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Jordan Cove Approved for LNG Export

Terminal in Coos Bay, Oregon authorized to export Liquefied Natural Gas to non-free trade agreement countries The U.S. Energy Department announced that it has conditionally authorized Jordan Cove Energy Project, L.P. (Jordan Cove) to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries that do not have a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States, from the Jordan Cove LNG Terminal in Coos Bay, Oregon. The Jordan Cove application was next in the order of precedence after the Energy Department conditionally authorized the proposed Cameron LNG facility. Subject to environmental review and final regulatory approval, the facility is conditionally authorized to export at a rate of up to the equivalent of 0.8 billion standard cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of natural gas, for a period of 20 years. The development of U.S. natural gas resources is having a transformative impact on the U.S. energy landscape, helping to improve our energy security while spurring economic development and job creation around the country. This increase in domestic natural gas production is expected to continue, with the Energy Information Administration forecasting a record production rate of 72.02 Bcf/d in 2014. Federal law generally requires approval of natural gas exports to countries that have an FTA with the United States


Navy Objection May Sink LNG Project

The U.S. Navy could help scuttle plans of a developer that would have LNG tankers trolling through the Navy's torpedo test range in Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay, according to a report in the Boston Herald. Last month, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center asked federal regulators to reconsider the decision to approve a new liquefied natural gas storage facility in Fall River – which would get its LNG via giant ships passing through the bay.


Rhode Island Passes Bill on LNG Ship Ops

The House of Representatives today voted 66-0 to approve legislation introduced by Rep. Raymond E. Gallison Jr. to require any LNG tanker to have an LNG-certified American master mariner present on each trip through Rhode Island waters and during transfer of cargo. Representative Gallison, chairman of the Special House Commission to Study the Transportation of Liquefied Natural Gas and a Democrat who represents District 69 in Bristol and Portsmouth


Statoil to Expand US LNG Capacity

A non-binding letter of intent has been signed by Statoil with US-based Dominion energy company. This gives Statoil the exclusive right to negotiate a deal which will secure access for the group to extra capacity at the Cove Point liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Maryland. If the agreement is concluded, Statoil will take the entire capacity increase for a 20-year period. The group will thus more than quadruple the amount of capacity available to it at the terminal.


USCG Rejects LNG Appeal

The U.S. Coast Guard, according to an AP report, has rejected an appeal of its decision to advise against a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal in Fall River. The Coast Guard reportedly wrote a letter to Weaver's Cove Energy LLC executives to reaffirm its position that the river approaching the project is unsafe for navigation by massive LNG tankers.


FERC approves two LNG terminals, disapproves one

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) announced that it approved proposals to construct and operate two new liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminals and disapproved one proposal. The approved facilities are the Weavers Cove project at Fall River, Massachusetts and the Golden Pass project to be constructed in Texas and Louisiana. The disapproved facility was proposed to have been in Providence, Rhode Island. (HK Law).


Portsmouth To Fight LNG

The Portsmouth Town Council has voted to allocate up to $25,000 for legal expenses to help fight a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in nearby Fall River, Mass., the third Rhode Island community to promise money to oppose the project, according to a report on www.turnto10.com. The $250 million Weaver's Cove Energy project was approved on June 30 by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The FERC at that time rejected a proposal by KeySpan LNG to expand an LNG facility in


BP Amoco Orders Two LNG Carriers From SHI

BP Amoco ordered two liquified natural gas (LNG) ships, with options to purchase three more, from Samsung Heavy Industries Co for in excess of $300 million. The oil giant, which is the world's second largest non-state producer of natural gas, said construction will start in April 2001 with delivery of the first ship in the fourth quarter of 2002 and the second in the first quarter of 2003. "This order is part of our strategy for rapidly growing our internationally traded gas business


FERC – Weaver’s Cover Offshore Berth Project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice stating that it is evaluating the Offshore Berth Project planned by Weaver’s Cove Energy. The plan calls for construction of a berthing facility in Mount Hope Bay, approximately one-mile southwest of Brayton Point in Somerset, Massachusetts, with pipelines connecting the berthing facility with the previously authorized liquid natural gas (LNG) facility in Fall River


FERC – technical conference re Cove Point LNG expansion

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice stating that it will hold a technical conference in Washington, DC on August 6 to discuss safety issues related to the proposed expansion of Dominion Cove Point LNG facility and its safety impact on the Washington Gas Light Company.  The meeting is closed to the public due to the sensitive nature of the information under discussion.  73 Fed. Reg. 45434  (HK Law)


Staying Afloat Down Under?

