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Hokkaido Electric Power, the Japanese utility, said it started loading trucks with liquefied natural gas at its Ishikari import facility for a small-scale distribution business aimed at industrial customers. 

Jera Co. Inc., the largest Japanese liquefied natural gas importer with around 40 million tonnes per annum of requirements, said it was still replacing ageing oil-fired thermal power plants in Japan with coal-fired units instead of gas for economic reasons. 

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The growth of liquefied natural gas as a maritime fuel option when the 2020 sulfur limit enters into force has been boosted by the Port of Singapore’s plans to prohibit the discharge of wash water from open-loop exhaust-gas cleaners into its waters. 

Thailand’s state energy company PTT Exploration and Production said the he Mozambique LNG export project it is a part of is progressing well towards a final investment decision in the first half of 2019 as the joint venture partners sold more volumes. 

Novatek Chairman Leonid Mikhelson said third liquefaction Train is year ahead of schedule

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The owners of the Yamal LNG plant in the Arctic region of Russia are ramping up its cargo deliveries to Asia and the European trans-shipment market as the three-Train facility is now fully on stream. 

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Wintershall, the German oil and gas major, has purchased a 10 percent stake in the Ghasha natural gas mega-project in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, boosting the future merger between Wintershall and Deutsche Erdoel AG (DEA) set for 2019. 

Pieridae Energy, the Canadian exploration and production company and developer of the Goldboro LNG export project in Nova Scotia with German-backed funding and sales accords, reported a net loss in its latest earnings as it awaited the completion of an acquisition. 

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Hoegh LNG, the Norwegian fleet owner, posted a rise in third-quarter net income and higher revenues from new floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) charters, while it was in the final round of tenders for four other projects. 

CNP Corp., the Taiwanese energy company, said it received its first cargo on November 26 from the Ichthys LNG export plant in the Northern Territory of Australia, as the Asian country claimed as part of China broadens its supply sources. 

Flex LNG, the growing LNG shipping company with four vessels operating and nine others on order and whose shareholders include trusts connected to Norwegian magnate John Fredriksen, reported rising third-quarter revenues of $19 million and a booming winter charter market. 

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The Swedish Gothia Tanker Alliance said its fourth LNG-fueled vessel, the “Fure Valo”, has been delivered by the Avic Dingheng shipyard in eastern China from a series of six on order. 

Swedegas, the Swedish gas network operator and liquefied natural gas distributor, said its LNG bunkering station at the Port of Gothenburg is ramping up for growing demand expected from Nordic shipping companies as using clean-fuel also qualifies operators for lower port charges. 

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French energy major Total said it was accelerating its expansion along the liquefied natural gas and gas value chains with a strategy based on strong growth in the LNG divisions. 

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French natural gas network operators, GRTgaz and Terega, are confident they have lined up sufficient underground storage and supplies of LNG to ensure the smooth operation of the nation’s gas system throughout the winter. 

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.