In this issue


US pipeline giant gets FERC deadline for Gulf project and awaits Georgia plant

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US pipeline company Kinder Morgan and two equity funds are making progress on receiving permits to transform the existing Gulf LNG import terminal in Pascagoula in Mississippi into an export plant. 

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has prepared a draft environmental impact statement for the mid-scale Jacksonville project in Florida proposed by Eagle LNG Partners to supply regional power and fuel markets. 

Argentina plans to deploy a floating liquefied natural gas production hull at the port of Bahia Blanca in the second quarter of 2019 under an agreement with Belgian shipping company Exmar and the Argentine oil and gas producer Yacimientos Petroleiferos Fiscales (YPF). 

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The Linde Group of Germany was awarded a contract by a Chinese chemical and energy company to supply a mid-scale liquefied natural gas liquefaction plant at an industrial site near Beinichuan in Inner Mongolia, an autonomous region of northern China. 

Indian LNG imports dropped 5.8 percent in October after six straight month of increases while the costs of the cargoes continued to rise for the Asian nation and amounted to about $900 million last month. 

BGC Partners of the US, a leading global brokerage and financial company, has completed the acquisition of Poten & Partners Group, a ship brokerage, consulting and business intelligence firm specialising in LNG, tankers and the liquefied petroleum gas markets. 

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Australian energy company Santos, operator of the Gladstone LNG plant in Queensland, has received competition clearance from regulators for its US$2.15 billion takeover of Quadrant Energy whose operations are centred on Western Australia. 

Royal Dutch Shell and Santos, the operators of two LNG export plants in eastern Australia, Queensland Curtis LNG and Gladstone LNG, plan to work in partnership on new coal-seam gas acreage in the Surat and Bowen Basins. 

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Air Products, the US LNG equipment-maker and industrial gas company, and Algerian state-owned oil and gas company Sonatrach have signed two gas production and delivery agreements. 

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South Korea, the world’s largest builder of liquefied natural gas carriers and other ships, has brought in a package of measures to help ease the financial pressures facing medium-sized shipyards, including confirmation of government backing for the ordering of 140 LNG-powered vessels. 

Belgian and Spanish natural gas network and LNG terminals owners, Fluxys and Enagas, have closed their joint sale to First State Gas Transport AB of their total stake in Swedegas, owner and operator of the high-pressure gas grid in Sweden. 

The French Mediterranean port of Marseille-Fos, the nation’s largest trading port, is developing plans for the construction of liquefied natural gas bunkering infrastructure to boost the regional use of LNG as a maritime fuel and reduce the impact of emissions. 

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TurkStream, the natural gas export pipeline from Russia to Turkey, has completed its first offshore phase across the Black Sea, while the second onshore phase will deliver gas to the Turkish market and southern and southeastern Europe in competition to LNG. 

MISC Berhad, the Malaysian shipping line with 29 LNG carriers, said LNG spot rates rose to a peak in the third quarter after a lacklustre start for the year, fueled by higher Chinese imports as the company expected the spot market to remain good for profits. 

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.