TOPICS OF INTEREST
GAS CONVERSION (LNG/GTL)
Freeport LNG Train 1 Begins Production
Freeport marks the sixth major LNG export facility to start operations in the US. Commercial deliveries are expected to begin in September, with Osaka Gas and JERA taking half of the Train 1’s offtake capacity.
July Marks Record Month for Gas Deliveries To US LNG Export Facilities
The US EIA reports that natural gas deliveries producting LNG for export reached 6.0 Bcf/D in July. Deliveries to LNG export facilities have been the fastest growing among all natural gas consumption sectors this year.
Shenzhen Gas Set to Open New LNG Terminal
The launch will make Shenzhen Gas the second Chinese city gas distributor backed by a local government to own an LNG import facility, following Shenergy Group’s Shanghai import terminal. Eni is set to deliver an initial cargo to the facility.
Australia Set To Become King of LNG Exports
Exports capacity has been rising for a decade and is on track to become the world leader within a year.
Kosmos on Track for Mauritania, Senegal Deal
The E&P company said that a reduction in its interests for projects off the coast of the West African nations should still happen by the end of this year. This includes the large Greater Tortue Ahmeyim LNG project, which is set to start up in 2022.
Price and Cost Risks Drive Race To Secure FID, FEED, and Contractors for Global LNG
Approximately $200 billion in projects worldwide are racing to be approved over the next 2 years. The race is not just to make FIDs on projects, but also to enter FEED work to lock in contractors before others do.
Leviathan Partners Mulling FLNG Facility
The facility would enable exports from one of the world’s largest gas discoveries to new markets, primarily in Europe and Asia. The Leviathan partners have signed deals to export gas to Middle Eastern countries such as Egypt and Jordan.
Vaca Muerta Growth Drives Argentina LNG Exports
Production from the Vaca Muerta now accounts for 23% of Argentina’s natural gas output. With only 4% of the shale play’s acreage in development, the US EIA says the country is in position to boost LNG exports in the coming years.
ADNOC and CNOOC To Collaborate in Upstream, Downstream, and LNG
ADNOC and CNOOC will explore multiple new opportunities for collaboration across the upstream and downstream sectors in the UAE and China.
Freeport LNG Train 1 Enters Final Commissioning Stage
The introduction of feed gas into Train 1 of the natural gas liquefaction and LNG export facility marks the transition from construction to startup. Upon startup, Freeport LNG will become the first world-scale electric LNG liquefaction plant in North America.
Twelve Companies Vie To Build Bangladesh’s First Onshore LNG Import Terminal
The country has scrapped plans to build additional FSRUs, and decided instead on land-based LNG as the mainstay of its energy mix
InfraStrata Considers Deal For UK FSRU Project
The UK-based energy infrastructure development firm has entered an exclusivity agreement with Meridian Holdings for an FSRU project offshore northwest England. The project would include a floating FLNG receiving port.
Africa Takes the Lead in Record Year for LNG
Driven by Mozambique’s Area 1 and Area 4 projects, Africa is poised to become the dominant LNG investment destination by the end of this year, with the continent seeing nearly one-third of total greenfield investment.
US LNG Export Capacity Growth Will Keep Floor Under Natural Gas Prices
With almost 10 Bcf/D of liquefaction capacity scheduled to go into service by 2025, a new report from Moody’s says that US LNG exports should help solidify a floor under natural gas prices as LNG markets see a shortfall in supply.
Anadarko Sanctions Mozambique LNG Project
The $20-billion FID is the largest ever for a sub-Saharan oil and gas project. The project’s location on the African east coast puts it in optimal position to sell LNG to the lucrative Asian market.
Inpex Inks Deal With Indonesia for Abadi LNG Project
The Japanese operator will submit a development plan to the Indonesian government within the next few weeks, with FID for the $20-billion project coming around 2022. Abadi LNG is projected to deliver 9.5 mtpa of LNG.
Shell Ships First LNG Cargo From Prelude
First cargo from the world’s largest floating LNG project comes in the midst of low LNG prices sparked by a global supply boost. Prelude is expected to produce 3.6 mtpa for Shell.
Tank-Capacity Growth Suggests LNG Boom in Ship Fuel
Exponential growth in LNG tank capacity, fueled by the introduction of LNG fuel in shipping sectors, indicates a possible shift in the fuel mix.
Joint-Venture Partners Contract With Anadarko for Mozambique Area 1
Anadarko Petroleum selects JV companies to provide EPC for the onshore LNG development. Saipem scores the biggest contract in its history. Work will begin upon FID, expected this month.
