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Marubeni to Participate in Peru LNG Project

Marubeni Corporation has signed the Sales and Purchase Agreement with SK Energy for the acquisition of 10% interest in the Peru LNG Project. The international project consortium for the project consists of Hunt Oil Company (50%) of the United States, SK Energy (20%) of Korea, Repsol YPF (20%) of Spain and Marubeni Corporation (10%) of Japan. This project, located on the west coast of Peru in the South America, has geographical advantage to supply competitive LNG products not only to the Latin America market and U.S. West Coast market but also to Asian Far East market as possible alternative destination. Natural gas feedstock will be supplied from Camisea gas field and processed at LNG Plant located at Pampa Melchorita area, south of Peruvian capital Lima. The Engineering, Procurement and Construction contract for the project was awarded to the Chicago Bridge & Iron Company and single train LNG plant with production capacity of 4.45 million metric tons per year is currently under construction. The LNG supply will commence in 2010 under the sale and purchase agreement with Repsol YPF. The total project cost is estimated at approximately $3.8b. Financing for the project is expected to be provided by a variety of sources, including the Inter-American Development Bank, Export-Import Bank of the United States, Export-Import Bank of Korea, SACE and IFC.

New Vladivostok LNG Terminal Project on Track

Rendering courtesy of Gazprom

At a recent meeting of Gazprom's Management Committee, Chairman Alexey Miller noted that the project was progressing rapidly and on schedule – the first train of an LNG plant will be commissioned in 2018. Gazprom explains that it aims to speed up new LNG projects in order to increase their share in the global gas market. Vladivostok-LNG is one of such projects.

Port Arthur LNG Project Meetings Ccancelled

Because of damage in the area due to Hurricane Rita, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is canceling its planned public comment meetings in Vinton, Louisiana and Port Arthur, Texas for the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Port Arthur LNG Project until further notice. The period for submittal of written comments, though, has been extended to December 16. 70 Fed. Reg. 57592 (HK Law)

Neptune LNG Project Secures Deep Water Port License

MarAd has decided to issue a deepwater port license to SUEZ Energy North America's subsidiary, Neptune LNG LLC to build, own, and operate the Neptune offshore LNG delivery system in Massachusetts Bay. Neptune is the first offshore LNG project on the United States' East Coast to reach this milestone. The Neptune terminal will be based on the LNG Shuttle and Regasification Vessel System (SRV) developed by Höegh LNG.

FERC – Broadwater LNG Project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an official notice stating that the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Broadwater liquefied natural gas (LNG) project that has been proposed for construction and operation in Long Island Sound has been prepared and is available to the public. The EIS concludes that such construction and operation, with the adoption of FERC and Coast Guard recommendations, would result in limited adverse environmental impacts.

Global LNG Prices Hold Steady in Weak Trade

Asian spot liquefied natural gas (LNG) prices were little changed on Friday as mild demand and the extended holiday period kept a lid on trading activity.   The spot price for February was steady at about $10.10 per million British thermal units (mmBtu), in line with the previous week. Traders said, however, that prices were nominal given there was limited activity.   Brazil's state-run energy giant Petrobras has shown interest in purchasing spot cargoes, one trader said

Shell to Decide on Iran's Persian LNG Project in 2007

Royal Dutch Shell PLC is to decide in 2007 whether to invest in Iran's Persian LNG project, its chief executive said on May 4. Speaking at a press conference, Jeroen van der Veer said "we are aware of the short-term developments," referring to international tensions surrounding the country's nuclear program. But he added "we intend to make a decision in the year 2007." In 2004, the National Iranian Oil Co. signed a framework deal in 2004 with Shell and Repsol YPF SA to form the Persian LNG

Total to Invest in Iran's LNG Project

Iranian Oil Minister Gholam Hossein Nozari said that the French oil company, Total, has voiced preparedness to make a $12b investment in Iran's Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of an international meeting dubbed 'Geopolitical Developments of Energy and the Role of Natural Gas' here in Tehran on Sunday, the minister noted Total's readiness for investments in Iran, and stressed that the US sanctions against Iran's oil sector have produced no effect

British Columbia Signs LNG Deal with Petronas

Agreement between the government of BC and Pacific NorthWest LNG establish signed. Photo: BC Gov News

 B.C. Premier Christy Clark has announced an agreement in principle with Pacific NorthWest LNG, owned in majority by Malaysia's Petronas, for a liquefied natural gas development on the province's northwest coast.    Hailed as “the largest capital investment in B.C. history,” Clark said the LNG framework will result in stable, long-term revenue for B.C. and $36 billion in investment, including a proposal for an LNG facility near Prince Rupert.  

Yamal LNG Arctic Project in Doldrums

Yamal LNG in the Icy Russian Arctic. Photo by Total

 The massive $27 billion Yamal LNG liquefied-natural-gas venture in the Arctic Circle, a centerpiece of President Vladimir Putin’s plan for Russia has been squeezed by U.S. restrictions on OAO Novatek, says a report in the WSJ.   Through this project, Russia wants to reduce its heavy dependence on natural-gas customers in Europe by increasing exports to Asia and, in turn, cementing Russian ties with China.  

