U.S. LNG Exports by the Numbers for 2016

183.87 Bcf : Total volume of U.S. natural gas exports via vessel in the form of LNG in 2016

18 : Number of nations U.S. produced LNG was shipped to via vessel in 2016

29.41 Bcf : Volume of U.S. natural gas shipped to Chile in 2016 (#1 U.S. export destination in 2016).

61 : Number LNG carrier shipments from Sabine Pass in 2016

37 : Number of different LNG carriers used for Sabine Pass LNG exports in 2016

$4.60 : Average Price $/MMBtu at export point (Sabine Pass) for the 61 carrier shipments.

99,577 Mcf : Volume of U.S. gas shipped to Barbados as LNG in ISO containers in 2016.

LNG Vessel Borne Exports of U.S. Natural Gas in 2016 by country below:

Country        Volume Mcf of Natural Gas

Chile             29,405,233

Mexico          27,469,823

China            17,220,633

India             16,915,408

Argentina      16,661,029

Japan           11,137,261

South Korea  10,166,100

Jordan          9,870,110

Brazil            9,196,380

Turkey          8,762,481

Kuwait          7,067,798

Portugal        3,700,091

Egypt            3,606,162

U.A.E.           3,391,066

Italy              3,328,199

Republic       2,944,980

Spain            2,930,435

Barbados      99,577 (All in ISO Containers)

Above Data Source: U.S. Department of Energy LNG Data from February 20th, 2017

Magellan Petroleum Corporation and Tellurian Investments Inc. Finalize Merger

Tellurian, formerly known as Magellan Petroleum Corporation, announced today that it has closed its merger with Tellurian Investments Inc. Tellurian's common stock will continue to trade on the NASDAQ under the new ticker symbol "TELL".

Tellurian Investments was founded as a private company in February, 2016, by Charif Souki and Martin Houston. On February 10, 2017, it merged with a wholly owned subsidiary of Magellan Petroleum Corporation. Their first LNG project is Driftwood LNG, a 26 mtpa LNG export facility located on approximately 1,000 acres on the west bank of the Calcasieu River near Carlyss, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana

Meg Gentle, Tellurian's President and CEO, said: "We look forward to creating value for our shareholders by delivering clean, low-cost, and reliable liquefied natural gas to the global market. We are developing large scale energy infrastructure on the U.S. Gulf Coast, including the 26 million tonnes per annum Driftwood LNG facility in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, which is scheduled to begin construction in 2018."

GasLog to acquire a twenty percent shareholding in Greece's Gastrade

GasLog has announced that it has closed the sale and purchase agreement to acquire a twenty percent shareholding in Gastrade. Gastrade is licensed to develop an independent natural gas system offshore Alexandroupolis in Northern Greece utilizing a floating storage and regasification unit according to a GasLog statement.

This FSRU project would provide a new route and a vital source of gas diversification to a number of countries that are currently highly dependent on pipeline gas in South East and Central Europe. As well as enhancing security of supply in the region, it will promote competition and pricing flexibility. The project has the backing of the Greek and the Bulgarian Governments as well as the support of the EU. It has been assigned the status of an EU Project of Common Interest ("PCI"), that is further designated as a priority EU energy infrastructure project. The front-end engineering and design ("FEED") study is expected to be part-funded by an EU grant, and is scheduled to commence in the coming weeks.

Gastrade targets to take final investment decision by the end of 2017 with the Project scheduled to be operational by end of 2019.

Excelerate letter of intent with DSME

Excelerate has announced that it has executed a letter of intent with Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) for the delivery of up to seven floating storage and regasification units. The letter of intent gives Excelerate the ability to order one FSRU in the second quarter 2017.

According to Excelerate the initial specifications are for 173,400 m3 LNG FSRUs with a baseload send-out capacity of 1.0 Bcf/d, but can be modified to suit specific project needs.

"Excelerate Energy is very pleased to continue its longstanding relationship with DSME in building the industry's leading FSRUs. These vessels have been proven in long-term service as safe, efficient and reliable components of our comprehensive suite of LNG import solutions," stated Excelerate Chief Executive Officer Rob Bryngelson. "We believe this is the right time to move forward with DSME as we continue to provide LNG import solutions in a timely and efficient manner around the world."

Consortium to Advance an LNG Import Project in Pakistan

Qatar Petroleum, Total, Mitsubishi, ExxonMobil, and Höegh LNG have announced today their intention to move forward on an LNG import project in Pakistan in collaboration with Global Energy Infrastructure Limited.

The consortium will look to develop a project that includes a Floating Storage and Regasification Unit, a jetty and a pipeline to shore to provide natural gas supply to Pakistan. The FSRU will have a minimum regasification capacity of 750 million cubic feet per day by 2018.

