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Monday, April 23, 2018

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Ophir Energy signs up LNG buyers for Fortuna

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Ophir Energy has signed a preliminary agreement to sell gas from its Fortuna floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG ) project in west Africa. All the six counterparties are established LNG buyers in European and Asian markets. The oil and gas explorer’s announcement that it had found six buyers for the gas shored up confidence in the project, which comes amid weak LNG prices, sluggish demand and rising global output. The cost of the Fortuna project off the coast of Equatorial Guinea has already been slashed from $800 million to $600 million.

BP in Talks with Sirius for Ororo Offtake

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Nigeria's Sirius Petroleum has said that it is in talks with BP, regarding an offtake and pre-payment facility to support the financing of Sirius's proposed drilling programme on the Ororo field in Nigeria. According to the company, the discussion involves an offtake and pre-payment facility to support the financing of its planned drilling programme on the field. “Discussions with BP, and other parties regarding financing, are ongoing and there can be no certainty that Sirius will reach an agreement with BP regarding the proposed offtake and pre-payment,” it confirmed.

Gunvor Awarded Fortuna FLNG Offtake

The Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons (MMH), Ophir Equatorial Guinea (Block R) Ltd, OneLNG SA and La Compania Nacional De Petroleos De Guinea Ecuatorial (GEPetrol) have nominated Gunvor Group Ltd (Gunvor) as its preferred LNG Buyer for offtake from the Fortuna FLNG project. All parties have agreed the principal commercial terms subject to finalizing a Sale and Purchase Agreement (SPA) for the offtake ahead of the Final Investment Decision (FID) on the Fortuna FLNG project. Gunvor will take the full contract capacity of the Gandria FLNG vessel of 2.2 MMTPA which will be purchased on a Brent-linked, Free on Board (FOB) basis for a 10 year term. The contract structure allows flexibility for up to 1.1mmtpa of the Fortuna capacity to be marketed on an alternate basis.

Fortuna FLNG Offtake Awarded to Gunvor

Photo: Golar LNG

The Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons (MMH), Ophir Equatorial Guinea (Block R) Ltd, OneLNG SA and La Compania Nacional De Petroleos De Guinea Ecuatorial (GEPetrol) have nominated Gunvor Group Ltd (Gunvor) as its preferred LNG Buyer for offtake from the Fortuna FLNG project. All parties have agreed the principal commercial terms subject to finalising a Sale and Purchase Agreement (SPA) for the offtake ahead of the Final Investment Decision (FID) on the Fortuna FLNG project. Gunvor…

Overhaul Of U.S. Natural Gas Export Review Process

The Obama administration on Thursday announced a major overhaul of its review process for U.S. liquefied natural gas exports, a change that would benefit companies with strong financial backing for their projects. Under the proposal, the Department of Energy would no longer issue conditional approvals of projects. Instead, the department would decide whether an LNG export project is in the national interest only after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or another agency, had issued a final environmental review. The action would shift emphasis from the department's conditional approval, placing the onus on FERC. The department said that by waiting until the environmental review is completed…

Korea Gas to Offer 20 to 40 LNG Cargoes

Kogas looking to offload up to 40 LNG cargoes; seeking to turn down output in Q3, arrange time-swaps. Fuel oversupply pushing down spot prices. Korea Gas Corp. is looking to sell 20 to 40 cargoes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) this summer after misjudging the scale of its demand and committing to buy excessive supply, traders said. State-run Kogas, faced with an over-supply it is unable to absorb, is seeking to offload cargoes through a combination of time-swap deals and reducing offtake from its suppliers, several traders said. Time swaps would allow Kogas to direct its excess cargoes to needy buyers, and in return receive replacement deliveries at some point in the future.

Total Signs Deal to Supply LNG to China's ENN

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Total SA has signed an agreement to supply liquefied natural gas to ENN Energy in China, according to a news release on the French energy company's website. The deal is for 0.5 million metric tons of LNG per year for a period of 10 years and will be delivered from the company's facilities. Total didn't specify which projects if would source the product from but it has offtake from Australia's Ichthys project, geographically close to China. The deliveries will be sourced from Total’s global LNG portfolio…

Ophir, OneLNG JV to develop Fortuna FLNG Project

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Ophir Holdings & Ventures LTD ("Ophir"), a wholly owned subsidiary of Ophir Energy plc, and OneLNGSM, a joint venture between subsidiaries of Golar LNG Limited and Schlumberger, announce that they have signed a binding Shareholders' Agreement to establish a Joint Operating Company ("JOC") to develop the Fortuna project, in Block R, offshore Equatorial Guinea utilising Golar's FLNG technology. OneLNG and Ophir will have 66.2% and 33.8% ownership of the JOC respectively (with economic entitlements materially consistent with the equity interest in the JOC).

