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BG's Singapore Move Seen Cutting Big UK Tax Bill

BG Groups Methane Kari Elin delivers the first consignment of LNG to Singapores SLNG terminal. (Photo courtesy BG Group)

When BG Group Plc announced last week it was shifting the headquarters of its oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG) trading operation to Singapore from Britain, it said the aim was to get closer to its customers. Analysts and consultants agreed that the growing importance of Japanese and Korean utilities in the LNG market meant the move would have clear logistical and commercial benefits. But they also said another motivation was likely at play: tax. "Tax is always a factor," said Bob Piller, a Swiss-based energy trading consultant who previously worked for commodities giant Vitol. "Singapore has already attracted some people from Geneva," he added. While Britain's centre-right government is in the process of cutting its corporate income tax rate to 20 percent, from 28 percent in 2010, Singapore offers firms tax holidays in return for establishing operations there, corporate filings show. BG's tax savings could be significant because its trading operation is one of Britain's biggest taxpayers. In 2012, the last year for which the group's largest LNG trading subsidiary, BG Gas Marketing Limited, published accounts, it reported a tax charge of $384 million. That's more than was paid by eight of the 10 biggest publicly-traded companies in Britain, other than BG, which published their UK tax payments in their annual reports.


The Marine Industry and LNG

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Several years ago many people in the marine industry either did not know about LNG or did not think that it would amount to anything worth more than a passing interest. At that time there were just four LNG import terminals in the and even they were underutilized. Today there are eight LNG import terminals in operation with two more slated for their first “cool down” shipments this year or early next year


LNG Spot Prices Drop; Demand Dips from Brazil, Japan

By Oleg Vukmanovic and Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen,  Reuters Asian spot liquefied natural gas (LNG) fell this week as demand from Brazil's Petrobras slackened and top Japanese buyers switched to cheaper fuels and relied more on supplies under long-term deals. Prices for April delivery dropped to around $18.10 per million British thermal units (mmBtu) from $19.60 per mmBtu last week. Petrobras, a major Atlantic Basin LNG buyer in recent weeks


New LNG Carrier Bunkers in Russia

LNG carrier Pskov: Photo GM&T

Gazprom Marketing & Trading’s (GM&T) says that its newly delivered LNG carrier “Pskov” has received bunkers (Heavy Fuel Oil and Marine Gas Oil) at the port of Nakhodka in the Primorskiy Region of Russia. This marks the first time a GM&T time-chartered LNG vessel bunkered in a Russian port. Bunkers were provided by another Gazprom subsidiary – GazpromNeft Marine Bunker.


Alaska LNG Gets Conditional Approval to Export

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  The Alaska LNG project marks another significant milestone with today’s announcement by the United States Department of Energy that it has conditionally authorized the Alaska LNG Project LLC to export liquefied natural gas to non-Free Trade Agreement countries. The application to export up to 20 million metric tons per year of liquefied natural gas from Alaska for a 30-year period was submitted to the U.S. Department of Energy last July


Egypt, Russia Pact for LNG Shipments

Image by ESRG

 The Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) signed an initial agreement with Russian company Rosneft to supply oil products and liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipments.   The document defines key terms of the future cooperation between the companies in the area of LNG supplies.   The implementation of the terms of the signed document will allow Rosneft to access the high growth potential Egyptian gas market and deepen broader cooperation between the two companies.  


ABS Grants AIP for Small LNG Carrier Design

Photo: ABS

ABS granted engineering company GTT approval in principle (AIP) for a 32,000 m capacity LNG carrier design.   "While a few membrane LNG carriers in the 20,000 m capacity range were built in the 1990s, this is the first new design to be introduced since that time," said ABS Vice President, LNG, Patrick Janssens.   The reason for this innovation, Janssens says, is the development of new markets that have led to a keen interest in smaller LNG carrier designs.  


Jordan Cove Approved for LNG Export

Terminal in Coos Bay, Oregon authorized to export Liquefied Natural Gas to non-free trade agreement countries The U.S. Energy Department announced that it has conditionally authorized Jordan Cove Energy Project, L.P. (Jordan Cove) to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries that do not have a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States, from the Jordan Cove LNG Terminal in Coos Bay, Oregon


MOL JV Ink Deal for 2 LNG Vessels

  Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd.  announced today that through a joint venture ship-owning company with Itochu Corporation charter agreements have been signed with E.ON Global Commodities SE, a wholly owned subsidiary of E.ON SE. The joint venture also signed a deal with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd.’s shipyard in Korea to build maximum of two new 179,900m3 liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers to be able to fulfil the contractual requirements to EGC.


