Pipeline Gas News

08 Nov 2019

First Commercial Cargo Loaded from Tango FLNG

FLNG Tango (File photo: Exmar)

Argentine oil company YPF SA has loaded its first commercial liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo for export from a new floating facility, trade sources said on Friday.Argentina's export joins a wave of new supply flooding the spot market which has depressed Asian spot prices to their lowest in a decade for this time of the year.The state-owned firm issued a tender which closed on Nov. 6 to sell 2.1 trillion British thermal unit (Tbtu) of LNG for loading from FLNG Tango, the liquefaction vessel off Bahia Blanca…

21 Aug 2019

LNG Market Recovers in Q2, Says Flex LNG

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During the second quarter 2019, spot liquefied natural gas (LNG)  freight rates stabilized and started gradually to recover, says Flex LNG, the owner of LNG carrier vessels and floating storage regasification units (FRSUs).Unseasonably slow demand in Asia over the winter due to fewer heating days caused by warmer weather, and cooler weather than normal in key demand areas early in the summer coupled with ample supply growth from new liquefaction continued to weigh on global LNG prices.The on-going trade dispute between the U.S.

28 Jun 2019

US LNG plays havoc with Dutch Gas, Asian shipping

Cheniere's Sabine Pass LNG facility (CREDIT Cheniere)

Dutch gas prices hit 10-year lows this week, reflecting high European inventories swelled by liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports, testing levels at which companies that committed to buy U.S. LNG will start making serious losses.Prices for month-ahead Dutch gas have dropped by two-thirds since their peak last September of just under 30 euros per megawatt hour (MWh).On Friday, Dutch gas for July delivery slumped to 8.95 euros per MWh, the lowest since August 2009.The price falls are in part thanks to an influx of U.S. LNG supplies. But customers of Cheniere Energy, which dominates U.S.

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…

03 Apr 2019

Novatek, Repsol Pact for Arctic LNG 2

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Russia's second largest natural gas producer Novatek said that its trading subsidiary Novatek Gas&Power Asia and Spanish energy company Repsol  have agreed to a 15-year contract to supply 1 mtpa of LNG from the Arctic LNG 2 project and other projects.The LNG will be delivered ex-ship primarily to markets on the Iberian Peninsula, said a release from Novatek.“The agreement for the sale of LNG would allow us to increase our market presence on the Iberian Peninsula where Russian pipeline gas is not supplied…

07 Mar 2019

U.S. LNG Exports Soar, Europe a Big Buyer

File image: LNG tanker transiting the Med (Credit: Robert Murphy)

U.S. LNG to Europe may squeeze out smaller gas suppliers.Shipments of U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) have gathered pace in March and Europe is set to stay a top destination for spot cargoes with Asian prices still too low to ship the chilled fuel that far.But winter demand for gas is fading, while steady supplies of gas and LNG have kept inventories well stocked, depressing European gas hub prices. This has raised the question: how many more cargoes can Europe absorb?Suppliers of U.S.

28 Feb 2019

LNG Only Fills Niches in Europe

Pic: Wintershall Holding GmbH

Although LNG (Liquid Natural Gas) provides a solid supplement to European gas supplies, the EU is and will remain a pipeline market – for good reasons, said Wintershall's new position paper.The report from Germany's largest crude oil and natural gas producer on the importance of liquid gas for Europe said that the liquefaction is highly energy-intensive – the energy consumption corresponds to about 13% of the gas transported.With an energy loss of less than five percent, pipelines are much more energy-efficient. Another argument for pipeline gas lay in its lower costs.

17 Dec 2018

Russia's First FSRU to Arrive at Kaliningrad to Start Up LNG Imports

Russia's first liquefied natural gas (LNG) floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) is expected to dock at the port of Kaliningrad on Dec. 18, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters.The FSRU, called Marshal Vasilevskiy, is being installed at Kaliningrad - a city separated from Russia and bordering with Lithuania and Poland - by Russian energy major Gazprom in a move to bypass pipeline gas deliveries via Lithuania in case there are any disruptions in gas transit.The FSRU will be the first LNG import facility in Russia, the world’s second largest gas producer.The vessel is currently anchored outside the port of Kaliningrad…

21 Nov 2018

Gazprom to Review Shale Gas and LNG Sectors

Sakhalin II LNG plant. Photo: Gazprom

Russian energy giant Gazprom revealed that there is still a high level of uncertainty in the long-term forecasts for U.S. shale gas production. It also said that the number of LNG-consuming countries would grow in the long term.Gazprom's Board of Directors took note of the information about the prospects of the shale gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG) sectors around the world, as well as the opportunities and threats facing the Company.The oil and gas company focused on the business of extraction…

