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Japanese take on eight months
of new-wave US LNG exports

Six months have passed since the first LNG cargo was shipped from the Sabine Pass Project on the US Gulf coast run by Cheniere Energy and Japan is pleased with the progress as the US lower 48 states take over the LNG delivery role from previous Japanese supplier Alaska.

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Australian energy company Santos said its liquefied natural gas sales volumes more than doubled to 755,500 tonnes, reflecting the ramp-up of the Gladstone LNG plant in Queensland…
Chinese liquefied natural gas imports almost doubled in September as supplies expanded and flowed wider in Asia from new liquefaction and export volumes in Australia.
Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has opened its first public liquefied natural gas station in Washington State, connecting a US Pacific Coast supply chain aimed at the trucking…
Japanese marine classification society Nippon Kaiji Kyokai, which has almost 60 liquefied natural gas carriers on its books, has issued an approval in principle for an LNG…
Imports of LNG by India surged 32.5 percent last month compared to the same month a year ago as additional shipments arrived from the US and Australia.
US energy construction company KBR was awarded an engineering study contract for an LNG hub terminal in the Indonesian province of East Java similar to European terminals and offering…
Woodside Petroleum, the operator of the North West Shelf and Pluto liquefaction plants in Western Australia, reported improving results for LNG income as the Wheatstone project it…
FMC Technologies, the supplier to energy and LNG projects, reported third-quarter revenue of $1.1 billion, down 29 percent from the same three months last year due to…
Nakilat Shipping Qatar Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Qatar Gas Transport Co., has signed an agreement with Shell International Trading and Shipping to return management of…
French energy company Engie has signed an accord to promote liquefied natural gas as a marine fuel with France’s largest shipping group CMA CGM, operator of a…
Crowley LNG Alaska, a unit of the shipping company Crowley Maritime, was awarded a contract to supply the fuel to a small dual-fuel power plant that serves…

Shell Canada shale sale

Oct 21 (LNG) - Royal Dutch Shell, whose LNG Canada export project in British Columbia is currently on hold, has agreed to sell around 206,000 net acres of non-core oil and gas properties in Western Canada to Tourmaline Oil Corp. for US$1.03 billion. The transaction is comprised of US$758M in cash and Tourmaline shares valued at US$279M. The acreage includes 61,000 net acres in the Gundy area of Northeast British Columbia and 145,000 net acres in the Deep Basin area of West Central in the province of Alberta. “Shell retains a significant shale position in Canada and we are actively working to mature our attractive core asset base in the Montney and Duvernay,” said Andy Brown, Shell Upstream Director.

UK LNG charter deal

Oct 21 (LNGJ) - UK energy and utility group Centrica said it agreed to charter a 180,000 cubic metres capacity LNG vessel from Monaco-based US-listed GasLog Ltd. For a seven year period starting in late 2019. Jonathan Westby, Co-Managing Director of Energy Marketing and Trading at Centrica, said “I am delighted that we are able to conclude this long-term charter agreement with GasLog and we look forward to building a successful partnership with them as Centrica continues to develop its presence in the global LNG market.” The delivery of the GasLog vessel is expected to coincide with first commercial delivery of the Centrica 20-year US supply contract with the Cheniere Energy Sabine Pass plant.

Skangas wins fuel tender

Oct 20 (LNGJ) - Skangas, the Norwegian unit of Finnish natural gas company Gasum, has signed an agreement with Statoil of Norway for the delivery of LNG to fuel the oil company’s small vessel fleet, including several platform supply vessels and tugs in Norwegian waters. The LNG will be delivered to Statoil from several bases along the Norwegian west coast and to tugs based at the port of Karsto. The agreement is valid from April 2017 until the end of 2020, with an option for an extension. The contract award followed a tendering process involving several LNG suppliers. “We see this agreement as a recognition of our daily work and a confirmation of a good relationship with Statoil,” said Tor Morten Osmundsen, Chief Executive of Skangas.