Mr. Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, President and CEO of Qatar Petroleum said: "This Consortium will bring together partners with a proven track record of industry-leading performance and a history of delivering projects on time and on budget, while focusing on environmental stewardship."

Linde awarded contract for LNG plant in Russia

The Linde Group announced today it has recently been selected by Gazprom and Project EPC contractor SRDI Oil & Gas Peton as the licenser for a mid-scale liquefied natural gas production, storage and shipment complex in Portovaya, located in Russia at the Baltic Sea. The plant will liquefy natural gas coming from the nearby compressor station which is part of Gazprom’s Nord Stream pipeline. 

“Gazprom’s Portovaya LNG Project, which was jointly developed with the Russian engineering holding Peton, is of utmost importance for us as it represents another milestone for the successful strategic cooperation between Gazprom and Linde in the area of cryogenic natural gas processing and liquefaction,” said Professor Dr Aldo Belloni, Chief Executive Officer of Linde AG. “With a yearly capacity of around 1.5 million tons of LNG, the plant fits very well into Linde’s LNG plant portfolio, bridging the gap between small- and world-scale LNG projects.” 

Under the contract with Peton, Linde will perform basic engineering for the process plant and supply the equipment and related bulk material for the cryogenic units of the plant. 

AB Klaipėdos Nafta preliminary transhipment and revenue results for the January 2017

During January 2017 AB Klaipėdos Nafta reloaded 625 thousand tons of petroleum products into its storage tanks of Klaipeda oil terminal and Subacius oil terminal.  This is 21.1 percent less compared to January 2016, when 792 thousand tons were reloaded. The transhipment decrease is related with the lower volume of petroleum products delivered from Belorussia refineries.

According to AB Klaipėdos Nafta, 619 thousand MWh of natural gas was re-gasified and supplied to the natural gas transmission system during January 2016.  This is 42.2 percent less compared to January 2016, when 1.071 thousand MWh of the natural gas were re-gasified. The volume decreased because terminal users ordered lower capacities.

The preliminary sales revenues of the company’s LNG Terminal for January 2017 was EUR 5.8 million (January 2016 – EUR 6.1 million).

Petroleum products transhipment and LNG re-gasification

2017 2016 Change, %
Petroleum products transhipment, thousand tons 625 792 -21.1%
LNG re-gasification, thousand MWh 619 1,071 -42.2%

Preliminary revenues of the Company, EUR million

2017 2016 Change, %
Klaipeda oil terminal activity 2.6 3.9 -33.3%
Subacius fuel base activity 0.2 0.2 0.0%
LNG terminal activity 5.8 6.1 -4.9%
Total: 8.6 10.2 -15.7%

Williams Partners Expands Pipeline Capacity to Texas LNG Export Facilities

Williams Partners announced yesterday that it has successfully placed into service its Gulf Trace project, a 1.2 million dekatherm per day expansion of the Transco pipeline system.  The Transco pipeline expansion will serve the Sabine Pass Liquefaction export terminal in Cameron Parish, Louisiana.

“Projects like Gulf Trace, which leverage existing gas pipeline infrastructure, make it possible to connect abundant domestic supply with emerging international markets,” said Rory Miller, senior vice president of Williams Partners’ Atlantic-Gulf operating area. “Williams is well-positioned to take advantage of the projected surge in LNG demand growth, with our Transco pipeline passing through every U.S. state with an LNG export facility currently under construction.”

Williams Partners noted natural gas demand to serve LNG export facilities along the Transco pipeline is expected to grow by approximately 11,000 MDth/d by 2025. In September 2016 Williams Partners filed an application seeking regulatory approval for its Gulf Connector Expansion Project, designed to deliver 475,000 dekatherms per day to feed two liquefied natural gas export terminals in Texas.

Transco is a wholly owned subsidiary of Williams Partners, of which Williams owns controlling interests. 

Excelerate Energy to Install Second FSRU in Port Qasim Pakistan

Excelerate Energy announced yesterday the company will be assisting a consortium of of Engro, Fatima, and Shell deliver a proposed floating LNG terminal and second FSRU to the Pakistan market.

The project site is located across the Port Qasim channel and Pakistan’s first LNG import terminal. When the project comes on line in 2018, the total regasification capacity from Excelerate's two FSRU's at Port Qasim will be over 1 Bcf a day. Enough natural gas to support over 6,000 MW of power generation.

"Excelerate is extremely excited to work with this strong partnership of Engro, Fatima, and Shell to implement this project in what we view as one of the largest markets for natural gas in the world," stated Chief Development Officer Daniel Bustos. "Our project development and operations teams are aggressively reviewing implementation plans for this project. We have been very pleased to be involved with the country's first floating LNG terminal developed by Engro's subsidiary Elengy over the past 18 months."

