In this issue


Alaska Governor Michael J. Dunleavy has named four new members to the seven-member board of directors governing the Alaska Gasline Development Corp., the state company aiming to build the Alaska LNG project to supply Asian nations. 

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Ophir Energy, the UK company that planned a floating LNG export project offshore Equatorial Guinea, has been told by the West African nation that its exploration and production licence that underpinned the project has not been renewed. 

Jera Trading (Jerat), the joint trading venture between Japanese LNG and fuel procurement and utility company Jera Co. Inc. and French firm EDF Trading established in April 2017 following the acquisition of EDFT’s coal business, is continuing its countdown to becoming Jera Global Markets. 

Tokyo Gas, the utility and importer of around 12 million tonnes per annum of LNG to Japan, has helped start the first non-state natural gas distribution business in Thailand in a joint venture with Japanese trading house Mitsui and three Thai companies. 

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Williams, the US pipeline and infrastructure company, said its Gulf Connector project has been placed into full service to expand its Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line (Transco), the nation’s largest interstate natural gas pipeline, with more liquefied natural gas ventures. 

The newest US export plant at Corpus Christi in Texas has been given the go-ahead to begin commissioning the second liquefaction Train as operator Cheniere Energy continues to ramp-up the first Train after staring commercial operations and shipping its first cargo in December. 

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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Kevin McIntyre has died at his home in Arlington, Virginia, after an illness. He was 58 and had been nominated in August 2017 to head the FERC, the main regulatory body for LNG projects and other energy-related ventures. 

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The Texas-based private equity firm, BP Energy Partners (BPEP), has purchased a controlling interest in Cryopeak LNG Solutions Corp., a small-scale Canadian provider of liquefied natural gas to users in remote locations. 

The Russian port and enclave of Kaliningrad is now self-sufficient in LNG after a delivery via the floating storage and regasification unit, the “Marshal Vasilevskiy”, to the small area separated from Russia and bordering Lithuania and Poland. 

GasLog Ltd, the Monaco-based LNG fleet owner with 25 ships operating and nine others on order, has given more details of its terms for the latest time charters for vessels to US LNG producer Cheniere Energy, owner of the Sabine Pass plant in Louisiana and the Corpus Christi facility in Texas. 

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The Royal Dutch Shell-led LNG Canada project has become the main issue in the province of British Columbia in the run-up to the Canadian federal election this year, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau emerging as a supporter of the venture amid renewed protests. 

GNL Quebec Inc. is still planning an export project in the French-speaking Canadian province, comprising a liquefaction and export plant near Port Saguenay at the junction of the Saguenay River and the St. Lawrence River. 

US rating agency gives view on the Japanese buyer’s proposals for upstream LNG activities

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Jera Co Inc. of Japan, already the nation’s largest LNG importer, will become Japan's biggest power generation company when it assumes the domestic power businesses of Tokyo Electric Power Co. and Chubu Electric Power Co. in April 2019, giving it control of about half of Japan's power market. 

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US company Kiewit Corp. was awarded the engineering, procurement, and construction contract for the Calcasieu Pass LNG export project being developed by Arlington, Virginia-based Venture Global with European offtake buyers in place. 

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.