LNG carrier movements

Oct 20 (LNGJ) - The 75,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “Cheikh Bouamama” will deliver a cargo on October 21 to the Portuguese import terminal at Sines from the Skikda liquefaction plant in Algeria, according to shipping data. The 216,000 cubic metres capacity Q-Flex carrier “Al Thumama” is scheduled to deliver a Qatari cargo on October 22 to the Indian import terminal at Hazira, operated by Shell India. The 266,000 Q-Max LNG carrier “Al Mafyar” is scheduled to deliver a Qatari cargo on October 27 to the Egyptian import terminal port of Ain Sokhna, where two floating facilities are deployed. The 155,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “British Emerald”, operated by BP Shipping, will deliver a cargo to the main terminal in Tokyo Bay in Japan on November 15 from the Bonny Island export plant in Nigeria.

Peru gas discoveries

Oct 19 (LNGJ) - Peru, the only South American LNG exporter, said China National Petroleum Corp. had made discoveries of up to 4 trillion cubic feet of proven natural gas resources in an exploration block it operates in southern Peru. CNPC, the parent company of PetroChina, bought the rights to explore Block 58 in Peru's southern Amazon region from Brazilian state energy company Petrobras in 2014. The discovery could free up domestic supplies for LNG exports as well as provide capacity for a new south-north pipeline in the region.

Osaka Gas sales surge

Oct 19 (LNGJ) - Osaka Gas, a key Japanese LNG importer and city-gas company, said sales volumes for the first half of the current fiscal year amounted to 3.96 billion cubic metres of natural gas, the equivalent of 2.93 million tonnes of LNG, a rise of 6.1 percent compared with last year. The utility, which imports cargoes from countries such as Australia and Qatar, said a jump of 11.9 percent in sales to the industrial sector helped offset a fall in residential sales of 3.6 percent. Osaka Gas operates two world-class LNG receiving terminals, the Himeji facility with eight LNG tanks and storage capacity of 740,000 cubic metres and the Senboku terminal with 20 storage tanks and total capacity of 1.8 million cubic metres.

BHP Billiton gas decline

Oct 19 (LNGJ) - BHP Billiton, the Australian energy and commodity company, said its natural gas production for the third quarter declined by 10 per cent to 182 billion cubic feet. “The decline primarily reflects lower onshore US gas volumes as a result of the decision to defer development activity for longer-term value and the successful divestment of our gas business in Pakistan. This was partially offset by increased LNG volumes at North West Shelf and higher demand at Bass Strait,” BHP said. It expects the completion by the end of 2016 of the transaction whereby it sold 50 percent of its interest in the undeveloped Scarborough area gas fields. Under the proposal, ExxonMobil will remain operator of Scarborough and operatorship of North Scarborough will transfer from BHP Billiton to Australia’s Woodside.

Teekay LNG Oslo funds

Oct 18 (LNGJ) - Teekay LNG Partners, the New York Stock exchange-listed, carrier-owning affiliate of Teekay Corp., said it intended to issue new five-year senior unsecured bonds in the Norwegian bond market. The net proceeds from the bonds are expected to be used for refinancing other Norwegian crown-denominated bonds maturing in May 2017 and general partnership purposes, including the funding of newbuild ship instalments. Teekay LNG expects to apply for the listing of the bonds on the Oslo Stock Exchange. The shipping partnership has appointed regional banks and brokerages as joint lead managers for the sale. They are Danske Bank Markets, DNB Markets, Nordea Markets and Swedbank Norway.

Gazprom-India gas study

Oct 18 (LNGJ) - Russian natural gas company Gazprom said its Chairman Alexey Miller signed a memorandum of understanding with Sanjay Gupta, Chairman and Managing Director of Engineers India, on jointly exploring possible routes to India for pipeline natural gas supplies from Russia and other countries. Gazprom pointed out that while LNG importer India ranks fourth in energy consumption worldwide, it consumed just 56.5 billion cubic metres of natural gas, or 7 percent of its energy mix. “India’s need for gas imports will increase three-fold as early as 2022 and more than six-fold by 2030,” Miller said. “Gazprom and Indian companies have significant prospects for mutually beneficial cooperation in the gas industry,” he added.