Cheniere Makes FID on Sabine Pass Train 6, Signs Gas Deal With Apache for Corpus Christi Facility
Sabine Pass Train 6 gets the nod, Bechtel gets the go-ahead for construction. Apache Corp. signed a deal with Cheniere to supply natural gas produced from its Permian Basin Alpine High area to the Corpus Christi LNG facility
Freeport LNG Authorized for Additional Exports
The US Department of Energy authorized the export from the terminal’s fourth liquefaction train to countries that have no free trade agreement with the US.
Tariffs Pack a Bigger Punch Than Tax Incentives
Louisiana state granted a tax incentive to LNG Ltd. for its Magnolia project in Lake Charles. Although a beneficial development, it’s a drop in the bucket in the company’s progress toward FID.
Saudi Aramco Buys Into Port Arthur LNG
The deal with project developer Sempra includes Saudi Aramco netting 5 mtpa of LNG offtake and a 25% equity stake in Phase 1 of the export terminal, which may reach FID later this year.
Santos P'nyang Farm-In Advances PNG LNG Expansion
Santos signed a binding letter of intent to acquire a 14.3% interest in Petroleum Retention License 3, which contains the P’nyang natural gas field in Papua New Guinea.
Mozambique Approves Rovuma LNG Development Plan
A final investment decision is expected later this year on the project, which will involve the construction of two trains with a combined annual capacity of more than 15 mtpa of LNG.
Trade War Leaves LNG Projects Vulnerable
The escalation of the trade war between the US and China could jeopardize several LNG megaprojects that are awaiting final approval.
Novatek Moves Closer Toward FID on Arctic LNG 2
The Russian independent will likely sell an ownership stake to an additional partner in the coming weeks, joining Total, CNOOC, and CNPC. FID is expected to take place later this year.
Feds Green-Light Driftwood and Port Arthur LNG Exports
Driftwood is authorized to export up to 3.88 Bcf/D, and Port Arthur gets go-ahead for 1.91 Bcf/D of natural gas as LNG.
US Exceeds One-Year Mark as Natural Gas Exporter
An EIA report shows natural gas exports reaching 4.6 Bcf/D in February, the 13th consecutive month in which the country's natural gas exports exceeded its imports. Exports are projected to reach 7.5 Bcf/D by 2020.
ExxonMobil Signs 20-Year LNG Agreement With Zhejiang Energy
ExxonMobil signed a sales and purchase agreement with Zhejiang Provincial Energy Group for LNG supply. Zhejiang Energy is expected to receive 1 mtpa over 20 years.
Will LNG Drive Asia’s Sustainable Future?
Coal remains the biggest challenge to LNG in Asia.
Shell Departs Gazprom-Led Baltic LNG Project
The move comes weeks after Gazprom announced a final development concept for the project. Other projects Shell is developing with Gazprom, including the Sakhalin 2 export facility, will not be impacted by the decision.
Total, ExxonMobil, Oil Search Sign Papua LNG Agreement
The gas agreement clears the way for the FEED phase; FID expected in 2020.
LNG Market Stands at Infrastructure Crossroads
More flexible approaches to financing, production, and trading are crucial to meeting world’s needs, new study finds.
Novatek, Repsol Sign Supply Deal for Arctic LNG 2
The 15-year deal calls for 1 million tons of LNG to be shipped each year to the Iberian Peninsula. Final investment decision on the project is expected in the second half of 2019, with the first liquefaction train scheduled to start up in 2023.
Energy Transfer, Shell Agree on Lake Charles Deal
The project framework agreement moves the proposed conversion of Lake Charles LNG’s import and regasification terminal closer to sanction, which is expected sometime this year.
China Seeks LNG Imports Using Intermodal Containers
China Energy Reserve and Chemicals Group is exploring the possibility of importing LNG from the US via ISO containers loaded from the West Coast.
Calcasieu Pass Gets LNG Export OK From DOE
Latest federal approval authorizes US LNG exports to non-FTA countries.
Bechtel Hands Over Corpus Christi LNG Train 1 to Cheniere
Commissioning is complete and Bechtel has turned over care, custody, and control of Train 1 to Cheniere, It's the first liquefaction train placed into operation in a greenfield facility in the lower 48 states.
