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Russian company Gazprom said it was making preparations to introduce the first pipeline supplies of Russian natural gas into the “Power of Siberia” pipeline to supply China and the TurkStream gas pipeline to Turkey was starting commercial operations soon in a perfect storm of competition for LNG in North Asia and southern Europe.

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Indian Oil Corp., owner of the only liquefied natural gas import terminal on the East Coast of India at Kamarajar Port in Tamil Nadu, has signed an…
ConocoPhillips, whose predecessor company started US liquefied natural gas exports from the state of Alaska 50 years ago, has agreed to sell its operated Darwin LNG export plant…
Australia, the world’s largest exporter of liquefied natural gas to nations such as China and Japan, says it is faced with unique challenges in delivering natural gas…
Five South Korean shipping lines are making a pitch to Qatar to be the operators of the 60 new LNG carriers the Gulf state has said it…
Sempra Energy, the California utility and LNG sector participant with plants in Louisiana and Mexico, has confirmed the sale of a second South American power company to…
Australia is dominating the Pacific Basin supply to China in the weeks ahead while Atlantic Basin shipments head for nations such as the UK, the Netherlands and…
The US Magnolia LNG export project in Louisiana, which recently agreed to supply cargoes to a new terminal in Vietnam planned for the Mekong Delta, has agreed…
Shipping spot charter rates for the liquefied natural gas market have reached a high for 2019 with quotes from brokers of around 100,000 per day or more.
LNG spot cargo prices were flat over the past week with higher values quoted for December volumes with the second half of December window priced at $6.500…
Equinor, the Norwegian energy company and LNG plant operator said it was awarded exploration acreage in the Northern Carnarvon Basin offshore Western Australia as upstream activities continue…

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Baker Hughes returns

Oct 18 (LNGJ) - Baker Hughes, a GE energy services and equipment company, has formally changed its name to Baker Hughes Company. It will now be known as Baker Hughes and on October 18 its Class A common stock will begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “BKR”.

   “Baker Hughes is uniquely positioned as an energy technology company with a diverse portfolio that spans the entire energy value chain,” said a statement, “The company’s new name and brand better reflect its current and intended principal business operations and diversified portfolio,” it added.

   BHGE was formed in mid-2017 through the merger of Houston-based energy services firm Baker Hughes Inc. and London-based LNG plant equipment maker GE Oil & Gas. BHGE and GE have been moving towards a separation for more than a year after announcing their split in June 2018.

New FERC nominee

Oct 17 (LNGJ) - The White House has nominated James P. Danly, of Tennessee, to be a member of the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the regulator of LNG export plants and other oil and gas infrastructure. Danly would replace the late Kevin J. McIntyre who died in January 2019 before completing his five-term to June 2023.

   Danly is a lawyer by profession who has served as General Counsel of the FERC and before that as a member of an energy regulation and litigation law firm. He was a managing director of the Institute for the Study of War and is a former US Army officer who served two tours in Iraq, receiving a Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

Cameron Japan deal

Oct 17 (LNGJ) - Tohoku Electric Power, the Japanese utility based in the east coast city of Sendai, has signed an 18-year agreement to receive 200,000 tonnes of LNG per annum from the Sempra Energy-operated Cameron export plant at Hackberry in Louisiana linked to the Henry Hub benchmark price.

   The cargoes would be delivered to Tohoku from the start of 2022 with shipping included in the price under an agreement between the utility and Diamond Gas International, a subsidiary of Cameron project stakeholder Mitsubishi Corp. of Japan. Tohoku noted that the contract did not include any “destination restrictions”, allowing the utility to change the destination of the LNG and resell it to third parties in cooperation with Diamond Gas.

BHP gas plans update

Oct 17 (LNGJ) - BHP, the giant Australian energy and commodities company, said in a quarterly update that all its major projects under development were on track with the Ruby oil and gas project in LNG-producer Trinidad and Tobago given government approval in September. The company also gave details of Australian natural gas plans.

   “The Australian Bass Strait West Barracouta project is tracking to plan and is expected to achieve first production in the 2021 calendar year,” said BHP of the natural gas project offshore the state of Victoria. BHP noted that Victoria’s Minerva gas field reached end-of-field in September and production ceased at the Minerva Gas Plant. BHP agreed to sell its 90 percent interest in the Minerva Gas Plant to the Casino Henry joint venture after the cessation of gas processing from the Minerva field.

Vietnam gas contract

Oct 15 (LNGJ) - TechnipFMC, the Franco-US LNG and energy engineering company, said it was awarded a significant contract by PetroVietnam Gas for the engineering, procurement and construction of the Nam Con Son Phase 2 pipeline across the Nam Con Son and Cuu Long basins in the southeast Asian nation. Vietnam is pursuing natural gas pipeline projects as well as planning several LNG import ventures.

