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Our Asia-Pacific editor Japanese annual liquefied natural gas imports fell 3.9 percent in 2015 and the nation saved almost $20 billion in costs because of the plunge in energy prices…
Singapore Exchange (SGX) has launched new financial derivatives in the form of futures and swaps linked to its weekly index of spot prices for liquefied natural gas traded in the…
Our Asia-Pacific editor FMC Technologies, the Houston-based liquefied natural gas and energy company, said it signed an agreement with Woodside Petroleum for a venture that will help prolong the lifespan…
Australian energy company Santos said its Gladstone coal-seam-gas-to-LNG project produced 544,000 tonnes of LNG during the fourth quarter and has shipped 11 cargoes to Asian customers, while over 40 cargoes…
Our North America editor AltaGas, the Canadian natural gas and utility business, was awarded a 25-year LNG export licence by the National Energy Board for a floating export plant being…
The Nordic liquefied natural gas market is developing along small-scale distribution lines and with progress in the building of two import terminals at ports in Finland.
Chevron Corp., one of the main LNG developers in the Asia-Pacific region with two projects in Australia, is also increasingly active in China and said it had begun natural gas…
The Government of Gibraltar has begun the environmental review process for its first liquefied natural gas import and storage terminal that will be linked to a gas-fired power project.
Our Asia-Pacific editor Clough of Australia has won a second contract in successive days for the Ichthys LNG project. It has been chosen to commission the Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading…
ExxonMobil Corp., one of the largest liquefied natural gas players, said natural gas was expected to meet about 40 percent of the growth in global energy needs and demand for…
Australian major weathers oil storm with development plans progressing Our Asia-Pacific editor Australia's largest liquefied natural gas operator Woodside said it was focusing on lowering the costs in the Browse Floating LNG project…
Our Asia-Pacific editor Chevron Corp. said it signed a preliminary accord with Chinese energy company ENN LNG Trading to supply cargoes over 10 years from the Australian Gorgon project currently…
Sanchez Energy, the Houston-based company planning the first LNG project targeting shale-gas from the Eagle Ford play in South Texas, said it made further progress in the fourth quarter with…
Our North America editor Australian LNG and energy engineering company Clough Ltd has named Peter Bennett as its new Chief Executive after hiring him from US company CB&I where he…

News Nudges

Woodside’s pipeline deal

Woodside, the Western Australian LNG plant operator, said it signed a long-term gas sale and purchase agreement with the Worsley Alumina joint venture for the supply of pipeline gas. Woodside said the natural gas will be supplied to the joint venture from Woodside’s portfolio of domestic gas facilities, including the North West Shelf, Pluto and Wheatstone plants from where LNG is also exported. The Worsley Alumina bauxite mine and alumina plant is located in the southwest corner of Western Australia.


Russian LNG east route

Novatek, the Russian natural gas company and LNG plant operator, said that the ice-class LNG carrier “Vladimir Rusanov” completed the Northern Sea Route passage in the Eastern direction and delivered a cargo from the company’s Yamal LNG plant in the port of Sabetta in Siberia to the port of Tianjin in northeast China. “The 172,000 cubic metres capacity 'Vladimir Rusanov' transited the ice-covered part of the route in only six days, setting a new record for independent passage via the NSR without ice-breaking support with cargo on board,” said Novatek.


Stolt-Nielsen LNG ship

Stolt-Nielsen, the Norwegian shipping and services company, has launched the first of two 7,500 cubic metres capacity liquefied natural gas carriers ordered from the Keppel Nantong Shipyard in China. The ship was designed for Stolt-Nielsen by Marine Engineering Services (MES) of Italy. The Italian firm said in a statement that the China-built vessel was launched during the night of the 20th of July.