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Chevron LNG Plan Advances

According to reports, Chevron Corp. cleared a hurdle in its quest to develop the multibillion-dollar Gorgon LNG project off Australia's western coast after agreeing to support environmental programs to protect a vulnerable species of turtle and other wildlife. The Gorgon venture, which is led by San Ramon-based Chevron, will provide about $26 million to conserve the flatback turtle, the state of Western Australia said. Four of the projects, including Gorgon, are overseas. The one domestic project among the top five is in the Gulf of Mexico, Cooper said. The cost of the project could range from $11.8b to $14.2 billion, according to published reports. Chevron owns 50 percent of the venture, and Shell and Exxon each have 25 percent. The venture could not give an updated estimate for the project cost. It also could not provide a revised date for the final approval or project start-up, said Scott Walker, a Chevron Australia spokesman. The LNG field is west of Barrow Island, which is home to a nature reserve that includes a variety of wildlife. Engineering studies are due for completion by the second quarter of 2007, and a final investment decision will follow. But that might not happen next year, according to Chevron. The LNG field is expected to produce about 5 million tons a year. About 4.2 million tons would be sold to companies in Japan. The remaining 0


Offshore DLG Chartered Out by Solstad Offshore

Norce Endeavour: Photo credit Solstad Offshore

Substantial charter agreement for Solstad's offshore Derrick Lay Barge (DLB) "Norce Endeavour" by Australia's Leighton Contractors. DLB "Norce Endeavour" will work at the Gorgon LNG Jetty and Marine Structures on Barrow Island, Western
Australia. Solstad will also provide project management and engineering to support the DLB scope of works and
 operation from Solstad's offices in Singapore and Perth, Western Australia.


ChevronTexaco Signs MOU to Bring LNG to West Coast

Photo Credit: IZAR ChevronTexaco Corp. today announced than an affiliate had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Gorgon Joint Venture in Australia for the supply of Liquefied Natural Gas for distribution to markets on the West Coast. Under terms of the MOU, a ChevronTexaco affiliate will enter into negotiations, the details of which are confidential, with the Gorgon Joint Venture which could lead to the supply of at least 2 millin tons of LNG annually over a 20-year


Strategic Marine Contract, Leighton-Saipem Consortium Vessels

Strategic Marine won the contract to build four new workboats for Leighton-Saipem Consortium for use by the Chevron operated Gorgon Project. The vessels will be built at the company's Henderson Shipyards and used to transport workers to and from construction barges operating at Barrow Island as part of the LNG jetty and marine structure contract for the Gorgon Project. Strategic Marine Chief Marketing Officer Terry O’Connor said these vessels would be the first delivered under the


Australia's Gorgon LNG Export Facility to Resume Ops

Chevron has begun to restart its Gorgon liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility in Australia following its unplanned shutdown in April, the U.S. energy major said on Wednesday. "We confirm start-up activities are underway on Gorgon train one with a plan to safely resume production in the coming weeks," a Chevron spokesman told Reuters. The $54 billion Gorgon project shut down in April following technical problems, only shortly after starting up first production.  


Gorgon LNG Cargo Arrives Japan

Photo: Chevron Corporation

 Tokyo Gas Co has received its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo from Chevron Corp's $54 billion Gorgon export facility in Australia, reports Reuters.   The "Energy Confidence" vessel carrying about 70,000 tonnes of LNG arrived on Saturday at the company's Ohgishima LNG Terminal in Yokohama, near Tokyo, a company spokesman said on Monday.   Chubu Electric received Japan's first cargo from the project around April, a Chubu spokesman said.  


Hudong-Zhonghua to Build LNG Carriers for PNG, Gorgon Jansz

Exxon Mobil Corporation (ExxonMobil) and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) announced that they have selected Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd. (Hudong), a subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation, to build four LNG carriers in China.  These carriers will provide LNG transportation from the Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Gorgon Jansz LNG projects and will be jointly owned by MOL and China Shipping (Group) Company (CS).  


LNG Offshore Mega-Project Contract for Phusion

UK headquartered Phusion appointed as Data Management Contractor (DMC) for the INPEX-led Ichthys LNG Mega-Project. The six-year contract is worth £11.5 million (AUD17.6m). The deal extends Phusion’s growing portfolio in Australia where the company is already engaged on the giant Chevron Gorgon project. Phusionwill assist INPEX by efficiently managing enormous amounts of engineering data associated with the Ichthys LNG Project


Australian LNG Projects Face Delays, Benefiting US Producers

Shells Prelude floating LNG production vessel (Photo: Shell)

Australia's plans for a huge increase in its production of liquefied natural gas are being dealt a big blow by a series of production delays, as energy companies struggle with technical problems and cost overruns.   The country is still likely to become the world's biggest LNG exporter, dispatching about 85 million tonnes a year by the end of the decade, up from 30.7 million tonnes in 2015 and 45.1 million tonnes last year


Asian Spot LNG Prices Slip on Weak Demand

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 Asian spot LNG prices fell this week on poor demand from major gas-consuming regions despite a slew of new purchase tenders.   The May spot LNG contract fell by $0.25 cents to $5.40 per million British thermal units (mmBtu), with new production coming on stream in Australia and the United States.   Analysts and traders mainly blamed low demand for driving prices lower. In the Middle East, Abu Dhabi was staying on the sidelines of the market and new solar power capacity in


Nakilat Transitions LNG Mesaimeer to In-house Management

Photo: Nakilat PR

Nakilat has assumed full ship management and operations of Q-Flex LNG carrier Mesaimeer from STASCo (Shell Trading and Shipping Company Ltd.) with effect from March 23, 2017, as part of the planned and phased transition announced on October 19, 2016. 


