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U.S. Okays ConocoPhillips LNG Exports

Liquefied Natural Gas Tanker Kenai, Alaska. Photo: ConocoPhillips Company

 The U.S. Department of Energy has renewed authorization for liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports from the North Kenai ConocoPhillips facility, reports Reuters.   The approval is to export about 40 billion cubic feet of natural gas from its Kenai LNG export terminal in Alaska over the next two years starting Feb. 19.   U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski applauded the decision. Over the last year she has been urging Department of Energy officials to support ways to commercialize Alaska’s natural gas reserves like the current Conoco facility as well as the Alaska LNG project.   The Kenai facility was the first LNG export facility in the United States. Most of the gas exports from Kenai have gone to Japan since the plant entered service in 1969.   The federal approval will allow ConocoPhillips to export gas to any country the United States has a free-trade agreement with or any other country with which trade is not prohibited by U.S. law.  


Japan Needs U.S. LNG, But Quickly ...

Japanese trade minister Toshimitsu Motegi calls for early U.S. approval for exports to his country of liquefied natural gas (LNG). The Japanese minister made his request at a meeting with Acting Energy Secretary Daniel Poneman, stating that securing a relatively cheap energy source is crucial for Japan, reports the 'Wall Street Journal' citing Kyodo news. Mr. Poneman told Mr. Motegi at a recent press conference that he fully recognized that U.S


US Becomes Net Natgas Exporter for a Day with Sale to Brazil

The United States turned into a net natural gas exporter for a day after the first liquefied natural gas export from Cheniere Energy Inc's Sabine Pass terminal in Louisiana left for Brazil on Wednesday.   The United States however is not expected to become a net exporter of gas on an annual basis until 2017 after more pipelines to Mexico and LNG export terminals enter service, according to federal energy estimates.  


Iran to Export LNG by 2011

Iran has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to export natural gas to Italy, to be implemented by 2011, says an IranMania report. Iran will also export gas to China by the end of the current year. China’s oil giant Sinopec Group signed a $70 billion oil field development and LNG agreement with Iran earlier this fall, according to the report. Iran will attain an annual LNG export of 36 million tons, worth $6 billion, by 2015. Source: IranMania


US House Passes Bill to Pressure Regulators on LNG Exports

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on Wednesday to speed permits for exports of natural gas, a measure that even if passed by the Senate and signed into law by President Barack Obama, is not expected to help bring much new fuel to global markets.   Lawmakers voted 277 to 133 to approve the bill, sponsored by Republican Bill Johnson of Ohio, that would force the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to decide within 30 days on applications to export liquefied natural gas, or LNG.


Global LNG Prices Eroded By Mounting Supply

Asian spot prices for liquefied natural gas (LNG) slid for the third straight week, as pressure mounted from new Australian and U.S. supplies, traders said.   LNG for April delivery in Asia eased to $4.30 per million British thermal units (mmBtu), down 20 cents from the previous week.   Traders said they expected prices to fall below $4 during the summer as supply continues to pick up from new projects.  


Kitimat LNG Partners to Purchase Pacific Trail Pipelines Interest

Kitimat LNG partners Apache Canada Ltd. (Apache Canada) and EOG Resources Canada Inc. (EOG Canada) announced that they have agreed to purchase the 50 percent interest in the Pacific Trail Pipelines Limited Partnership (PTPLP) they do not own from Pacific Northern Gas Ltd. (PNG) for $50m. Apache Canada and EOG Canada will pay PNG $30m on closing – expected by the end of February – and a second payment of $20m when the purchasers decide to proceed with construction of the Kitimat


Braemar Secures World’s Largest FLNG Project

Sheila McLain, Vice President of Business Development for Braemar in Houston

Braemar Engineering, the marine and LNG technical consultancy arm of the Braemar Shipping Services PLC group, announced it has been appointed as Owner’s Engineers for United LNG, LP in the world’s largest floating LNG production project. The project, situated offshore near Venice, Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico, will be the world’s largest floating LNG export project, with three floating liquefaction units projected to export up to 24 million metric tons per annum (MTPA)


GofM Energy Hub: LNG Exports to India Planned

Principals Sign the Agreement: Photo credit United LNG

United LNG, LP and Petronet LNG Limited, India's largest LNG importer, agree to supply LNG from the Main Pass Energy Hub™ project in the Gulf of Mexico. The (conditional) agreement was signed by Petronet LNG Managing Director & CEO, Dr. A.K. Balyan and Stephen Payne, Chairman & General Partner of United LNG, of the United States, at the LNG 17 Conference held in Houston, Texas. The parties said they would continue working toward a final Sales Purchase Agreement to conclude the


