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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Shell Plans to Build Floating Gas Plant

According to an Oct. 9 report from The Wall Street Journal, Royal Dutch Shell PLC announced plans to deploy the world's first floating liquefied-natural-gas facility, off the coast of northwestern Australia, in a move that could have major repercussions for the global natural-gas industry. (Source: The Wall Street Journal)

Singapore Rolls Out LNG Bunkering Standard

Pic taken from Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Corporate Video

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.

US Authorizes Non-FTA LNG Export from Golden Pass

Photo: Golden Pass LNG Terminal

The U.S. Department of Energy announced that it has signed an order authorizing Golden Pass Products LLC to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries that do not have a free trade agreement (FTA) with the United States. Golden Pass is authorized to export LNG up to the equivalent of 2.21 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of natural gas to any non-FTA country not prohibited by U.S. law or policy from the Golden Pass Terminal near Sabine Pass, in Jefferson County, Texas. With the dramatic increase in domestic natural gas production, the U.S.

Western GofM Oil/Gas Lease Bidding: NOIA Comments

National Ocean Industries Association President Randall Luthi encouraged by sales, urges further offshore developments. "This sale is on-par with expectations and shows that the offshore oil and natural gas industry is still committed to domestic exploration and production. The Federal government benefits from this sale through non-income tax revenue and the promise of future income through rents and potential royalties upon production. With enormous economic challenges facing the U.S., and the impending "fiscal-cliff" dominating the national conversation, it is gratifying to see the offshore industry stepping up to the plate and providing hundreds of millions of dollars to the U.S. treasury.

Linde to Cooperate with SBM

Germany's Linde formed a global alliance with SBM (of the Netherlands to develop and market floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) units for the liquefied natural gas industry. Under the deal, Linde contributes gas hardware such as pretreatment, fractionation and liquefaction based on its proprietary process LiMuM. SBM for its part contributes for example marine technology including hull and LNG storage tanks systems, power generation systems, mooring systems, cryogenic offloading systems and its experience of operating FPSO, Linde added. (Source: Reuters)

Op/Ed: Trump Signals New Day for Offshore Energy

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National Ocean Industries Association president Randall Luthi weighs in on President Trump’s Executive Order on offshore energy. It’s a new day and a new attitude for American energy. The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) applauds President Donald Trump’s Executive Order recognizing the vital role of offshore energy in an overall national energy policy. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) predicts that in the year 2040, traditional forms of energy, particularly fossil fuels, will provide almost 80 percent of our energy needs.

Scale of BC's LNG Terminal Plans Questioned

Lelu Island Area: Photo courtesy of Pacific Northwest

The British Columbia government has staked its future on natural gas exports, banking on a revenue windfall of at least $100-billion. Yet growing market pessimism and a sudden broadside from large gas consumers is casting fresh doubt on the planned scale of the emerging liquefied natural gas industry, reports the 'Financial Post'. The Pacific Northwest LNG project, located on Lelu Island in the Port Edward district, will liquefy and export natural gas produced in northeastern British Columbia by Progress Energy Canada.

Job Opportunities in NE Florida LNG Sector

File photo

Northeast Florida is taking the lead in the natural gas industry to attract and keep business in the area. Viewed as a viable player in this industry, the region is building upon its status as an importer and exporter of liquefied and compressed natural gas by cultivating its available, skilled workforce to support this growing industry, says the JAXUSA Partnership via Business Wire. Significant developments are occurring in the area that will offer employment opportunities. Clean Energy Fuels Corp.

Louisiana Cat Expands in New Iberia

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and General Product Support Manager Troy Matherne of Louisiana Machinery Company announced the company will add 60 jobs and expand its New Iberia operations. Known as Louisiana Cat, the company rebuilds and services engines and related equipment for marine, oil and gas, industrial and utility companies at the Port of Iberia. Louisiana Cat’s expansion calls for the addition of 60 new direct jobs over the next five years, with the jobs carrying an average annual salary of $60,000, plus benefits. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project also will result in 28 new indirect jobs, for a total of 88 new jobs in Iberia Parish, Acadiana and the surrounding regions. A total of 130 existing jobs at the Iberia Parish company will be retained.