First Vessel Launched for BigRoll Shipping

BigRoll Barentsz (Photo: BigRoll Shipping)

 The heavy marine transportation provider BigRoll Shipping announced its first of four MC Class vessels under construction, BigRoll Barentsz, was launched on October 27, 2015 at Cosco Dalian Shipyard. The vessel construction and commissioning remains on schedule for delivery in March 2016.

Magnolia LNG Receives Final FEIS

Maurice Brand is the founder, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Liquefied Natural Gas Limited Photo LNG

Liquefied  Natural  Gas Limited and Magnolia LNG LLC (Magnolia) announced that the United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Magnolia LNG (MLNG) project in Lake Charles, Louisiana

Monadelphous Bags Shell FLNG Contract

Image: The Ichthys LNG Project, one of the world’s largest LNG developments. Photo by Monadelphous Group

 The engineering group Monadelphous has won a $200 million Shell Australia contract on its Prelude floating LNG project off the Kimberley coast.    The contract is for major, long-term maintenance and modifications services for the Prelude Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG)

Alaska Buys TransCanada AK LNG Stake

Alaska LNG project. Photo by

 The State of Alaska has finalized a deal with TransCanada to buy out the pipeline company's share in the proposed Alaska liquefied natural gas export project for nearly $65 million.   Alaska has completed the buyout of TransCanada’s interest in the Alaska LNG project

China Shipping Firms, Dynagas Mull Arctic LNG Vessel Deal

China Merchants Energy Shipping, Sinotrans Shipping and Greek shipping firm Dynagas are in talks to form a joint venture to build five vessels to ship liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Arctic, the firms said. China Merchants said in a stock exchange statement on Tuesday that its board had

Dredging Contract Awarded for Corpus Christi LNG Terminal

U.S. dredging services provider Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation announced it was awarded a contract for work on an export terminal under the development of Corpus Christi Liquefaction, LLC (CCL).   CCL, a subsidiary of Cheniere Energy, Inc

DNV GL Wins Ichthys LNG Mega Project Contract

Photo: DNV GL AS

 DNV GL has secured a contract to provide in-service verification and classification services to a range of facilities at the Ichthys LNG project in Australia.   The contract marks INPEX’s commitment to continue working with DNV GL as it prepares to transition from the project

Bahrain Set to Award $400mln Floating LNG Contract

Image: Bahrain National Oil and Gas Authority

 The Bahrain National Oil and Gas Authority (NOGA) will award a $400 million Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal contract next month, Energy Minister Abdulhussain Mirza told local media this week.   The LNG terminal will be constructed near Khalifa Bin Salman Port

RINA Group Widens Gas Sector Services

International classification, certification and engineering group RINA said it has widened its services to the global gas industry. While its traditional classification society arm RINA Services has recently approved a new Compressed Natural Gas carrier to aid the exploitation of marginal fields

Yamal LNG Financing in Final Stages

Photo: Novatek

A deal to raise financing for the Novatek-led Yamal LNG project in Russia is in its final stages, Chairman of Gazprombank, Andrey Akimov, told Reuters.   Gazprombank is a co-lender to Yamal LNG on the Russian side, along with Sberbank

First US Shale Gas Exports to Sail into Oversupplied Market

When Cheniere Energy opened a new liquefied natural gas import terminal in Louisiana in 2008, a U.S. shale drilling boom quickly made it obsolete. Seven years on, with the Houston-based firm about to open a landmark export plant on the same site, the timing, again, is far from ideal.  

PFLNG2 Keel Laid at Korea’s SHI Yard

Petronas has laid keel for its second floating liquefaction plant, Petronas Floating LNG2 (PFLNG2), in Geoje Island, South Korea.   Petronas, together with JGC Group and Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), the consortium leading the engineering, procurement, construction

Naming Ceremony of LNG JUROJIN

LNG Carrier Courtesy MOL

  Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today took part in a naming ceremony for the newbuilding liquefied natural gas carrier LNG JUROJIN, which is co-owned by MOL and Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc. at the Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

NYK and Astomos Conclude Time-charter Contract for 12th VLGC

NYK gas carrier. Pic by NYK Line

 Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK)  concluded a time-charter contract for a new VLGC (very large gas carrier) with Astomos Energy Corporation, the world's pre-eminent liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) company.    The new VLGC will be built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Shipbuilding Co

Iran Belgium Hold Talks to Build FLNG Unit

FLNG Unit Image by National Iranian Oil Company

 Minister of Petroleum, Bijan Zangeneh said that Iran and Belgium are in talks for possible floating production of liquefied natural gas (LNG) FLNG Unit off the Kharg Island in the Persian Gulf.    The issue was brought up during Zangeneh’s talks with Belgian Secretary of

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