FMC Commissioner Gives Keynote on Panama Canal

Commissioner Doyle: Photo in public domain

Commissioner William P. Doyle of the Federal Maritime Commission, has given the keynote address at the Eno Center for Transportation Forum on the Panama Canal entitled: Lessons Learned and Implications for World Commerce.  His comments on the future of the canal's LNG trade are also extracted below. Commissioner Doyle noted that the Obama Administration, members of Congress and state and local officials support the tremendous economic, business, job-supporting


First US LNG Shipment Goes to China

Maran Gas Apollonia transiting the Expanded Panama Canals Cocoli Locks (Photo: Panama Canal Authority)

The first liquefied natural gas vessel from the lower 48 U.S. states is on its way to China, according to a Reuters interactive map on Friday, the latest sign that the expanded Panama Canal is allowing U.S. exports to reach the world's top LNG buyers in Asia.  


LNG Market Needs More Vessels than Currently on Order

Graph: Drewry

 Despite the current weakness in LNG shipping rates, Drewry maintains its bullish long-term outlook for LNG shipping and believes that the market will require more vessels than listed on the current orderbook, according to the latest edition of the LNG Forecaster report published by global


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


Widened Panama Canal to Affect Trade Patterns

Photo: Panama Canal Authority

 It was another lacklustre month for the shipping industry as freight rates in almost all sectors softened further. Drewry’s Earnings Index declined by 0.5% during the month to 52.4.    The new locks of the Panama Canal finally became operational in June


Fire at Prelude LNG Construction Site in South Korea

Happier Times: In May 2013 the price per barrel of oil was more than $100 and Shell ha laid the keel for Prelude FLNG, the world’s first floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) project. (Courtesy of  Royal Dutch Shell)

Shell said a small fire occurred at the construction site in South Korea for its huge floating Prelude liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, with work resuming immediately and an investigation underway.   The incident would not have an impact on the delivery schedule


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


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


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.  


Pressure Steady on LNG Shipping Rates -Drewry

LNG shipowners will have to wait until 2018 for earnings to improve, when the majority of new US plants are expected to come online, according to the latest edition of the LNG Forecaster report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.


LNG Prices Retreat on Soft Demand

Asian spot prices for liquefied natural gas (LNG) extended their fall this week on slack demand, although production issues in Australia helped stem losses.   LNG for May delivery in Asia traded at around $4.20 per million British thermal units (mmBtu), compared with $4


LNG Names New MD

Developing a LNG export terminal. Image: Liquefied Natural Gas Limited

 Australia's Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (LNGL) has appointed Chevron executive Greg Vesey to replace company founder Maurice Brand as managing director and chief executive.   Brand will continue on with LNG as an executive director until his retirement in June next year


Qatari LNG Tanker Logjam Signals Production Maintenance

Dozens of liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers parked in and around Qatari export facilities - the world's biggest hub for the fuel - signal that seasonal maintenance is curbing output, industry sources said.   Around 25 tankers, all of which have exported LNG from Qatar in recent weeks


SapuraKencana GE Oil & Gas Services Bags PETRONAS FLNG Contract

L-R Mr. Lorenzo Simonelli, Datuk Abdullah Karim, Datuk M Anuar Taib, Encik Reza Abdul Rahim, Tan Sri Dato Seri Shahril Shamsuddin Courtesy SapuraKencana Petroleum Berhad

SapuraKencana GE Oil & Gas Services Sdn Bhd (SKGE), a joint venture between SapuraKencana Services Sdn Bhd and GE Power Systems (M) Sdn Bhd, has been awarded a Long Term Service Agreement by Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS) Floating


LNG Trade Routes in Flux as New Supply Brings Price Convergence

Australia's ascent to liquefied natural gas (LNG) producing giant is choking off trade routes from Atlantic to Pacific markets established after Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster, giving rise to new routes.   Mass cargo diversions from west to east earned traders fat margins as Asian


Qatargas Looks to Expand LNG Supply to UK, Netherlands

Qatargas is looking to Britain and the Netherlands in an effort to weather a looming global glut of gas supplies by expanding import deals into Europe's most liquid markets, industry sources said.   The world's biggest exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG) must lock in buyers for its






 
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