Asia: LPG Shipping and LNG Pricing
While declining Asian LNG prices have reduced margins on the long-distance LNG trade, causing spot-charter rates for LNG vessels to fall, LPG shipping earnings are forecast to remain buoyant on the back of low oil prices and the absence of fuel substitution. According to LPG Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry, low oil prices have not triggered the substitution of LPG as the fuel of industrial use, as feared by some analysts. As a result, LPG shipping demand has remained intact and low bunker prices have supported vessel earnings.
Trafigura, Singapore LNG Sign Storage Agreement
The Singapore SLNG Corporation and Commodities trading firm Trafigura have signed a storage agreement for the excess capacity within the Singapore LNG terminal on Jurong Island. John Ng, CEO at SLNG, operator of the country's first LNG terminal, says: "SLNG is very pleased to off our storage and reload services to multinational commodity trading house, Trafigura. The company said earlier in the year that it had more than 180,000 m3 of storage available until the end of the year. The amount of capacity leased was not revealed.
Japan in Race for Asian LNG Hub
Japan, the world’s largest buyer of liquefied natural gas is aiming to establish an international liquefied natural gas (LNG) trading hub by the early 2020s, according to a statement by Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) . In an attempt to play a role in creating a global LNG market, Japan will open access to receiving terminal and beef up large-scale LNG storage facilities to make active LNG trading possible. Many Japanese utilities are planning for not only marginal increases in LNG purchases over the next decade but also a growing sphere of LNG activities.
Transas Supplies Vessel Traffic Management in Johor
Transas Marine Pacific together with its local partner Global Teamwork Sdn Bhd has been awarded a contract to supply and install a Vessel Traffic Management System for Pengerang Oil Terminal in Johor by Dialog Pengerang Sdn Bhd. The Vessel Traffic Management solution will allow for the Pengerang Oil Terminal compliance with the ISPS requirements. Based on the Transas Navi-Harbour VTS software package, the system includes integrated network of marine sensors such as Radar, AIS, CCTV cameras and hydro-meteorological sensors which will provide a real-time navigational picture to VTS operators.
Shell: LNG Demand Strong to 2030
Shell launches LNG Outlook Global demand for liquefied natural gas (LNG) reached 265 million tonnes (MT) in 2016 – enough to supply power to around 500 million homes a year. This included an increase in net LNG imports of 17 MT. Many expected a strong increase in new LNG supplies would outpace demand growth during 2016. Instead, demand growth kept pace with supply as greater than expected demand in Asia and the Middle East absorbed the increase in supply from Australia, according to Shell’s first LNG Outlook. “Global LNG trade demonstrated its flexibility time and again in 2016, responding to shortfalls in national and regional gas supply and to new emerging demand,” said Maarten Wetselaar, Integrated Gas and New Energies Director at Shell.
RS to Present LNG Rules Initiative at Forum
Research by the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) on the design and operation of Arctic LNG carriers will feature at next week’s Arctic Shipping 2008 conference in . Arctic Shipping 2008, the fourth annual conference from Lloyd’s List Events, takes place from April 8-10 and will be followed by a special seminar on Arctic LNG trade on April 11. Full details of the event are available at www.arcticshipping2008.com
Japan's Nuclear Crisis to Shrink LNG Spot Market
A report from Platts said that the nuclear crisis in Japan could slow the development of spot LNG trading as buyers fearing increased competition for gas look to lock-in supplies through long-term deals, according to analysts. But the potential for increased future LNG demand could help speed up project sanctions for new liquefaction developments around the world, they said. (Source: Platts)
Important LNG Trade Developments Summed Up by GIIGNL
In a report just published, the International Group of Liquefied Natural Gas Importers (GIIGNL) note that in 2012, LNG trade has seen the first decline (minus 1.9%) in the past thirty years. The strong growth in spot and short term trade seen in recent years (up by 110% from 2009 to 2011) is no longer there, primarily, but not solely, in line with the lack of new supplies. Japan’s power industry. Its commercial effects are likely to continue beyond the current year as well as beyond a mere diversion of product flows.
Chevron, SK LNG Trading Ink Deal for LNG Supply
Chevron Corporation today announced its Australian subsidiaries have signed a binding Sales and Purchase Agreement (SPA) with SK LNG Trading Pte Ltd (SK). Under the SPA, SK LNG Trading, which is part of a leading industrial conglomerate in South Korea, will receive 4.15 million tons of LNG over a five-year period starting in 2017. During the time of this agreement, over 75 percent of Chevron’s equity LNG from Gorgon will be committed to customers in Asia. “This agreement is an important step in the commercialization of Chevron’s significant natural gas holdings in Australia…
Singapore Exchange to Open LNG Index
Singapore Exchange (SGX) is developing a spot pricing index for the Middle East and India liquefied natural gas markets (LNG) in collaboration with inter-dealer broker Tullett Prebon, says WSJ. The index is aimed at market participants who are forced to rely on tenders for setting up prices due to the lack of an accepted price marker. The deal is aimed at boosting Singapore's status as a key LNG hub providing storage, trading, shipping and price discovery activities. The new index aims to provide a credible…
Novatek Says Ships First LNG Cargo
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. He added: "After the launch of the first train of the Yamal LNG project we will enter the LNG market with our own volumes, and gaining spot trading experience is important for us”. Novatek is the…
Singapore Rolls Out LNG Bunkering Standard
The first Singapore Technical Reference (TR) 56 for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Bunkering was launched by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), SPRING Singapore and the Standards Development Organisation @ Singapore Chemical Industry Council (SDO@SCIC). This standard has been developed to provide a safe, efficient, sustainable and transparent technical framework for conducting LNG bunkering operations in Singapore, thereby offering greater assurance to local and international LNG bunker buyers and suppliers.
