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13 Nov 2019

Gasum on an Acquisition Spree

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Finland-based integrated gas company Gasum takes steps forward in its growth strategy by acquiring AGA’s Clean Energy business and Nauticor’s Marine Bunkering business from Linde AG."These acquisitions will enhance the development of the Nordic gas market and create a platform for Gasum to provide a broader offering to meet the increasing demand for low-emission energy solutions from customers in industry, maritime and road transport," said a press note.The transaction will improve access to competitive natural gas and biogas…

12 Nov 2019

Babcock Wins Multiple Orders

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UK-based engineering services company Babcock said that its liquefied gas equipment (LGE) arm has netted 26 orders in the LNG and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carrier markets so far this year.Having won 16 contracts in the LPG carrier market, plus a further 10 ecoSMRT contracts for LNG carriers so far in 2019, the company continues to thrive in challenging market conditions.Now contracted to deliver LPG Fuel Gas Supply System (ecoFGSS) on six LPG carriers in a range of sizes, including the world’s first new-build system, Babcock’s LGE business dominates the sector whilst maintaining LPG and L

06 Nov 2019

GasLog Sees Tighter LNG Shipping Market

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GasLog, an international owner, operator and manager of liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, is predicting a tighter LNG shipping market, as increasing United States LNG output combines with a seasonal uptick in demand for gas, resulting in rising demand for shipping and higher utilization of the global fleet.These underlying trends in the LNG commodity and shipping markets point towards a structurally tighter market through 2020 and into 2021.As of October 28, 2019, the LNG fleet and orderbook (excluding floating storage and regasification units (FSRUs) and vessels with capacity below 100…

10 Oct 2019

Chinese LNG Sector Growth to Continue

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China is at the forefront of the large LNG sector growth and is emerging as the largest source of new LNG demand growth and second largest importer of LNG, VesselsValue revealed.China’s natural gas consumption has surged amid a gasification program and plan that is shifting millions of households and a large number of factories to natural gas from coal, said the report.Greece and Japan dominate in terms of USD value. Greece has recently overtaken Japan as the top owning country…

09 Sep 2019

Transforming Mid-Scale Liquefied Gas

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The Type B Mid-Scale Containment Solution.SSRC Technologies AS introduces a novel containment solution for small and mid-scale liquefied gas carriers. The Type B containment system provides excellent thermal performance, low weight and ease of fabrication. In cooperation with world-renown Moss Maritime AS, the patented Type B containment system has been specifically developed for the mid-scale LPG, NH3, Petchem and LNG markets. The SSRC system is also uniquely suited to scalable floating storage and regasification solutions…

03 Sep 2019

Wärtsiläs LNG Storage & Supply System for Dredges

Wärtsilä LNG fuel storage and supply system for two new trailing suction hopper dredgers. Copyright: Van Oord

Innovative Wärtsilä LNG fuel storage and supply system to deliver multiple benefits for two new dredgers.The technology group Wärtsilä will supply a unique and patent-pending LNG fuel storage and supply system for two new trailing suction hopper dredgers (TSHDs). The ships are being built by Keppel Offshore & Marine for Van Oord, the Dutch marine contractor. The order with Wärtsilä was placed in Q2 2019.The Wärtsilä system comprises two 640m3 single-shell polyurethane insulated storage tanks…

25 Aug 2019

China-led Consortium Bids for Cyprus LNG

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The Natural Gas Public Company of Cyprus (DEFA) announced that a Chinese-led consortium has been chosen as the preferred bidder for the construction of a EUR 250 million liquified natural gas (LNG)  import terminal and related infrastructure.The authorities announced that the consortium of JV China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering Co Ltd, AKTOR S.A. and METRON S.A., with Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Co. Ltd and Wilhelmsen Ship Management Limited has emerged as the preferred bidder…

08 Aug 2019

Cheap Gas Killing US Coal -Rystad

Graph: Rystad Energy

A new study revealed that coal power is being replaced by cleaner energy sources in the US – primarily due to an abundance of cheap natural gas.According to Rystad Energy, new renewable energy capacity from solar and wind is on the rise in the US, and April 2019 marked the first month when more electricity was generated in the country from renewable sources than from coal.However, the growing renewable energy sector alone is not wholly responsible for the on-going retirement of…