   TechnipFMC said the scope of the contract covers engineering and installation of 118 kilometres of rigid pipeline as well as the fabrication of subsea structures to tie back the existing Nam Con Son gas pipeline to the Long Hai Landfall Station. “This pipeline collects and transports gas from several reserves to help meet the demand in Southeast Vietnam, and we look forward to collaborating with PetroVietnam Gas on this project,” said Arnaud Piéton, President of Subsea at TechnipFMC.

Polish terminal contract

Oct 11 9LNGJ) - Polish import terminal operator Polskie LNG said it signed a contract with Germany-based equipment company Selas-Linde to deliver vaporisers for the expansion of the Swinoujscie facility on the Baltic Coast. The Swinoujscie terminal expansion will increase capacity to 7.5 million tonnes per annum of LNG from the current 5 MTPA. Plans for a floating storage regasification unit (FSRU) being deployed at the Baltic port of Gdansk are also being advanced.

   “LNG is an important element of the strategy of diversification of sources of natural gas imports to Poland,” said Piotr Naimski of the Polish Government’s Strategic Energy Infrastructure department. The LNG expansions will be complemented by another project called Baltic Pipe to supply Norwegian pipeline natural gas to Poland.

California Oct 24 forum

Oct 11 (LNGJ) - The US Northwest Gas Association is holding a Web discussion on October 24 (put back from October 17) featuring Jon Switalski of Californians for Balanced Energy Solutions. This is a recently launched coalition of natural gas users in California.

   The aim of the event is to educate Californians on the benefits of natural gas and renewable natural gas in their state. The Northwest Gas Association’s mission is to advance the safe, dependable and responsible use of natural gas as a cornerstone of the region’s energy, environmental and economic foundation.

   Pacific Gas and Electric, the utility for 16 million customers in northern and central California, last week declared a public safety power shut-off amid wildfire risk, shutting off power to nearly 800,000 customers in three waves and affecting 34 counties.

PNG expansion talks

Oct 10 (LNGJ) - Oil Search, the Papua New Guinea-based energy and LNG company, said efforts were now focused on the P’nyang Gas Agreement, with discussions between the PNG government and ExxonMobil, the operator of P’nyang, now taking place to clear the way for a doubling of LNG production to almost 20 million tonnes per annum

   “Finalization of the P’nyang Gas Agreement and the passing of associated Papua LNG legislative changes are pre-requisites for launching the front-end engineering and design phase of the proposed three-Train LNG development,” said Oil Search. The Australian Securities Exchange-listed company is a shareholder in the P’nyang gas resources and gave the update to investors during a UK road show.

Korean supply accord

Oct 9 (LNGJ) - Petronas, the Malaysian state-backed energy company and LNG supplier, said it signed a Sale and Purchase Agreement (SPA) with Korea Midland Power, the South Korean electricity generating company. The accord is for 240,000 tonnes per annum of LNG for an initial term of five years.

   Korea Midland is based in Boryeong, the port on the Yellow Sea coast where the nation’s newest of its six LNG import terminals is located. Boryeong has been in operation since 2017 and is owned by independent energy utilities rather than state-run Korea Gas Corp.

LNG shipping event

Oct 8 (LNG) - Senior executives from leading LNG, oil and product tanker shipping companies will discuss the trends, developments and outlook of the global commodities and shipping markets at the Annual New York Maritime Forum scheduled for October 15 at The Metropolitan Club in New York City.

Executives from 34 shipping and maritime companies will attend the event held in cooperation with the New York Stock Exchange, the Nasdaq global exchange, New York City Economic Development Corp. and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

The LNG panel will comprise Harald Gurvin, Chief Financial Officer of Flex LNG, Andy Orekar, Chief Executive of GasLog Partners and Kenneth Hvid, President and CEO of Teekay Corp. The luncheon will be addressed by several keynote speakers, including Meg Gentle, CEO of US Gulf Coast LNG developer Tellurian Inc.

German port bunkering

Oct 7 (LNGJ) - Nauticor, the German LNG supplier and a subsidiary of the Linde Group, said it conducted its first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operation in a German port at the Elbehafen, part of the Brunsbuttel Ports zone where the country's first import terminal will be sited.

Nauticor said the trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) “Scheldt River” received the LNG fuel from the bunker supply vessel “Kairos”, owned by Babcock Schulte Energy and operated on behalf of Nauticor. The dredger “Scheldt River” received 300 cubic metres of LNG as the vessel continues to conduct maintenance dredging works on the Lower Elbe River. 

