In this issue

 

Mitsui Osk Lines, the Japanese shipping company involved in operating about 70 liquefied natural gas carriers, has established a new LNG management company in Hong Kong called MOL LNG Transport…
United Arab Shipping Co., Royal Dutch Shell and the world’s largest liquefied natural gas producer, Qatargas, have signed an agreement to jointly study projects related to the development of LNG…
Our North America editor in New York US energy companies and liquefied natural gas project developers have hailed the passing by the Senate of a bill that will make it…
Japanese LNG imports of long-term contract and other cargoes edged higher last month for the first time in 2016 in a market reversal in terms of volumes even as prices…
Our Europe editor OLT Offshore LNG Toscana’s Italian floating import facility, deployed offshore the Mediterranean coast, said 12 different companies presented offers in its tender for cargoes and it had…
Our North America editor in New York The US Department of Energy has authorized Flint Hills Resources, based in Wichita, Kansas, to export around 120,000 gallons per day of LNG…
Bear Head LNG Corp, the project development company in Nova Scotia, said it was taking steps to ensure the venture had a skilled workforce to build the liquefaction plant and…
The Australian LNG project developer of the medium-scale Magnolia export venture near Lake Charles, Louisiana, said it received its final permits from the US regulators.
Our Europe editor French utility and energy company Engie and the Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Co. (EGAS) have signed a cooperation agreement on liquefied natural gas imports to Egypt.
China National Offshore Oil Corp. said it had launched its largest liquefied natural gas carrier, named the “Pan Asia” with 174,000 cubic metres capacity and one of four being constructed…
Our Europe editor Air Liquide, the French industrial gases company, said it had commissioned 12 biogas purification units to transform the gas made from waste into biomethane to inject it…
A utility company that started in telecoms and a Brownsville venture have both advanced Our North America editor in New York A Southern California phone utility company that expanded into…
Our Europe editor The Baltic and International Maritime Council (Bimco), the largest of the international associations for shipowners, and the France-based International Group of Liquefied Natural Gas Importers, have issued…
Stena Line of Sweden, one of Europe's leading ferry companies with 35 vessels and 22 routes in Northern Europe, has ordered four liquefied natural gas-ready ferries with options for four…

News Nudges

Algeria gas hand-over

Sonatrach, the Algerian state energy company and operator of two LNG export plants on the North African coast, signed its acceptance of the Touat gas project in southwest Algeria being passed to Groupement Touat Gaz (GTG), a joint venture between Sonatrach and Neptune Energy of the UK. Operation of the facility had previously been in the hands of the project contractor, Spain’s Técnicas Reunidas, since the first gas was sent into the Algerian domestic gas pipeline network in September 2019.


Brunei LNG contract

Brunei LNG has awarded a 10-year contract to local company SPHI Marine to supply three tugboats and one anchor-handling tug to support shipping operations at the Lumut facility. SPHI said the contract included a five-year extension option. The Brunei-owned and flagged vessels will replace the tugs of Dutch firm Kotug, which are currently servicing the LNG plant.


Korea energy orders fall

South Korean shipyards are expecting new firm LNG carrier orders after Qatar booked construction berths, but no new orders have been received in 2020 for oil and gas platforms or offshore facilities, reflecting the depressed state of the energy market. Hyundai Heavy Industries has received no orders for offshore facilities since October 2018 when it signed a $450 million deal with a US oil developer LLOG Exploration to build a floating production system, according to the latest data.