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Awilco LNG, the Norwegian based vessel provider for traders, reported a fall in earnings as its losses widened and it sold two of its four ships while…
LNG Ltd, the Australian developer of two liquefaction and export plants in North America, posted widening losses, reflecting expenditure on advancing its projects.
Norwegian energy company Statoil, operator of the only baseload liquefied natural gas export plant in Europe at Hammerfest, aims to conduct a major exploration campaign in several…
Inpex Corp. said it had now started supplying regasified liquefied natural gas to Nissan Chemical Industries through the Toyama Line extension of its pipeline network.
Winterthur Gas and Diesel, based in Switzerland, said it won a propulsion order from South Korean company SK Shipping to supply engines for two of its newbuild…
Eagle LNG Partners said it submitted its draft resource report to regulators for its planned small-scale export facility to be located near the Florida port of Jacksonville.
Finland has opened its first liquefied natural gas filling station serving heavy-duty road vehicles at Vuosaari Harbor, part of the Port of Helsinki, and another three stations…
Chinese energy company, the ENN Group, has signed an agreement with Chevron Corp. to receive supplies the US major is building up from its production projects in Australia.
The two Dutch owners of the Rotterdam Gate LNG import terminal, natural gas utility Gasunie and global storage giant Royal Dutch Vopak, have formally opened their break-bulk…
Finland’s two largest LNG industry participants, natural gas company Gasum and propulsion-maker Wartsila, have signed a cooperation agreement for onshore and marine ventures.
Energy majors ExxonMobil Corp. ConocoPhillips and BP of the UK have decided to stop further investment in the Alaska LNG project, control of which is already scheduled…

Chart Finland LNG role

Aug 31 (LNGJ) - Chart Industries of the US said it was continuing to support the LNG fueling network build-out in Northern Europe. Chart said its latest LNG fueling station was opened for business in Helsinki’s port industrial zone, Owned and operated by Finnish natural gas company Gasum, the Helsinki station was installed by Chart partner Sarlin Oy and commissioned by Chart Ferox engineers. “It’s the latest deployment of Chart’s skid-mounted Compact LNG Fueling Station, which is targeted at vehicle fleet bases, remote locations, small ports and also provides an excellent temporary fueling solution,” the company said.

Sines and Thai cargoes

Aug 31 (LNGJ) - The 215,000 cubic metres capacity Q-Flex ship “Al Utouriya” is set to unload a cargo from Qatar on September 2 at the Portuguese import terminal at Sines, according to shipping data. The 137,350 cubic metres capacity carrier “Al Wajba” will deliver cargo on September 4 from Singapore to the Japanese Naoetsu import terminal, owned by Inpex.The 217,000 Q-Max carrier “Al Kharsaah” is scheduled to deliver a RasGas cargo on September 13 to the Map Ta Phut import terminal in Thailand.

Algeria Panama Canal cargo

Aug 31 (LNGJ) - The 165,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “Gaslog Salem” is delivering a cargo on September 1 to the Manzanillo LNG import terminal on the Pacific coast of Mexico after traversing the Panama Canal. The ship earlier crossed the Atlantic with the cargo loaded on August 16 at the Algerian export plant at Arzew on the Mediterranean coast, according to shipping data.

Bureau Veritas LNG first

Aug 30 (LNGJ) - French classification society Bureau Veritas has registered its first LNG-fueled newbuild oil-chemical tanker, the 15,000 deadweight tonnage “Ternsund”, built at Avic Dingheng shipyard in China and delivered to Danish tanker operator Terntank Rederi. “The ‘Ternsund’ is the first of a series of four ships all equipped with the Wartsila RT-flex50-D dual-fuel low-speed engine. The vessel became the first ever ship to take on LNG as bunker fuel in the Port of Rotterdam in early August, qualifying for an LNG bunkering premium equal to a 10 per cent reduction in port dues,” BV said. Philippe Donche-Gay, President of Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore Division, stated: “We led the way globally classing dual-fuel gas carriers and we are now leading the way with newbuildings of different ship types using LNG as fuel.”

