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The Alaska LNG project's management committee is scheduled to meet on December 4 when a unanimous vote of all partners will be required to continue preliminary front-end engineering and design of the liquefaction and export venture amid upheaval in the state's stake-holding company.

Our Asia-Pacific editor

Energy World Corp., the Australian-listed liquefied natural gas development company from Hong Kong, is aiming to complete its Indonesian liquefaction plant and Philippines LNG import terminal in 2016 as it also advances small-scale fueling plants amid other ventures in Australia.

Our Asia-Pacific editor

The Chinese government is reducing the domestic prices for natural gas to try and stimulate demand for LNG and pipeline supplies amid a worldwide gas glut coupled with China's economic slowdown.

US company Black and Veatch said it was continuing to develop its liquefied natural gas business with offshore processing facilities such as the regasification topsides provided for the first Floating Storage and Regasification Unit being built in China.

Our Europe editor

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

The Dunkirk LNG import terminal in the French Channel port has been connected to the natural gas transmission network by France's GRTgaz.

BG Group said its Australian LNG project and coal-seam gas subsidiary QGC plans to spend A$1.7 billion (US$1.2Bln), ahead of its takeover by Royal Dutch Shell, in further developing its feed-gas resources in the Surat Basin of Queensland.

Our Asia-Pacific editor

Japanese monthly LNG import volumes have suffered their biggest plunge of 2015, falling by 12.8 percent in October as far fewer cargoes were imported from the Middle East and more came from Asia while Japan's need for gas-fired power declined.

Our Europe editor

Norwegian LNG shipping company Awilco LNG has managed to reduce its losses as charter rates for modern carriers remained at around $30,000 per day, down from over $100,000 per day in 2012, as demand in Asia was low and arbitrage opportunities were limited.

A tiny Canadian Native North American tribe numbering fewer than 300 members, but which ratified the first urban First Nation peace treaty in Canada giving it land ownership near the town of Delta in urban Vancouver, is planning a liquefied natural gas plant there.

Our Asia-Pacific editor

InterOil Corp. Chief Executive Michael Hession said the Elk-Antelope onshore field that will provide the feed-gas for Papua New Guinea's second LNG plant continues "to surprise on the upside" after more positive resource tests.

Belgian shipping company and project developer Exmar has signed the first charter contract for a Floating Storage and Regasification Unit to enter service in India as a liquefied natural gas import terminal.

Japanese marine classification society Nippon Kaiji Kyokai, known as ClassNK, has approved a design for a bulk carrier being built at a shipyard in Japan and to be fuelled with liquefied natural gas.

Our North America editor

Koch Industries energy subsidiary Flint Hills Resources has filed for an export permit to ship liquefied natural gas in containers it plans to purchase from the existing small-scale Stabilis LNG Eagle Ford facility in Texas.

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.