Commodity Trader News

25 Nov 2019

Gunvor to Charter Flex LNG Newbuild

Commodity trader Gunvor Group will charter a liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier from shipping firm Flex LNG for up to 10 years, the two companies said on Monday.Geneva-based Gunvor, which has said it wants to take a lead in energy transition by investing in cleaner natural gas, last year became the biggest trader in the burgeoning LNG market.The initial contract is for five years, with options to extend to 10, the firms said. The vessel, with capacity to transport 173,400 cubic meters of LNG, is under construction at Korean yard Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering."We look forward to taking delivery of one of the most technologically advanced LNG vessels in the world to serve our long term portfolio…

17 Nov 2019

Koch Extend Charters for Two 2020 Bulkers

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Norway-based shipowner 2020 Bulkers announced that the time charters of two of its vessels with the global commodity trader Koch Supply and TradingUnder the new deal, the dry bulk shipping company vessels Bulk Santiago and Bulk Seoul will continue working for Koch for another 11-13 months at an index linked rate reflecting a significant premium to the Baltic 5TC index.The time charters also include a sharing of the economic benefit from the scrubbers from January 1st, 2020, with the majority of the benefit accruing to 2020 Bulkers.As part of the agreement…

20 Sep 2019

Korean H-Line Sign LNG Carrier TC with Vitol

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Dutch energy and commodities group Vitol and South Korea's H-Line Shipping have executed a 10-year time-charter agreement for a newbuild, latest generation LNG carrier.The commodity trader said that the 174,000m3 vessel with XDF propulsion is to be built at Korea’s Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) and is due for delivery in late 2021.Vitol also holds extension options and the ability to exercise additional LNG carriers to support its further growth in the LNG industry through this partnership with H-line.Pablo Galante Escobar…

28 Mar 2019

Trafigura Sends More Asian Gasoline to Americas

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Commodity trader Trafigura is shipping this month a second newly built crude tanker with Asian gasoline onboard to South America amid strong demand in the West, four industry sources who closely monitor petrol trade flows said on Thursday.Although it is not uncommon for traders to use a brand new crude tanker of 150,000 deadweight tonnage (dwt) to ship clean fuels such as diesel, it is rare to use them for gasoline because of the sheer size."South America likely needs gasoline more than gasoil now.

06 Mar 2019

India's Ennore Terminal Gets Qatari LNG

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Qatargas, the world’s largest LNG producer, supplied a commissioning cargo for India’s Ennore LNG receiving terminal, near the southern Indian city of Chennai.The commissioning LNG cargo was delivered onboard the vessel ‘Golar Snow’ on 25th February 2019 by the Swiss commodity trader, Gunvor, to the state-owned Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), which owns and operates the five million tonnes per annum (MTPA) terminal. Qatargas sold the cargo Free On Board (FOB) basis to Gunvor.Ennore will be India’s fifth operational LNG terminal and the first LNG terminal on the East Coast of India.

21 Sep 2018

Trafigura Leases 35 Crude Oil and Product Tankers

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Commodity trader Trafigura had leased 35 newly built crude oil and oil product tankers from an undisclosed Asian financial partner with the vessels expected to be delivered late this week and all through 2019, the company said."Until 2020, the vessels will run on regular fuel, and from then onwards, whenever allowed (some ports do not allow usage of open loop scrubber), they will burn high sulphur fuel oil, which is possible due to the scrubber onboard each vessel," a company spokesman told Reuters on Friday.The tankers…

26 Jun 2018

Trafigura Strikes 3-year LNG Deal from U.S. Project

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Commodity trader Trafigura on Tuesday said it agreed to buy 0.5 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) annually over three years from the Freeport LNG export plant in the United States.   Deliveries from Freeport LNG Marketing will begin in 2020 from its facility on Quintana Island near Freeport, Texas, Trafigura said.   The deal builds on Trafigura's 15-year, 1 million tonne per annum agreement with Cheniere Energy for supply from its Sabine Pass plant in Louisiana, which was announced in January.   Reporting by Oleg Vukmanovic

15 Jun 2018

Noble Group Sells Kamsarmax Dry Bulker to Aeolian Spirit Shipping

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The commodity trader Noble Group has entered into an agreement with Aeolian Spirit Shipping, a Cyprus company, to dispose a vessel registered in Hong Kong for a consideration of US$23.79 million. Noble said in a press annoucement that its indirect wholly-owned subsidiary, Core Forte, had on June 15 entered into a memorandum of agreement with Aeolian Spirit Shipping and Transmed Shipping for the proposed sale of a Kamsarmax dry bulk carrier vessel. The Vessel “Ocean Forte" is registered under the flag of Hong Kong. It was built in 2015 and has a capacity of 81,616 dwt.