Gazprom gas sales jump

Aug 30 (LNGJ) - Russian natural gas company Gazprom, whose pipeline supply is the main competition to LNG in Europe, posted a 7 percent fall in quarterly net profits to 245 billion rubles ($3.7Bln). Gazprom supplies around 30 percent of European natural gas needs and contracts are linked to the crude oil price. On a six-monthly basis, net sales of gas increased by 136Bln rubles, or 8 percent, to 1.75 trillion rubles for the period ending June 30. Net sales of gas to Europe and other countries increased by 181Bln rubles, or 19 percent, to 1.12 trillion rubles. “This was mainly driven by the increase in volumes of gas sold by 36 percent, or 29.0 billion cubic metres, which was partially offset by the decrease in average Russian ruble prices,” Gazprom said.

UK September LNG

Aug 29 (LNGJ) – The first September LNG cargo is headed for the UK. The 266,000 Q-Max vessel “Shagra” is scheduled to deliver a cargo on September 3 from Qatargas to the South Hook import terminal in Milford Haven, Wales, the port authorities said. The UK benchmark National Balancing Point natural gas price was last at the equivalent of $3.90 per million British thermal units.

Argentine gas project

Aug 29 (LNGJ) - The inauguration ceremony of the Argentine natural gas field located offshore Tierra del Fuego and operated by France’s Total was postponed until a later date to allow the country’s President to attend when his programme is free. Total has already started production at the offshore Vega Pleyade field with a capacity of 10 million cubic metres of gas per day. The project is the world's southern-most gas development. The Vega Pleyade project consists of a wellhead platform in 50 metres of water, tied back via a 77-kilometre offshore pipeline to the Total-operated Rio Cullen and Canadon Alfa onshore treatment facilities.

Chinese earnings drop

Aug 29 (LNGJ) - Sinopec of China, a shareholder in the Australia Pacific LNG venture in Queensland and the leading Chinese oil refiner, posted a first-half fall in net profits of 21.6 per cent because of the lower crude prices. The company made 19.92 billion yuan (US$2.98 billion) in the January to June period compared with 25.42Bln yuan in the same period last year, according to a statement realised by the Hong Kong stock exchange, where it is listed. China National Offshore Oil Corp., the country’s other main energy company and largest LNG import terminal operator, reported a net loss of 7.74Bln yuan (US$1.16Bln) in the first six months of the year.

Florida export permit

Aug 26 (LNGJ) - The US Department of Energy issued an order granting American LNG Marketing a permit to export LNG over two years from its Hialeah facility near Medley in Florida to nations with and without a Free Trade Agreement with the US. The LNG would be loaded into ISO containers at the facility and transported by road or rail to ports in the state for export on ocean-going vessels. “The volumes proposed for export in this proceeding, when added to any volumes exported under American LNG’s long-term export authorizations, will not exceed 3.02 billion cubic feet on an annual basis,” the DoE said.

Australian cargoes for India

Aug 25 (LNGJ) - Two Australian cargoes are destined for India. The 155,00 cubic metres capacity carrier “British Emerald”, operated by BP Shipping, left the Western Australian export plant at Dampier, operated by Woodside, on August 20 and is scheduled to arrive at the Indian Dahej import terminal near Mumbai on September 2. The Chevron-operated vessel, “Asia Energy”, is scheduled to deliver an Australian cargo from Dampier to the same Indian terminal on September 4.

European LNG deliveries

Aug 25 (LNGJ) - In European LNG shipping movements, the 147,200 cubic metres capacity carrier “Arctic Princess” will deliver a cargo on August 28 from the Hammerfest plant in Northern Norway to the Huelva import terminal in southwest Spain. The 75,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “Cheikh El Mokrani” will deliver an Algerian shipment from the Arzew plant on August 28 to the French terminal at Fos Sur Mer, near Marseilles. The small-scale Dutch carrier “Coral Energy” is unloading a cargo in Finland on August 25 at the new small-scale terminal at the port of Pori. The shipment comes from the Zeebrugge terminal in Belgium.

Q-Max LNG for UK Aug 30

Aug 24 (LNGJ) - The 266,000 cubic metres capacity Q-Max vessel “Mozah” is scheduled to deliver a cargo from Qatargas on August 30 to the UK South Hook import terminal in Milford Haven, Wales, the port authorities said. The UK benchmark National Balancing Point natural gas price was last at the equivalent of $4.00 per million British thermal units.