Japan’s LNG Imports To Decrease With Post-Fukushima Restart of Nuclear Reactors
Japan is bringing its nuclear reactors back on line following the suspension of operations at all reactors after the 2011 Fukushima accident. As the reactors return to full operation, the increase in nuclear generation is likely to displace generation from fossil sources, in particular natural gas.
Golar Agrees To Build FLNG Unit for BP’s Tortue
The vessel will produce approximately 2.5 mtpa of LNG for the project, which is expected to deliver first gas in 2022.
Equinor, Excelerate Perform First Ship-to-Ship LNG Transfer in The Bahamas
The transfer of LNG to Equinor’s Arctic Voyager marks the first ship-to-ship transfer in the island nation.
Public Tenders Issued for LNG Terminal Expansion in Poland
Poland’s PGNiG is calling for contractors for an LNG terminal expansion and construction of an additional jetty.
Qatar Petroleum, ExxonMobil Make FID on Golden Pass LNG
The Golden Pass LNG export project got the go-ahead for a $1-billion liquefaction development. Baker Hughes will supply turbomachinery equipment for three LNG trains. Startup is expected in 2024.
Anadarko Strikes New Deals on Mozambique LNG
The SPAs signed with Shell and Tokyo Gas take Anadarko’s long-term sales from the project to more than 7.5 mtpa, with additional deals expected in the near future.
Mozambique LNG Signs Supply Deal With CNOOC
The deal calls for CNOOC to get 1.5 mtpa of gas from the Anadarko-operated Mozambique LNG project over the next 13 years. The project is the first onshore LNG development for the coastal East African nation.
Qatar, Exxon Mobil Agree to Sanction Golden Pass Expansion
The $10-billion deal will add liquefaction and export capabilities to the existing facility in Sabine Pass, Texas, according to a Reuters report. Golden Pass currently handles up to 2 Bcf/D of natural gas imports to North American markets.
Meeting Asian LNG Demand
This paper discusses how demand for LNG has affected shipping routes as well as trade issues between the suppliers and importers of natural gas.
The Trials of an Ice-Breaking LNG Carrier
LNG carrier Vladimir Rusanov is capable of sailing in seas with ice up to 2.1 m thick, allowing year-round transport of Yamal’s LNG to worldwide markets.
Sheffield, Woodside Agree to LNG Supply Deal
The 15-year agreement will send gas from the Pluto LNG facility to a mineral sands project in Western Australia. The joint venture will own and operate a road tanker fleet to transport the LNG.
US DOE Moves To Streamline LNG Exports
Regulations for US LNG exporters have been simplified to allow reporting of the country or countries of LNG deliveries, not country of end-use, to satisfy destination reporting requirement.
BP Sanctions Gas Projects in Trinidad and Tobago
First gas from the Cassia C platform, which will help maintain production rates to the Atlantic LNG terminal, is expected in 2021. The Matapal project, which will tie back to the Juniper platform, will come on stream in 2022.
Cheniere Energy Ships First LNG Cargo From Corpus Christi
Cheniere Energy today shipped the first cargo of LNG from its Corpus Christi liquefaction facility, marking the first export of LNG from Texas.
Kiewit Wins EPIC Contract for Calcasieu Pass LNG Export Project
Venture Global LNG awarded the EPIC contract for its Calcasieu Pass LNG export facility to Kiewit. FID is expected in 2019, completion in 2022.
US To Become Third-Largest LNG Exporter in 2019
The US EIA projects LNG export capacity will rise to 8.9 Bcf/D by the end of next year, making the US the third-largest exporting country in the world behind Australia and Qatar.
ADNOC, Saudi Aramco Sign LNG Cooperation Deal
The agreement calls for the two companies to partner on techno-economic feasibility studies and jointly assess investment opportunities across the LNG value chain.
Asian LNG Demand Growth Makes US, Canada Producers Go the Distance in Transport Costs
DNV estimates that gas will be the world’s primary energy source by the mid-2020s. Growth in LNG capacity is expected as the midstream sector invests in connecting shifting sources of gas with changing demand centers. Other factors also will drive the globalization of gas trading markets.
Exxon, Rosneft To Partner on LNG Plant in Russia’s Far East
Japan’s SODECO and India’s ONGC Videsh are joining the consortium on the LNG plant, which will be carried out within the framework of the Sakhalin-1 hydrocarbon project in the Okhotsk Sea.
Steelhead LNG Submits Kwispaa Facility Overview to Canadian Regulators
Canadian agencies will begin establishing the scope of environmental assessment of the project, which is scheduled to start up in 2024.