Cuba moves praised

Oct 18 (LNGJ) - Natural gas and oil exploration company MEO Australia, which has offshore LNG plans for the Timor Sea and onshore activities in Cuba, said the US was continuing to ease restrictions for its Cuban operations. “The ongoing easing of US Government restrictions on business dealings with Cuba is clearly a positive step for MEO considering the company’s Block 9 Production Sharing Contract project and other potential business activities in Cuba,” said MEO Chief Executive Peter Stickland. “While these changes will need to be understood in detail, the allowance for US companies to provide services related to Cuban infrastructure is potentially directionally significant for MEO’s advancement of Block 9, given the prominent role oil and gas play in both public transport and electricity generation in Cuba.”

LNG movements in Asia

Oct 17 (LNGJ) - The 177,000 cubic metres capacity “Gigira Laitebo” has just unloaded a cargo from Papua New Guinea at the Yung-An import terminal at Kaohsiung port in Taiwan, according to shipping data. The 210,000 Q-Flex carrier “Al Oraiq” will deliver a Qatari cargo on October 21 to the Indian Dahej import terminal near Mumbai, operated by Petronet LNG. The 217,000 cubic metres capacity Q-Flex vessel “Al Huwaila”, operated by Teekay LNG, will deliver a shipment from Qatar to the Japanese port of Kisarazu in Chiba Prefecture, arriving on October 25. The 160,000 cubic metres capacity LNG carrier “Asia Energy” is expected to deliver a cargo on October 26 from Gladstone in Queensland to the Chinese Qingdao import terminal, owned by China’s Sinopec.

French LNG shipments

Oct 17 (LNGJ) - Two LNG cargoes are being unloaded in France on October 17. The 75,000 cubic metres capacity “Cheikh El Mokrani” is delivering a shipment from the Skikda plant in Algeria and the 138,088 cubic metres capacity “Berge Arzew” is unloading a cargo from Arzew, both at the terminals in Fos Sur Mer, near Marseille.

US energy jobs draft

Oct 17 (LNGJ) - The American Gas Association said it is now a co-sponsor of Veterans in Energy, a national initiative encouraging US military veterans to enter the energy industry and to encourage those already there. “For generations, natural gas utilities have served communities and supported families through good paying jobs and the opportunity for career advancement,” said AGA Chairman Ralph LaRossa. “There are thousands of hard-working, dedicated men and women who have served their country on the battlefield and are now looking to begin a new stage of life,” said LaRossa. “Utilities provide an incredible opportunity for them, working to upgrade and maintain the energy infrastructure of the 21st century,” he added.

Holland and Chile cargoes

Oct 14 (LNGJ) - The 147,200 cubic metres capacity Norwegian-flagged “Arctic Princess” will deliver a shipments on October 17 to Gate import terminal in Rotterdam from the Hammerfest liquefaction plant in northern Norway. The 155,000 cubic metres capacity “GasLog Saratoga” was unloading a cargo on October 14 at the Mejillones import facility in Chile from the Atlantic LNG plant at Point Fortin in Trinidad after traversing the Panama Canal.

Indian gas price ceiling

Oct 13 (LNGJ) - The Indian Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas said its natural gas price ceiling for October 2016 to March 2017 was $5.30 per million British thermal units on a gross calorific value basis for the purposes of marketing production from domestic discoveries. The latest price is $1.31 per MMBtu lower than the official price of $6.61 per MMBtu given for the period from April to September 2016.

