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GLOBAL LNG: Prices Steady in Subdued Market

Asian liquefied natural gas (LNG) prices were steady this week amid limited trading activity. The price of Asian spot cargoes for February delivery was pegged at $6.90 per million British thermal units (mmBtu), in line with the previous week. Traders eyed developments in Nigeria where Eni has declared force majeure on loadings from the country's LNG export plant due to pipeline sabotage. All other suppliers continued to ship, although traders said the pace of loadings had slowed. "There's a slight backlog of vessels, they're not loading as quickly as they normally would," said a trader. "There's obviously not enough LNG to bring ships in quickly or as per scheduled." Nigeria LNG's export plant at Bonny Island can produce 22 million metric tonnes of liquefied gas a year and has long-term supply contracts with buyers in Italy, Spain, Turkey, Portugal and France. It also sells on the spot market. On the demand side, Egypt, one of this year's brightest spots for LNG imports, is facing difficulty meeting payments due to its foreign currency crisis. Sources said that Egypt has asked oil and LNG suppliers to extend payment terms to 90 days after delivery. Traders said that Italy's offshore terminal at Livorno, OLT Toscana, picked DufEnergy Trading to supply a cargo earlier this month following a recent tender to secure a delivery intended to cover occasional spikes in Italian gas demand.


What’s Next for LNG - DNV GL

Courtesy DNV GL

Dr. Gerd-Michael Würsig, Business Director LNG fuelled ships at DNV GL – Maritime, looked at some of the current issues in the LNG industry and provided an overview of what DNV GL is doing to support growth in this segment. “The main drivers, in order of importance, are price, availability, and of course legislation. LNG as a fuel has the potential to become the most important fuel solution for environmentally sustainable shipping over the next few years


Bestobell and W&O Enter Distribution Deal

Actuated globe valve with flanged end connections

Bestobell Valves, part of the President Engineering Group (PEGL), has named W&O Supply, a global supplier of marine pipe, valves and fittings, valve automation, and engineered solutions to the marine and upstream oil and gas industries, as its exclusive distributor for Bestobell Valves in North America. Through this partnership, Bestobell Valves, headquartered in the United Kingdom, and W&O, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida


Angola Ships First Offshore LNG Cargo

First LNG Shipment Ceremony: Photo credit Angola LNG

The first cargo was sold to Angola's state oil & gas company and is currently being shipped to Brazil by the  LNG carrier 'SS Sonangol Sambizanga', one of seven 160,000 m3 LNG vessels that are under long-term charter to the Angola LNG project. Angola LNG, the Soyo-based facility built to create value from Angola's offshore gas resources, confirms that production of liquefied natural gas (LNG) has safely commenced at the Angola LNG plant in Soyo and that its first cargo has


LNG Export Strategies on Agenda at London 'Russian Day'

The role of Russia as a key global supplier of natural gas will be amplified at upcoming 'Russian Day' event. The Russian Energy Minister, Alexander Novak, confirms he will host a special ‘Russian Day’ at one of the world’s leading gas industry events in London this October. The role of Russia as a key global supplier of natural gas will be examined during the day-long session, which also welcomes Novak’s Deputy, Pavel Fedorov


Singapore Offers Funding to Build LNG Vessels

Image: MPA

 Singapore Offers Funding to Build LNG Vessels   Port of Singapore offers S$12 million funding for building of LNG-fuelled vessels as Singapore advances LNG bunkering efforts to meet future demand   The Port of Singapore, regarded as a leading bunkering hub, is poised to expand its offering of marine fuel solutions to include LNG.   In line with these efforts, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has taken another step toward the planned 2017 launch of


Healthy Global Growth for LNG

Photo: CWC Group’s World LNG Summit 2015

 Despite some recent turbulence, the global business environment for liquefied natural gas (LNG) remains strong, and a continuous growth in demand is expected for years to come, said Khalid Sultan R Al Kuwari, Chief Marketing and Shipping Officer of RasGas Company Limited.   Speaking at the CWC 16th World LNG Summit in Rome Al Kuwari said that a growth rate of approximately 5% per year from 2015 to 2025 is anticipated


Shippers Must Reduce Costs, Boost Efficiency

Michael Wilson

So what’s keeping ship operators awake at night these days?  Plenty, it seems. Sluggish recovery from a lingering worldwide recession, unsustainable debt loads, endemic overcapacity in most shipping trades, punishing freight rates, rising costs of fuel and regulatory compliance and a lingering sense that ships are not running as efficiently as they could.  The last two topics – reducing fuel costs while complying with emission regulations and improving ship operating


FLNG Birth of a Market

Easy cool Modec’s liquefaction concept is based on efficient “air-conditioning” Courtesy Modec

FLNG deal-making has been sporadic since Woodside Petroleum at the end of 2013 delayed a final investment decision for the giant Browse FLNG project off Northwest Australia.   The previous year had seen go-aheads for most of the floating liquefied natural gas projects (FLNG) underway today, including Shell’s Prelude FLNG — Woodside’s choice, it seems, of a liquefaction solution for fields 200 kilometers offshore


Technip USA Announces Contract Award for the Freeport LNG Terminal

Freeport LNG Development, L.P. and Technip USA Corporation, a subsidiary of Technip have signed a contract for the Front End Engineering Design (FEED) leading to the finalization of the EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) contract for its LNG receiving terminal to be located on Quintana Island near Freeport, Texas. The FEED is expected to be completed by the end of December with the EPC phase of the project beginning in the first quarter of 2004.


