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LNG: $93B Capex in 5 Years

The new Douglas-Westwood LNG report forecasts five-year facilities Capex will exceed $93 billion. A bright future is forecast for the LNG industry, as growing long-term gas demand drives major investment in global LNG facilities. The World LNG Market Report 2011-2015, from award-winning energy business advisors Douglas-Westwood (DW), predicts the Pacific basin will be the main contributor to a ten-year global investment high of $26 billion per annum by 2015. World spend is forecast to recover momentum and Capex on LNG facilities for the 2011-2015 period is expected to total over $93 billion. A recovery in LNG demand, led by Asian consumers, is underway. China, in particular, has seen its LNG demand grow from 1 bcm in 2006 to around 13 bcm today. LNG imports to Western European and Latin American countries also increased. In addition there is the prospect of further demand for natural gas as the world considers the future of nuclear energy in the aftermath of the Japanese crisis. On the supply side, 2010 saw the commencement of major construction work on new facilities in Australia and Papua New Guinea. A Unique Market Report This latest edition of The World LNG Market Report highlights LNG facilities’ capital expenditure over the 2011-2015 period. It examines new prospects for LNG liquefaction & regasification terminals and LNG carriers, looks at the technology underlying the LNG business and presents market forecasts for activity in the sector


Total, KOGAS Extend Cooperation on LNG

Image: Korea Gas Corp

 Korea Gas Corp, the world’s biggest importer of LNG, has struck deals with French giant Total to extend its reach into the liquefaction sector, reports Reuters.   Total has pledged to press forward with investment in LNG despite the downturn in oil and gas prices and has signed a new agreement with South Korean utility company Kogas to explore mutual opportunities across the LNG value chain.  


Cheniere's LNG Program to Begin Accepting Cargo Nominations

Cheniere's North American LNG Gateway Program with issuance of a Request for Proposals to sell to Cheniere up to 200 cargoes per year of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for the years 2008 - 2010. Cheniere's North American LNG Gateway(TM) program will provide global LNG suppliers a direct platform to nominate cargoes into Cheniere's LNG receiving terminals starting with the Sabine Pass LNG Receiving Terminal, which is currently under construction in Louisiana


MOL China Shipping J/V Orders NSR LNG Carriers

LNG Carrier: Rendering MOL

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) says its joint venture with China Shipping (Group) Company has signed shipbuilding contracts with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) in Korea to build three ice class LNG carriers for the [Russian] Yamal LNG project. The ice class LNG carriers for the project will have independent ice-breaking capabilities that enable them to sail in icy seas with maximum 2.1m ice thickness


Keppel, BG Group JV to supply LNG Bunkers in Singapore

BG Group and Keppel to fuel ships with LNG in Singapore Photo BG Group

First delivery of LNG bunker expected to commence in 2017 Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), through its wholly-owned subsidiary KS Investments Pte Ltd (KSI), and BG Group plc (BG Group) have been selected to supply Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) bunker to vessels in the Port of Singapore. The joint bid submitted by Keppel O&M and BG Group for the LNG bunker supplier licence is one of the two top bids selected by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)


Skangas Aquires Risavika LNG

Photo: Skangas

 Skangas, a unit of Gasum, signed a deal with Lyse Group to acquire the Risavika liquefied natural gas (LNG)production facility in Norway.    The acquisition of the Risavika production plant will strengthen Skangas’s presence in the downstream of the LNG value chain and secure Skangas’s commercial position in the Norwegian market and North Sea.   The Risavika production plant has an annual production capacity of 300,000 tonnes of liquefied natural gas (LNG)


ExxonMobil Chief Touts Q-Max Advantage

Rex Tillerson, CEO, Exxon Mobil

Speaking at the 19 World Petroleum Congress in Madrid, Mr. Tillerson outlined the challenge of supplying growing energy needs while minimizing the impact on the environment. “New energy technologies for energy supply, such as those enabling an increase in world LNG supplies, together with technologies to improve energy efficiency, will be critical in meeting the world’s energy challenge,” Mr. Tillerson said.