31 Jul 2019

Swiber Forms JV with Hilong Marine

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Singapore offshore company Swiber Holdings' wholly-owned subsidiary, Swiber Offshore Construction (SOC) has entered into a shareholder's agreement with Hilong Marine Engineering (HME) to establish a joint venture company in Singapore.The shareholders (51% Hilong and 49% Swiber) have named the new company – Ocentra Offshore. New joint venture to target offshore construction and installation sector.According to the company, the principal business of the new JV firm will be pipe-laying and integration of pipeline systems…

26 Jul 2019

Vladimir Rusanov Opens Northern Sea Route

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Russian natural gas producer Novatek announced that the Arc7 ice-class LNG tanker 'Vladimir Rusanov' completed the Northern Sea Route (NSR) passage via the Eastern direction, delivering an LNG cargo from the Yamal LNG project, at the port of Sabetta, to China's port of Tianjin.The 168,560 cbm vessel shipped transited the ice-covered part of the route in only 6days, setting a new record for independent passage via the NSR without ice-breaking support with cargo on board.The net voyage time from Sabetta to the destination port was completed in a record 16 days…

25 Jul 2019

Kirby Announces 2019 Q2 Financials

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Kirby Corporation (“Kirby”) (NYSE: KEX) has announced net earnings attributable to Kirby for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019 of $47.3 million, or $0.79 per share, compared with earnings of $28.6 million, or $0.48 per share, for the 2018 second quarter. Excluding a one-time charge related to the retirement of Kirby’s Executive Chairman, 2018 second quarter net earnings attributable to Kirby were $46.8 million, or $0.78 per share. Consolidated revenues for the 2019 second quarter were $771.0 million compared with $802.7 million reported for the 2018 second quarter.David Grzebinski…

16 Jul 2019

Balticconnector Offshore Pipeline Completed

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Construction work in the sea for the Balticconnector project offshore pipeline was completed Friday 12 July 2019.Pipe laying was finished at the end of June, and the shielding work was begun in mid-June.Now that the shielding work has been finished, all construction work in the sea has been completed. Next, the offshore pipeline will be pressure-tested in July-August, after which the pipeline will be emptied and dried.“We are satisfied that the construction work for the offshore pipeline has progressed on schedule and that we can begin the final phases of the pipeline according to plan.

04 Jun 2019

Total Takes Over Toshiba's U.S. LNG Biz

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French energy giant Total takes over the liquefied natural gas business of Japanese outfit Toshiba's Freeport LNG train tolling agreement and gains $800 million.The French oil and gas company will is paying $15 million for the shares in the Texan assets, the firms said. Toshiba will also pay Total $815 million to take over all the contracts linked to the business, Total added."It includes a 20-year tolling agreement for 2.2 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of LNG from Freeport LNG train 3 in Texas and the corresponding gas transportation agreements on the pipelines feeding the terminal.

31 May 2019

Spot LNG Freight Rates Plummets in Q1: Flex LNG

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During the first quarter 2019, spot LNG freight rates plummeted from the record levels seen in the previous quarter, said Flex LNG, the company controlled by billionaire John Fredriksen.Asia winter demand came in lower than expected due to an unseasonably mild weather in northern Asia, coupled with Japanese nuclear power plants restarting as well as an oversupplied LNG market due to start-up of new LNG production, said the emerging player in the LNG shipping.Asian LNG prices moved lower…

27 May 2019

AIE Buys Gas from Port Kembla LNG

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Australian Industrial Energy (AIE) said it has reached a preliminary agreement with EnergyAustralia to provide 15PJs of natural gas per annum, from its Port Kembla gas terminal (PKGT).PKGT is one of five proposed LNG import terminals that could help meet a looming gas shortage in southeastern Australia, even as the country is set to become the world’s top LNG exporter.Commencing 1 January 2021, the five-year contract will supply gas for EnergyAustralia’s residential and industrial…

21 May 2019

LNG Shipping Market Declines in Q1: Golar

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The 1Q liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipping market declined from strong 4Q levels in line with historic seasonality, said Golar LNG, a LNG shipping company registered in Bermuda.LNG demand growth in China and other SE Asian countries was largely offset by declines in Japan and Korea due to a combination of a milder than expected winter and the re-start of several nuclear facilities. Chinese 1Q demand was up 20% up on 1Q 2018. During the quarter LNG prices reached 3-year lows, which eliminated inter-basin trading opportunities.