Italian LNG meeting

Oct 13 (LNGJ) - OLT Offshore Toscana, the operator of the floating storage and regasification facility moored off the Italian coast between the cities of Livorno and Pisa, and the Italian Coast Guard are holding a workshop to explain LNG projects and maritime transport issues to energy industry employees, the press and the public. The event will take place on October 18 in the city of Livorno at Fortezza Vecchia, Sala Ferretti. Speakers include Admiral Luigi Giardino of the General Command of the Italian Coast Guard, who will be speaking on safety of navigation. Government officials and LNG terminal executives will also address the meeting, including Alessandro Fino, Managing Director of OLT Offshore.

LNG ship movements

Oct 12 (LNGJ) - The 155,900 cubic metres capacity vessel “Maran Gas Mystras” is scheduled to deliver a cargo to the Jordanian import facility at the Port of Aqaba on October 23 from the Nigerian export plant at Bonny Island, according to shipping data. The 147,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “Dapeng Moon” is scheduled to deliver a cargo to Shenzen in China’s southern Guangdong province on October 18 from the Northwest Shelf plant in Dampier in Western Australia, operated by Woodside. The Norwegian-flagged 173,400 cubic metres capacity ship “Ribera Duero Knutsen” is scheduled to arrive at the US Sabine Pass export plant to lift a cargo on November 16 after delivering an October shipment to the Indian Dahej terminal using the route around the South African Cape of Good Hope.

Austrian natural gas surge

Oct 12 (LNGJ) - The Austrian river port of Vienna is one of the largest on the Danube River and will be the subject of growing LNG fuel use for barges, even as Austria remains dependent on Russian pipeline natural gas. Gazprom Chairman Alexey Miller has visited Austria for talks with Chancellor Christian Kern in Vienna and it was noted that Austrian gas imports from Russia rose 11.5 percent in 2015 and from January through October 2016, Russian gas supplies to Austria totalled 4.18 billion cubic metres, 23.8 percent higher than in the same period of 2015.

Trinidad feed-gas falls

Oct 11 (LNGJ) - Trinidad and Tobago said in its latest natural gas reserves audit that resources had declined by 900 million cubic feet from the previous year, with much of the gas production used at the Atlantic LNG export plant at Point Fortin in Trinidad. Energy Minister Nicole Oliverre said proved gas reserves now stand at 10.6 Tcf, down from 11.5 Tcf in 2014. The survey was carried out by Ryder Scott, the oldest and most respected reservoir-evaluation consulting firm, and showed that the Caribbean nation’s proved reserves have almost halved in 13 years from 20.8 Tcf in 2002.

Korean Register CEO dies

Oct 10 (LNGJ) - The Korean Register has announced the death of its Chairman and Chief Executive, Dr B S Park, who passed away in Busan after a short illness, aged 63. Dr Park was appointed as Chairman and CEO of KR in December 2014 and during that time he made a significant impact on the classification society. “Dr Park had travelled extensively and was well liked and respected across the industry,” said the statement. Dr Park had graduated from Korea Maritime and Ocean University in 1976 and joined Pan Ocean Shipping where he worked in a number of capacities until 2001. In that year he was appointed CEO of Welson Korea Insurance Brokers before becoming COO of Korea P&I Club in 2006. He joined KR in 2014.

Q-Max LNG for UK Oct 17

Oct 10 (LNGJ) - The 266,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “Rasheeda” will deliver a shipment on October 17 from Qatargas in Ras Laffan to the UK South Hook import terminal in Milford Haven, Wales, port authorities said. The benchmark UK National Balancing Point natural gas price has been rising recently and was last at the equivalent of $5.75 per million British thermal units.

Sales of Alaska leases

Oct 10 (LNGJ) - The US state of Alaska, the LNG project developer, has nominated the Beaufort and Chukchi seas and Cook Inlet for inclusion in the 2017-2022 proposed Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) lease sale programme for exploration and development. The State asked that a minimum of one lease sale in each location be included in the five-year programme. “We will continue to work with Arctic stakeholders, the federal government, and our Congressional delegation to ensure Alaskans can see economic progress in the Arctic,” said Alaska Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Andy Mack. “Many safeguards are in place to protect subsistence activities and to allow development in the OCS.”

