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A European joint venture to promote LNG fuel for road transport, including companies such as Royal Dutch Shell and truck-makers Scania and Iveco, said it plans to expand the network of filling stations. 

Tellurian Inc., the US liquefied natural gas development company founded by former Cheniere Chief Executive Charif Souki, has signed a preliminary accord with Swiss-based international commodities firm Vitol to supply 1.5 million tonnes per annum of LNG cargoes for 15 years. 

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US LNG exports are expected to amount to 60 million tonnes per annum by the end of 2019, making the Americans the world’s third-largest exporters as more projects come on stream and are ramped up on the US Gulf Coast, including Cameron LNG in Louisiana and Freeport and Corpus Christi plants in Texas. 

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French energy major Total said it signed an agreement to sell 4 percent of its stake in the Australian Ichthys LNG export project in the Northern Territory for US$1.6 billion to operator Inpex Corp. of Japan. 

The Canadian National Energy Board said it was scheduling hearings over the next three months to consider a jurisdictional challenge of the approval of a pipeline needed to supply feed-gas to the LNG Canada project led by Royal Dutch Shell. 

Woodside, the operator of the North West Shelf and Pluto LNG export plant in Western Australia, has entered into a long-term domestic natural gas sales agreement with bauxite mining and aluminium company Alcoa Australia Ltd as Woodside expands its production activities. 

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Qatar Petroleum said it signed an agreement with US major ExxonMobil, its main partner in the Qatari Ras Laffan LNG production complex, to acquire a 10 percent participating interest in three exploration blocks offshore the southeast African nation of Mozambique, one of the newest LNG developers. 

ExxonMobil, whose main Australian LNG stake is in Gorgon LNG in Western Australia, said it was planning to increase its presence in the domestic market by developing the West Barracouta natural gas field in the Bass Strait between the southern Australian states of Victoria and Tasmania. 

CEO Steven Kean outlines his vision of Kinder Morgan benefits from LNG export boom

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US pipeline and storage company Kinder Morgan said it expected the first Train of its Elba Island LNG export plant near Savannah in Georgia to come on stream in the first quarter of 2019 while the company was also benefitting from the feed-gas needs at other liquefaction ventures. 

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Alaska Gasline Development Corp., the state-owned company developing the Alaska LNG project, is expected to sign a final joint development agreement with Chinese companies and banks by the end of the first quarter of 2019. 

The US Annova liquefied natural gas export project planned for the south bank of the Brownsville Ship Channel in Texas, and whose owners include Chicago-based power company Exelon Corp., is moving forward on a pipeline development. 

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A South Korea-based liquefied natural gas project company has signed a development agreement with the Australian port of Newcastle, north of Sydney, to commence preliminary works on a proposed LNG import terminal using a floating storage and regasification unit. 

Australian liquefied natural gas LNG stakeholder Santos said the first feed-gas had been produced from the third and final well of the Bayu Undan gas and condensate field offshore northwest Australia for the Darwin LNG plant operated by ConocoPhillips. 

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc), the energy and liquefied natural gas producer of the United Arab Emirates, has signed an agreement with Inpex Corp. of Japan to explore LNG bunkering opportunities in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. 

News Nudges

Tenerife LNG bunkering

Dutch shipping line Anthony Veder said its small-scale LNG carrier, the 7,500 cubic metres capacity “Coral Methane”, has successfully carried out its first liquefied natural gas bunkering operation on the world’s first LNG-powered cruise ship at Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the Spanish Canary Islands. The “Coral Methane” fueled the “AIDAnova”, the newest ship from AIDA Cruises, which made history as the cruise industry’s first ship to be powered at sea and in port by LNG.

Crowley LNG success

Crowley Maritime Corp. said its new combination LNG-powered container-roll-on roll-off ship, the “Taino”, successfully completed its first voyage to Puerto Rico after receiving fuel for the first time at the Eagle LNG bunkering station in the Florida port of Jacksonville and departing on January 8. “The successful transit puts a historic capstone on the company’s Commitment Class modernization project and begins a new era of world-class supply chain services between the island commonwealth, the US mainland and the Caribbean Basin,” said Crowley.

LNG cargoes for China

The 148,300 cubic metres capacity carrier “LNG Ondo” will deliver a cargo on January 24 to the Qidong terminal in Jiangsu province from the Nigeria LNG plant on Bonny Island. The 170,050 cubic metres capacity carrier “Hoegh Giant” is scheduled to arrive on January 25 at the Chinese port of Tianjin with a cargo from the US Sabine Pass plant in Louisiana. The 266,000 cubic metres capacity Q-Max carrier “Al Dafna” will deliver a cargo on January 25 to PetroChina’s Tangshan terminal in northeast Hebei province from Ras Laffan in Qatar.