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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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Hammerfest LNG Production Resumes After Leak

Snøhvit

Production at Hammerfest LNG Production from the Hammerfest LNG plant has been resumed after a gas leak Sunday night. "We started run-up of the Hammerfest LNG plant Tuesday night, and the plant has now reached stable operation. All necessary repairs on the plant have been completed to ensure a safe and efficient start-up," says Knut Gjertsen, head of Snøhvit operations. The Hammerfest LNG plant was shut down Sunday night due to a gas leak in the processing facility. In connection with the plant run-up a condensate leak occurred which required extra time for the start-up preparations. The incident will be investigated by Statoil.

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.

LNG Plant Bids Accepted

An international consortium developing two oilfields off Russia's Sakhalin island invited three international groups to bid for a tender to build the world's largest liquefied natural gas plant. The Sakhalin energy consortium said in a statement the three were French Bouygues Offshore, French Technic with U.S. Foster Wheeler, and Japan's Chiyoda Corp. with Toyo Corp. The Sakhalin energy consortium is led by Royal Dutch Shell

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

Hammerfest LNG Plant Resumes Production

Hammerfest LNG Plant: Photo credit Statoil

The Norwegian LNG plant was shut down due to water ingress in natural gas driers, but is now back in production. Large amounts of natural gas are sent ashore and cooled down at Hammerfest LNG on Melkøya, the world’s most northerly and Europe’s first export facility for LNG from Snøhvit, the first petroleum development in the Barents Sea that has no installations above the sea’s surface.

Russian Yard Expects Arctic-class LNG Carrier Contract

United Shipbuilding Corporation may build four Arctic class LNG carriers for the Pechora LNG project in northern Russia. Developers of the project, Alltech's President Dmitry Bosov informed that preliminary agreements had been signed with Russia's United Shipbuilding Corporation for four ships with a deadweight tonnage of about 170,000 mt each, report Ria Novosti. The Pechora project includes development of the Kumzhinskoye and Korovinskoye fields in the Nenets Autonomous District

Second Australia Floating LNG Project Planned

Exxon Mobil plans to develop a floating liquefied natural gas project to develop the Scarborough field off the coast of Western Australia. Exxon, whose partner in the field is Melbourne-based BHP Billiton Ltd. (BHP), expects to make a decision on whether to go ahead with the floating LNG venture in 2014 or 2015, with the project starting production in 2020 or 2021, reports Bloomberg. In Australia, Shell is developing the Prelude floating LNG vessel -- expected to be as long as the Empire

Skangas Aquires Risavika LNG

Photo: Skangas

 Skangas, a unit of Gasum, signed a deal with Lyse Group to acquire the Risavika liquefied natural gas (LNG)production facility in Norway.    The acquisition of the Risavika production plant will strengthen Skangas’s presence in the downstream of the LNG value chain and secure Skangas’s commercial position in the Norwegian market and North Sea.   The Risavika production plant has an annual production capacity of 300,000 tonnes of liquefied natural gas (LNG)

Novatek Says Ships First LNG Cargo

Photo: NOVATEK

 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

Total Seeking to Buy Stake in Iranian LNG Project

Photo: Total

 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 Iran’s South Pars gas field project which will developed at an investment of $4 billion.   Sources told Reuters in February that Total was in talks to buy a multi-billion dollar stake in

New Private LNG Terminal in Pakistan

Photo: Port Qasim Authority

 A group of leading business houses in Pakistan plan to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal by March 2019 for gas processing and consumption in their own plants, Reuters reported.   The proposed, second multi-million dollars terminal being set up at the Port Qasim to handle LNG imports will give tremendous boost to LNG trade. The private terminal will bring the total number of potential LNG import projects in the country to eight.  

Australian Supply Crunch Squeezes LNG Exporters

File Image: A typical LNG Carrier at Sea (CREDIT: MISC)

Spot LNG exports in government's cross-hairs; ConocoPhillips, Origin, Shell now in the firing line.   The Australian government on Monday warned that the country's east faced a worse-than-expected natural gas shortfall in 2018, but the competition watchdog said the gap could easily be filled by diverting uncontracted exports to the local market.   It is now up to the government to decide by Nov. 1 whether to pull the trigger on its Australian Domestic Gas Security Mechanism

Chinese Demand Ensures Asian LNG Rally Has Legs

© Altin Osmanaj / Adobe Stock

Unexpectedly strong demand from China, along with rising oil and coal prices, should keep Asian liquefied natural gas (LNG) spot levels buoyant this winter.   Despite rising supplies from new plants, spot prices have risen by 55 percent from their 2017 lows to $8.40 per million British thermal units (mmBtu) as Asian buyers also refilled summer stocks.   With the peak demand October-March winter gas season almost underway, further price gains are expected.  

H-Energy to Start West Coast LNG Terminal in May 2018

India's H-Energy Pvt Ltd, a unit of real estate group Hiranandani, will start operations at its liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in the western Maharashtra state by May 2018, its chief executive said on Wednesday.   India plans to raise the share of natural gas in its energy mix to 15 percent in three years from the current 6.5 percent, according to a plan set out by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government.  

