In this issue

 

Chart Industries, the US LNG equipment maker and industrial gases company, has signed an agreement to acquire Italian company VRV S.p.a., an engineer and designer of cryogenic equipment that will complement Chart’s own offerings. 

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Qatar Petroleum President and Chief Executive Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi has held talks in Islamabad with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan centering on more liquefied natural gas supplies for the Asian nation as it plans a third import facility. 

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Mundra liquefied natural gas import terminal, the third sited in Gujarat state and the fifth on the West Coast of India, while no facilities currently operate on the East Coast. 

OLT Offshore LNG Toscana, the Italian owner of the import facility deployed off the Mediterranean coast, will again provide peak-shaving services for the natural gas network and has launched an LNG cargo tender that closes on October 16. 

Oil and Natural Gas Corp. (ONGC) of India has awarded a contract to two US energy engineering companies, McDermott and the General Electric oil and gas services affiliate, for the development of a key block in the Krishna Godavari basin of the Bay of Bengal that will slightly ease the gas crisis on the East Coast where no LNG import facilities operate. 

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Sempra Energy, the California-based utility and energy company developing the Cameron LNG export plant in Louisiana, has received its draft environmental impact statement from regulators for the proposed Port Arthur LNG project in Texas, comprising the largest liquefaction Trains planned so far for a Gulf Coast venture. 

The Administration of US President Donald Trump has named a lawyer from the state of Virginia employed by the Department of Energy to fill the vacant fifth seat at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the regulator of US energy and liquefied natural gas projects. 

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Noble Energy, the US company with natural gas assets in the East Mediterranean offshore Israel, said it had executed multiple infrastructure agreements to support delivery of natural gas from the Israeli Leviathan and Tamar fields to Egypt.

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Pembina Pipeline Corp., the Canadian owner of the Jordan Cove LNG export project in the US northwest state of Oregon, said it would be developing additional pipeline and terminal infrastructure in the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia while pursuing the US liquefaction venture.
Pembina gave an operational update as it adjusted its gross earnings forecast for 2018 to between $2.75 billion to $2.85Bln.

LNG Canada, the project in British Columbia led by Royal Dutch Shell, is still on track to move forward in the fourth quarter of 2018 as the nation’s energy sector struggles in the wake of the booming US energy business.

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Pembina Pipeline Corp., the Canadian owner of the Jordan Cove LNG export project in the US northwest state of Oregon, said it would be developing additional pipeline and terminal infrastructure in the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia while pursuing the US liquefaction venture.
Pembina gave an operational update as it adjusted its gross earnings forecast for 2018 to between $2.75 billion to $2.85Bln.

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US pipeline natural gas supplies for Mexico have been approved by regulators to provide feed-gas for the US company Mexico Pacific Ltd to export LNG to Asia and other regions from a liquefaction plant proposed for the Mexican state of Sonora.

Fluxys Belgium, the natural gas infrastructure company and operator of the Zeebrugge LNG import terminal, posted a first-half profits rise as shipping activity rose, including more carriers arriving for the trans-shipment of cargoes from the Yamal export plant in Russia.

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French energy major Total, with stakes in LNG liquefaction plants and projects in Australia, Russia and the US said it envisaged Atlantic Basin expansions at Cameron LNG in Louisiana and in Nigeria as well as new joint ventures elsewhere.

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.