Nakilat LNG fleet boost

Aug 23 (LNGJ) - Nakilat, the shipping arm of Qatar’s LNG sector, has entered into a contract with Global Eagle Entertainment’s Emerging Market Communications (EMC) to provide marine VSAT services for vessels in its carrier fleet. Under the contract, the company is supplying global Ku-band VSAT connectivity and content to enable a range of internet, data and voice services for the vessels and crew. The installations were completed recently on eight Nakilat vessels, which will ensure continuous connectivity for their ships sailing global LNG routes. Nakilat Administration Director Rashid Hamad Al-Marri said: “We are delighted to sign this agreement with EMC which will significantly contribute to the development of the communication systems’ infrastructure and facilitate Nakilat’s maritime operations. As an owner of one of the largest LNG fleets in the world, staying connected while at sea is essential for Nakilat’s global operations.”

Venture Global LNG funds

Aug 23 (LNGJ) - Venture Global LNG, the Washington DC-based developer of two export projects in the state of Louisiana, said it had closed the fifth round of a private equity investment exercise. The company raised additional capital of $15 million, bringing the total of funds raised so far to more than $280M. Venture Global said it was continuing its development plans for its Calcasieu Pass facility to produce for its 10 million tonnes per annum of LNG for export as well as the 20 MTPA Plaquemines facility at mile-marker 55 on the shore of the Mississippi River, 30 miles south of New Orleans. “We are pleased to continue to successfully develop and optimize our projects, hit our milestones and, as a result, raise additional equity,” Venture Global said.

Q-Max LNG for UK Aug 25

Aug 22 (LNGJ) - The 266,000 cubic metres capacity Q-Max vessel “Al Mafyar” is scheduled to deliver a cargo from Qatargas on August 25 to the UK South Hook import terminal in Milford Haven, Wales, the port authorities said. The UK benchmark National Balancing Point natural gas price was last at the equivalent of $3.95 per million British thermal units.

FSU headed for Malta

Aug 5 (LNGJ) - A floating gas storage unit (FSU), headed for Malta from Singapore, will enable Maltese citizens to “start breathing cleaner air,” prime minister Joseph Muscat suggested. Due to arrive by September, the vessel will store LNG which will then be regasified onshore for use in new gas-fired power plants.

AG&P virtual LNG pipeline

Aug 1 (LNGJ) – Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific Company (AG&P) is gearing up to launch a virtual LNG pipeline to bridge the capacity demands for power in Southeast Asia. “The Philippines provides a unique challenge,” AG&P president Albert Altura said when announcing projects that integrate small-scale FRSUs and power plants, from 5 MW all the way up to industrial-sized plants.

HMD LNG-fuelled carrier

July 28 (LNGJ) -Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) has accepted a contract to build a 50 000 DWT bulk carrier with ILSHIN Logistics in cooperation with steelmaker POSCO. The ship, scheduled for delivery in Q4-17, will be the world’s largest LNG-fuelled bulk carrier. It will be used to ship limestone cargoes in the Korean coastal trade.

InterOil deal for $2.5Bln

July 22 (LNGJ) - ExxonMobil and InterOil Corp. confirmed their agreed transaction worth more than $2.5 billion, under which ExxonMobil will acquire InterOil and its Papua New Guinea LNG assets after Australian-listed Oil Search withdrew from the bidding. “This agreement will enable ExxonMobil to create value for the shareholders of both companies and the people of Papua New Guinea,” said Rex W. Tillerson, Chairman and Chief Executive of ExxonMobil. InterOil Chairman Chris Finlayson said: “Our board thoroughly reviewed the ExxonMobil transaction and concluded that it delivers superior value to InterOil shareholders. They will also benefit from their interest in ExxonMobil’s diverse asset base and dividend stream.”