GTT receives two orders

Oct 4 (LNGJ) - French maritime LNG tanks technology firm GTT said it received two orders from the South Korean shipyards Samsung Heavy Industries and Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries for designs for two LNG carriers of 174,000 cubic metres capacity.

   The Korean-built vessels will be fitted with the Mark III Flex membrane containment system. One carrier will be built at Samsung on behalf of Japanese shipowner NYK Line and will be delivered during the third quarter of 2021. GTT said the second vessel being constructed at Hyundai has been ordered by an Asian owner who wishes not to be named at this stage. The delivery date is the end of 2021.

Yamal LNG for Asia

Oct 2 (LNGJ) - Novatek said that 15 LNG cargos from the Yamal plant in northern Siberia were shipped eastwards to the Asia-Pacific market directly from Sabetta port via the Northern Sea Route during the third quarter 2019. “The eastward shipments represented about 25 percent of all LNG sent out from the Yamal plant during the quarter,” added Novatek.

A current fleet of 13 Arc7 ice-class tankers along with lower ice-class designated carriers transports cargoes from the Yamal facility to customers. Novatek said that another two Arc7 ice-class carriers are expected to be in operation by the end of 2019. “The increase of LNG delivered eastbound via the NSR confirms the commercial priority of the Asia-Pacific region as a strategic direction for future deliveries of Novatek LNG,” noted Lev Feodosyev, deputy chairman of the Novatek board.

Avenir small-scale charter

Oct 1 (LNG) - Avenir LNG, a small-scale joint venture comprising Norwegian firms Stolt-Nielsen, Hoegh LNG and Golar LNG, said that Malaysian energy company Petronas has chartered Avenir’s first carrier of 7,500 cubic metres capacity. “The vessel will provide bunkering to LNG-fuelled vessels across Malaysia in addition to transport services for small-scale terminals in the region,” said Avenir.

   Avenir received cooperation in the charter from Malaysian shipping line MISC Berhad, the main shipping partner of Petronas. “Avenir and MISC will form a joint venture company to manage the commercial operations of the LNG carrier whereas ship management services will be provided by Eaglestar Shipmanagement, a wholly-owned subsidiary of MISC,” said a statement.

Kitimat LNG open house

Sept 27 (LNGJ) - The Kitimat LNG export project in the Canadian province of British Columbia, led by US major Chevron Corp., will be the subject of Open House meetings soon  and a period of public comment on amendments to the venture. The meetings are being organized by the BC Environmental Assessment Office and will take place in the towns of Kitimat and Terrace. “A 30-day public comment period on the amendments will start on October 7, 2019 and end on November 6, 2019,” said the regulator.

   The Kitimat LNG project is being developed at Bish Cove by Chevron and Woodside of Australia and each has a 50 percent stake as well as the support of the Haisla First Nation. Chevron in July 2019 had a project amendment request accepted by the regulators for a redesigned project and an increase in export capacity to 18 million tonnes per annum and an initial three processing Trains instead of two. Feed-gas for the Kitimat liquefaction plant will come from the large upstream shale-gas resources in 322,000 net acres owned by the project in the Horn River and Liard Basins of northeast BC.

PNG expansion deals

Sept 26 (LNGJ) - Papua New Guinea said at the annual LNG Producer-Consumer Conference in Tokyo that the nation was hoping for a good deal from ExxonMobil for the P’nyang Gas Agreement, one of the two feed-gas ventures that will underpin the PNG LNG expansion to take output to almost 20 million tonnes per annum from around 9 MTPA currently.

   A consortium led by French major Total and called Papua LNG, holders of the Elk-Antelope gas field licence, have already agreed to improved terms for the government. The P’nyang field licence, controlled by PNG LNG plant opertor ExxonMobil, also includes Australian-listed companies Oil Search and Santos and has yet to agree terms. PNG Petroleum Minister Kerenga Kua said in Tokyo that formal talks on the P’nyang Gas Agreement have yet to begin and the government was waiting for Exxon to put forward firm proposals for the $13 billion expansion.

Newbuild for Yamal LNG

Sept 25 (LNGJ) - Japanese shipping company Mitsui OSK Lines said it attended a naming ceremony at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding in China for a newbuild liquefied natural gas carrier jointly ordered with China Cosco Shipping Corp. to serve the Yamal LNG plant in Russia. MOL said that the 174,000 cubic metres capacity vessel was named “LNG Dubhe” after a star in the constellation Ursa Major and is the first of four newbuilds ordered in 2017 for the Yamal LNG project.