U.S. Merchant Bank Buys Aging Newfoundland Refinery

A New York-based commodities merchant bank run by veteran energy traders, Neal Shear and Kaushik Amin, announced on Friday plans to buy the aging Come by Chance refinery in Newfoundland from South Korea's state-run oil company. Korea National Oil Corp said it will sell the 115,000-barrel-per-day refinery to SilverRange Financial Partners LLC for an undisclosed price following a months-long search to find a buyer. The deal also includes 53 gas stations and convenience stores. SilverRange is a New York-based merchant bank focused on energy and natural resources owned by SilverPeak Partners, a real estate fund with over $12 billion in assets under management, according to its website.

Teekay Orders Additional Shuttle Tanker Duo

Teekay Offshore Partners L.P. has declared options with Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. for the construction of two Suezmax  DP2 shuttle tanker newbuilds for a total fully-built-up cost of approximately $265 million. Upon delivery in 2020, the vessels will join Teekay Offshore’s Contract of Affreightment (CoA) fleet in the North Sea. “This is another important milestone for Teekay Offshore’s shuttle tanker franchise since it further strengthens our position as the leading provider of CoA shuttle tanker services in the North Sea,” said Ingvild Sæther, President and CEO of Teekay Offshore Group Ltd. According to Teekay, the newbuilds will be constructed based on the Partnership’s new Shuttle Spirit design which incorporates technologies to increase fuel efficiency and reduce emissions…

Teekay Wins FSO Job For Legendre

Teekay Shipping's Australian subsidiary, Karratha Spirit, has been granted a contract by Woodside Energy to supply a floating storage and offtake (FSO) tanker to the Legendre project on the northwest shelf of Australia. The contract, which was signed for an initial three-year period, with options for a 10-year extension, calls for Teekay to convert the 1998-built 106,7000-dwt Aframax tanker Pioneer Spirit to an FSO tanker ready for first oil from the Legendre fields in second quarter 2001.

DNV to Class World's First LNG FPSO

DNV has been contracted to class the Petronas LNG FPSO (Floating Production, Storage, Offtake) vessel to be built by Korea's DSME. The unit will be built by DSME in Korea and is destined for the Kanowit field offshore Sarawak, Malaysia. It is expected to be the world’s first floating liquefaction unit in operation when completed in 2015. The Petronas FLNG will be 300m long and 60m wide and will be moored 180km from shore. It is designed to produce 1.2 million tonnes a year (mtpa) of LNG, boosting Malaysia’s total LNG production capacity from 25.7 mpta to 26.9 mpta. The scope of the DNV contract includes the floating structure, mooring arrangement and natural gas liquefaction technology. • ship-to-ship offloading equipment suitable for LNG transfer at sea.

World's Largest Vessel Set to Sail in 2018

Prelude floating liquefied natural gas facility (producing LNG, LPG and condensate). Photo: Shell

In 2018,  Shell's huge floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) Prelude, the world's largest vessel, will begin its job of extracting and processing gas at sea, reported CNBC. The 488-meter-long and 74-meter-wide floating facility left the shipyard in South Korea in late June and reached the Australian waters in late July. Currently, the vessel, which is almost one-third of a mile long with a deck longer than four soccer fields,  sits at its first location, Shell's Prelude gas field, around 125 miles north off the Western Australian coast.

German Shipping For US LNG Offtake

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German energy company E.ON signed a 20-year deal with Gulf South Pipeline Co for shipment of natural gas for a planned export facility in Texas. According to the deal, EGC, the trading arm of E.ON will be the shipper of liquefied natural gas (LNG) at the planned Coastal Bend Header project near Freeport, Texas. E.ON board manager Leonhard Birnbaum said in a statement that this transaction clearly demonstrates E.ON's long-term commitment to building out its liquefied natural gas business. Gulf South Pipeline Co. plans to build a 65-mile transit artery to serve the planned export terminal.