ABS and CCS Conduct Joint LNG Forum

Increased interest in the building of liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers at Chinese shipyards spurred the recent Large LNG Carriers Forum, held in Shanghai, and conducted jointly by classification societies ABS and CCS (China Classification Society) in conjunction with leading LNG operators.       More than 150 representatives from the Chinese government, shipowners, shipbuilders, designers, energy corporations and universities attended the forum


Wärtsilä Hamworthy Wins Another Höegh FSRU Contract

FSRU Construction: Photo credit Wärtsilä Hamworthy

Hamworthy Oil & Gas Systems win contract for LNG regasification technology for a third Höegh LNG Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) Working together with Sinopacific Offshore and Engineering (SOE) Wärtsilä Hamworthy will design and supply the system concept whilst the key equipment and fabrication will be supplied by SOE. The floating regasification market is experiencing significant uptake and Höegh have projected annual growth in the LNG market of


Gazprom, Gasunie Sign Framework Agreement - LNG

Han Fennema and Alexey Miller

  At a Meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee and Han Fennema, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of Gasunie a Framework Agreement on cooperation in the area of small scale LNG was signed by the two parties. The document stipulates the cooperation in the small scale LNG market in Europe, with a focus on joint projects for the construction of LNG receiving terminals, LNG filling stations and other infrastructure facilities.


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


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


Petronas Chooses Jotun Antifoulings

Seri Amanah (Photo: Jotun)

Petronas has selected Jotun’s Hull Performance Solutions (HPS) antifouling system for two LNG vessels chartered from MISC.   The advanced antifouling coatings and a full suite of performance measurement sensors will now be applied to Seri Amanah and Puteri Zamrud in a move that will


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


Total to Broaden LNG Cooperation with Korea Gas

French oil and gas company Total said on Wednesday that it signed an agreement with Korea Gas to extend the cooperation in their liquefied natural gas (LNG) businesses.   The agreement is designed to jointly identify and pursue opportunities to develop the LNG market in Asia and in new


GTT, AG&P to Tap Smaller Scale Modular LNG Market

GTT, (Gaztransport & Technigaz), an engineering company specialized in the design of membrane containment systems for the transportation and storage of liquefied gases, has signed a Technical Assistance and License Agreement (TALA) with AG&P (Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific Company)


LNG Producers Seek New Markets to Soak up Surplus

The world's top producers of liquefied natural gas (LNG) are investing in ship-fuelling operations, floating import terminals and power plants to open new markets and keep from drowning in a fuel surplus expected to last into the next decade.  


How Japan Can Lead the Marine Renaissance

Image: GE

Being an island nation, Japan is inevitably dependent on seaborne trade. Over time, this has led to it becoming a strong player in the global maritime market.    Japan’s shipbuilding pedigree has gained the country a foothold in LNG carriers


Cheap Oil Slows Move to LNG as Bunker Fuel

Low oil prices are denting the take-up of liquefied natural gas as a cleaner source of energy to power ships, and it will be a few more years yet before the fuel makes serious inroads into the marine bunker market.   The global shipping sector is under pressure from governments to reduce


Nigeria's LNG Export Falls

Photo: Nigeria LNG Limited

 Babs Omotowa, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG), has raised alarm over Nigeria’s dwindling investments in Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), according to a report in Thisday.   He noted that with no new investments


US Battles Russia for European LNG Market

Image: Cheniere Energy

 As the U.S. prepares to enter the European gas markets with its first delivery of liquefied natural gas, Norway and Russia are expected to increase production to lower prices and make exporting less desirable to the U.S., reports Daily Sabah.  


Statoil: Limited U.S. LNG Impact in Europe this Year

File Image: An LNG STS Transfer underway (credit: Excelerate)

The European natural gas market is well supplied by pipeline gas from Norway and Russia, Norway's Statoil said on Wednesday, adding that it expected only limited impact from U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply this year. "Looking at the gas market moving forward the starting point is


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.


Japan in Race for Asian LNG Hub

Photo: LNG Japan Corporation

 Japan, the world’s largest buyer of liquefied natural gas is aiming to establish an international liquefied natural gas (LNG)  trading hub by the early 2020s, according to a statement by Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) .  






 
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