US LNG project backing

Oct 7 (LNGJ) - Jera Co. Inc., the Japanese LNG procurement and project joint venture of utilities Tokyo Electric Power and Chubu Electric, has registered a letter of support with the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the stalled Jordan Cove export project in the northwest state of Oregon. The Jordan Cove project was rejected by the US regulator for lack of market support and subsequently signed two Japanese supply agreements, one with Jera and another with Itochu Corp., the Japanese trading house. Veresen Inc., the Canadian-based developer of Jordan Cove, is currently undergoing a FERC re-hearing process for its project.

UK gas for power rises

Oct 7 (LNGJ) - The UK is keeping up its liquefied natural gas import ratios as natural gas consumption for gas-fired power generation has increased in 2016 as more coal-fired power plants have been replaced. Natural gas power burn increased by 43 percent in the first nine months compared with the same period last year and was 37 percent higher than the average for the previous three years, according to official figures. Coal generation accounted for 23 percent of the total electricity generated in the UK. The country recently commissioned its latest gas-fired power plant, the 880-megawatt Carrington facility in Manchester.

Stolt-Nielsen LNG plans

Oct 6 (LNGJ) - Stolt-Nielsen, the Norwegian tanker and storage company, posted third-quarter net profits of $22.2 million from revenues of just over $474M compared with profit of $37.8M from revenues of $478.9M in the previous three months. Company Chief Executive Niels G. Stolt-Nielsen described the results as “mixed”, with the earnings of Stolt Tankers held down by weak summer demand. As for its LNG subsidiary, Stolt-Nielsen Gas, it will continue “to pursue its plans to develop small-scale LNG storage and distribution supply chains to serve stranded demand in locations lacking access to pipelines such as Sardinia in Italy.”

Trader gets $8Bln loan

Oct 6 (LNGJ) - Vitol S.A., the Swiss-based global commodities trading company with growing LNG interests, said it had signed a syndicated revolving credit facilities of $8 billion. Vitol extended by 12 months the maturity date of an existing three-year $7Bln loan and refinanced a maturing loan of around $1Bln. “The transaction was supported by a total of 55 banks,” said Vitol, whose headquarters are in Geneva and whose shipments of LNG have gone to buyers in countries such as Argentina, Pakistan, Jordan and Kuwait.

JGC wins Gulf contract

Oct 5 (LNGJ) - JGC Corp., the Japanese LNG and energy engineering company based in Yokohama, said its Middle East subsidiary JGC Gulf International was awarded a contract for a gas pipeline and storage tank construction project at Awali in the kingdom of Bahrain, planned by Bahrain National Gas Expansion Co. The contract covers engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning services and is scheduled for completion in September 2018. The value of the lump-sum turnkey contract is just less than $100 million

LNG ship movements

Oct 5 (LNGJ) - The 162,000 Bahamas-flagged vessel “Esshu Maru” has unload a cargo from the Nigerian plant at Bonny Island at the Brazilian import facility in the northern port of Pecem, according to shipping data. The 138,088 cubic metres capacity vessel “Berge Arzew” was unloading Algerian LNG at the Greek import facility at Revithoussa, operated by natural gas company DEPA. The 138,200 cubic metres capacity vessel “British Innovator”, operated by BP Shipping, was anchored off Malta.

Asia cargo deliveries

Oct 4 (LNGJ) - The 147,600 cubic metres capacity “Energy Frontier” will deliver a cargo on October 6 to the Japanese Hitachi import terminal, operated by Tokyo Gas, according to shipping data. The 145,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “Pacific Enlighten” has left the Woodside Dampier export plant in Western Australia bound for the Japanese import terminal at Oita, operated by Kyushu Electric. The 160,000 cubic metres capacity “Asia Vision”, owned by Chevron and which recently unloaded a shipment in Taiwan, is scheduled to arrive at the Western Australian Gorgon export plant on Barrow Island on October 8 to lift a cargo.