Simulated Maneuver of Shell’s Prelude FLNG Facility

HR Wallingford simulation (left) and photograph by Shell (right) of the Prelude tow with POSH tugs (Photo: Shell)

At 488m in length, and longer than four football pitches, Shell’s Prelude FLNG facility was always going to represent a formidable challenge even for the skilled tug masters who were charged with towing the facility from the shipyard in South Korea where it was constructed, and delivering it to its final destination, a remote gas field 475 kilometers off the coast of Western Australia. But practice makes perfect, and HR Wallingford, using its Australia Ship Simulation Center in Fremantle…

First Oil in Salamander FSO at Bualuang Field

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Salamander announces that first oil has been received in the tanks of the newly converted Suksan Salamander Floating Storage and Offtake Vessel (“FSO”) at the Bualuang field in the Gulf of Thailand. This is the culmination of the planned upgrade to the field’s facilities which targets a reduction in operating costs of up to $25 million per annum. New power and processing modules were loaded out to the Bravo platform in the first half of the year. These have been operating smoothly since hook up and commissioning in May. The FSO arrived on location in July.

Pacific Rubiales and Gazprom Sign on EXMAR FLNG Project

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EXMAR announced two keystone events in its Caribbean FLNG project. On November 5, Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp. (PRE) and Gazprom Marketing & Trade Ltd. (GM&T) announced the execution of a heads of agreement with respect to a five year sale and purchase agreement covering approximately 500,000 tons per year of liquefied natural gas (LNG) FOB Colombia (Caribbean Sea) commencing commercial operations in the second quarter of 2015. This LNG cargo will be produced in, and loaded from, EXMAR’s Caribbean FLNG barge. Last week, Wison Offshore & Marine Ltd.

RasGas to Waive $1bln Penalty on LNG Deal

Photo:  RasGas Company Limited

Qatar-based natural gas producer RasGas will not penalise Petronet LNG for lower offtake of the fuel, says a report by PTI. Qatar has agreed to waive $1 billion penalty on India for breaking a long-term LNG contract, and has also consented to change the pricing formula to reflect the slump in global energy rates. After months of intense negotiations, RasGas of Qatar has agreed to not to press for the $1 billion in penalty that Petronet LNG, India’s biggest import of liquefied natural gas (LNG), has to pay for buying only 68 per cent of the contracted 7.5 million tonnes this year.

Prices Ease Though Argentine Demand Limits Losses

Argentina tenders for 19 cargoes. Asian spot prices for liquefied natural gas (LNG) eased under pressure from growing supplies though fresh demand from Argentina limited losses, traders said. LNG for May delivery in Asia eased to $4.50 per million British thermal units (mmBtu), down 5 cents from the previous week. Traders said prices were supported by Argentina's tender to buy 19 LNG cargoes for May to August delivery, following a large purchase earlier in the week. Traders said Argentina bought about 20 cargoes on Wednesday from companies including Trafigura, Statoil, BP, Gazprom, Glencore, Gas Natural and Petrobras, having tendered for 32. The cargoes sold for about $4.50 per mmBtu, they said.

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).  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 Review (SER) announced on 30 April 2015.  General corporate purposes. The Managing Director of LNGL, Maurice Brand, said “the capital raised will materially help us to progress the Magnolia LNG and Bear Head LNG projects under development in North America.

Teekay Offshore Raises Distribution; Completes FSO Acquisition

Teekay Offshore Partners L.P. (Teekay Offshore or the Partnership) (NYSE: TOO) announced that its general partner has increased its quarterly cash distribution by $0.035 per unit, from $0.35 per unit to $0.385 per unit ($1.54 annualized) as a result of the previously announced acquisition of the shuttle tankers Navion Bergen and Navion Gothenburg. The cash distribution will be paid on November 14, 2007, to all unitholders of record on November 7, 2007. In addition, the Partnership announced that is has completed the acquisition of a Floating Storage and Offtake unit (FSO), the Dampier Spirit, for a total cost of approximately $30.3m from Teekay Corporation (Teekay), the parent of its general partner.

Cheniere Mulls Third Liquefaction Train at Corpus Christi

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U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) company Cheniere Energy Inc said it planned to make a final investment decision to build the third liquefaction train at its Corpus Christi LNG export facility in Texas in the first half of 2018:Cheniere said on Friday its Cheniere Corpus Christi Holdings LLC subsidiary engaged financial institutions to arrange up to $6.4 billion of credit facilities. The unit already has about $4.6 billion of existing credit facilities.Cheniere said it will use the credit facilities to fund a portion of the costs of developing…

BP, Reliance Move Ahead in Deep Water

Photo courtesy BP

BP and Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) today announced the sanctioning of the ‘Satellite cluster’ project in Block KG D6. The companies are moving forward to develop the Block’s discovered deep-water gas fields in an integrated series of projects, bringing new gas production for India. The ‘Satellite cluster’ is the second of three projects in the Block KG D6 integrated development. The first of the projects, development of the ‘R-Series’ deep-water gas fields, was sanctioned in June 2017.

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