Singapore to Build Second LNG Terminal
Reuters - Singapore plans to build a second terminal for liquefied natural gas (LNG), as it aims to create a regional trading hub for the fuel, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Tuesday. The city-state - located strategically on the main shipping route between Europe and Asia - started commercial operations of its first LNG terminal in May last year with an initial capacity of 3.5 million metric tons per year (tpy). A new storage tank that increases the capacity to 6 million tpy was officially opened on Tuesday.
China Rises to World's No.2 LNG Importer
China's 2017 LNG imports to top South Korea's for first time; becomes key driver of spot LNG prices. China will become the world's second-biggest importer of liquefied natural gas (LNG) this year as it overtakes South Korea, shipping data in Thomson Reuters Eikon showed. This is a huge boost to Asia's emerging spot market as Chinese buyers rely much more on short-term purchases to meet their needs than their counterparts in Japan and South Korea. Shipping data in Thomson Reuters…
New Asia-Pacific LNG Markets in Gazprom's Sights
Russian energy company Gazprom takes a look at its marketing policy in the international markets of small & large-scale LNG supply in line with its updated LNG production and supply strategy, and decides to focus on the Asia-Pacific market. Gazprom's main efforts for expanding large-scale LNG exports are to be focused on the fast-growing Asia-Pacific market. The company says it will step up its presence in the new market primarily through increasing the production of its own LNG.
Total Signs Deal to Supply LNG to China's ENN
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…
First LNG Vessel Transits Expanded Panama Canal
Today, the Panama Canal marked another milestone with the transit of the first-ever liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier through its expanded locks. Shell-chartered Maran Gas Apollonia—measuring 289 meters in length and 45 meters in beam—arrived Monday from the Sabine Pass LNG Terminal on the U.S. Gulf Coast, signaling the arrival of the highly-anticipated segment to the waterway. “The transit of the first LNG vessel through the new Panama Canal locks is a milestone in the waterway’s history,” said Panama Canal Administrator and CEO Jorge L. Quijano.
Excelerate Energy Reduces Size of its LNG Trading Desk
U.S. gas shipping company Excelerate Energy has laid off six staff on its global liquefied natural gas (LNG) trading desk as part of a reorganisation, a spokeswoman at the company said on Friday. Texas-based Excelerate said the commercial trading and chartering team was being downsized, but the company would continue to be active in those areas. Founded by Oklahoma billionaire George Kaiser, Excelerate currently owns the world's largest fleet of floating LNG import terminals, with a total of nine floating storage and regasification units (FSRUs).
Total, KOGAS Extend Cooperation on LNG
Korea Gas Corp, the world’s biggest importer of LNG, has struck deals with French giant Total to extend its reach into the liquefaction sector, reports Reuters. Total has pledged to press forward with investment in LNG despite the downturn in oil and gas prices and has signed a new agreement with South Korean utility company Kogas to explore mutual opportunities across the LNG value chain. The agreement is designed to jointly identify and pursue opportunities to develop the LNG market in Asia and in new importing countries, Total said in a statement.
US Energy Dept OKs Cove Point LNG Export
The U.S. Energy Department said Thursday it has given the final approval for Dominion Resources to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from its Cove Point, Maryland plant. The Cove Point plant is investing $3.8 billion in new infrastructure to ship up to 0.77 billion cubic feet of LNG starting late in 2017 to countries with which the United States does not have free trade agreements. The DOE said it conducted "an extensive careful review" of Dominion's applications and considered the economic…
Rosneft, EGAS Ink LNG Supply Deal
Rosneft Trading SA, a company of Rosneft Group, and the Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) signed a Master LNG Supply and Purchase Agreement. The document was signed by the Chairman of Rosneft Management Board Igor Sechin and the Chairman of EGAS Eng. Khaled Abdelbadie during the visit of the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt Hussein Abdel Fattah Saeed Khalil al-Sisi to Russia. In accordance with this document, the parties plan to organize the supply of LNG to the Arab Republic of Egypt. Cooperation with EGAS marks Rosneft Group's entry into the world LNG trading market.
Höegh LNG and Mitsui OSK Lines Confirm LNG Re-gasification Vessels
Höegh LNG and Mitsui OSK Lines, Ltd. (MOL) confirm the signing of long term time charter parties for two Shuttle and Regasification Vessels (SRV) with SUEZ LNG Trading SA. These vessels are specifically designed to service an offshore natural gas import terminal to be built in Massachusetts Bay offshore the city of Boston on the US East Coast. The vessels will be delivered in 2009 and 2010. The SUEZ owned Neptune LNG LLC received the final license issued by MARAD for the construction of the terminal on 23 March. The LNG re-gasification vessels and the deepwater port installations can meet the most stringent environmental regulations anywhere in the US for such terminal facilities.
Chevron and ENN Sign Gorgon LNG Agreement
Chevron Corporation announced that its Australian subsidiaries have signed a non-binding Heads of Agreement (HoA) with ENN LNG Trading Company Limited (ENN) for the delivery of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to China from the Chevron-operated Gorgon natural gas project in Australia. When the deal is finalized, ENN is expected to receive up to 0.5 million metric tons per annum (MTPA) of LNG over 10 years, with deliveries starting in 2018 or the first half of 2019. “This is one more step in the development of our Australian gas business and our global LNG portfolio…