China, AGDC Reaffirm Commitment to Alaska LNG Project
Despite the uncertainty spawned by China’s recent decision to levy tariffs on US LNG imports, AGDC said it is still targeting a sale and purchase agreement with Chinese companies by the end of this year.
LNG Canada Gets Real With Country’s First Gas Export Facility
After years of near-misses, a Shell-led partnership is building the first liquefied natural gas export facility in Canada. It creates a much-needed export market for producers facing a gas glut, but more is needed.
What Does China’s LNG Import Tax Mean for the US?
Industry analysts fear bad news for producers, as Chinese demand is expected to be a significant driver in new LNG production. China accounted for 15% of US LNG exports in 2017.
Cheniere and Vitol Sign Long-Term LNG Deal
The contract calls for Vitol to purchase 700,000 tonnes annually over a 15-year period, providing some optimism for companies hoping to secure similar long-term deals.
Private Equity Backs First Sub-Saharan Africa Regas Terminal
The construction of an LNG regasification terminal in Tema, Ghana, in addition to the first delivery of gas from the offshore Sankofa field in August, is decreasing the country’s reliance on liquid fuels and imports. About 80% of its power generation requirements will be met with gas.
Eni Cuts First Steel for Coral South FLNG Vessel Hull
The ceremonial event took place at Geoje Island, South Korea. Startup of LNG production in offshore Mozambique’s Area 4 is expected in 2022.
Qatargas and PetroChina Sign 22-Year Deal
Qatargas will provide 3.4 mtpa of LNG to China. PetroChina signed a 22-year agreement with the world's largest LNG-producing company.
Upstream Natural Gas Capex Forecast To Peak in 2025
Gas is forecast to overtake oil as the world’s primary energy source in 2026. LNG, with capacity expected to double by the late 2040s, will connect the shifting sources of gas with changing demand centers.
LNG To Be Used in Electric Peak Load Shaving
The engineering company Cosmodyne will work directly with the utility company and its EPC contractor for the project, which will utilize its LINEX natural gas liquefier.
Driftwood LNG Terminal Construction Scheduled for 2019
Tellurian remains on track to receive all regulatory approvals and begin work on the export terminal in Louisiana, with an eye on a 2023 startup.
LNG Moves Closer To Becoming a Fuel for Marine Vessels
Three companies are collaborating to develop the equipment needed to make LNG a feasible alternative fuel for ship owners and operators.
Natural Gas Pipeline Capacity to South Central US To Reach 19 Bcf/D by Year's End
With new projects scheduled to come on line later this year, the region, which mostly comprises states along the US Gulf Coast, will shift from being a source of natural gas supply to a source of growing demand.
KBR Awarded FEED Contract for Nigeria LNG Project
KBR will head a joint venture with TechnipFMC and JGC to provide a basic design package and EPC bid for the Bonny Island expansion.
Gas Flowing From Ichthys LNG Project
The long-awaited Ichthys LNG Project off Western Australia has finally started gas production. LNG liquefaction is expected in a few weeks.
TechnipFMC Nets Contract for Gorgon Stage 2
The contract covers the installation of umbilicals, flying leads, and manifolds for the project, which aims to expand and upgrade subsea facilities for the gas field located offshore western Australia.
Bureau Veritas Issues FSU, FSRU Conversion Guidelines
With interest in FSRUs and FSUs picking up, the conversion of LNG carriers offers a fast route to operational availability.
Development Plan for Rovuma LNG Phase 1 Submitted to Mozambique Government
Mozambique Rovuma Venture submitted the development plan for the first phase of the project, which will produce, liquefy, and market natural gas from the Mamba fields located in the Area 4 block offshore Mozambique. An FID is scheduled next year, with production expected to begin in 2024.
Total Acquires Engie’s LNG Assets, Becomes No. 2 in Global Market
The $1.5-billion deal delivers a world market share of 10%, including a 16.6% stake in the US Cameron LNG project.
Alaska LNG Project Seeks Investors
The Alaska Gasline Development Corp., a state-owned corporation, is preparing an equity offering for this summer for its $43-billion LNG project. BP agreed to sell natural gas from Prudhoe Bay for export to Asia-Pacific.
Investigation Begins of Leak at Hammerfest LNG
The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway launched an investigation into an LNG leak at the Hammerfest LNG plant on 17 June.
Growth in Global LNG Trade Continues To Rise
A new report from GIIGNL shows increased liquefaction capacity in Australia and the US as the key drivers in LNG supply growth, while Asia has been the leader in global LNG import growth.
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