   MOL and its partners also delivered three ice-breaking LNG carriers to the Russian project between 2018 and early 2019, which are currently engaged in cargo transportation in the Northern Sea Route. “For the time being, ‘LNG Dubue’ will be engaged in the transport of the LNG from trans-shipment terminals in Europe or a location where ship-to-ship transfer operations are carried out,” added MOL.


Japan LNG investments

Sept 24 (LNGJ) - Japan's Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Isshu Sugawara will announce at the annual LNG Producer-Consumer Conference that the nation’s leading companies and agencies plan to invest $10 billion to encourage broader use of LNG around the world.

   The Japanese government’s eighth conference in the series will be held on September 26 in Tokyo, jointly hosted by the Asia Pacific Energy Research Centre. The conference was first held in 2012 and the 2019 event will be attended by more than 1,000 representatives of governments, international energy organizations and companies involved in the LNG industry. It will be held at the Convention Center of the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa at Minato-ku in Tokyo.

Pakistan LNG boost

Sept 20 (LNGJ) - Pakistan is planning the construction of five liquefied natural gas import terminals by groups including energy majors Exxon Mobil Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell as well as commodities firm Trafigura. Pakistan currently has two floating facilities at Port Qasim, east of Karachi.

   The expansion plan echoes a declaration made at the Gastech 2019 conference in Houston, which has just ended, by the Pakistani government’s Nadeem Babar, a special assistant to Prime Minister Imran Khan. “In Pakistan, four years ago we had no LNG, we now have access to 10 million tonnes a year and will have 20 MTPA by 2025 and more by 2030,” said Babar.

   According to the government, the developers will be required to submit technical and financial details by early November 2019 as well as a $2 million concession fee. Another $8M will be required to be paid on the signing of an implementation agreements.

Boost for Gladstone LNG

Sept 19 (LNGJ) - The Santos-operated Gladstone LNG export project in the Australian state of Queensland said it had completed the A$750 million (US$510M) Roma East feed-gas project with the coal-seam gas compression facility officially handed over to its operations team. The Roma East project involved bringing 480 CSG wells online, including drilling about 430 new wells and connecting existing appraisal wells.

   “First gas from the Roma East field flowed in February 2019 and with commissioning now safely completed, the plant is fully operational,” said Santos. The project also includes about 420 kilometres of water, gas gathering and other pipelines, additional gas compression, 670 kilometres of power lines, 25 kilometres of fibre optic cables and a new water-handling facility for irrigation.

Boskalis Coral FLNG award

Sept 18 (LNGJ) - Royal Boskalis Westminster of the Netherlands said its Smit Lamnalco joint venture was awarded “a substantial 10-year contract with additional extension options” to provide integrated marine services to the first Mozambique LNG project, the Coral floating production venture being developed by Eni of Italy and partners offshore the southeast African nation.

   “This marks the first terminal services contract award for the Mozambique offshore LNG developments,” said Boskalis. The contract value for the Smit Lamnalco unit amounts to around $200 million and services will start in early 2022. The Boskalis company would deploy three new 95-ton bollard pull tugs to provide escort, berthing and unberthing services to LNG carriers at the FLNG facility.

   Coral FLNG is a consortium comprising Eni, ExxonMobil, China National Petroleum Corp., Korea Gas Corp., Galp Energia of Portugal and the Mozambican State Hydrocarbon Company (ENH).

Sembcorp Brazil success

Sept 17 (LNGJ) - Sembcorp Marine of Singapore said its wholly-owned and operated Brazilian subsidiary, Estaleiro Jurong Aracruz (EJA), has crossed a significant operational milestone with the completion of its first floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) project. The P-68, a newbuild FPSO vessel, has left the Brazilian shipyard and will be deployed to the ultra-deepwater Berbigao and Sururu fields in Brazil’s Santos Basin.

   Sembcorp. said the vessel was constructed for Tupi BV, a consortium comprising Brazil’s Petrobras, France’s Total, Shell and Galp-Sinopec Brazil Services. EJA’s P-68 work scope includes fabricating six modules, pipe-racks and a flare, and integrating them on the vessel.

LNG storage tank orders

Sept 12 (LNGJ) - French LNG storage tanks technology company Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT) said it received two separate orders from the South Korean shipyard Hyundai Heavy Industries on behalf of two Greek shipping lines, Tsakos Energy Navigation and Capital Gas Carriers.

   Both vessels will have storage capacity of 174,000 cubic metres. “GTT will design the tanks of the vessels, which will be fitted with the Mark III Flex membrane containment system,” said the Paris-based company. “The delivery of the ships is planned during the fourth quarter of 2021,” added GTT.

