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India to Build Own LNG Fleet

Despite some delays, the Indian shipping industry appears to be finally gearing up to develop an LNG (liquefied natural gas) fleet. With India emerging as a major importer of the gas, even the Ministry of Shipping has asked Indian ship-owners in no uncertain terms to take the initiative to develop an LNG fleet, according to a report on - It is estimated that by 2012 India's LNG imports will almost equal Japan's current LNG imports of 60 million tons per annum. And to transport this quantity, the country will need about 25 LNG vessels by 2012 and 34 by 2025. Indian ship-owners are realizing the need to build up an LNG fleet. "Japan transported about 43 perent of its total LNG import of 59.1 million tonnes in 2003 on Japanese owned and controlled ships. Similarly, Korea transported about 61 per cent of its LNG imports of 19.3 million tonnes during that period on Korean controlled ships. In the combined import of Japan and Korea, third party owned ships participation was only 8.3 per cent," points out the Indian National Shipowners Association (INSA) President, Mr Yudhishthir Khatau, according to the published report. Understandably, this kind of LNG fleet development will mean significant value addition to the economy. According to a recent study by TERI, on an average, the value added by the shipping industry to the economy per unit of Gross Registered Tonnage (GRT) acquired is Rs 2,211.

Shell, GDF Take Stakes in Floating LNG Terminal

Image: APGDC

Europe's largest oil company Royal Dutch Shell and French firm GDF Suez are likely to take 26 percent stake each in GAIL India Ltd’s proposed ‘floating LNG import terminal’ at Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh.   Andhra Pradesh Gas Distribution Corp (APGDC) – a joint venture of GAIL Gas and Andhra Pradesh Gas Infrastructure Corp (APGIC) will have the remaining 48% share.   Shell, GDF and GAIL on Thursday also signed an agreement to procure LNG for the project

Hearing – Securing LNG Tankers to Protect the Homeland

The House Homeland Security Committee conducted a hearing entitled Securing LNG Tankers to Protect the Homeland. Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) stated that he was concerned about the significant increase in LNG imports and the increased safety and security risks related thereto. Mr. Jim Wells, Government Accountability Office (GAO), testified that the public safety consequences of a liquefied natural gas spill need clarification. Rear Admiral Brian M

Golar LNG Limited Enters Joint Venture Agreement

Golar LNG Limited signed a share purchase agreement with OLT Energy Toscana SpA in November 2006 for the acquisition of 20% of shares in OLT Offshore LNG Toscana SpA (OLT-O). The purpose of the joint venture company OLT-O is the construction of the Livorno offshore LNG import and regasification terminal, which will be located approximately 20 kilometers off the coast. Source: CCN

China’s LNG Terminals Underutilized

Pic: China National Offshore Oil Corp

 According to an Interfax analysis of customs data, China used just over half its LNG regasification capacity in 2014, as tariff hikes and cheaper competing fuels hit gas demand growth.   Slow downstream demand, driven by rising natural gas prices and sluggish GDP growth, coupled with rising pipeline imports and plunging prices of alternative fuels, have halved China's LNG consumption growth, said industry sources.   

Panama Canal Plans LNG Terminal

USTDA is supporting a study on an LNG Terminal with the Panama Canal Authority.  Photo Credit: USTDA

 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP), which administers the canal, is looking at building a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) import terminal near the Canal.   The ACP has been awarded a US Trade and Development Agency grant to help fund a feasibility study for the project, which it is considering for when the expanded canal is opened next year and the waterway is expected to handle considerable liquefied natural gas tankers.  

Oregon: LNG Project

The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking comments on a proposal it received for construction and operation of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import facility on the Columbia River in the vicinity of Bradwood, Oregon. The agency will prepare a Letter of Recommendation concerning the suitability of the river for LNG marine traffic. A public meeting on this proposal will be held in Astoria on September 29. Written comments must be submitted by October 6. 70 Fed. Reg. 53677 (HK Law)

CB&I Wins Contract for China LNG Terminal

CB&I won a turnkey contract valued at approximately $140 million for the design and construction of the terminal system works at a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal in Fujian Province, Peoples Republic of China. CB&I's work scope for the contract includes the turnkey engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of the terminal system works, which encompasses civil, mechanical, piping, structural, buildings, and electrical and instrumentation work

FERC Tech Conference with LNG Company

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice stating that on February 4 it will convene an engineering design and technical conference in Astoria, Oregon with the LNG Development Company LLC regarding the proposed Oregon liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal.  In view of the nature of the critical energy infrastructure information and security issues to be explored, the cryogenic conference will not be open to the public.  74 Fed. Reg

Qatargas Sells First LNG Cargo to Pakistan

Port Qasim-LNG Delivery to Pakistan

  Qatargas sold its first cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Pakistan State Oil Company Limited (PSO).  The LNG cargo was sold on a free-on-board basis and loaded at Ras Laffan Port on to the LNG vessel Excelerate Exquiste on 21 March 2015.   The cargo was secured to commission the Excelerate Exquiste, which will become the Floating Storage and Regasification Unit, when it is moored in Port Qassim

LNG Shipping Under Pressure from Tumbling European Re-exports

LNG re-exports by European countries. Source Drewry Maritime Research

  LNG shipping freight rates continue to be under pressure from weak Asian demand and a growing fleet. Shipowners are now pinning hopes on a revival in European demand. However, European LNG demand growth will not be sufficient to raise freight rates

Golar and WAGL Ink Ghana FSRU Contract

Golar LNG Limited announced today that it has executed a firm contract to provide West African Gas Limited (WAGL) with floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) services to support their liquefied natural gas (LNG) import operations in Ghana.   

