In this issue

 

Our Asia-Pacific editor Australian Energy company AWE, a stakeholder in the largest onshore natural gas discovery in Western Australia for 40 years, has become the subject of a takeover battle…
Australian natural gas explorers are turning to prospects in areas such as the Bonaparte Basin offshore northwestern Australia to point more feed-gas at projects such as the Inpex-led Ichthys LNG…
China and Korea export credit agencies underwrite development loans Our Europe editor Italian energy company Eni and its partners in the Mozambique Coral South floating LNG production joint venture offshore the southeast…
Our North America editor in New York Dominion Energy said it had introduced feed-gas into its newly constructed Cove Point liquefied natural gas liquefaction facility on Chesapeake Bay in the…
Alaska LNG has signed an accord with Japanese utility and importer Tokyo Gas for the sale of cargoes as well as a commitment to explore other opportunities for the Japanese…
Our Europe editor The Canadian Woodfibre LNG export project backed by Indonesian businessman Sukanto Tanoto and his Singapore-based RGE Group and the only liquefaction plant venture with full permit approvals…
Steelhead LNG, one of the few remaining Vancouver-based energy companies focused on liquefied natural gas project development in the province of British Columbia, has changed the name of its Sarita…
The first LNG shipment has arrived at Japan’s new Soma LNG import terminal owned by Japan Petroleum Exploration Co. and located in Fukushima Prefecture in eastern Japan, near where the…
Our Asia-Pacific editor Australian energy company Santos, a shareholder in three Asia-Pacific LNG plants, has acquired a stake in a new exploration and production play near significant gas discoveries in…
LNG Ltd, the developer of two North American LNG export projects, said it had agreed to extend the financial closing date for an offtake agreement with Meridian LNG Holdings Corp.,…
Our Asia-Pacific editor Pavilion Energy of Singapore, the LNG and gas company owned by the city-state’s wealth fund Temasek, has chosen Frenchman Frederic Barnaud from Russian natural gas giant Gazprom…
Our North America editor in New York US shipping line Crowley Maritime Corp. has launched its second LNG-powered cargo and container vessel at the VT Halter Marine shipyard in the…
Wison Offshore and Marine, the Chinese company whose shipyard affiliate has expertise in the floating LNG sector, has signed a cooperation agreement that could lead to China building more floating…
Gaztransport and Technigaz (GTT), the French LNG maritime storage tank firm, has acquired a majority stake in a Singapore-based technology company to reinforce its service portfolio in the area of…

News Nudges

Höegh LNG charter

Höegh LNG Holdings has signed a second binding 10-year charter deal with the German Federal Government for a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) and has allocated the vessel “Hoegh Gannet” to the contract. “The vessel ‘Hoegh Gannet’ will be deployed for the Elbehafen LNG project in Brunsbüttel and operated by Deutsche Energy Terminal GmbH,” said Höegh. The Elbehafen LNG import project is being developed by Germany utility RWE. Another of the company’s vessels, the “Höegh Esperanza”, was allocated to the project at the North Sea port of Wilhelmshaven being operated by German utility Uniper.


Italy gas spending

Italy’s Societa Nazionale Metanodotti (National Pipeline Company), also known as SNAM, plans to invest €10 billion ($10.8Bln) in natural gas pipelines and LNG facilities in its revised budget through to 2026. SNAM said €6.3Bln would go on pipelines, including upgrading the Adriatic Line. A further €1.4Bln would be spent on two LNG floating storage and regasification units (FSRUs) and €1.3Bln would go on expanding and upgrading gas storage sites.


Norwegian gas find

Equinor, the Norwegian LNG and pipeline natural gas supplier for Europe, has made a commercial gas discovery in the Norwegian Sea with between 2 billion cubic metres and 11 Bcm of recoverable gas, or about 12.6-69.2 million barrels of oil equivalent. Exploration wells in the Norwegian Sea were drilled by the “Deepsea Stavanger” drilling rig about 23 kilometres (14 miles) south of the previous Irpa gas discovery.