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Saturday, October 21, 2017

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Texas LNG Gets Approval To Export LNG To FTA countries

Texas LNG’s liquefaction plan at its 110 acre complex at the Port of Brownsville

  Texas LNG LLC today announced that it has received authorization from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to export domestically produced LNG to all existing, and any future, countries that have, or enter into, an FTA with the Government of the United States. DOE approval of FTA exports is an important component of the regulatory process necessary to develop Texas LNG's project on its 110 plus acre site with deepwater frontage to the Port of Brownsville shipping channel in Brownsville, Texas, USA. Under the DOE's order, Texas LNG has received authority to export on its own behalf and as agent for others, up to the equivalent of 100 Bcf/y (approximately 2 MTA) of domestically produced LNG.  The authorization is for a term of 25 years, commencing on the earlier of the date of first export or 10 years from the date the authorization is issued. Vivek Chandra, CEO of Texas LNG remarked, “Receipt of DOE FTA approval is a key regulatory milestone for the Texas LNG project. We thank the DOE for their analysis and approval of our application and look forward to receipt of non-FTA approvals in the near future. LNG exports will play an important role in the continued development of the US gas industry and our Texas LNG project will provide valuable employment and other economic benefits to Brownsville and the Rio Grande Valley region.”

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

NLNG Denies Project Delays

In response to press reports claiming delays, Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas announced that its $5.7 billion LNG project is on schedule and is capable of fulfilling its contractual obligations, according to an AFX News report. NLNG has also taken measures to head off potential problems in the market, including a possible shortage in gas supply in 2006. The LNG project will supply much of the natural gas needs of Europe and the US in the coming decade. Source: AFX News

FERC Issues Notice on Calhoun LNG Project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Notice stating that a draft environmental impact statement has been prepared for the Calhoun LNG project. The project proposes construction and operation of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal at Point Comfort, Texas. Source: HK Law

LNG Project Costs Rise 21%

Woodside Petroleum Ltd said costs for the planned phase five expansion of its North-West Gas liquefied natural gas project are estimated to have risen by 21 pct to 2.42 bln aud because of higher labor charges. The company, 34 % owned by the Royal Dutch Shell group, said the spike in costs is largely due to a sharp rise, internationally, in labor charges in the construction industry. Woodside operates the project and is a one sixth owner alongside Royal Dutch Shell.

Adani Offers Dhamra LNG Stake to IOC, GAIL

Gautam Adani, chairman and founder of the Adani Group. Photo: Adani Group

 Adani Group has offered 49% stake in its Rs. 5,000-crore ($750 million) Dhamra liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Odisha to the state-owned oil and gas companies GAIL India and Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), according to a PTI report.     The company has written to the state-owned firms offering them 49% stake in the 5 million tonnes a year liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal planned at Dhamra.   

Funding Approved for China LNG Project

Newbridge Capital LLC, one of Asia's largest private equity funds, has signed an agreement to invest up to $200m in Xinjiang Guanghui's Liquefied Natural Gas project in China's northwestern Xinjiang region, an official with the Xinjiang Guanghui Group told XFN-Asia. Under the agreement, Newbridge Capital will initially invest $33.8m for a 24.99 pct stake in Xinjiang Guanghui LNG project and has the option to increase its share in the project to as much as 67 pct with an additional

Neptune LNG Project Secures Deep Water Port License

MarAd has decided to issue a deepwater port license to SUEZ Energy North America's subsidiary, Neptune LNG LLC to build, own, and operate the Neptune offshore LNG delivery system in Massachusetts Bay. Neptune is the first offshore LNG project on the United States' East Coast to reach this milestone. The Neptune terminal will be based on the LNG Shuttle and Regasification Vessel System (SRV) developed by Höegh LNG.

MOL Takes Delivery of LNG Carrier

Image: Mitsui O.S.K Lines Limited

 Mitsui O.S.K Lines Limited (MOL) has taken delivery of the LNG carrier Papua built by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Company.  The Papua is the first in a series of four vessels to provide LNG transportation for the PNG LNG project in Papua New Guinea and the Gorgon LNG project in Australia.    MOL will operate the Papua ship under a long-term charter for the PNG LNG project, which is operated by ExxonMobil.  

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 Carrier CESI Tianjin Delivered for SINOPEC LNG Project

At the naming and delivery ceremony on September 26. First from right in front row: MOL Director, Senior Managing Executive Officer Takeshi Hashimoto. Photo: MOL

 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL)  announced that the LNG carrier CESI Tianjin, which was ordered by the joint venture of MOL, China COSCO Shipping Corporation Limited (China COSCO Shipping) and China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SINOPEC), was delivered at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd. (Hudong) on September 26.   The CESI Tianjin is the fourth vessel to serve the LNG transport project for SINOPEC announced in April 2013

MOL LNG Carrier Rescues Castaways

LNG Carrier Papua. Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has announced that on September 18, the MOL-operated LNG carrier Papua safely rescued four yachtsmen off Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.   Details of the rescue are as follows: In the afternoon of September 17, the Papua received a distress relay message from the Australian Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centres, while underway toward the Port of Qingdao in China from Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.   