OLT Offshore LNG on track

Sept 11 (LNGJ) - OLT Offshore LNG Toscana’s terminal offshore the west coast of Italy will work at 100 percent of its capacity with 41 slots being used for the Gas Year 2019-2020 with the total allocated capacity amounting to 6.3 million cubic metres. “This confirms the effectiveness of the new allocation capacity mechanism via auctions introduced in 2018, which makes the regasification sector more flexible and in line with market demands, both for the spot market and the long-term and medium-term ones,” said OLT Offshore.

   The “FSRU Toscana” offshore the port of Livorno will also be increasing the small-scale services available once modifications are completed. Small-scale commercial activities are expected to begin in 2021, allowing slots for small carriers to deliver LNG into storage under construction at regional ports for services such as the provision of trucking fuel and bunkering.


Wison LNG tanks deal

Sept 10 (LNGJ) - Wison Heavy Industry Co. of Nantong in China has signed an agreement with Japan Marine United Corp. (JMU) which allows the Chinese company’s subsidiary Wison Offshore & Marine to manufacture and market JMU’s self-supporting, prismatic-shape IMO type B (SPB) LNG tank containment system.

   “Together, we will provide a customized, cost-saving solution for LNG storage,” said the companies. “This SPB technology owned by JMU is well known for its LNG storage reliability and robustness since its development by IHI Corp (Japan) in the 1980s,” they added.

Saibu Gas LNG accord

Sept 5 (LNGJ) - Japanese utility Saibu Gas Co., operator of the Hibiki terminal with Kyushu Electric, and a second facility in Nagasaki, has signed a heads of agreement on supplies with Novatek of Russia. “The creation of our joint venture with Saibu Gas allows us to increase the marketing flexibility of natural gas supplies and create additional opportunities for LNG sales in this important gas consuming region,” said Novatek.

   Saibu and Novatek said they planned to establish a joint venture focused on marketing LNG and natural gas to end-users and to develop bunkering activities as well as constructing and operating a new LNG storage tank at the Hibiki terminal where there are currently just two tanks.

Panama LNG FSU plan

Sept 4 (LNGJ) - Monaco-based LNG shipping company GasLog said it signed a 10-year time charter with the China-led power project company Sinolam for the provision of an LNG floating storage unit (FSU) for a joint LNG import terminal and related gas-fired power project being developed at Colón on the Caribbean coast of Panama.

   The time charter is expected to be fulfilled through the conversion of the “GasLog Singapore”, a 155,000 cubic metres capacity vessel with tri-fuel diesel-electric propulsion and built in 2010. “The required modifications are such that, as well as being FSU-ready, the vessel will still be able to trade as an LNG carrier following the conversion works,” explained GasLog.

Seven Trains for Cheniere

Sept 3 (LNGJ) - Cheniere Energy said it had achieved substantial completion of Train 2 of the Corpus Christi liquefaction plant in Texas. “Commissioning is complete and Cheniere’s EPC partner Bechtel Oil, Gas and Chemicals has turned over care, custody and control of Train 2 to Cheniere,” said the Houston-based company.

   “Cheniere, its subsidiaries and Bechtel have now declared substantial completion on seven liquefaction trains at the Corpus Christi liquefaction project and the Sabine Pass liquefaction project ahead of each train’s guaranteed completion date and within project budgets,” said Cheniere.

   “Under sale and purchase agreements with Electricité de France, Iberdrola and Naturgy Energy Group of Spain, Pertamina of Indonesia and Woodside of Australia, the date of first commercial delivery is expected to occur in May 2020, upon which the term of each of these SPAs commences,” explained Cheniere.

LNG Canada tugs contract

Sept 2 (LNGJ) - HaiSea Marine, a joint venture between the Haisla First Nation and Seaspan, the Canadian maritime services company said it signed a contract with the Royal Dutch Shell-led LNG Canada project to design, build, and operate escort tugs and harbour tugs required for the export facility in Kitimat in British Columbia.

Seaspan said that the value of the contract award was around C$500 million (US$376M) over 12 years and would result in employment for around 70 mariners and six onshore staff, plus other roles for employees of the partner organizations. During operations, LNG carriers will require harbor tugs to provide berthing and unberthing assistance in Kitimat.

“Our agreement with Seaspan ensures our members will have access to employment, training, and procurement opportunities on the contract with LNG Canada,” said Crystal Smith, Chief Councillor of the Haisla Nation.

Chinese-Cypriot terminal

August 29 - A consortium led by China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering Corporation (CPPEC) has been chosen as the preferred bidder for the construction of an LNG terminal at Vassiliko Port in Cyprus.

