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GAIL Postpones $7-bn LNG Ship Tender, Again

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 GAIL India has deferred a USD 7-billion tender for hiring nine newly-built ships to ferry liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the US by one month. Bids for the tender were to close on February 29 but now have been extended to March 31.   The state gas utility is seeking 9 LNG ships of cargo capacity of 1,50,000-1,80,000 cubic metres to help transport LNG it has tied up from Sabine Pass and Cove Point LNG projects in the US, with supplies slated to start from December 2017.    Press Trust of India quoted GAIL Chairman and Managing Director B C Tripathi as saying: "The postponement has been done at the request of bidders to allow them time to finalise their bids. There are no changes in tender conditions."   GAIL India  is the largest state-owned natural gas processing and distribution company in India.   Bids were originally to close on December 17, but were postponed to February 29 to allow Indian shipyards to tie up technology for building the specialised vessels.   GAIL is seeking quotes in three lots of three ships each. One ship in each lot is to be built at an Indian shipyard.   After postponing the deadline thrice, GAIL had in February last year scrapped the tender to hire nine LNG carriers to ferry gas from the US, with a caveat that three of them be made in India. At that point, no foreign shipyard was willing to share LNG ship-building technology.


US Energy Dept OKs Cove Point LNG Export

Cove Point Terminal (Photo: Dominion)

The U.S. Energy Department said Thursday it has given the final approval for Dominion Resources to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from its Cove Point, Maryland plant.   The Cove Point plant is investing $3.8 billion in new infrastructure to ship up to 0.77 billion cubic feet of LNG starting late in 2017 to countries with which the United States does not have free trade agreements.   The DOE said it conducted "an extensive careful review" of Dominion's applications


New Asia-Pacific LNG Markets in Gazprom's Sights

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Russian energy company Gazprom takes a look at its marketing policy in the international markets of small & large-scale LNG supply in line with its  updated LNG production and supply strategy, and decides to focus on the Asia-Pacific market. Gazprom's main efforts for expanding large-scale LNG exports are to be focused on the fast-growing Asia-Pacific market. The company says it will step up its presence in the new market primarily through increasing the


Aurora LNG Submits Canada Export Bid

British Columbia’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) proposal at Grassy Point near Prince Rupert has filed its export application with Canada's National Energy Board (NEB). "Aurora LNG is moving forward with their plans to export B.C.'s natural gas to new markets overseas," said Premier Christy Clark. "This marks another step towards realizing the transformative opportunity LNG presents us. Aurora LNG's commitment to building this new industry will create jobs and


DNV GL Forms Americas LNG Solutions Group

Bjørn-Harald Bangstein

To meet the rapidly growing demand for a wide variety of LNG related services, DNV GL has established a group of LNG experts in North America. In addition to deep LNG expertise, the Houston-based “LNG Solutions Group - Americas” is also experienced in all business, risk and regulatory matters specific to the North American market. With the increasingly strict regulation of sulphur emissions in force next year and the already tightened Emission Control Area regulation for the U.S


Novatek Says Ships First LNG Cargo

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 Russia’s Novatek Gas & Power has supplied its first ever cargo of liquefied natural gas, marking the company’s first step into global LNG trading business.    The cargo was sourced from Trinidad & Tobago’s LNG plant in Point Fortin and delivered to the Quintero import terminal in Chile.   Deputy Chairman of Management Board - Commercial Director of NOVATEK Lev Feodosyev noted: “This first LNG cargo is an important milestone for NOVATEK


Analysts: Demand for LNG Tankers Decreasing

Excess capacity in the global fleet of liquefied natural gas carriers will be at its highest this decade in 2008, as a growing worldwide fleet results in lower utilization rates, according to the Royal Gazette. Demand for LNG tankers has deteriorated markedly as a result of a large increase in fleet supply partly caused by speculative orders for new ships, industry analysts pointed out. Utilization of the LNG fleet will fall to 77


Rhode Island Passes Bill on LNG Ship Ops

The House of Representatives today voted 66-0 to approve legislation introduced by Rep. Raymond E. Gallison Jr. to require any LNG tanker to have an LNG-certified American master mariner present on each trip through Rhode Island waters and during transfer of cargo. Representative Gallison, chairman of the Special House Commission to Study the Transportation of Liquefied Natural Gas and a Democrat who represents District 69 in Bristol and Portsmouth


