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The Japanese government said the average price of spot liquefied natural gas cargoes delivered to Japan in October was $7.90 per million British thermal units compared with $15.30 per MMBtu…
Japanese electric power utilities imported almost 19 percent less liquefied natural gas in October compared with a year ago as heavy fuel oil and thermal coal purchases also dropped with…
Clean Energy Fuels Corp., one of the largest providers of LNG and other natural gas fuels for transportation in North America, continues to make progress and has boosted its volumes…
Our North America editor Australian liquefied natural gas stakeholder Santos, the subject of a bid inquiry from an equity fund backed by Brunei and Dubai investors, has named Kevin Gallagher…
Our Europe editor The liquefied natural gas construction industry has enjoyed a sustained boom thanks to healthy order books for new LNG projects, especially in the US and Australia. It…
Global natural gas trade is expanding and LNG is increasing more rapidly than pipeline gas and there will be ample supply of LNG cargoes over the medium term, the International…
Our Europe editor Gaz Metro LNG, a unit of the largest natural gas company in the Canadian province of Quebec, has signed commercial agreements with UK National Grid's New England…
Crowley Maritime Corp.'s petroleum distribution group has been granted approval by the US Department of Energy and the National Energy Board of Canada to import Canadian-sourced LNG for supply, transportation…
Our North America editor New York State has vetoed the previously approved Port Ambrose LNG Deepwater Port offshore New York City and New Jersey, with the New York Governor saying…
Dutch natural gas company Gasunie, a shareholder in the Rotterdam Gate LNG terminal, has issued its latest survey showing supply and transit routes and its own markets overview indicating more…
Our North America editor Energy Transfer Equity, lead developer of the US Lake Charles LNG export project in Louisiana, said the venture would definitely go ahead and described it as…
Our Asia-Pacific editor Japanese energy company and LNG project developer, Inpex Corp, has completed the laying of the longest subsea pipeline in the Southern Hemisphere in 16 months to bring…
Origin Energy, the upstream partner in the Australia Pacific LNG project with ConocoPhillips and China’s Sinopec, said the venture would produce LNG within a month and ship its first cargo…
Our Europe editor Golar LNG has signed a firm contract to provide a Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) to support cargo imports by the West African nation of Ghana…

News Nudges

Gazprom posts loss

Gazprom, the main pipeline gas competitor to LNG in Europe and China, said first-quarter gas sales revenues dropped by 24 percent to 1.73 trillion roubles ($24.52 billion) compared with 2.29 trillion roubles ($32.3Bln) in the same period in 2019. The company reported a first-quarter net loss of 116 billion roubles ($1.64 Bln), compared with a net profit of 536Bln roubles ($7.5Bln) in the 2019 first quarter. Overall natural gas sales dropped by 13 percent to 138.1 billion cubic metres from 158.9 Bcm in the 2019 first quarter.


Australian exports fall

Australian LNG shipments in June were down by eight compared with May, primarily due to scheduled maintenance at the Gorgon plant on Barrow Island in Western Australia. “Australian projects shipped 5.9 million tonnes (85 cargoes) in June, compared with 6.4MT (93 cargoes) in May,” said a report by consultants EnergyQuest. “In June there were still a large number of cargoes that have had their delivery delayed.


Czech LNG station

GasNet, the natural gas distribution company of the Czech Republic, launched its first mobile public self-service LNG filling station. The station is located in Klecany near Prague and is a short distance from the D8 motorway. “This modern and environmentally friendly technology is available 24/7 to truck drivers,” said GasNet.“LNG truck drivers can now refuel in Klecany in the Volvo Group Truck Centre Prague-North. The public gas station is only 8km from the capital, is self-service and open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day,” added GasNet.