11 Mar 2018

Noble Group To Sell Ship For $24 Million

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Struggling commodity trader Noble Group Ltd said it would sell to Bianca Corp a Kamsarmax dry bulk carrier for $24 million in cash. The Hong Kong registered ship has a capacity of 81,499 deadweight tons. Built in 2015, the vessel, Ocean Integrity, is employed to service external customers as well as Noble Group's internal freight requirements. "The consideration for the Proposed Disposal shall be US$24 million payable on completion of the Proposed Disposal and will be satisfied in cash.

04 Feb 2018

Noble Group deals to sell four ships fall apart

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The commodity trader Noble Group says proposed agreements to sell four dry bulk carrier vessels fell through after the buyers failed to get approval from their boards, reports Strait Times. The disposal of the freight vessels for gross proceeds of about USD 95 million had been approved by Noble shareholders at a special general meeting on Jan 25. The crisis-wracked company estimates it would have received about USD 30mln in net proceeds if the vessels had been sold. The proposed disposal of the vessels is a part of the Noble’s debt reduction plans.

02 Feb 2018

Noble Group: Sale of Four Bulkers Falls Through

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Crisis-wracked commodity trader Noble Group said on Friday said proposed agreements to sell four dry bulk carrier vessels have fallen through after the buyers failed to get approval from their boards for the deals by Thursday. Noble estimated it would have received net proceeds of about $30 million if the vessels had been sold, after repayment of mortgages associated with the ships and other costs. "Noble Group wishes to update that the vessels are, in the current market, profit generating and cash flow positive," it said in a statement.

16 Jan 2018

Cheniere Signs 15-year LNG Supply Pact with Trafigura

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U.S. natural gas producer Cheniere Energy Inc said on Tuesday Singapore-based commodity trader Trafigura Pte Ltd would buy about 1 million tonnes of natural gas per year from its unit for 15 years, starting 2019. The agreement with Cheniere Marketing, LLC would help the Houston-based company to fund its expansion plans, Chief Executive Jack Fusco said. The company has been expanding its presence in Asia to benefit from the rising demand for liquefied natural gas from the region.

28 Nov 2017

Noble Group Sells Four Vessels to Cut Debt

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Hong Kong-based struggling commodity trader Noble Group will sell four dry bulk carrier vessels for about $95 million, as it looks to cut debt to keep its business running, reports Reuters. According to company statement, net proceeds from the disposal, following repayment of bank loans associated with the ships and other costs, will amount to about $30 million. Noble said the sale of the vessels was expected to close next year between March 10 and May 31 and would not significantly impact the operations of the freight business.

20 Nov 2017

Trafigura to Develop Another Pakistan LNG Import Project

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Swiss commodity trader Trafigura said it plans to develop its second liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal in Pakistan, alongside an existing project in which it has a minority stake. At a inauguration ceremony for Pakistan's second LNG import project, Pakistan GasPort Ltd (PGPL), in Port Qasim in Karachi, the trader said it would add a jetty, berth and a second floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) to the existing facility. Trafigura expects to benefit from lower development costs by taking advantage of existing infrastructure at the site.

11 Aug 2017

Trafigura to Lift Angolan LNG Cargo

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Commodity trader Trafigura purchased a liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo offered by Angola's export facility through a tender, trade sources said.   The cargo, which loaded on Aug. 7-9, attracted a price in the $6 per million British thermal units (mmBtu) range, they said.   Reporting by Oleg Vukmanovic

01 Jun 2017

LNG Sellers, Asian Buyers Spar Over Contract Terms

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A spat brewing between Qatar, the world's No.1 producer of liquefied natural gas (LNG), and its biggest customers in Japan underscores rising tensions between buyers and sellers of the super-chilled fuel as a supply glut unbalances the market. Importers of LNG having been pushing for greater benefits amid the surplus, signing new, cheaper contracts that give them more flexible terms, while exporters try to preserve long-term supply deals written in their favour during tighter markets.