Graph: Clarksons Research

 In recent years, Australia has been a major growth area for offshore gas production and a key driver of offshore CAPEX, says Clarksons Research.   However, the prospects for Australian gas projects that have yet to be sanctioned are looking increasingly uncertain due to weaker LNG


LNG-fueled Bulker Ordered from Korea

Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) has signed a contract to build a 50,000 dwt bulk carrier with ILSHIN LOGISTICS. The project is a collaboration between POSCO and ILSHIN LOGISTICS to develop the first in a new generation of ships for greener shipping.


Bangladesh LNG Terminal Edges Closer

Excelerate and Petrobangla Sign Final Agreements for Bangladesh’s First LNG Import Terminal Photo Excelerate Energy

Excelerate Energy L.P. (“Excelerate”), Petrobangla, and the Government of Bangladesh executed the Terminal Use Agreement (“TUA”) and the Implementation Agreement (“IA”) for the construction and operation of Bangladesh’s first LNG import terminal –


First LNG Vessel Transits Expanded Panama Canal

Shell-chartered LNG carrier Maran Gas Apollonia transiting the Expanded Panama Canal’s Agua Clara Locks

Today, the Panama Canal marked another milestone with the transit of the first-ever liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier through its expanded locks.   Shell-chartered Maran Gas Apollonia—measuring 289 meters in length and 45 meters in beam—arrived Monday from the Sabine Pass LNG


Two DNV GL Approvals for GTT Training Software

GTT Training, a GTT subsidiary dedicated to training liquefied natural gas (LNG) professionals and to the development of associated simulation tools, has obtained two approvals for G-Sim training software from DNVGL in accordance with their standard for Maritime Simulator Systems. 


IOC Mulls Buying GSPC's Stake in Mundra Terminal

Image: Gujarat State Petroleum Corp

 Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), the country's largest oil company,  is in talks to buy debt-laden Gujarat State Petroleum Corp’s (GSPC) stake in the under-construction Rs.4,500 crore ($669 million) Mundra LNG import terminal, according to PTI.  


LNG: Did the Greeks Get it Wrong?

Graph: Alibra

 In December 2013, Alibra’s market report front page read: “When in shipping, do as the Greeks do.” At that time, Alibra was referring to the fact that 31% of the LNG carrier orderbook had been ordered by Greek owners.  


MOL Signs Long-Term Charter with Uruguayan JV for FSRU

Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

 Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, has, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Lakler S.A., agreed to conclude a charter contract with Gas Sayago, for a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) project in Montevideo, Uruguay.  


Ship of the Year Award for NYK Vessel

Image of LNG-fueled tugboat Photo NYK

Japan's first LNG-fueled ship, Sakigake, which is a tugboat owned by NYK has been recognized with a Technology Special Award at the 2015 Ship of the Year Awards sponsored by the Japan Society of Naval Architects and Ocean Engineers (JASNAOE)


First U.S. LNG shipment to cross expanded Panama Canal

The United States will ship its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo through an expanded Panama Canal next week.   The waterway shaves distances between export plants dotted along the Gulf of Mexico and Asia to 9,000 miles from 16,000, allowing U.S


GTT Cuts Outlook on Ship Construction Delays

French supplier of systems for marine transportation of liquified natural gas (LNG) Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT) reported strong growth in its first half results on Thursday but cut its 2016 revenue outlook, blaming delays in the construction of some ships.  


South Korea Mulls LNG Bunkering Hub

Image: SSPA Sweden AB

 A group of South Korean companies including shipbuilders have come together to establish an association dedicated to developing liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering facilities and infrastructures including LNG-fueled vessels, says a report in the Pulse.  


Wärtsilä in Coalition to Promote LNG as a Marine Fuel

LNG Value Chain. Graphics: Wärtsilä

 Wärtsilä and other leading marine industry players have formed a coalition, known as SEA/LNG, to accelerate the widespread adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel.    The coalition aims to help break down the barriers hindering the global development of


Japan Regulator Investigating LNG Shipping Restrictions

File photo: MOL

Japan's anti-monopoly regulator is investigating whether clauses in liquefied natural gas (LNG) contracts preventing buyers from selling the fuel to third parties hurts competition, Bloomberg News reported on Thursday, citing unidentified sources.  


Big Names Unite to Push LNG as a Marine Fuel

Picture of the SeaLNG group Photo SeaLNG

Carnival Corporation & plc, DNV GL, ENGIE, ENN, GE, GTT, Lloyd’s Register, Mitsubishi Corporation, NYK Line, Port of Rotterdam, Qatargas, Shell, TOTE Inc. and Wärtsilä are among firms that are part of a new cross-industry initiative called SEA\LNG






 
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