The consortium, comprising Wilhelmsen Ship Management, Aktor, Metron and Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding, is to build the LNG import terminal, which will include an FSRU, a mooring jetty, jetty and onshore pipelines, as well as additional ancillary facilities.

New Flex LNG vessel

Flex LNG took delivery of the newbuilding 173,400 cu m LNGC ‘Flex Courageous’ from Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine engineering on 27th August.

This is the sixth vessel to join the fleet. Another five newbuildings are due to join the fleet in 2020 and another two in 2021.

She is powered by a 2-stroke MEGI and fitted with a partial reliquefaction system (PRS) and claims to have an industry low boil-off rate of 0.0075%.

She has left South Korea for the Pacific Basin and following this voyage, she will be available fir employment opportunities during the fourth quarter of this year. Flex LNG said that she “will be well positioned for the winter market.”

Pakistan LNG head goes

Pakistan LNG Ltd (PLL) has replaced its most senior manager with immediate effect. 

Shalid Yousef has taken up the role of Managing Director and CEO, replacing Adnan Gilani.

No reason was given for the change. PLL said in a statement; "Adnan Gilani will no longer be associated with PLL. We wish him well."

Q-Max LNG for UK Sept 2

Aug 27 (LNGJ) - The 261,700 cubic metres capacity carrier “Al Ghuwairiya” is scheduled to unload a shipment on September 2 at the UK South Hook terminal at Milford Haven in Wales from the Ras Laffan plant in Qatar, according to port authorities. The delivery was headed for the UK as the National Balancing Point benchmark natural gas price was at the equivalent of $3.40 per million British thermal units, while one of the main continental European prices, the Dutch Title Transfer Facility (TTF), was higher at the equivalent of around $3.45 per MMBtu.

Kuwait LNG tender

Kuwait has issued tenders to construct facilities to store LNG and convert it to gas at its Al-Ahmadi oil refinery.

According to local Kuwaiti newspaper reports, the state-owned Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) issued the tender for “the LNG storage and conversion services contract” at Al-Ahmadi, which is undergoing expansion within the country’s multi-billion-dollar clean fuel project.

Bidding for the project will close on 6th October and bidders must submit all documents specified by KNPC, the Arabic language daily Alseyassah said.

Alaska LNG meetings

The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice stating that public meetings on the environmental impact of the proposed Alaska LNG Project will be held in Utqiagvik and Trapper Creek (9th September); Nuiqsut and Houston (10th September); Healy and Nikiski (11th September) and Fairbanks and Anchorage (12th September).

Bahrain LNG start-up

Aug 1 (LNGJ) - Fleet owner Teekay LNG said it was looking forward to second-half revenues from Bahrain LNG import operations in the Gulf from its stake in the project and its 20-charter agreement for the 173,000 cubic metres capacity “Bahrain Spirit” floating storage unit (FSU).

   Bahrain's first LNG terminal is near the existing breakwater at the Khalifa Bin Salman Port. It includes the FSU provided by Teekay and a regasification platform. The project is owned by four companies, including the Gulf state’s National Oil & Gas Authority, Teekay, South Korea’s Samsung C&T and the Gulf Investment Corp.

   Mark Kremin, Teekay Gas Group President and Chief Executive, said he expected financial results for the second half of 2019 to improve with new charters, the delivery of another three 50 percent-owned newbuilds for the Yamal LNG project in Russia and the start-up of the Bahrain LNG regasification terminal.

Ten August deliveries

July 31 (LNGJ) - The 75,000 cubic metres capacity Med-class carrier “Berge Arzew” will unload a shipment on August 2 at the Turkish import facilities at Aliaga from the Skikda plant in Algeria operated by Sonatrach, according to shipping data. The 170,050 cubic metres capacity “Hoegh Giant” will unload a cargo on August 4 at the Portuguese Sines terminal from the US Sabine Pass plant in Louisiana operated by Cheniere Energy.

   The 180,000 cubic metres capacity “SK Audace” will unload a shipment on August 4 at the Manzanillo terminal on the Pacific Coast of Mexico from the US Sabine Pass plant. The 217,000 cubic metres capacity Q-Flex vessel carrier “Al Kharsaah” will deliver a cargo on August 5 to the Mina Al Ahmadi terminal in Kuwait from Ras Laffan in Qatar. The 170,050 cubic metres capacity carrier “Hoegh Gallant” will unload a shipment on August 6 at the Indian Dahej terminal re-exported from the Montoir-de-Bretagne facility on the West Coast of France.