LNGL Raises A$174 mi for N. American Projects

Liquefied  Natural  Gas  Limited  announced the placement of 40 million fully paid ordinary shares in the capital of LNGL, which has raised A$174 million before costs (Placement). Use of Proceeds The proceeds of the Placement will be used towards:  Commencement of an Early Works program at the proposed 8 mtpa Magnolia LNG (MLNG) project following receipt of the timeline established in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Schedule of Environmental


LNG-fueled Box Ship a 'Momentous Step Forward'

Perla del Caribe, the second of two LNG-fueled Marlin Class ships built by General Dynamics NASSCO for Tote, was launched at NASSCO’s yard in San Diego. (Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO)

On Saturday, August 29, 2015, the world’s first series of energy efficient containerships welcomed its second LNG-powered vessel in San Diego, fueling the U.S. maritime industry with cutting edge economic and environmental efficiencies powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).


TEN Charters Tanker at 20% Premium

Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited announces two-year charter renewal at a 20 percent premium to prior contract reflecting strong tanker market fundamental, oil price levels positive for tanker markets   Greece-based crude, product and LNG tanker operator Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited


Egypt Picks Jordan LNG Cargo Winners

Egypt has picked Shell, Vitol and Trafigura in a tender to supply four cargoes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) via Jordan's Aqaba import terminal, trade sources said. Shell will supply two cargoes while trading houses Vitol and Trafigura will supply one each, traders said.


Russia’s Novatek Sells 10% Of Yamal LNG To Chinese Fund

Image: OAO NOVATEK

 Russia’s second-biggest gas producer Novatek is selling a 9.9 percent stake worth an estimated US$1.4 billion in its Yamal liquefied natural gas (LNG) project to a China’s Silk Road infrastructure fund, reports Reuters.    


Survey Underway for Morecambe Bay LNG Project

Photo courtesy of Bibby HydroMap

Seabed survey company Bibby HydroMap have begun survey operations on the proposed LNG project off Morecambe Bay. The work program comprises geophysical, geotechnical and environmental surveying of the proposed pipeline route to shore and will be undertaken using a multi-vessel approach


Texas LNG’s Brownsville Project Progressing

Artist impression depicting Texas LNG’s planned liquefaction facilities. (Image courtesy of Texas LNG Brownsville LLC)

Texas LNG appoints BNP Paribas as financial adviser for Brownsville LNG project, progresses FERC pre-filing process and completes over 60 percent of front end engineering and Design for facility.   Texas LNG Brownsville LLC announced that BNP Paribas has been appointed as financial adviser


Expert Panel Set for LNG Marine Fuel Seminar

Photo; ECM Training Services

ECM Training Services, LLC, in conjunction with Galway Group, will hold an interactive training seminar entitled "Pursuing ECA Compliance: Is LNG as a Marine Fuel Viable?" September 22-23, 2015, at Minute Maid Park in Houston.  


NLNG Bullish on Prospects

Photo: Nigeria LNG Limited

 The Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas company (NLNG) has shipped 3,200 liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes by Q2 of 2015, since it began international gas exports in 1989, the managing director, Babs Omotowa said, reports Business Day.  


Keel Laid for Crowley’s 2nd LNG ConRo Ship

Photo: Crowley

The keel for the second Commitment Class liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered, combination container – Roll-On/Roll-Off (ConRo) ship for Crowley Maritime Corp.’s liner services group was laid yesterday during a ceremony at shipbuilder VT Halter Marine, Inc


Liberian Registry Shortlisted for Ship Efficiency Awards

Scott Bergeron (Photo: Liberian Registry)

The Liberian Registry has been named as a finalist for the 2015 Ship Efficiency Awards.   The Liberian Registry was selected as one of five finalists for the Initiative of the Year award. The nomination is in respect of Liberia’s Global Eco-Upgrade Financing Program


Qatar Onslaught of LNG Supply to Shake-up the Market

Photo: Qatargas Operating Company Limited

 Gas giant  Qatar is the world’s top supplier of liquefied natural gas (LNG), but in the coming five years it could be surpassed by Australia, a shift which could weigh on its dominance in Asia, reports Reuters.   Asia accounts for almost three quarters of the global market


Rosneft, EGAS Ink LNG Supply Deal

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  Rosneft Trading SA, a company of Rosneft Group, and the Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) signed a Master LNG Supply and Purchase Agreement. The document was signed by the Chairman of Rosneft Management Board Igor Sechin and the Chairman of EGAS Eng


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.  


Hitachi Gas Supply System Order for MHI

LNG pressurizing part of high-pressure gas supply system (MHIs testing equipment of the same type)

  Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has received an order from Hitachi Zosen Corporation for a high-pressure gas supply system enabling use of natural gas as fuel in marine engines. In lieu of conventional heavy oil, the system supplies liquefied natural gas (LNG)


HHI Orders Regasification Systems from Wärtsilä

The Wärtsilä regasification module seen here with storage tank and filter/heater module (Photo: Wärtsilä)

South Korean shipyard Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has ordered two seawater/propane based regasification modules from Wärtsilä. The systems are to be installed on floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) vessels owned by Höegh LNG






 
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