Washington State Ferries Explores LNG as Fuel

Kenneth Vareide, Director of DNV’s maritime operations in North America

“WSF burns more than 17 million gallons of ultra-low sulfur diesel each year – and it’s our fastest growing operating expense. LNG has the potential to significantly reduce emissions and the cost of fuel,” said Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Assistant Secretary David Moseley. LNG as a fuel is a promising, but new technology. To ensure that the safety, security and operational challenges of such a move is handled in a responsible manner


Industry Collaborates for LNG Bunkering Study

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Lloyd’s Register (LR), Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) have signed a joint development project (JDP) to produce a ship-to-ship LNG bunkering compatibility study. This will comprehensively review the design requirements between 6.6K LNG bunkering ships and 14K TEU LNG-fuelled container ships with the goal of verifying safe ship-to-ship LNG bunkering. The study aims to help all stakeholders with interest in LNG as fuel to envisage a clear picture of


ICE to Offer First US Gulf Coast LNG Futures Contract

With the United States about to become a net exporter of natural gas for the first time in 60 years, Intercontinental Exchange Inc said on Wednesday it would begin trading the first-ever U.S. liquefied natural gas futures contract in May.


Top LNG Buyers Form Alliance to Push for Flexible Contracts

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The world's biggest liquefied natural gas (LNG) buyers are clubbing together to secure more flexible supply contracts in a move that further shifts power to buyers rather than producers.   Korea Gas Corp (KOGAS) said on Thursday it had signed a memorandum of understanding in mid-March with


Nakilat Transitions LNG Mesaimeer to In-house Management

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Nakilat has assumed full ship management and operations of Q-Flex LNG carrier Mesaimeer from STASCo (Shell Trading and Shipping Company Ltd.) with effect from March 23, 2017, as part of the planned and phased transition announced on October 19, 2016. 


Baltic Index Inches Up on Firmer Panamax Rates

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, edged up on Thursday as panamax rates increased. The overall index, which also factors in rates for capesize, supramax and handysize vessels, closed up 6 points, or 0.5 percent, at 1,196 points


Baltic Index Gains on Robust Capesize Rates

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, jumped to a more-than-three-month high on Wednesday, as rates for capesize vessels soared. The overall index, which also factors in rates for panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels


Will LNG Remain a Key Energy Source?

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Industry expert predicts LNG will remain a key energy source; energy authority expect that Japan’s reliance on LNG will continue to grow   Japan imported 8.3 million metric tons of LNG in January, an increase of 1.06 million metric tons compared to the previous year


Baltic Index Hits Over 3-month Peak on Capesize Rally

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose to an over three-month high on Thursday, buoyed by a surge in capesize vessel activity.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax


Strong Capesize Rates Keep Baltic Index at over 3-month High

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose to a fresh over three-month peak on Friday as capezise rates rallied.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels


Total Seeking to Buy Stake in Iranian LNG Project

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 French oil giant Total held talks with Iranian officials about several projects in the country in 2016, notably a 10 million tonnes per year liquefied natural gas project (LNG), Reuters reported.  It has signed an agreement with Iranian authorities for a 50 per cent stake  in


Nigeria LNG Records 50 Vessel Charters

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 Since its first day of operations in May 17, 1989, the Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG)  has recorded no fewer than 45 vessels chartered-in and five chartered out, said a report in ThisDay.   The chartered-in including liquefied natural gas (LNG)


Robust Capesize Vessel Rates Buoy Baltic Index

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose for the 14th straight session on Monday as capesize rates strengthened. The overall index, which also factors in rates for panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, climbed 9 points


First LNG-fueled Aframax Tankers Ordered

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Hyundai Heavy Industries Group reports $240 million order for the world’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueled aframax tankers   Hyundai Heavy Industries’ shipbuilding affiliate Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) said it recently won a $240 million order to build four 114


Baltic Index Snaps 14-day Winning Streak

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, snapped a 14-session winning streak on Tuesday as rates for larger vessels fell. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels


GTT to Equip Knutsen’s New LNG Carrier

GTT said it has received an order from Hyundai Heavy Industries to equip a new LNG carrier with its Mark III Flex containment system.   Hyundai's shipyard based in Ulsan, South Korea will build the vessel of 180,000 m3 on behalf of the Norwegian shipping company NORSPAN LNG XI AS (Knutsen)


Falling Capesize Rates Weigh on Baltic Index

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Wednesday on weaker rates for capesize vessels. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, was down 10 points, or 0






 
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