In this issue

 

NextDecade, the US company proposing to build the Rio Grande LNG export project in Texas, said it could take a final investment decision for as few as two Trains rather…
Our Europe editor The $25-billion Yamal LNG project in the northeast Siberian region of Russia, led by natural gas company Novatek, said it received state permission to commission the first…
Gazprom, the Russian natural gas giant and main supplier of pipeline supplies to the European Union, as well as owner of the expanding Sakhalin LNG plant, has fully re-entered the…
Marubeni Corp., the Japanese trading house and LNG player, along with shipping company Mitsui OSK Lines, signed an accord with Russian natural gas firm Novatek to conduct a study on…
Our Europe editor Gasum, the Finnish natural gas company, said it planned to expand its liquefied natural gas filling station network to Sweden and Norway during 2018. 
Malaysian energy company Petronas plans to offer gas-up and cool-down services for the global LNG carrier fleet from its liquefaction plant at Bintulu port in Sarawak in competition to other…
Our Americas editor The Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF), the natural gas industry’s version of OPEC, has completed its summit in the city of Santa Cruz in Bolivia, with Qatar…
Our Asia-Pacific editor North Asian LNG spot prices have strengthened, driven by increasing Chinese and Indian demand, together with the usual stock build for winter in Japan and South Korea. 
Origin Energy, a stakeholder in the Australia Pacific LNG plant, said the facility was exceeding performance expectations as the company prepared to be a provider for a clean energy future…
Beach Energy, the emerging market player in Australia, said it signed an agreement to acquire equity in two North West Shelf exploration permits in the Carnarvon Basin offshore Western Australia…
Our Asia-Pacific editor Energy World Corp., the Asia-Pacific project developer, has cleared the final hurdle to bring a power plant and LNG hub venture on stream in 2018 at Pagbilao…
Delek Group, the Israeli company focusing on the energy sector, said it expected to sell natural gas to Egypt in the future from its Tamar and Leviathan gas field projects…
Companies will follow set of guiding principles on climate change Our Europe editor The world’s largest LNG companies, including Exxon Mobil Corp., Royal Dutch Shell and BP are among eight major oil and…
Our Asia-Pacific editor Canada has shipped its first LNG cargo to China in an ISO container as part of a pilot project for small-scale cargoes from the Tilbury liquefaction plant…

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.