargo on January 25 to PetroChina’s Tangshan terminal in northeast Hebei province from Ras Laffan in Qatar.