   The 174,100 cubic metres capacity carrier “Cesi Behai” will deliver a cargo on August 9 to the port of Tianjin, east of Beijing, for Sinopec from the Australia-Pacific plant in Queensland. The 210,100 cubic metres capacity Q-Flex vessel “Fraiha” will unload a Qatargas cargo on August 13 at the Shanwei terminal in the southern Guangdong province of China. The 172,000 cubic metres capacity “Vladimir Vize” will deliver a cargo on August 15 to the Chinese import facilities at Tianjin from the Yamal plant in Arctic Russia, operated by Novatek. The 173,400 cubic metres capacity carrier “Ribera Del Duero Knutsen” will deliver a shipment on August 16 to Chile’s Mejillones terminal from the US plant at Sabine Pass. The 148,300 cubic metres capacity “LNG Imo” will deliver a cargo on August 20 to the Port Qasim facilities in Pakistan from the Bonny Island plant in Nigeria.

Sembcorp narrows loss

July 30 (LNGJ) - Sembcorp Marine, the Singapore ship and offshore platform builder and and repair yard, reported a 45 percent drop in first-half turnover to S$1.54 billion (US$1.12Bln) compared with S$2.81Bln in the same six months a year ago as it gained a contract for an LNG bunkering vessel. The group narrowed its first-half net loss to S$6.8 million from a loss of S$50.3M in the same six months of last year.

   “New contracts secured in the first half totaled S$175 million. They included the design and construction of a 12,000 cubic metres capacity LNG bunker vessel,” said Sembcorp, whose group order book stands at S$5.3Bln.  “The low level of orders will impact negatively on production activities in the second half,” added the company.

Cheniere LNG for Poland

July 26 (LNGJ) - The first cargo of LNG under the long-term contract between the Polish Oil and Gas Company and Cheniere Energy, owner of the Sabine Pass and Corpus Christi export plants in Louisiana and Texas respectively, arrived at the President Lech Kaczynski import terminal in Poland's Baltic port of Swinoujscie.

   The US shipment was unloaded from the 165,000 cubic metres capacity carrier, the “Oak Spirit, after an arrival ceremony. The cargo was the 65th delivery of LNG to Poland since the start-up of the terminal in 2015. The long-term US-Poland contract, signed with Cheniere in November of 2018, will total around 39 billion cubic metres of natural gas over the 24-year period of the agreement.

   “Two years ago, in this place, together with our partners from Cheniere we greeted the first ever delivery of American LNG to Poland and to this part of Europe,” said Piotr Wozniak, President of Polish Oil & Gas board, at the welcoming ceremony. Anatol Feygin, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer for Cheniere, said at the event: “This first cargo under our long-term agreement is the start of more than two decades of partnership that will bring reliable, clean, and secure energy to Poland.”

Equinor gas project plan

July 25 (LNGJ) - Equinor, one of the main pipeline natural gas suppliers to Europe and operator of the Hammerfest LNG export plant, reported second-quarter adjusted earnings of $3.15 billion, down from $4.31Bln a year ago and $1.13Bln after tax, a drop from $1.70Bln in the 2018 quarter. “We deliver overall solid operational performance and maintained high production in a quarter with lower commodity prices and high maintenance activity,” said Eldar Saetre, Equinor’s President and Chief Executve.

   “We continue to progress our highly competitive projects delivering production growth towards 2025. Today we announce that we have improved the world-class Johan Sverdrup project even further,” added the CEO in reference to the Norwegian oil and gas field

   The Johan Sverdrup venture pipelines will transport around 6 million cubic metres of natural gas per day to the Norwegian Karsto gas terminal, while the oil export pipeline will transport 660,000 barrels of oil per day to the Mongstad terminal.

Stolt-Nielsen LNG ship

July 23 (LNGJ) - Stolt-Nielsen, the Norwegian shipping and services company, has launched the first of two 7,500 cubic metres capacity liquefied natural gas carriers ordered from the Keppel Nantong Shipyard in China.

   The ship was designed for Stolt-Nielsen by Marine Engineering Services (MES) of Italy. The Italian firm said in a statement that the China-built vessel was launched during the night of the 20th of July. This following a ceremony in the present of construction stakeholders such as MES, the Keppel Nantong, Stolt-Nielsen and European maritime classification society DNV-GL.

   The ship is expected to start serving small-scale LNG projects, including one on the Italian island of Sardinia, being developed by Stolt-Nielsen through the subsidiary Avenir LNG, a joint venture established with larger Norwegian shipping peers, Golar LNG and Hoegh LNG.