European shipping

Oct 4 (LNGJ) - The 75,000 cubic metres capacity “Cheikh El Mokrani” is scheduled to deliver a cargo on October 5 to the Sagunto import terminal in eastern Spain from the Algerian Skikda export plant, according to shipping data. The 147,200 cubic metres capacity “Arctic Lady” is due to deliver a shipment on October 11 from the Hammerfest plant in Northern Norway to the French import terminal at Fos sur Mer, operated by Elengy. The 160,000 cubic metres capacity “Golar Snow” was berthed on October 4 at the Zeebruigge import terminal in Belgium.

LNG cargo deliveries

Oct 3 (LNGJ) - The 155,000 cubic metres capacity British Sapphire, operated by BP Shipping, has unloaded a cargo at the Yung-An import terminal in Taiwan from the Australian Northwest Shelf plant, operated by Woodside, according to shipping data. The “Northwest Seaeagle” has just delivered a cargo to the Japanese Naoetsu import terminal, also from the Woodside plant in Australia. The 160,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “Yari LNG” has unloaded a cargo from Qatar to the Ain Sokhna facility in Egypt.

Trinidad and Nigeria cargoes

Sept 30 (LNGJ) - The 138,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “British Trader”, operated by BP Shipping, will deliver a cargo on October 5 from Trinidad's Point Fortin export terminal to the AES Andres import facility at the port of Caucedo in the Dominican Republic. The 160,000 cubic metres capacity ship “Cool Runner” will unload a cargo on October 2 at the Brazilian import terminal at Guanabara Bay, near Rio de Janeiro, delivered from the Bonny Island plant in Nigeria.

US LNG for Turkey

Sept 30 (LNGJ) - The Sabine Pass LNG export plant on the US Gulf Coast has delivered its third cargo to Europe on the 173,400 cubic metres capacity “Sestao Knutsen”, unloaded a shipment at the Turkish import terminal at Aliaga, near Izmir. The Spanish-flagged vessel was one of the last to load at Cheniere Energy' export facility before the two-Train plant was shut down for planned maintenance. The previous two US cargoes exported to Europe were unloaded in Portugal and Spain.

Japanese city-gas sales

Sept 29 (LNGJ) - The leading six city-gas companies in Japan sold volumes of 2.91 billion cubic metres of natural gas last month, the equivalent of 2.15 million tonnes of LNG, a rise of 2.6 percent compared with August 2015, according to the Japan Gas Association. The biggest rise was in the industrial sector where regasified LNG sales rose 4.6 percent to 1.80 Bcm.

Botswana CSG progress

Sept 29 (LNGJ) - Tlou Energy Ltd, the company listed in the UK and Australia and focused on delivering power to Botswana and Southern Africa through the development of coal-seam gas projects, has received approval for its Lesedi Project following a public review. “It is good news for the company, for the Lesedi project and for the people of Botswana,” said Tlou Executive Director Gabaake Gabaake, whose company will fuel a 50 megawatts plant with CSG. “Environmentally there is a need in Botswana for the development of a relatively clean, low carbon energy source to replace the use of diesel in the production of electricity,” he added.

LNG cargo deliveries

Sept 28 (LNGJ) - The 210,100 cubic metres capacity Q-Flex vessel “Al Ruwais” is scheduled to deliver a cargo from Qatar to the Jordanian import facility at the port of Aqaba on October 2, according to shipping data. The 160,000 cubic metres capacity “Cool Voyager”, operated by Thenamaris shipping, is due to arrive on October 1 at the Australian LNG port near Curtis Island in Queensland, to lift a cargo for China. The 147,500 cubic metres capacity carrier “LNG Ebisu” is scheduled to deliver a shipment from Dampier in Western Australia on October 6 to the Japanese import terminal at Himeji.