Natural Gas Fleet Sail to the Future

Graph: Clarksons Research

 Natural gas is set to account for an increasing share of the global energy mix in coming years, with gas consumption growing by an average of around 1.5%-2% a year out to 2040, according to energy forecasting agencies such as the IEA.   


Gazprom to Cement LNG Ties with Kuwait

Lena River gas carrier. Photo: Gazprom

 Russia-based energy company Gazprom has negotiated about supplies of liquefied natural gas (LNG)  to Kuwait, reports Tass.   The talks continue in "a rather progressive mood,"during the the Energy Minister Alexander Novak’s visit to the Middle East country


Thailand Boosts LNG Imports

Image: PTT LNG

 Thailand is signing new contracts for LNG purchases and expanding terminals to boost imports to replace flagging domestic production, Bloomberg reported.   Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy will boost LNG imports by more than 70 percent this year.  


Italy's 15-Cargo LNG Buy Tender Attracts Competitive Bids

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A tender to supply Italy with about 15 liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes between April and September attracted highly competitive winning bids from traders including Gunvor, Trafigura, MET and Uniper, trade sources said.   Companies offered to supply the shipments at only a slight premium


Video: Crowley Builds for LNG Bunkering at JAXPORT

Photo: Crowley Maritime

Crowley Maritime Corp. and Eagle LNG Partners have started to build a new shore-side liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility on Crowley-leased property at JAXPORT’s Talleyrand Marine Terminal in Jacksonville, Fla. The new LNG bunkering facility will serve Crowley’s Commitment Class


ABS Grants AIP for LNG-fueled Design Concept

Image: ABS

ABS has granted Approval in Principle (AIP) for the Seatransporter-DF, a dual-fuel design concept developed by Algoship Designers Ltd. of Nassau, Bahamas. The design has the capability to accommodate multiple engine types as well as Type-C or membrane containment systems for liquefied natural gas


Singapore’s Survivability

New business: Keppel has begun building dredgers like the Cristobal Colon, seen hear outside Rio de Janeiro. (Photo: copyright Jan de Nul Offshore)

Singapore’s shipyards are looking to recent investments in capacity, design and newly acquired technology to combat order declines after a decades-long offshore buildup. Sembcorp and peer Keppel are making the most of partnerships in FLNG and showing signs they’ll be okay through the


Shell Shelves Prince Rupert LNG

Photo: Prince Rupert LNG

 Royal Dutch Shell PLC has officially shelved its plans to build the Prince Rupert LNG project, which had been planned for Ridley Island in British Columbia. However, it  is still considering the potential of its other West Coast LNG option.  


Will LNG Remain a Key Energy Source?

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Industry expert predicts LNG will remain a key energy source; energy authority expect that Japan’s reliance on LNG will continue to grow   Japan imported 8.3 million metric tons of LNG in January, an increase of 1.06 million metric tons compared to the previous year


Total Seeking to Buy Stake in Iranian LNG Project

Photo: Total

 French oil giant Total held talks with Iranian officials about several projects in the country in 2016, notably a 10 million tonnes per year liquefied natural gas project (LNG), Reuters reported.  It has signed an agreement with Iranian authorities for a 50 per cent stake  in


First LNG-fueled Aframax Tankers Ordered

Image: Hyundai Heavy Industries Group

Hyundai Heavy Industries Group reports $240 million order for the world’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueled aframax tankers   Hyundai Heavy Industries’ shipbuilding affiliate Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) said it recently won a $240 million order to build four 114


GTT to Equip Knutsen’s New LNG Carrier

GTT said it has received an order from Hyundai Heavy Industries to equip a new LNG carrier with its Mark III Flex containment system.   Hyundai's shipyard based in Ulsan, South Korea will build the vessel of 180,000 m3 on behalf of the Norwegian shipping company NORSPAN LNG XI AS (Knutsen)


ICE to Offer First US Gulf Coast LNG Futures Contract

With the United States about to become a net exporter of natural gas for the first time in 60 years, Intercontinental Exchange Inc said on Wednesday it would begin trading the first-ever U.S. liquefied natural gas futures contract in May.


Top LNG Buyers Form Alliance to Push for Flexible Contracts

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The world's biggest liquefied natural gas (LNG) buyers are clubbing together to secure more flexible supply contracts in a move that further shifts power to buyers rather than producers.   Korea Gas Corp (KOGAS) said on Thursday it had signed a memorandum of understanding in mid-March with






 
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