MMS Publishes Final Regulations for Bonus Bids

The Department of the Interior's Minerals Management Service (MMS) published a final rule regarding the use of electronic funds transfer (EFT) by oil and natural gas companies bidding on Outer Continental Shelf federal leases. The final rule provides additional administrative flexibility to allow the agency to require EFT payment methods when appropriate. The rule will save time and money for the oil and natural gas industry and the Federal government. Previously, MMS did not have the authority to require bidders to use EFT to submit their one-fifths bonus bid payments. Since August 1997, companies have had the option of using EFT to submit their bonus bid payments.

MMS Publishes Final Regulations for Bonus Bids

The Department of the Interior's Minerals Management Service (MMS) published a final rule regarding the use of electronic funds transfer (EFT) by oil and natural gas companies bidding on Outer Continental Shelf federal leases. The final rule provides additional administrative flexibility to allow the agency to require EFT payment methods when appropriate. The rule will save time and money for the oil and natural gas industry and the Federal government. Previously, MMS did not have the authority to require bidders to use EFT to submit their one-fifths bonus bid payments. Since August 1997, companies have had the option of using EFT to submit their bonus bid payments.

Petronet LNG Commissions Expanded Dahej LNG

Photo: Petronet LNG Ltd

 Petronet LNG Ltd has annouced that the part facilities of the expansion of Dahej LNG Terminal from 10 tlko 15 MMTPA i.e. regasification facility has been commissioned and under stabilization.    As such the additional gas send-out from Dahej LNG terminal  in the north-west state of Gujarat has commenced. The balance part of the expansion i.e. two LNG storage tanks are likely to be completed by October, 2016.   Petronet LNG is one of the leading players in oil and natural gas industry space. It has India’s first and largest LNG supply terminal located at Dahej.  

Porter Voices Concerns Over Texas Pipelines

Commissioner David Porter

Commissioner David Porter of the Texas Railroad Commission (RRC) Tuesday visited several south Texas border oil and gas facilities and pipeline rights-of-way to meet with field staff, operators, law enforcement and security officials to examine the vulnerability of Texas’ critical industry infrastructure. "While oil and gas operators take every precaution to limit any threat to their equipment and product, the unfettered flow of illegal aliens complicates their efforts,” said Porter. Commissioner Porter recently sent a letter to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner R.

Canadian LNG Prospects Dim: IEA

Pic: Ministry of Natural Gas Development, Canada

The International Energy Agency (IEA) says prospects for British Columbia’s nascent LNG sector export projects have ‘darkened’ and deferrals are likely. British Columbia faces intense competition from the rest of the world in developing its liquefied natural gas industry in part because projects will not be viable at today's low gas prices, IEA says. In a five-year outlook on global demand for natural gas, the Paris-based agency throws cold water on the B.C. government’s hopes of being home to three liquefied natural gas projects by 2020.

Sailing into the Arctic’s Future

Randall Luthi (Photo: NOIA)

Last month, a large cruise ship completed its inaugural cruise through the Northwest Passage. The historic journey brought nearly 1,700 passengers from Seward, Alaska, past the rugged wilderness and isolated villages of the Arctic, to the concrete jungle of New York City. Along the way, passengers and crew were treated to a stunning contrast of climates, geography and culture. While understandable, concerns over passenger safety, wildlife disruptions and water pollution went unrealized during the historic cruise through the passage.

