In this issue

 

The French containership line, CMA CGM, has taken delivery of its third Ultra Large LNG-powered containership, named the “CMA CGM Palais Royal”, from the Chinese Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding group's Jiangnan shipyard…
LNG News Editor:  Russian natural gas giant Gazprom marked the first anniversary of the coming on stream of the first gas pipeline from Russia to China, regarded as competition for…
Free ReadGazprom, the largest supplier of pipeline natural gas to Western Europe and a main competitor to LNG, posted a nine-month net loss because of the weak Russian currency and as…
GRTgaz and regional partner Teréga outline storage and supply picture for EU LNG
LNG News Editor:  The Abu Dhabi Supreme Petroleum Council (SPC) has approved 448 billion dirhams ($122 billion) in capital expenditure for national oil and gas company and LNG exporter Abu…
Norway, Western Europe’s largest oil and gas producer and the third-largest exporter of natural gas in the world after Russia and Qatar, has announced its 25th licensing round on the…
Free ReadLNG News Editor:  Saipem, the company currently working on the major global LNG project, said it received a contract to conduct booster compression module front-end engineering and design services for…
Zvezda Shipbuilding in the Russian Far East has held a steel-cutting ceremony for the first in a series of 15 ice-breaking LNG carriers ordered by the nation’s Sovcomflot shipping line…
Titan LNG, a Dutch supplier to the marine and industrial markets with quayside and ship-to-ship delivery of LNG to river barges and sea-going ships in the ports of Amsterdam, Rotterdam…
Free ReadLNG News Editor:  Russian natural gas company Novatek, operator of the Yamal LNG export plant in northern Siberia, confirmed the completion of the first ship-to-ship LNG trans-shipment in the Kildin…
LNG News Editor:  Endesa, the largest power company in Spain and the second-largest natural gas operator, has launched a project to expand its port terminal in Los Barrios in the…
LNG News Editor:  Venture Global, the US developer of three LNG export plants in Louisiana, said that US engineering firm KBR was awarded the engineering, procurement and construction contract for…
Golar LNG Ltd, the operator of conventional carriers, floating import and export terminals and a power affiliate backed by its fleet of 27 ships, is expanding its floating LNG relationship…
Free ReadThe Canadian Woodfibre LNG project being developed by the Asia-based Royal Golden Eagle (RGE) group of Indonesian businessman Sukanto Tanoto has pushed back the start of construction until the end…

News Nudges

Azeri gas for EU

Azerbaijan, the former republic of the Soviet Union, has started commercial natural gas supplies to southern Europe via the Trans- Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) in competition to LNG and Russian pipeline gas from Gazprom. The TAP pipeline is 3,500 kilometres in length and is part of the $40-billion Southern Gas Corridor bringing natural gas to Europe from the Shah Deniz II field in the Caspian Sea, operated by UK oil and gas major BP. Azerbaijan plans to supply the markets of the European Union with 10 billion cubic metres per annum of pipeline gas, including 8 Bcm to Italy and a combined 2 Bcm to Greece and Bulgaria.


Capital ship delivery

Capital Gas Ship Management Corp., the Greek company based in the port of Piraeus, has taken delivery of the LNG carrier newbuild, the “Aristidis I”, from the Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard in South Korea. The “Arisidis I” has been chartered to BP Shipping of the UK for a period up to 12 years. “With cargo capacity of 174,000 cubic metres, the vessel is highly efficient, propelled with XDF engines and equipped with the latest available technologies, including an air lubrication system and increased filling limits (up to 93.5 percent),” said Capital Gas.


Pan Ocean newbuild

South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries has signed a deal valued at 199 billion South Korean won ($185 million), to build a liquefied natural gas carrier for the South Korean shipping company Pan Ocean Co. The Korean shipping line has delivered cargoes of LNG since 2008 for the nation’s largest importer, Korea Gas Corp.