Yamal LNG to Ship Two LNG Cargoes in November

(File photo: PAO Sovcomflot)

The Russian Yamal LNG project will ship the first two cargoes of liquefied natural gas in November, followed by another four in December, Russia's customs service said on Tuesday.   The Yamal LNG project is co-owned by local Russian gas producer Novatek, as well as France's Total, China's CNPC and the Silk Road Fund.   Reporting by Oksana Kobzeva 

BP’s LNG Carrier Fleet is Growing

BP said it will take delivery of six new, state-of-the-art liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers in 2018 and 2019 to support its expanding global LNG portfolio.   BP’s finance partners KMarin and ICBC Leasing are investing more than $1 billion in the tankers. The vessels will join BP’s exixting fleet to help service a 20-year liquefaction contract with the Freeport LNG facility in Texas, as well as other international LNG projects in BP’s global portfolio.  

NYK, Kyushu Electric Power Partner on LNG Transport

Grace Barleria (Photo: NYK)

Japanese firms NYK and Kyushu Electric Power Co. Inc. say they have reached an agreement to partner in various fields, including liquefied natural gas (LNG) transport.  According to NYK, the agreement will allow Kyushu Electric Power to use vessels from the shipping company’s fleet for short-term LNG transport, enabling NYK to improve its profitability through efficient vessel allocation and Kyushu Electric Power to improve its flexibility in LNG transport.

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.  

Aqualis Lands Audit Work for LNG Carrier

Offshore marine and engineering consultancy Aqualis Offshore, part of Oslo-listed Aqualis ASA, said it has been contracted by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries Co. Ltd to provide an engineering study of a new-build liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier the yard is constructing for Teekay LNG.   Aqualis Offshore’s work scope is to provide failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA), hazard dentification (HAZID) and hazard and operability (HAZOP) studies for the boil-off gas handling

Stena Drilling Extends Inspection Contract with Sparrows

Stena Don (Photo: Stena Group)

Sparrows Group has been awarded a three-and-a-half-year extension to its inspection services contract for Stena Drilling’s global fleet of drilling vessels. The contract scope includes carrying out LOLER lifting gear surveys, potential dropped objects surveys, cargo carrying unit (CCU) and non-destructive testing (NDT) inspections as well as rig specific maintenance.   As well as an extension to the contract

IFC, Excelerate Secure Finance for Bangladesh First LNG Terminal

Photo: Excelerate Energy

 IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and Excelerate Energy Bangladesh Limited (Excelerate) are co-developing the Moheshkhali Floating LNG project – Bangladesh's first liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal.    The project will be located offshore Moheshkhali island in the Bay of Bengal with a project cost of $179.5 million. IFC and Excelerate announced securing the debt financing for the project to help expand access to clean energy in Bangladesh.  

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

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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.  

GasLog Updates LNG Market Outlook

Photo: GasLog

 During the quarter ended June 30, 2017, there was continued momentum in the start-up of new LNG liquefaction capacity with the fourth train at Sabine Pass commencing commercial production.    Later this year, Wheatstone in Australia and Cove Point on the east coast of the U.S. are expected to start production. In total, Wood Mackenzie estimates that projects with approximately 28 million tonnes per annum ("mtpa") of nameplate capacity will come online in 2017

First of Yamal LNG Tankers Starts Navigation via the NSR

Christophe de Margerie. Photo: Total

 The first Arc7 ice-class LNG tanker “Christophe de Margerie” has entered the Kara Sea and has started its first LNG cargo voyage through the Northern Sea Route (NSR).    The subleased tanker will go through the NSR without the escort of icebreakers and will deliver LNG from Norway to South Korea in 15 days.   The utilization of the route from Europe to Eastern and South-Eastern Asia through the NSR halves the transportation time to market compared to the

LNG Carrier Sets Northern Sea Route Record

Christophe de Margerie (Photo: Sovcomflot)

On August 17, 2017, the Sovcomflot-owned icebreaking liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier Christophe de Margerie completed her first commercial voyage, transporting LNG through the Northern Sea Route (NSR) from Norway to South Korea. During this voyage, the vessel set a new time record for an NSR transit of 6 days 12 hours and 15 minutes. Moreover, Christophe de Margerie has also become the world’s first merchant vessel to travel the full length of the NSR without any icebreaker escort.

ABB’s Azipod Writes History in the Arctic

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Sovcomflot’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier Christophe de Margerie made the world’s first-ever crossing of the Northern Sea in late August without the aid of an ice-breaker. The record-setting vessel is powered by ABB’s advanced Azipod electric propulsion technology.   The 172,600 cubic meters Arctic LNG tanker, which features a lightweight steel reinforced hull, is the largest commercial ship to receive Arc7 certification

Ichthys Explorer Moored off Western Australia

The world’s largest semi-submersible platform, the Ichthys Explorer, has been safely moored in the Ichthys Field, 220 kilometers off the north coast of Western Australia, where it will be located for 40 years, as part of the INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG Project.   Bardex Corporation supplied four moveable Chain Jacks and 28 underwater Barlatches to support the handling of 28 mooring lines. The mooring operation was completed ahead of schedule with the assistance of Bardex lifecycle

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