16 May 2019

Trade War Puts LNG Projects at Risk

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The escalation of the trade war between the US and China could jeopardize several LNG mega projects that are awaiting final approval, said Rystad Energy.China announced on Monday that it will raise the duty on imports of US liquefied natural gas (LNG) to 25% from the previous level of 10% in retaliation to the US increasing its tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods.Rystad Energy forecasts that Chinese LNG demand will reach 95 million tonnes per annum (tpa) in 2025, up from 53 million tpa in 2018.

08 May 2019

800bln Undiscovered Barrels of Oil and Gas Exist Globally

Graph: Rystad Energy

Total greenfield project sanctioning, summed up to the present day, only accounts for 40% of estimated volumes of offshore projects ever being sanctioned, said Rystad Energy, the  energy research and consultancy headquartered in Norway."Likewise, the brownfield market has only begun, with total historical expenditures accounting for only about 20% of estimated brownfield spend over the projects lifetime, leaving 80% of brownfield spending to the future. And the decommissioning market is still in its nascent form…

02 May 2019

US LNG Opens Floodgates to Europe

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The United States has nearly tripled its natural-gas exports to the European Union (EU) since July and signed new licenses seeking to establish American energy as an EU mainstay. US exports of LNG surged following a meeting between Donald Trump and Jean-Claude Juncker in July 2018.In their Joint Statement of 25 July 2018 in Washington D.C., President Juncker and President Trump agreed to strengthen EU-U.S. strategic cooperation with respect to energy. They came in particular to an understanding on the benefits of expanded exports of U.S.

02 May 2019

Kirby Posts 2019 Q1 Results

David Grzebinski, Kirby’s President and Chief Executive Officer

Kirby Corporation announced net earnings attributable to Kirby for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019 of $44.3 million, or $0.74 per share, compared with earnings of $32.5 million, or $0.54 per share, for the 2018 first quarter. Excluding certain one-time charges, 2018 first quarter net earnings attributable to Kirby were $37.9 million, or $0.63 per share. Consolidated revenues for the 2019 first quarter were $744.6 million compared with $741.7 million reported for the 2018 first quarter.David Grzebinski…

26 Apr 2019

Novatek Sell 20% Stake in Arctic LNG 2 to China

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Russian gas producer Novatek said on  that it had signed agreements with two Chinese companies to sell a combined 20 percent stake in its new liquefied natural gas project, Arctic LNG 2.Under the agreement, the Chinese firms -CNOOC and CNODC - will become shareholders in the Arctic LNG project with 10 percent each. Novatek gave no financial details in a statement announcing the agreements.According to a press release, Novatek  has signed a binding agreement to enter the Arctic LNG 2 project with China National Oil and Gas Exploration and Development Company Ltd (CNODC)…

25 Apr 2019

EU Funding for Polish LNG Terminal Expansion

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The Polish government and the Polskie LNG company signed a grant agreement on 24 April for the extension of the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal in Świnoujście, in north-western Poland on the Baltic Sea coast.Almost EUR 128 million from the European Regional Development Fund is invested in extending this terminal, which is the only facility of its size in Northern, Central and Eastern Europe.Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Creţu said: "The extension of the Świnoujście terminal will help diversify natural gas supply sources and improve the country’s energy security.

14 Apr 2019

Keppel Makes First LNG Cargo Import from N. America

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Singapore's Keppel Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Keppel Infrastructure Holdings, has completed its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo import under Singapore's spot import policy.The policy allows gas customers in the Republic to import up to 10 per cent of their annual long-term contracted LNG intake on a spot cargo basis.The spot cargo of 160,000m3 of LNG originated from an LNG liquefaction project in North America, marking the first time that Keppel Gas has diversified…

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