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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


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).  


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.  


CNOOC Looks into Australia Offshore Assets

According to reports, CNOOC has hired Macquarie, the investment bank, to advise on the possible acquisition of Royal Dutch Shell's oil assets in Australia's North West Shelf. Shell has made no secret of its plans to focus its Australian efforts on expanding its liquefied natural gas operations. Two months ago the Anglo-Dutch group signed a 20-year agreement with PetroChina for LNG from the Gorgon project off Western Australia for an undisclosed sum.


J. Ray McDermott on the Gorgon Project

J. Ray McDermott, S.A. (J. Ray) announced that its subsidiary P.T. McDermott Indonesia (PTMI) has been awarded a contract by the Kellogg Joint Venture-Gorgon on behalf of Chevron Australia Pty. Ltd, operator of the Gorgon Project. The estimated value of the contract if the work is completed per contract terms is in excess of $150m. More than 60 pre-assembled racks and units with an estimated combined weight of approximately 25,000 tonnes will be constructed at J


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


Hyundai Heavy Closes Onsan offshore

Photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries

 Hyundai Heavy Industries  has temporarily shut one of its two factories making offshore oil rigs -  Onsan plant in South Korea - due to downturn in the global oil and gas industry.   The closure Onsan underscores the dire state of the country’s big shipbuilders as dearth of orders as the crude price rout forces international oil companies to cut spending.   “Our ongoing projects will complete in March


Fos Tanker Queue Grows as Strike Impacts Refinery Ops

Nearly two dozen vessels were queued outside the French oil import terminal in Fos, southern France on Thursday, held up by a strike organised by the hardline CGT and FO unions over planned labour reforms. A spokeswoman for the port of Marseille told Reuters that yesterday 29 oil


EGAS: Egypt to tender for 10 LNG Cargoes

Egypt will tender next week to import 10 cargoes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for delivery in July and August, an official from the state gas company, EGAS, said on Thursday. The official said Egypt would consider importing a further 10 cargoes of LNG


World’s Biggest LNG Buyer Becomes Seller

Photo:  JERA Co., Inc.

 EDF Trading, a wholly-owned subsidiary of French power giant EDF, has signed an LNG sales and purchase agreement with Japanese LNG aggregator Jera Co Inc, one of the world’s largest buyers of liquefied natural gas.   Jera, a joint venture between Tokyo Electric Power Co


Höegh LNG Turns to Profit in 1Q

PGN FSRU Lampung  Courtesy Hoegh

Höegh LNG returned to profit following a Profit after tax of USD 6.3 million for the first quarter of 2016, up from USD 4.0 million net loss in the fourth quarter 2015. The company’s EBITDA reached $26.6 million for the first quarter of 2016, up from $24


US LNG Shipments Point to Global Gas Price Convergence

Image by East-West Center

 The emergence of US liquefied natural gas as a competitive alternative for European and Asian customers, combined with an oversupplied market, should drive more convergence between natural gas prices at major hubs and weaken the link between gas and oil prices, Fitch Ratings says.  


Awilco LNG Reports Loss

Photo: Awilco LNG

 Oslo-based LNG shipping company, Awilco LNG, reported a first quarter freight income of US$8.9 million, down from $12.1 million in the same quarter the previous year.    The pure play LNG transportation provider  said that an oversupply of shipping in the carrier market


Papua New Guinea Bullish on LNG Potential

Map:  InterOil Corporation

 A new wave of investments in Papua New Guinea’s energy sector could see some $19 billion of projects launched in the coming years, boosting the country’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) output and providing employment to thousands.  


Wartsila's Value of Expediency

The value of expediency Photo Wartsila

Regasifying and storing LNG offshore has allowed customers to import gas without committing to land-based infrastructure. The option also speeds up access to vast amounts of energy. “Wärtsilä focuses on completing the LNG value chain,” says Timo Koponen, Vice President


Hose-in-Hose Transfers Open a New Door to LNG

(Image: Trelleborg)

First of its kind Cryoline floating LNG hose-in-hose transfer system improves safety and lowers operator costs – improving access to LNG fuel   Trelleborg’s fluid handling operation, supplier of flexible bonded hose solutions for the crude oil


NASSCO Delivers Second ECO Tanker to APT

ECO Class tanker is one of the most fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly tankers in the world Photo NASSCO

On Thursday, May 19, shipbuilders at General Dynamics NASSCO delivered the Magnolia State to longtime customer American Petroleum Tankers (APT). The ECO Class tanker is one of the most fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly tankers in the world and symbolizes the emerging future of green


HUMMEL LNG Hybrid Barge Begins Second Season

LNG Hybrid Barge HUMMEL in the port of Hamburg (Photo: Becker Marine Systems)

For over one year the HUMMEL has been contributing to improved air quality at the port of Hamburg. Becker Marine Systems’ LNG Hybrid Barge will also be supplying lower mission power to the AIDAsol this year. The cruise ship has already made three calls since the middle of May and will have


DSME, Sovcomflot Delay Delivery of First Arctic LNG carrier

Yamal LNG project. Photo: PAO Sovcomflot

 South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) and Sovcomflot have agreed to delay a liquefied natural gas carrier being built for the Yamal LNG project in Russia.   According DSME statement the vessel, which was originally scheduled for June this year re-set the


Statoil Says Sees European Gas Prices Bottoming Out

Norway's Statoil does not expect European gas prices to fall much further as rising demand from the power generation sector would offset an expected increase in liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply, company officials said on Wednesday.  


Poland Getting Ready for More LNG Imports

Image: Statoil

 State-run Polish gas company PGNiG will receive its first spot delivery of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Norway’s Statoil on June 25, it said on Tuesday, taking advantage of cheap and abundant global supply.   Reuters reports that on 25 June Swinoujscie will also take


Cheniere to Roll Out Second LNG Unit

Photo: Cheniere Energy, Inc

 Cheniere Energy Inc. plans to start exporting liquefied natural gas in August from a second plant at its Sabine Pass terminal in Cameron Parish, according to a report from Bloomberg News.    Cheniere began exporting LNG in February from its first unit at Sabine Pass






 
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