Danish-Korean LNG accord

Sept 28 (LNGJ) - Kosan Crisplant of Denmark, project corporation supplier of gas equipment, has signed a detailed cooperation agreement with Korea LNG Solutions. The Danish and Korean companies will co-operate on the development, manufacturing and sale of LNG bunkering equipment for the small-scale and marine markets in Korea over a four-year period. The collaboration between the two was initiated in Copenhagen with the intention of exploring possibilities within the LNG market. “We have a lot to gain from this collaboration in the Korean market while at the same time contributing to the industry as a whole,” said Kosan Crisplant LNG manager Lars Sall.

Jera LNG trade debut

Sept 27 (LNGJ) - Japanese company Jera Co Inc., a joint venture between Tokyo Electric Power and Chubu Electric who have annual LNG purchases amounting to 40 million tonnes, has made its trading debut by agreeing to deliver its first cargo outside of Japan. According to traders, Jera has agreed to sell on supplies of Indonesian LNG to the South Korean Kwangyang import terminal, operated by steelmaker Posco, with a delivery date some time in December.

France and Korea cargoes

Sept 26 (LNGJ) - The 138,100 cubic metres capacity “Berge Arzew” is due to deliver a cargo from the Algerian Arzew plant on September 27 to the French import terminal at Fos Sur Mer, according to shipping data. The 148,470 cubic metres capacity “LNG Kano” is scheduled to deliver a shipment from the Nigerian export plant at Bonny Island on September 29 to the South Korean Kwanygyang import terminal, operated by steelmaker Posco. The 135,000 cubic metres capacity “Hyundai Aquapia” is scheduled to unload a cargo from Oman on October 1 at the South Korean Incheon import facility, operated by Korea Gas Corp.

US LNG for Dahej in India

Sept 26 (LNGJ) - The 173,400 cubic metres “Ribera Duero Knutsen” is scheduled to deliver a US cargo from the Sabine Pass export facility in Louisiana to the Indian Dahej import terminal, operated by Petronet LNG, according to shipping data. The tanker left Sabine Pass on September 4 and will unload at the Indian facility on September 29.

Japan gas deregulation

Sept 23 (LNGJ) - LNG importer Japan is continuing to change the face of its energy industry under deregulation, with city-gas companies and power providers able to operate in other markets. Chubu Electric Power Co. and Inpex Corp., the developer of an Australian LNG export plant, are to begin supplying wholesale electricity to Seibu Gas, Matsumoto Gas and Suwa Gas, sourcing the power from Diamond Power Corp., a Chubu Electric subsidiary. Seibu Gas, Matsumoto Gas and Suwa Gas are city-gas companies providing services in the Saitama and Nagano regions.

Cargoes for Egypt and Brazil

Sept 23 (LNGJ) - The 148,300 cubic metres capacity “LNG Ondo” is scheduled to deliver a cargo from Nigeria on September 30 to the Egyptian Ain Sokhna import terminal on the Red Sea coast, according to shipping data. The 162,000 Bahamas-flagged vessel “Esshu Maru” is due to unload a cargo from Nigeria at the Brazilian import facility at Pecem on September 30.

US Henry Hub at year high

Sept 22 (LNGJ) - The US benchmark Henry Hub natural gas spot price for next-day delivery surged to a one-year high of $3.14 per million British thermal units, up 6 cents from the previous day. The prices were being driven by higher than normal US seasonal temperatures. US natural gas futures on the New York Mercantile Exchange also traded higher, with the front-month quoted at $3.057 per MMBtu. In Europe, the UK National Balancing Point price rose as high as 35.19 pence per therm, or $4.60 per MMBtu.

LNG bunkering for ARA

Sept 21 (LNGJ) - Titan LNG, a supplier to the marine and industrial markets, has developed a pontoon system for the delivery of LNG to river barges and sea-going ships in the ports of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Antwerp, known as the ARA and which is Europe’s largest bunkering hub. Titan’s LNG bunkering pontoon is called the Titan LNG Flex-Fueler. It will mostly help fuel inland waterway vessels from a fixed location. “Currently truck-to-ship delivery provides the most flexibility and is the only means of receiving LNG bunkers in the ARA region,” said Niels den Nijs, Commercial Director of Titan LNG. “However, there is an increase in larger LNG-fuelled vessels coming into the market, which cannot bunker at land-based LNG stations,” den Nijs added.

