In this issue

 

One of the best-known and among the longest-serving senior executives in the LNG sector, the Chief Executive of Woodside Petroleum, Peter Coleman, has announced his intention to retire in 2021.
LNG News Editor:  Australia is on track for record LNG shipments to remain the world’s largest exporting country, ahead of Qatar and the US, even in a year when two…
LNG News Editor:  Chevron Corp., one of the world’s leading LNG production companies with three operated plants in Australia and Angola, said it would spend $14 billion in 2021, mainly…
Free ReadLNG News Editor:  Sempra Energy’s Mexican subsidiary said a joint venture formed by the Costa Azul LNG export project, including French energy major Total, has signed a loan agreement for…
Global law firm Reed Smith announced its hiring of James Atkin as a partner in its global Energy and Natural Resources Group and London office, particularly specializing in liquefied natural…
The British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission in Canada has awarded a three-year contract to a Houston, Texas-based company to conduct project reviews and assist in Field Inspections of LNG…
LNG News Editor:  China Petroleum and Chemical Corp. (Sinopec), one of the main Chinese LNG importers, is taking steady volumes from Australia
Free ReadOperators in the LNG business are assessing the possible impact of the US Defense Department’s blacklisting of China National Offshore Oil Corp., the nation’s largest LNG importer, to its list…
California company overhauls subsidiaries to bundle three LNG plants and other assets
LNG News Editor:  Fluxys, the Belgian grid operator and owner of the Zeebrugge LNG terminal and with a large stake in Dunkirk LNG in France, has taken delivery along with…
Free ReadAnglo-Australian global commodities company BHP has awarded its first LNG supply agreement for five LNG-fuelled Newcastlemax bulk carriers, which will transport iron ore between Western Australia and China from 2022.…
LNG News Editor:  The Hiranandani Group of India said its H-Energy subsidiary had entered into a binding commitment with Norway’s Höegh LNG for the supply of a floating storage and…
Glencore, the UK-listed commodities and mining company, has completed the takeover of the loss-making liquefied natural gas business of Danish energy company Orsted, including long-term capacity at the Dutch Gate…
The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF) said it had agreed a loan deal with a project company in West Africa, adding the last block in a financing arrangement for a…

News Nudges

Azeri gas for EU

Azerbaijan, the former republic of the Soviet Union, has started commercial natural gas supplies to southern Europe via the Trans- Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) in competition to LNG and Russian pipeline gas from Gazprom. The TAP pipeline is 3,500 kilometres in length and is part of the $40-billion Southern Gas Corridor bringing natural gas to Europe from the Shah Deniz II field in the Caspian Sea, operated by UK oil and gas major BP. Azerbaijan plans to supply the markets of the European Union with 10 billion cubic metres per annum of pipeline gas, including 8 Bcm to Italy and a combined 2 Bcm to Greece and Bulgaria.


Capital ship delivery

Capital Gas Ship Management Corp., the Greek company based in the port of Piraeus, has taken delivery of the LNG carrier newbuild, the “Aristidis I”, from the Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard in South Korea. The “Arisidis I” has been chartered to BP Shipping of the UK for a period up to 12 years. “With cargo capacity of 174,000 cubic metres, the vessel is highly efficient, propelled with XDF engines and equipped with the latest available technologies, including an air lubrication system and increased filling limits (up to 93.5 percent),” said Capital Gas.


Pan Ocean newbuild

South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries has signed a deal valued at 199 billion South Korean won ($185 million), to build a liquefied natural gas carrier for the South Korean shipping company Pan Ocean Co. The Korean shipping line has delivered cargoes of LNG since 2008 for the nation’s largest importer, Korea Gas Corp.