Woodside LNG sales mixed

July 21 (LNGJ) - Australian energy company Woodside said its one-sixth share of second-quarter LNG sales revenue from the six-Train North West Shelf plant in Western Australia was down around 25 percent and amounted to US$152.8 million compared with US$200.3M in the same quarter a year ago. The nearby single-Train Pluto LNG plant, which Woodside operates alone, posted a second-quarter rise in sales revenue to US$449M compared with $US346M in the same three months of 2015. Woodside Chief Executive Peter Coleman said that the business was performing well in a challenging environment. “Lower sales revenue for the quarter largely reflects the three month lag in oil-linked LNG contract pricing structures. We will see higher realised LNG contract prices reflected in the third quarter,” Coleman said.

Hess third-party LNG plan

July 21 (LNGJ) - The North West Shelf LNG plant in Western Australia, whose shareholders include six major energy companies including Woodside and Shell, said it was continuing to progress with front-end engineering and design associated with the proposed development of resources from New York-based Hess Exploration’s permits in the Carnarvon Basin. The FEED study will enable a final investment decision on the proposed third-party feed-gas processing project with Hess.

LNG for India and Argentina

July 20 (LNGJ) - The 216,000 cubic metres capacity Qatari Q-Flex carrier “Al Thumama” will deliver a shipment on July 23 to India’s Hazira import terminal near Mumbai, according to shipping data. The “British Ruby”, operated by BP Shipping, is unloading a cargo from Nigeria at the Indian Dahej import facility, owned by Petronet LNG. The 155,000 cubic metres capacity “Gaslog Saratoga” is scheduled to deliver a cargo from Trinidad on August 1 to the Escobar import facility in Argentina, located north of Buenos Aires.

Cheniere LNG maintenance

July 19 (LNGJ) - Cheniere Energy will close its first Sabine Pass processing Train in September for scheduled maintenance when the second Train is scheduled for completion. The first Train was able to ship a commissioning cargo in February 2016. The Louisiana plant has a nameplate capacity of 4.5 million tonnes per annum from total planned output of 27 MTPA when the other five processing units are completed by US engineering and construction company Bechtel in the next couple of years.

Calor UK LNG fuel sites

July 19 (LNGJ) - Calor, the UK gas and energy supply company, said it was opening two new publically accessible liquefied natural gas refueling stations, bringing the total on the UK road and motorway network to nine. Both stations will be in the Midlands region of England at Donnington Park and Grantham on the M1 motorway. The LNG fuel systems are located at service and motorway stops owned by Moto Hospitality Calor is leasing the land from Moto and plans to open for business in the third quarter of 2016. “Each site will hold a single LNG refuelling system capable of supplying heavy goods vehicles travelling along this major stretch of the UK road network,” Calor said.

Indian LNG growth potential

July 19 (LNGJ) - India’s low use of LNG and natural gas has been highlighted by the Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan. He told parliament that the present natural gas share in the country’s fuel basket was just 6.5 percent compared with the world average of 23.8 percent. Pradhan said the country was taking measures to promote more natural gas and LNG use, including the approval of the new hydrocarbon and exploration licensing policy. “The government has also approved the auctioning of 67 discovered small fields through international competitive bidding for early monetization,” the minister said, in reference to plans for increasing domestic production. He also pointed to nationwide measures to increase natural gas use as fuel in small-scale distribution networks.

LNG firm changes dollars

July 19 (LNGJ) - Australian energy company Santos, with stakes in the Darwin, Papua New Guinea and Gladstone liquefied natural gas plants, will change its reporting currency from Australian dollars to US dollars, starting with its 2016 interim result. “This reflects the change in the group’s revenue mix, which is now predominantly US dollar denominated with PNG LNG and GLNG in production,” Santos said. “Reporting in US dollars will also enhance comparability with Santos’ industry peer group, the majority of which report in US dollars,” it added.

British Columbia permits

July 18 - The Canadian province of British Columbia, where LNG export ventures are planned, has held its July 2016 natural gas and petroleum rights sale with $488,789 in bids, according to the Ministry of Natural Gas Development. It sold 14 parcels covering 4,249 hectares, with an average price of $115 per hectare. Drilling licences provide the exclusive right to explore for petroleum and natural gas by drilling wells and are acquired by the successful bidder at the sale. Primary terms are three, four or five years, depending on location. Leases provide the exclusive right to produce petroleum and natural gas. The next sale is scheduled for August 10 when 24 parcels covering 12,243 hectares will be offered.