Teekay Sign Yamal Charter for Newbuild

Teekay LNG Partners L.P. has entered into a 15-year time-charter contract with the Yamal LNG project, sponsored by Novatek OAO, Total SA, China National Petroleum Corporation and Silk Road Fund, to provide Yamal LNG with conventional liquefied natural gas (LNG) transportation services


First FLNG Production Facility Completes Testing

Photo: Wison Offshore & Marine

The first natural gas floating liquefaction unit (FLNG) has completed performance testing at the Wison Offshore & Marine yard in Nantong, China, marking the first time LNG has been produced onboard a floating facility.   The performance test was carried out in the presence of


Shell Loads First LNG Vessel at Gate Terminal

Coral Methane loading (Photo: Shell)

Shell loads first LNG vessel, using new LNG fuel infrastructure at Gate terminal. The new LNG fuel infrastructure included the construction of a new berth. This new berth has now started operations. The loading of Shell’s chartered LNG vessel, the Coral Methane happened on September 19th


Pavilion Energy, ExxonMobil Join on Singapore LNG Bunkering

Image: Exxon Mobil Corp

 Pavilion Energy Pte Ltd (Pavilion) and Exxon Mobil Corp. (ExxonMobil) will work together to develop liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering in Singapore, as well as other downstream projects, reports the Straits Times.   Both companies will also look at developing other downstream


Alaska, ConocoPhillips Eye JV to Market LNG

Image: Alaska LNG Project LLC

The state-owned Alaska Gasline Development Corp. (AGDC), and ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. have executed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to form a joint venture company (JV) to market liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Alaska LNG project.  


IOC Eyes GSPC's Stake in Mundra LNG terminal

Image by Whessoe Technology Centre

 Indian Oil Corp. Ltd (IOC) wants to buy debt-laden Gujarat State Petroleum Corp.’s (GSPC) entire stake in the in the under-construction Rs 4,500 crore ($672 million) GSPC-Adani liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Mundra, Gujarat, reports Livemint.  


Indian Oil Giant May Scrap LNG Vessel Tender

Photo: GAIL

GAIL India, largest state-owned natural gas processing and distribution company in India, will likely scrap the tender for hiring LNG ships after failing to negotiate acceptable terms with bidders in what would hurt India's ambition to build high-tech LNG carriers at home under the Make in India


Coal's Cost Advantage over LNG Slipping

file image: a ttypical bulk carrier at sea (Credit: BSM)

Thermal coal has been one of the commodity success stories this year, but there is a risk that it becomes a victim of its own success by eating into its advantage over liquefied natural gas (LNG) in generating electricity. The benchmark Australian thermal coal price, the Newcastle Index


Finland's 1st LNG Terminal Opens

Image: Gasum Oy

Finland’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal at Pori on the west coast was officially opened, says Gasum. Deliveries of LNG to customers began on the same day, the company said in its statement.   It enables LNG deliveries to industrial


First Gas-Up Operation at Jebel Ali LNG Import Terminal

Excelerates FSRU Explorer at DUSUPs Jebel Ali LNG Terminal in Dubai. (PRNewsFoto/Excelerate Energy L.P.)

Excelerate Energy L.P., in collaboration with Dubai Supply Authority (DUSUP), has completed the first commercial gas-up operation at DUSUP's Jebel Ali LNG Import Terminal via Excelerate's floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) Explorer on August 31, 2016.


Statoil to Supply Small-scale LNG to Baltics

Norway's Statoil will supply small-scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) to terminals in the Baltic Sea through Lithuania's Klaipeda LNG terminal, a company official said on Thursday. The move comes after the energy firm signed an agreement on Thursday with Litgas and Lietuvos Duju Tiekimas


BV & Ship-to-Ship LNG Bunkering

Ship-to-ship LNG bunkering

Bureau Veritas is supporting the adoption of clean fuel LNG through the classification of both vessels in the world’s first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operation between two independent ocean-going vessels. On September 3 2016, Terntank Rederi’s M/T Ternsund bunkered LNG from Coral


LNG Tanker En Route to Malta Leaves Singapore

Dr Muscat and Dr Mizzi (middle and second from right) at the tankers sailing-away ceremony. Photo: DOI

 The LNG tanker Armada LNG Mediterrana – or floating storage unit that will be permanently berthed at Marsaxlokk has finally left Singapore harbour, reports Malta Independent.    The ship is currently making 9 knots and is heading towards the port of Galle in Sri Lanka


Harvey Gulf ATB Earns ABS, USCG Approvals

(Image: HGIM)

Harvey Gulf International Marine (HGIM) announced it has received both ABS (American Bureau of Shipping) class functional approval and USCG (United States Coast Guard) design bases approval on a 4,000 cubic meter LNG articulating tug barge (ATB) construction drawing package; the design accounts


Gorgon LNG Cargo Arrives Japan

Photo: Chevron Corporation

 Tokyo Gas Co has received its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo from Chevron Corp's $54 billion Gorgon export facility in Australia, reports Reuters.   The "Energy Confidence" vessel carrying about 70,000 tonnes of LNG arrived on Saturday at the company's Ohgishima LNG






 
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