07 Nov 2018

Steelhead Asia Appoints Marina Surzhenko as New Director LNG

Marina Surzhenko. Photo: Steelhead

Steelhead Asia, a unit of the Canadian LNG export project developer Steelhead LNG, said that Marina Surzhenko has taken the role of Director LNG.Based in Singapore, Marina is responsible for developing Steelhead’s business in Asia as well as leading the negotiations of LNG offtake contracts.Marina is an energy and investment management executive with 20 years of global experience in gas and LNG contracts negotiations and contract management. During her time at Shell and Gazprom…

17 Sep 2018

US Aims to Start LNG Deliveries to Germany in Four Years

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U.S. companies expect to begin delivering liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Germany in four years at the latest and will challenge Russia which now accounts for 60 percent of German gas imports, the deputy U.S. energy secretary told a German newspaper."U.S. liquefied natural gas is coming to Germany. The question is not if, but when," Dan Brouillette told the mass circulation daily Bild in an interview published on Monday.U.S. President Donald Trump in July accused Germany of being a "captive" of Russia due to its energy reliance and urged it to halt work on the $11 billion…

11 Sep 2018

Uniper Sees Merit in Building LNG Terminal at Wilhelmshaven

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Germany's Uniper on Tuesday said it favors a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal at the Wilhelmshaven deep sea port on the North Sea coast, less than a week after peer RWE said it secured access to capacity should a rival project at Brunsbuettel go ahead."Wilhelmshaven in particular can be a suitable location, there are many arguments in favour of it," spokesman Leif Erichsen said in a written statement.He cited the port's ability to offer infrastructure for LNG vessels of all sizes and its proximity to the German long-distance gas pipeline grids and underground storage caverns in the norther

22 Aug 2018

Sinopec, Zhejiang to Build LNG Terminal in China

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China's Sinopec Corp has teamed with Zhejiang Energy Group Co Ltd on a 3 million tonne-per-year liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in east China, with the first phase set for operation at end-2021, the state oil giant said on Wednesday.The project, to be built in Wenzhou of Zhejiang province, includes four tanks each able to store 200,000 cubic meters of LNG, a berth to dock tankers of 30,000 cubic meters to 266,000 cubic meters, as well as a 26-km (16-mile) pipeline.The two…

16 Jul 2018

ABS to Class FSRU for Turkey's BOTAS

Classification society ABS said it was selected to class a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) for Turkey’s oil and gas pipeline operator BOTAS.“As demand for gas has increased over the last decade, the supply chain has had to adapt and figure out new ways of getting gas to expanding markets,” said Jamie Smith, ABS Senior Vice President and Chief Business Development Officer. “FSRUs, like this one for Turkey, are providing gas distributors and suppliers an efficient and effective solution for getting their product to consumers.”Planned to be built at Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard, the FSRU will have a 170,000 cubic meter storage capacity and a 1,000 MMSCFD LNG discharge capacity. The FSRU will be jetty moored off the coast of Turkey and operated by Mitsui O.S.K.

22 Jun 2018

Yamal LNG Shipped First LNG Cargo to Spain

Photo: PAO Novatek

Yamal LNG has shipped the first cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Spanish company Gas Natural Fenosa under a long-term offtake agreement, a press release from PAO Novatek said. The 170 thousand cubic meter Arc7 ice-class LNG carrier “Fedor Litke” unloaded the first cargo in the port of Mugardos in accordance with the lifting and delivery schedule. Annual sales volumes according to the 24-year long-term offtake contract are 2.5 million tons of LNG, which equals to more than 3 billion cubic meters of natural gas.

05 Feb 2018

Next-wave LNG Terminals get Smaller, More Flexible

Cheniere's Sabine Pass LNG Terminal (CREDIT: Cheniere)

The liquefied natural gas market is growing every year, but the terminals that ship and receive the fuel are shrinking. The booming sector's next-generation infrastructure is being designed for a emerging-market buyers that want smaller volumes on shorter, more flexible contracts. LNG export terminals, where the gas is liquefied and put on vessels for shipping, have traditionally been massive, custom-built facilities that cost tens of billions of dollars. And so to justify the investment, they have typically required equally massive, long-term supply deals, often lasting a decade or more.