28 Mar 2016

EGAS Completes Tender for 2 LNG Cargoes for April Delivery

Egypt has purchased two liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes for April delivery from two international companies, EGAS Chairman Khaled Abdel Badie told Reuters on Sunday, without specifying which two companies won the tender. EGAS launched a tender earlier this month, open only to some of its existing suppliers, for the delivery of one cargo on April 1-7, and another on April 27-28. Badie said two shipments for 170 thousand cubic metres each were successfully tendered for and EGAS was "in the final stage of contracting". Traders told Reuters last week that EGAS had so far failed to make purchases from suppliers, some of which were hesitant to arrange delivery on short notice.

26 Mar 2016

Egypt Struggles to Close LNG Tender

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The Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) has reportedly failed to secure two cargoes for delivery in April, says a report in Reuters. The tender launched during last week was open to EGAS’ existing suppliers, however, delivery windows of April 1-7 for the first cargo and April 27-28 were difficult to arrange due to a short period notice. Traders said the first delivery window was difficult to arrange given the short notice period. For the late-April cargo, EGAS lined up commodity trader Trafigura as the supplier…

22 Mar 2016

Vitol's 2015 Revenue Sinks 38% to $168 Bln

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Vitol's 2015 revenue fell 38 percent to $168 billion in "challenging" market conditions, the commodity trader said on Tuesday.   The world's largest independent energy trader's sharp fall in revenue came despite traded volumes of crude oil and products rising 13 percent to 303 million tonnes.   "Whilst the market structure favours a physical trader, the absolute price levels and market volatility are causes for caution," Ian Taylor, president and CEO of Vitol said.   (Reporting by Sarah McFarlane, editing by Louise Heavens)

05 Feb 2016

Glencore to Lift Iranian Fuel Oil at Bandar Mahshahr

Anglo-Swiss commodity trader Glencore has chartered a ship to load Iranian fuel oil at the Iranian port of Bandar Mahshahr in a move that signals the return of legitimate Iranian crude and oil products to international markets. The Greek-owned vessel, Green Warrior, arrived at the Iranian port of Bandar Mahshahr on February 3, on a fully fixed charter by Glencore and is set to load 80,000 tonnes of high-sulphur fuel oil bound for Singapore, according to Thomson Reuters ship tracking data as well as traders and shipbrokers with knowledge of the matter. A Glencore spokesman declined to comment. Despite the lifting of sanctions in mid-January, most international insurers are no closer to resolving concerns over remaining U.S.

25 Aug 2015

Trafigura's Impala Terminals Scraps Chinese Joint Venture

Commodity trader Trafigura said its logistics and warehouse unit Impala Terminals has scrapped plans for a metals warehousing joint venture in China and will also exit its refined base metals business. Trafigura had announced a joint venture last October with Citics Global Trade, a subsidiary of Citic Securities Co Ltd , China's largest investment bank. "This (cancellation) is due to the necessary conditions not being in place," Trafigura said in a statement on Tuesday, giving no further details. The statement did not mention suspected metals financing fraud at China's Qingdao port, but last year Trafigura said a probe had affected some partners and hit confidence in the industry as a whole.

05 May 2015

Targa: Splitter, Terminal with Noble Still Under Consideration

Targa Resources Partners LP is working closely with Noble Group as Asia's biggest commodity trader evaluates whether to move forward a deal to support a Targa-built condensate splitter, a new terminal or both in Texas, Targa Chief Executive Joe Bob Perkins said on Tuesday. More than a year ago Noble signed on to support a new $115 million, 35,000 barrels per day (bpd) splitter at Targa's Channelview terminal on the Houston Ship Channel. The splitter would split the super-light crude oil into various components like naphtha and distillates that Noble would buy and sell. But Noble has come under scrutiny for its accounting methods after a little-known research firm and a short seller alleged the company inflated asset values and misled investors.

08 Dec 2014

Trafigura Consolidating Operations in 3 Locations

Commodity trader Trafigura said on Monday its logistics and warehouse unit Impala Terminals plans to focus its refined metals business in Antwerp, Dubai and China, exiting several sites to concentrate on places where it has greater control. Trafigura, one of the world's largest commodities traders, said Impala planned to cease operation in Taiwan, South Korea, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Turkey and Italy by the end of 2014. The company said the impact of suspected metals financing fraud at China's Qingdao port on Impala Terminals "was not material", but the probe had affected some partners and hit confidence in the industry as a whole.

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