Crowley Approved to Import Canada-sourced LNG

Photo: Crowley

Crowley Maritime Corp. ’s petroleum distribution group has been granted approval by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Energy Board – Canada (NEB) to import Canadian-sourced liquefied natural gas (LNG) for supply

Honeywell to Automate Finland's First LNG Terminal

The liquid natural gas terminal under construction in Finland. Image credit: SkanGas

 Honeywell has announced that it has received a contract to supply its Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS) automation controls and tank gauging systems for Finland’s first LNG import terminal.   The new terminal will efficiently supply natural gas to marine vessels and

Tianjin Resumes Commodity Port Ops

Oil, gas and iron ore imports resume after disruptions; Strategic oil reserves in the region not affected. Many operations have resumed at China's Tianjin port, trade sources said, after explosions last week that killed more than 100 people and disrupted business at what is an important oil

GAC Handles First FSRU at Aqaba

GAC Jordan Managing Director Ghassoub Kawar and Deputy General Manager, Ibrahim Attieh along with  Lars Egeberg - Project Manager, Tor Jahren – Fleet Manager, Capt. Ivica Mirovic and other members of Golar Eskimo and GAC Jordan at the Aqaba port.

As Jordan steps up its LNG imports, GAC was entrusted with handling the first gas carriers to offload at Aqaba.   The country has signed a sales and purchase agreement with Shell for the delivery of nearly 17 million cubic meters per day of gas

Busan LNG Bunkering Terminal by 2020

Photo Source: Busan New Container Terminal

 A new liquefied natural gas (LNG)-bunkering terminal may become operational at South Korea's Busan New Port by 2020.    South Korean shipping company Polaris Shipping will reportedly invest $500 million (KRW 600 billion) to construct the facility.  

Saldanha Bay Could be S.Africa's First LNG Import Terminal

Gas seen as key to help resolve power crisis; gas could be sourced from Nigeria, Angola, Mozambique. South Africa could build its first 20 billion rand ($1.4 billion) liquefied natural gas (LNG) import facility at the west coast port of Saldanha Bay to feed gas-to-power projects aimed at easing

LNG Terminal in Poland Will be Ready This Year

Polish LNG Terminal. Photo: Polskie LNG

 Świnoujście terminal which is designed to reduce Poland’s dependence on natural gas imported from Russia will be completed by the end of the year, Polskie LNG, a company designed to conduct the investment, informed in a press release.  

First Gen Set to Build LNG Terminal

Photo: First Gen Corp

 First Gen Corp. hopes to secure a partner for its planned $1-billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal in Batangas this year as the company gears up for the project’s construction phase in 2016, reports local media.  

BW Gas Floating LNG Terminal Arrives in Egypt

A second liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal arrived in Egypt without cargo on Wednesday and will start operating in the third week of October, state gas board EGAS head Khaled Abdel Badie told Reuters. The floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) provided by Singapore-based

Finland Scraps LNG Terminal Plan

Map. Credit: The Baltic Course

 Finnish gas utility Gasum has abandoned its plans to build the Finngulf liquefied natural gas  (LNG) import terminal in Finland with an offshore pipeline connection (known as Balticconnector) to Estonia, reports Reuters.   “On the basis of the studies Gasum has conducted

Egypt Picks 7 Winners in Tender for 55 LNG Cargoes

Photo: The Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS)

 Seven companies reportedly met with Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Co. (EGAS) to discuss an  liquified natural gas (LNG) tender, including: Vitol, Noble Group, Trafigura, EDF Trading, PetroChina, Shell and Gas Natural, reports Reuters.  

Lithuania Mulls LNG Exports

Image: Klaipėda State Seaport Authority

 Domestic glut prompts Lithuania  government to consider selling-off surplus gas supplies, reports Reuters. Lithuanian LNG importer Litgas could be about to start re-exporting LNG bought.   Lithuania opened an LNG import terminal in 2014 and started exporting natural gas to

Stolt-Nielsen Buys Stake in Sardinian LNG Project

Stolt-Nielsen Limited announced today that its subsidiary, Stolt-Nielsen Gas B.V., has purchased 10 percent of the shares in HIGAS S.r.L., with an option to acquire up to 80 percent of the company.   HIGAS is a joint venture between Gas and Heat S.p.A. and CPL Concordia Soc

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