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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 and considered the economic, energy security and environmental impacts of the plant before approving the Cove Point shipments for 20 years.   Some environmentalists have fought Cove Point, believing the LNG trade would increase pollution from fracking in the United States. Others support greater development of natural gas as a replacement for coal.   The Sierra Club and several other green groups on Thursday filed suit in the District of Columbia Circuit court over a recent decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve the terminal.   Cove Point needs approval from both federal agencies.     (Reporting by Timothy Gardner; Editing by Andrew Hay and Bernadette Baum)


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


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


New Asia-Pacific LNG Markets in Gazprom's Sights

LNG carrier: Photo courtesy of Gazprom

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


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


Darwin LNG Shipment Delayed

The first shipment of liquefied natural gas from Darwin has hit a snag, with the tanker delayed in port for several days. The Kotowaka Maru arrived at ConocoPhillip's Wickham Point plant in Darwin early last Wednesday to load the first cargo from Australia's second LNG export project. The shipment was due to leave Darwin within two days, but the 125,000 cubic meter carrier still remained in the port last night. About 3 million tons of LNG


LNG Vessel Docks at Teesport

PD Ports welcomed the arrival of U.S.A based Excelerate Energy’s first full LNG vessel, since the regasification facility opened at Teesport in 2007. The liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker, named after its owners, Excelerate, entered the Tees River in the early hours of Monday 13th April.  The vessel, which stands some 909 ft in length, was carrying 58,500 tonnes of LNG.  The vessel had sailed from Point Fortin in Trinidad.


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


Harmonizing LNG Bunkering, Safely and Efficiently

M. Shahrin Osman, DNV GL Regional Manager, Maritime Advisory, Middle East & India

DNV GL is launching a new Recommended Practice (RP) on LNG Bunkering in the Middle East & South Asia. The launch in Doha is in conjunction with Qatar’s announcement that it is going to establish a strategy of supplying LNG as a marine fuel in Qatar and the other countries forming the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). “Qatar’s entry as a provider of LNG for the marine industry will be a game-changer given that it is the largest single exporter of LNG globally


Trafigura Fixes 6 Voyage Charters from Golar LNG

Swiss trader Trafigura has taken up to six liquefied natural gas (LNG) vessels from Norwegian shipping company Golar LNG, likely on a single-voyage basis to transport cargoes, trading and shipping sources said. The vessels are to be put at Trafigura's disposal from now through August or


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


Petronet LNG appoints new chairman

Image: Petronet LNG

 India’s largest importer of the chilled gas Petronet LNG has appointed Kapil Dev Tripathi, Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural gas as Chairman and Director on the Board of the company.   The appointment follows the former Chairman and Director of the company Board


Gail to Sell LNG Supplies from US to Shell?

Image: GAIL (India) Limited

 GAIL (India) Ltd has signed a preliminary deal with Royal Dutch Shell for the potential sale of liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply sourced from its portfolio, made up of US production, says Reuters and local media reports.    


NYK Orders Three LNG Carriers

Mitsubishis Sayaringo STaGE LNG carrier

 Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) has concluded time-charters for two new LNG carriers with Diamond Gas International, a Singapore affiliate of Mitsubishi Corporation.   NYK also concluded a contract with MI LNG Company Limited for the construction of the LNG carriers


US DOE Discouraged Direct China Investment in US LNG Export

The U.S. Department of Energy discouraged U.S. liquefied natural gas exporters from allowing direct Chinese investment in their projects for fear of political backlash, according to Michael Smith, chief executive at Freeport LNG which is building a plant to export U.S. overseas.    


GAIL, IOC Join Dhamra LNG project

Photo: Gas Authority of India Limited

Gas Authority of India Limited (Gail) and Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to join Adani Group promoted Rs 5,000-crore ($805 mln)  Dhamra LNG Port (DPCL) project on the Odisha coast. The MoU comes within weeks of GAIL dropping plans to set up a


LNG Carrier for Osaka Gas Named LNG Mars

The LNG Venus, a sister ship to the LNG Mars

  Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced that the naming ceremony for a newbuilding LNG carrier for Osaka Gas Co., Ltd. was held at the Nagasaki Shipyard of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. The vessel was ordered by MOL and Osaka Gas International Transport, Inc


Dynagas LNG Beats Profit Forecasts, May Add Five More LNG Tankers

Photo credit:  Dynagas LNG Partners LP

 With earnings, adjusted for amortization costs, profits came to 43 cents per share, Greece-based Dynagas LNG Partners LP (DLNG) exceeded Wall Street expectations.   The company is looking into the opportunity of acquiring five LNG carriers currently owned by the parent company Dynagas


Freeport LNG Was Not Advised Against Inviting Chinese Investors

Michael Smith, chief executive Photo Freeport LNG

  The head of Freeport LNG on Friday said that the U.S. Department of Energy did not advise against inviting Chinese investment in the company's Texas export plant, backing down from contradictory claims made on Thursday. Michael Smith, the chief executive of privately-owned Freeport LNG


LNG Drive: Helgoland Leaves Building Dock

MS Helgoland by Cassen Eils

 After almost nine months of construction has MS "Helgoland" the new LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) ship of Cassen Eils from Cuxhaven, left the building dock of the Fassmer-Werft shipyard.   Helgoland will be the first German flagged marine vessel to operate on LNG as its


Indian Prime Minister Visits HHI

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at HHI (Photo: HHI)

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi visited Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), seeking increased partnership between the India’s shipbuilding industry and HHI.   HHI is reportedly the only Korean company the prime minister visits during his two-day stay in the country


Final LNG-proof Tug Delivered to Smit Lamnalco

SL Curtis Island (Photo: Smit Lamnalco)

Smit Lamnalco takes delivery of last Sanmar LNG proof tug of five-vessel series   Towage and marine services provider Smit Lamnalco has taken delivery of the SL Wiggins Island, the fifth and final tug purpose-built at Sanmar Shipyard in Turkey


US to Export LNG to China

Photo: Cheniere Energy, Inc

 Buyers from China are looking at long term liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplies from US firm Cheniere Energy, news agency Reuters quoted a company official as saying.   This would be the first LNG deal between the world's two biggest energy users


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:






 
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