03 Jan 2018

China to top Japan as World's Biggest LNG Importer

File Image: A typical LNG Carrier at Sea (CREDIT: QGTC)

Pollution fight drives surge in pipeline, LNG imports but Japan remains world's biggest importer of LNG. Beijing's crackdown on pollution has put China on track to overtake Japan this year as the world's biggest importer of natural gas, used to replace dirtier coal. China - already the biggest importer of oil and coal - is the world's third biggest user of natural gas behind the United States and Russia, but has to import around 40 percent of its total needs as domestic production can't keep up with demand.

19 Oct 2017

BP’s LNG Carrier Fleet is Growing

BP said it will take delivery of six new, state-of-the-art liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers in 2018 and 2019 to support its expanding global LNG portfolio. BP’s finance partners KMarin and ICBC Leasing are investing more than $1 billion in the tankers. The vessels will join BP’s exixting fleet to help service a 20-year liquefaction contract with the Freeport LNG facility in Texas, as well as other international LNG projects in BP’s global portfolio. “These vessels will significantly increase BP’s ability to safely transport LNG to anywhere in the world, directly supporting BP’s global natural gas strategy,” said BP Shipping CEO Susan Dio. The new ships are designed to be about 25 percent more fuel efficient than their predecessors, BP said.

25 May 2016

Statoil Says Sees European Gas Prices Bottoming Out

Norway's Statoil does not expect European gas prices to fall much further as rising demand from the power generation sector would offset an expected increase in liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply, company officials said on Wednesday. The majority state-owned Statoil, Europe's second largest gas supplier after Russia's Gazprom, sold a record 85 billion cubic metres (bcm) of gas in 2015. LNG supply to Europe is expected to rise as new liquefaction plants in the U.S. and Australia ramp up production. "LNG could potentially put pressure on prices, but then the demand will kick in and balance this," Olav Kolbeinstveit, Vice President, Market Analysis, told Reuters. "In the short-term there can be some pressure, but over time prices can't fall much more lower than they are now," he added.

17 May 2016

Wartsila's Value of Expediency

The value of expediency Photo Wartsila

Regasifying and storing LNG offshore has allowed customers to import gas without committing to land-based infrastructure. The option also speeds up access to vast amounts of energy. “Wärtsilä focuses on completing the LNG value chain,” says Timo Koponen, Vice President, Flow and Gas Solutions, Wärtsilä. “It’s basically creating an alternative to pipeline gas. The end users vary, from industrial clients connected to smaller FSRUs – essentially an LNG carrier equiped by the addition of on-board storage and regas facilities – to large utilities.

27 Apr 2016

Statoil: Limited U.S. LNG Impact in Europe this Year

File Image: An LNG STS Transfer underway (credit: Excelerate)

The European natural gas market is well supplied by pipeline gas from Norway and Russia, Norway's Statoil said on Wednesday, adding that it expected only limited impact from U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply this year. "Looking at the gas market moving forward the starting point is that the European Union gas market is well-supplied short-term both with gas from Russia and from Norway and potential some new LNG volumes coming in," Statoil Chief Financial Officer Hans Jacob Hegge said. "So far this year we see limited U.S. LNG volumes reaching the EU," he said.

11 Nov 2015

Baltic Sea Pipeline Gas Flow Cut Due to Munitions Discovery

Nord Stream consortium, lead by Russian energy giant Gazprom, said on Wednesday it has stopped gas shipments via the Baltic Sea through one of its two lines as Swedish armed forces dispose of a munitions object found nearby. Total capacity of the two lines is 55 billion cubic metres per year. The consortium said a piece of munitions was found in close proximity to the Nord Stream Line 2 on Nov. "The location of the object is in the Swedish Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) approximately 120 km away from the island of Gotland," Nord Stream said. It added that it was not clear when the gas supplies via the line would be resumed. It said the Swedish armed forces were on site to "safely and professionally dispose of the munitions object".

19 Feb 2015

Bomin Linde, Lithuanian LNG Terminal sign MoU

OSLO, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Lithuania's liquefied natural gas import terminal and Germany's Bomin Linde LNG will work together to develop the use of LNG as marine fuel in the Baltic Sea, the terminal's operator Klaipedos Nafta said on Thursday. Lithuania opened the first LNG import terminal in the Baltic states last December to cut its dependence on pipeline gas imports from Russia. "In close cooperation both companies aim to jointly develop the LNG fuel market including the necessary infrastructure in Baltic Sea," Klaipedos Nafta said in a statement after signing a memorandum of understanding with the German LNG supplier. LNG demand for shipping in the Baltic region is going to increase due to stricter environmental regulations for sulphur content in the fuel.

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