Pipeline-LNG competition

July 15 (LNGJ) - Russian and Norwegian natural gas pipeline exports to Europe, the main competition to LNG, are continuing at high levels amid the lowest prices since 2004, according to International Monetary Fund data. Russian natural gas pipeline prices at the German border reached a record low of $3.99 per million British thermal units in May 2016, the lowest level since September 2004, and averaged $4.04/MMBtu in March-June. “Russian pipeline export prices are generally linked to the prices of crude oil and petroleum products with a lag of several months, and with declines in crude oil prices, natural gas prices have also declined. At the same time, spot prices at the European natural gas pricing benchmark National Balancing Point in the UK averaged $4.86 per MMBtu in June,” the report said.

Gazprom auction dates

July 14 (LNGJ) - The export division of Russian natural gas giant Gazprom said it would conduct its third gas auction for Europe on August 31 and September 1-2, 2016. Gazprom Export’s auction is for the supply of Russian pipeline gas to Europe during the 2016/2017 winter period. As at the first auction in September 2015, gas will be supplied to the delivery points of Greifswald, Gaspool and Olbernhau in Germany. In addition, the buyers will have the opportunity to receive volumes at Baumgarten and Arnoldstein in Austria. Last year, the bidders were offered 127 lots with a total volume of 3.24 billion cubic metres.

LNG ship movements

July 14 (LNGJ) - The 138,088 cubic metres capacity “Berge Arzew” has just delivered a cargo from Algeria to the Huelva import terminal in southwest Spain, according to shipping data. The 155,000 cubic metres capacity “British Ruby”, operated by BP Shipping, will deliver a cargo from Nigeria on July 20 to the Indian Dahej import terminal, operated by Petronet LNG. The 138,000 cubic metres capacity carrier “British Trader”, owned by BP, is due to unload a shipment from the Trinidad export plant at Point Fortin on July 29 at the Quintero import terminal in Chile.

Puerto Rico and Brazil LNG

July 13 (LNGJ) - The 160,000 cubic metres capacity “Arctic Aurora” is scheduled to deliver a cargo on July 22 from the Norwegian export plant at Hammerfest to Penuelas import terminal in the US territory of Puerto Rico, located in the south of the island and in operation since 2000. The 162,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “Esshu Maru” is scheduled to deliver a Nigerian cargo from the Bonny Island liquefaction plant to Brazil on July 15.

Nova Scotia LNG advance

July 12 (LNGJ) - The Canadian Bear Head LNG project received the Nova Scotia Environment body’s approval for its Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Management Plan for its liquefaction and export facility planned for the Strait of Canso in Richmond County, Nova Scotia. The plan provides Bear Head’s strategy for managing emissions through technology selection, design and operations. “Approval of Bear Head LNG’s GHG management plan is welcome news,” said Greg Vesey, President of the project company.

Aker wins Vietnam contract

July 12 (LNGJ) - Aker Solutions, the Norwegian energy and LNG project engineering company, secured a contract from Japan’s Idemitsu Oil and Gas Co. to provide engineering services for the development of oil and natural gas resources in the Nam Con Son basin offshore Vietnam. “We are pleased with the opportunity to for the first time work with Idemitsu Oil and Gas in such an important emerging market as Vietnam,” said Luis Araujo, Chief Executive of Aker Solutions. “This will further strengthen our reach in Asia after building an important regional base in Malaysia.” Aker said the project would at its peak involve about 100 engineers, designers and drafters out of the company's regional hub in Kuala Lumpur.

Q-Max LNG for UK July 19

July 12 (LNGJ) - The 266,000 cubic metres capacity Q-Max vessel “Zarga” is scheduled to deliver a cargo from Qatargas on July 19 to the UK South Hook import terminal in Milford Haven, Wales, the port authorities said. The UK benchmark National Balancing Point natural gas price was last at the equivalent of $4.60 per million British thermal units.