Argentine LNG project

July 19 (LNGJ) - McDermott International of the US said it was awarded a contract by Argentine energy company YPF to provide pre-front-end engineering and design services for an LNG liquefaction facility with 5 million tonnes per annum of output and with potential expansion to 10 MTPA in the Vaca Muerta Shale Basin in northwest Argentina.

   “The scope of work is a continuation of a previous conceptual study developed for the YPF LNG Export Facility in Argentina under a contract in 2018,” said McDermott.

   The engineering firm said its London office would provide engineering services while the Houston office would perform project management and cost estimations.

“The award of this Pre-FEED project is a testimony of McDermott's technical expertise in LNG and our successful partnership with YPF over the years,” said Mark Coscio, McDermott's Senior Vice President for North, Central and South America.

Gasum profits drop

July 17 (LNGJ) - Gasum, the natural gas and LNG operator in Finland, posted a 6 percent drop in first-half profits to 48.8 million euros ($54.6M) compared with 51.9M euros in the same six months of 2018 even as revenues rose 5.9 percent to 632.5 euros versus 597.5 euros in the 2018 period. Gasum said its second joint venture LNG terminal, the Manga Tornio facility, was opened in June, providing a response to growing demand for low-emission LNG and strengthens security of supply in the northern parts of the Nordic countries.


Novatek-Rosatom LNG deal

July 11 (LNGJ) - Russian natural gas company and Yamal LNG plant operator Novatek and JSC Atomenergomash, a mechanical engineering division of Russia’s nuclear body Rosatom State Corp., have signed a memorandum of understanding on forming a strategic partnership for localizing the fabrication of equipment for LNG production

   The accord notes the results already achieved on the fabrication of coil-wound heat exchangers and medium-tonnage cryogenic pumps and establishes obligations for both parties to cooperate on the design, manufacture and testing of high-tonnage cryogenic pumps. Novatek and Atomenergomash said they intended to pursue long-term cooperation to localize the fabrication of pumps, heat exchangers and other equipment for Novatek’s LNG projects at the facilities of Atomenergomash, which manufactures components for all Russian-design nuclear power plants currently under construction in Russia and elsewhere.

Chubu bond offerings

July 8 (LNGJ) - Chubu Electric Power has decided to offer a 10-year bond worth 20 billion yen ($185 million) and a 20-year bond at 10 billion yen in domestic corporate transactions. The fossil fuel and LNG assets of Chubu and Tokyo Electric Power Co. are now run by their Jera Co Inc. joint venture as part of the reforms in the Japanese energy market. Chubu, based in Nagoya, and Tepco still run their own electricity transmission, distribution and retail businesses, and their nuclear plants.

Four Maran Gas ships

July 2 (LNGJ) - Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT), the French LNG storage technology company, said it received an order from the South Korean shipyard Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) concerning the tank design of four new LNG carriers on behalf of the Greek ship-owner Maran Gas.

   The delivery of the ships each with 174,000 cubic metres capacity is planned between the end of 2021 and early 2022. “We are very pleased to continue our partnership of excellence with DSME and Maran Gas with this considerable new order,” said Philippe Berterottiere, Chairman and Chief Executive of GTT.

Gassco names Chairman

June 27 (LNGJ) – Gassco, the Norwegian natural gas pipeline operating company and a main competitor to LNG, has elected Jan Skogseth as its new Chairman of the board at the general meeting in Oslo. He takes over after Mimi Berdal, who has been a director since 2007 and Chairwoman of the board since 2016. Skogseth has more than 35 years of experience in the oil, gas and renewables industry, both in Norway and internationally. He was President and Chief Executive of Aibel from 2008 to 2017, and played a key role in establishing a new presence for the Norwegian oil and gas services and engineering company on several continents.

Q-Flex for UK June 24

June 18 (LNGJ) - The 216,200 cubic metres capacity Q-Flex carrier “Tembek” is scheduled to unload a shipment on June 24 at the UK South Hook terminal at Milford Haven in Wales from the Ras Laffan plant in Qatar, according to port authorities. The delivery was headed for the UK as the National Balancing Point benchmark natural gas price was at the equivalent of $3.90 per million British thermal units, while one of the main continental European prices, the Dutch Title Transfer Facility (TTF), was lower at the equivalent of around $3.80 per MMBtu

Dynagas LNG ship orders

June 14 (LNGJ) - French maritime storage technology company GTT said it received an order from the South Korean shipyard Hyundai Heavy Industries for tank designs for two LNG carriers on behalf of the Greek shipowner Dynagas. Each vessel will have 180,000 cubic metres capacity and be equipped with GTT’s Mark III Flex-plus containment system. The vessels are scheduled for delivery in the first half of 2022.