MN 100: Bordelon Marine

Bordelon Marine is a provider of marine transportation and support services to the oil and natural gas industries in the Gulf of Mexico and around the world, offering a full range of offshore vessels that aid activities, including construction support, exploration, production, ROV and dive support, oceanographic research and survey mapping, as well as military and special operations. Family run since 1979, this year marks the 35th anniversary of Bordelon Marine, which owns and operates a fleet of modern offshore supply vessels ranging in size from 110-170 feet, mostly built after 2001.

Baker Hughes' CEO to Present at 2014 Barclays Energy-Power Conference

Baker Hughes's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Martin Craighead,

Baker Hughes Incorporated announced that the Company's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Martin Craighead, will be making a presentation at the Barclays CEO Energy-Power Conference on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, at 9:45 a.m. Eastern time. Those interested can listen to the presentation and view the presentation materials during the conference, by logging onto the "Events & Presentations" page on our website at: www.bakerhughes.com/investor. They could also listen to a replay…

NOIA Commends Passage of HR 1231, Reversing Moratorium

“With the passage of HR 1231, the Reversing President Obama’s Offshore Moratorium Act, the House of Representatives showed they are listening to the American people. Average working Americans know that our long term energy solution includes increased exploration for oil and natural gas off our shores and this bill would expedite increased exploration and the setting of production goals  from those offshore areas. “Every step we make today in assuring the United States is willing to compete with other countries, such as Cuba and Brazil,  by providing opportunities to develop our own offshore oil and natural gas resources consistently and safely has an immediate effect in calming the international oil market.

U.S. Offshore Energy: NOIA Responds to State of the Union Address

File photo CCL

“The President continues to take credit for the surge in domestic oil and natural gas production when the fact is almost all of the increase came from private and state, not federal, lands. The President spoke again about the need for more jobs. Yet his Administration continues to block expanded domestic offshore energy production on the 85 percent of the Outer Continental Shelf that remains off limits for political reasons, even though developing those areas would usher in an economic renaissance…

LNG America Selects ABS for LNG Bunker Barges

LNG America announces the selection of the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) as the classification society for North America’s first LNG bunker barges, currently being designed by Jensen Maritime. ABS will assist LNG America in working with shipbuilders and regulators in developing these first-of-their-kind barges that meet or exceed all technical and regulatory requirements. “We are pleased to be working with ABS on this important domestic initiative. ABS has watched ship propulsion move from wind to coal, from coal to oil, and now from oil to natural gas.

British Columbia Signs LNG Deal with Petronas

Agreement between the government of BC and Pacific NorthWest LNG establish signed. Photo: BC Gov News

B.C. Premier Christy Clark has announced an agreement in principle with Pacific NorthWest LNG, owned in majority by Malaysia's Petronas, for a liquefied natural gas development on the province's northwest coast. Hailed as “the largest capital investment in B.C. history,” Clark said the LNG framework will result in stable, long-term revenue for B.C. and $36 billion in investment, including a proposal for an LNG facility near Prince Rupert. Both are intended to provide certainty…

Australia Plans to Limit LNG Exports

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Australia's conservative government unveiled a radical plan on Thursday to restrict exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) at times when domestic shortages push up local prices, aiming to ease soaring energy costs for local manufacturers. The plan would allow Australia's resources minister to impose controls on LNG exports on advice from the market operator and regulator, as the government seeks to cap domestic gas prices, which have become a political hot potato. "It's not a threat. This will be export controls.

‘Natural Gas Operating Fleet’ Concept Receives AiP

Sanjay Verma, Wärtsilä; Jim Smith, Lloyd's Register; and Zhao Zhijian, CHI with the Natural Gas Operating Fleet concept's AiP Certification (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä and COSCO shipping Heavy Industry Co (CHI) have announced the joint development of a natural gas operating fleet concept, and this design has now obtained Lloyd's Register's (LR) Approval in Principle (AiP) certificate. The development project was carried out under the terms of a memorandum of understanding cooperation signed in June 2016 between the three companies. According to the developers, the aim of the concept is to offer global operators a more efficient and…

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