Statoil Marcellus sale

July 11 (LNGJ) - European LNG producer, Statoil of Norway, said it completed a transaction to sell assets in the prolific US Marcellus shale play to EQT Corp. of the US. Statoil said its sale involved “non-core operated assets” in the US state of West Virginia. The transaction covers approximately 62,500 net acres. Statoil retains its operated properties in the US state of Ohio and its non-operated Marcellus positions.

Freeport boosts feed-gas

July 11 (LNGJ) - The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued an order authorizing the Freeport LNG plant in Quintana Island, Texas, to increase its authorized maximum peak production level above initial nameplate capacity from 1.8 billion cubic feet per day to 2.14 Bcf/day. Each of the three Trains in the first phase of construction at Freeport will produce just over 5 million tonnes per annum of LNG and 13.4 MTPA of the more than 15 MTPA of output has been contracted under use-or-pay liquefaction tolling agreements. A fourth production Train is also planned. Construction work on the additional Train is expected to begin in 2017 and it will be operational in 2021.

Sardinia still in LNG focus

July 8 (LNGJ) - Stolt-Nielsen Gas (SNG), a unit of Norwegian-listed energy storage and shipping group Stolt-Nielsen Ltd., said it continued to pursue its plans to develop small-scale LNG storage and distribution supply chains to serve “stranded demand” in locations lacking access to LNG pipelines. SNG said one such venture it was developing was on the Italian island of Sardinia. However, small-scale LNG plans in Canada remain suspended due to the unfavorable impact of low commodity prices in the mining industry there and in other key target markets. The LNG statement was in its latest earnings which showed a net profit in the second quarter of $38.0 million, down from $42.8M in the same three months of 2015. Quarterly revenue was $478.9M compared with $500.7M in the year-ago quarter.

Q-Max LNG for UK July 14

July 7 (LNGJ) - The 266,000 cubic metres capacity Q-Max vessel “Mozah” is scheduled to deliver a cargo from Qatargas on July 14 to the UK South Hook import terminal in Milford Haven, Wales, the port authorities said. The UK benchmark National Balancing Point natural gas price was last at the equivalent of $4.55 per million British thermal units.

Eni confirms Cyprus plans

July 6 (LNGJ) - Italian energy company Eni said it would begin exploratory drilling offshore southern Cyprus in 2017. Eni Chief Executive Claudio Descalzi confirmed the decision after a meeting with the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, that Eni remained committed to Cyprus and to the East Med in general as an exploration region. Noble Energy of the US and the Delek Group of Israeli have already been successful in Cypriot waters with the Aphrodite discovery amid related plans by Cyprus to build an onshore LNG plant at Vasilikos. Eni last year discovered the huge East Med Zohr natural gas field offshore Egypt with estimated resources of 30 trillion cubic feet.

Lake Charles LNG ruling

July 6 (LNGJ) - The Lake Charles LNG export project, whose shareholders include Energy Transfer Partners of the US and Royal Dutch Shell, will proceed on schedule after the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission denied a request from the environmental activist group, the Sierra Club, for a rehearing of the order authorizing construction of the facility in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana. This follows two rulings in June 2016 from the Washington DC circuit court against Sierra Club objections to the Freeport and Sabine Pass LNG facilities, also on the US Gulf Coast.

US natural gas rises

July 5 (LNGJ) - US natural gas prices have exceeded 2015 levels for the first time and the Henry Hub benchmark could break the level of $3.00 per million British thermal units during July. Prices recently surged to $2.93 per MMBtu because of several supply interruptions in US southeast offshore natural gas production fields. Analysts said weather forecasts also indicate much warmer temperatures than normal until at least July 14, raising demand for gas-fired power for air conditioning.

Cargoes for Spain and Japan

July 4 (LNGJ) - The 147,200 cubic metres capacity carrier “Arctic Lady” will deliver a cargo on July 10 from the Norwegian Hammerfest plant to the Barcelona LNG import terminal in northeast Spain. The 165,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “LNG Fukurokuju” will deliver a cargo from the Australia Pacific LNG plant at Gladstone in eastern Australia on July 11 to the Japanese Himeji terminal, operated by Kansai Electric of Japan.