Louisiana LNG market

July 21 (LNGJ) - The US Department of Energy released LNG export data for July 2016. The report showed prices of US LNG exported from the Cheniere Energy Sabine Pass plant in Louisiana and delivered on a spot free-on-board basis. One cargo to Spain was priced at $4.51 per million British thermal units and four others at $5.60 per MMbtu. Two of the $5.60 per MMBtu cargoes were shipped to Chile, one was delivered to China and another to Jordan in the Middle East.

Cargo deliveries to Asia

Sept 20 (LNGJ) - The 145,700 cubic metres capacity carrier “Al Jassasiya”, operated by the Maran Gas-Nakilat venture, will deliver a Qatar shipment on September 21 to the Yung-An import terminal in Taiwan, according to shipping data. The 210,100 cubic metres capacity Q-Flex carrier “Fraiha” will unload a shipment from Ras Laffan on September 27 at the South Korean Tong-Yeong import facility, operated by Korea Gas Corp. The 210,100 cubic metres capacity Q-Max vessel “Al Ghariya” will deliver a cargo on September 30 to the Himeji import terminal in Japan. The 160,000 cubic metres capacity carrier “Asia Energy” is due to unload an Australian cargo from Woodside on October 3 at the Japanese Tobata import terminal, operated by Kitakyushu LNG.

Q-Max LNG for UK Sept 26

Sept 19 (LNGJ) - The 266,000 cubic metres capacity Q-Max carrier “Aamira” will deliver a shipment on September 26 from Qatargas to the UK South Hook import terminal in Milford Haven, Wales, port authorities said. The benchmark National Balancing Point natural gas price was last at the equivalent of $4.40 per million British thermal units.

LNG cargo deliveries

September 16 (LNGJ) - The 138,088 cubic metres capacity “Berge Arzew” was unloading a cargo from Algeria on September 16 at the Huelva import terminal in southwest Spain. The 210,000 cubic metres capacity ship “Duhail” is scheduled to deliver a cargo from Qatar to the import terminal of the Kingdom of Jordan in the port of Aqaba on September 19. The 160,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “Clean Vision”, operated by Dynagas of Greece, is expected to deliver a cargo from Qatar on September 21 to the Egyptian Ain Sukhna import facilities in the Gulf of Suez. The 210,100 cubic metres capacity Q-Flex vessel “Al Ghariya” was scheduled to deliver a shipment from Ras Laffan in Qatar on September 30 to the Japanese Sakai LNG terminal, owned by Kansai Electric Power Co.

Dubai LNG service hub

Sept 15 (LNGJ) - Excelerate Energy of the US and Dubai Supply Authority have completed the first commercial gas-up operation at the Jebel Ali LNG import facility in the United Arab Emirates via Excelerate's floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) “Explorer”. The FSRU gassed-up all five tanks of a 173,000 cubic metres capacity LNG Carrier in a 17-hour period. “Dubai Supply Authority’s ability to utilize the FSRU for these operations will allow LNG vessels departing regional dry docks to avoid having to travel significant distances to perform this required step in the LNG cargo cycle, making Dubai a full-service LNG hub,” Excelerate said.

LNG cargo for Dunkirk

Sept 15 (LNGJ) - The fourth French liquefied natural gas import terminal, located at the Channel port of Dunkirk, received its second commissioning cargo from the 140,500 cubic metres capacity carrier “Hispania Spirit”. The shipment came from Peru LNG, the only liquefaction and export plant in South America. Dunkirk received its first commissioning cargo on July 8, transported from the Nigerian liquefaction plant at Bonny Island. The Dunkirk facility was developed by Electricte de France and other shareholders include French energy major Total and Belgian LNG terminal owner and network operator Fluxys, owner of the Belgian Zeebrugge LNG terminal.