Crowley to Supply LNG in Puerto Rico

Photo: Crowley

Crowley Maritime Corp.’s  liquefied natural gas  (LNG) services group has been awarded a multi-year contract to supply additional volumes of containerized, U.S.-sourced LNG to a major pharmaceutical company’s manufacturing plants in Puerto Rico.   The contract, executed through Crowley’s Carib Energy LLC subsidiary, extends a 2014 contract awarded to Crowley for LNG supply for the facilities by expanding LNG services to additional plants

Caterpillar Marine Plans LNG Test Site

Photo: Caterpillar

With eyes on the future of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the maritime sector, Caterpillar Marine said it will unveil a first-of-its-kind LNG test bed for gas-fuelled engines at its facility in Kiel, Germany where the company will aim to improve understanding of related technology and enhance its services to clients adopting LNG solutions.   According to Caterpillar, the site will focus on familiarizing its personnel with LNG capabilities, testing and improving LNG components

MOL Mulls LNG Power Generation on Ships

Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) is exploring the possibilities to generate power from liquefied natural gas (LNG) aboard ships as a low-cost, environmentally friendly alternative to land-based plants.   According to a report on Nikkei, MOL is looking to supply LNG to ship-based power generators to create electricity, delivering this to shore using underwater cables.    This is a cheaper alternative to building shore-based power plants and could have particular appeal in

Private Producer Aims to Ship Baltic's First Russian LNG Before Gazprom

LNG Gorskaya, a privately-owned Russian liquefied natural gas (LNG) producer, has launched a 340 million euro ($379 million) project to become the first LNG exporter from Russia's European coast, its CEO told Reuters. Russia expects to send LNG to Europe by the end of 2017 from its distant Arctic peninsula of Yamal but a plant on its Baltic coast could establish the country as a more immediate supplier of LNG in a region already dependent on piped Russian gas.

ABS Approval for Chiyoda's Floating LNG Power Plant

 ABS informs it has granted Approval in Principle (AIP) for a floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) power plant and Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) design concept developed by Japan’s Chiyoda Corporation,   “As the energy mix shifts and global demand for gas increases, concepts like this will reshape how energy is supplied,” said ABS Vice President for Global Gas Solutions, Patrick Janssens

Rosneft May Build LNG Plant in Far East on Its Own

Russian energy giant Rosneft may build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in the far east using exclusively its own resources and gas reserves, Rosneft vice president Vlada Rusakova said on Thursday.   Rosneft and U.S. energy firm Exxon earlier announced plans to build an LNG plant in Russia's far east together.   Rusakova said Rosneft's base scenario for monetising its gas reserves and those of its partners in the Sakhalin-1 project remained building an LNG plant together with

MOL Bags Yamal LNG Charter Contract for Four Ships

Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced it has signed a long-term charter contract for four liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers with the tank capacity of 174,000m3, which will be delivered and serve on Yamal LNG project in 2019 and 2020 onward, through a wholly-owned subsidiary of MOL.    The four contracted carriers will serve as a transport of LNG transshipped by the project from Europe.   MOL did not provide any additional information on the vessels.  

Global LNG Deals Set Bullish Tone as Peru Export Halt Tightens Market

© Wojciech Wrzesien / Adobe Stock

Asian spot LNG prices stepped higher this week, shrugging off months of weakness, as Royal Dutch Shell replaced lost output from its Peru plant via spot markets and as a flurry of higher-priced deals surprised traders.   Peru's liquefaction plant suspended loadings for several weeks without explanation, exerting strain on Shell, which is the sole exporter of Peruvian LNG and was forced to pick up replacement supply on spot markets.  

ENI, Anadarko to Build LNG Terminals in Mozambique

Italy's ENI and U.S. oil and gas firm Anadarko signed agreements with the Mozambique government on Thursday to build two liquefied natural gas terminals in the southern African country.   The terminals will be built in Cabo Delgado province, where Mozambique has made massive gas discoveries that could transform it from a poor African country into a major energy supplier to Asia.   The agreements were signed by Mozambique's energy minister Letícia Klemens and the regional

Russia Sends LNG Through Northern Sea Route

Ice-breaking LNG carrier Christophe de Margerie. Photo: PAO Sovcomflot

 Russia was now pitching itself as an important transporter of European gas to Asia, reports  Sputnik quoting Danila Bochkarev, a senior fellow at the EastWest Institute in Brussels.   The Russian supertanker Christophe de Margerie is en route to South Korea, sailing the Northern Sea Route with a load of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Norway.   The shipment is a major step for Russia’s Sovcomflot to enter the global gas transportation market said the report

Russia to build 15 Tankers at South Korean Shipyards

Photo: Yamal LNG

 Fifteen tankers will be built at South Korean shipyards to transport the products of the Yamal LNG plant, TASS cites Russian President Vladimir Putin as saying.   “We have noted with satisfaction the successful cooperation in the energy sector: South Korean companies are participating in the Sakhalin-1 and Sakhalin-2 projects, we are working on the issue of increasing purchases of liquefied natural gas,” the report quoted President Putin.  

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