Peru and Algeria LNG cargoes

July 1 (LNGJ) - The 138,100 cubic metres capacity carrier Gemmata, operated by Shell Shipping, has arrived at the Pampa Melchorita export plant in Peru to load a cargo for Mexico, according to shipping data. The 160,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “Asia Vision”, operated by Chevron, has arrived at the Arzew plant in Algeria to load a cargo for a European port. The “Asia Vision” is best known in the industry as the lifter of the first cargo from Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass liquefaction facility in Louisiana in February 2016 to kick off first US exports from the Gulf Coast.

China LNG imports down

June 30 (LNGJ) - Chinese LNG imports in May amounted to 1.32 million tonnes, an increase of just over 27 percent compared with the 1.12MT delivered in the same month of 2015, according to the General Administration of Customs data. The imports were less than the 1.89MT imported in April. China last year received 20.02MT of cargoes at its network of terminals, now numbering 13 facilities.

Shell man heads UK body

June 30 (LNGJ) - The Energy Institute, the London-based chartered professional body for the industry, with executives and others from 200 companies as members, has appointed senior Royal Dutch Shell executive  Malcolm Brinded as President-elect to succeed Professor Jim Skea CBE in 2017 for a two-year term. Brinded was main board executive director of Shell for a decade until retirement in April 2012. Four leading figures were also appointed Vice-Presidents: Dr Bernie Bulkin, Director of Ludgate Investment in the UK, Vivienne Cox CBE, who has held senior executive roles at BP, Steve Holliday, formerly CEO of National Grid, and Ceri Powell, Global Head of Exploration at Shell.  The VPs will serve for a period of three years. 

Air Products spin-off

June 29 (LNGJ) - US LNG equipment maker Air Products said its spin-off company Versum Materials would have its headquarters in Tempe, Arizona, and that the new stand-alone firm would also maintain a workforce in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Air Products, based in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, stated: “Part of the overall strategy for the separate company is for it to be more market-facing and agile” by co-locating its business capabilities closer to the companies it serves. Versum was the Air Products Electronic Materials Division (EMD). “We have existing Electronic Materials production, research and development, and a workforce in Tempe, and our major US customers are located in the Western US,” said Guillermo Novo, who will be the Chief Executive of Versum.

LNG cargoes for Gulf states

June 29 (LNGJ) - The 216,000 cubic metres capacity Q-Flex carrier “Al Thumama” is scheduled to deliver a cargo on July 2 to the in Dubai import facility at Jebel Ali port in the United Arab Emirates. The 155,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “British Emerald”, operated by BP Shipping, is expected to unload a cargo from Trinidad on July 1 at the Kuwaiti Mina Al Ahmadi import facility.

Q-Max LNG for UK July 6

June 28 (LNG) - The 266,000 cubic metres capacity Q-Max vessel “Al Mafyar” is scheduled to deliver a cargo from Qatargas on July 6 to the UK South Hook import terminal in Milford Haven, Wales, the port authorities said. The UK benchmark National Balancing Point natural gas price was last at the equivalent of $4.60 per million British thermal units.

Texas natural gas output

June 28 (LNGJ) - Estimated natural gas output in Texas in May was about 721.4 billion cubic feet, a year-over-year monthly decline of about 3.1 percent, according to the Texas Petro Index of the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers. Texas producers will be among the main feed-gas suppliers for LNG plants being built along the US Gulf Coast. The data also showed that Texas natural gas prices in May averaged $1.76 per thousand feet, a decline compared with the year-ago month of 37.5 percent and valuing the gas at $1.27 billion. The number of original drilling permits issued in Texas in May was 606, which was 33.8 percent fewer than the 916 permits issued in May 2015.

LNG for Spain and Poland

June 27 (LNGJ) - The 137,231 cubic metres capacity “LNG Rivers” has just delivered a Nigerian cargo to the southern Spanish import terminal at Huelva, according to shipping data. The 75,000 cubic metres capacity “Cheikh Bouamama” is unloading a shipment from the Skikda export plant in Algeria at the Sagunto import facility in southeast Spain. The 147,200 cubic metres capacity “Arctic Princess” has just delivered a cargo from Hammerfest in Norway to the Swinoujscie import terminal on the Baltic coast of Poland.