AG&P Signs MoU with Hindustan LNG to Build a New LNG Import Terminal

AG&P and Hindustan LNG, a Hyderabad-based LNG import terminal development company, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to supply tolled gas to power stations in the East Godavari region of Andhra Pradesh, India. Under the agreement, AG&P will provide an integrated solution to deliver regasified LNG through a new LNG import terminal. AG&P will design and build the terminal at the port in Andhra Pradesh according to AG&P.

According to AG&P the company will be responsible for designing and building all the required facilities for the import terminal, including a floating storage and mooring system, regasification terminal, related utilities and the provision of tolled gas to power plants and other users. AG&P will also carry out any necessary conversion works and, upon commissioning, ongoing operations, and maintenance activities.

“It is a great privilege for AG&P to help implement India’s vision for clean, low-cost, flexible and reliable power. Andhra Pradesh is playing a critical role in manufacturing and trade. The state and its people are on a strong, upward trajectory. We see the provision of tolled gas to supply power and fuel to factories, homes and even transport in an environmentally clean way as crucial elements of Andhra Pradesh’s future. We are honoured to be a part of this exciting phase of the state’s development,” said Dr. Jose P. Leviste, Jr., Chairman of AG&P.



Image: AG&P

President Trump Names Cheryl LaFleur Acting FERC Chairman

Norman Bay, chairman of the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), announced yesterday he’ll leave FERC effective Feb. 3, 2017. His announcement followed President Donald Trump’s decision to replace him as the agency’s chairman.  Bay will be replaced by his fellow commissioner Cheryl LaFleur.

Cheryl LaFleur made the following statement on the announcement that President Trump has named her Acting Chairman of FERC:

“It is an honor to again be asked to serve as Acting Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and I thank President Trump for the opportunity. While I recognize that FERC is in a state of transition as we await nominations to fill vacant seats at the agency, it is important that FERC’s work on the nation’s energy markets and infrastructure move forward. I would particularly like to thank Chairman Norman Bay for his leadership of the Commission over the past two years, and I look forward to working with him, Commissioner Colette Honorable, the terrific staff throughout the agency, and future colleagues at FERC to continue to address the important energy issues facing our nation.”

Acting Chairman LaFleur has been a member of the Commission since 2010. She served as Acting Chairman of the Commission from November 2013 to July 2014 and as Chairman from July 2014 until April 2015.

Prior to joining the Commission, Acting Chairman LaFleur had more than 20 years’ experience as a leader in the electric and natural gas industry. She served as executive vice president and acting CEO of National Grid USA, responsible for the delivery of electricity to 3.4 million customers in the Northeast. Her previous positions at National Grid USA and its predecessor New England Electric System included chief operating officer, president of the New England distribution companies, and general counsel.

LaFleur began her career as an attorney at Ropes and Gray in Boston. She has a J.D. from Harvard Law School and an A.B. from Princeton University. 

FSRU undocks from dry-dock in China

Wison Offshore & Marine announced today a barge-based Floating Storage and Regasification Unit for which Wison provided EPC services for Exmar has undocked from Wison’s dry-dock in Nantong China.

Wison stated this is the first FSRU being built in China. The non-propelled FSRU barge has a regasification capacity of 600MMSCFD. Two SPB cargo tanks, each with a capacity of 12,500 m3, are installed in the hull for LNG storage according to Wison. 

Undocking of the FSRUImage: Wison

Wison FSRU

Image: Wison

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Expands North American Oil & Gas Business

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries announced today it has established a specialized Oil & Gas Division within Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc. its Houston-based U.S. subsidiary. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will provide one stop solutions to the upstream, LNG and downstream markets according to a company statement.

"Many of MHI's leading technologies trace their origins back to the U.S." said MHI President and CEO Shunichi Miyanaga "We are pleased to be able to offer the technologies we have honed in Japan to customers in the U.S. from a local base."

MHI's Oil & Gas Division has opened a dedicated office in downtown Houston. The division will focus on identifying, developing, and leading business opportunities for turbomachinery and engineered solutions including growth areas such as floating production, LNG, plant modularization, CO2 EOR, gas processing and petrochemicals according to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. 

Alaska Gasline Development Corporation Agreement with BP

Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) has announce that it has entered into a cooperation agreement with BP to collaborate in the development of the financial and tolling structure intended to advance the Alaska gasline and LNG project. AGDC noted today the agreement is intended to assist in developing a commercial structure of the project to enable project financing. BP will contribute staff, resources, and selection of third-party contractors.

AGDC stated objectives of the agreement are:

  • To progress the effort to utilize third-party infrastructure funding sources as a means to reduce the cost of service on the Project infrastructure.
  • Refine understanding of tolling structures to identify a viable and competitive structure for Alaska or identify alternative structures that may be viable.
  • Map out an agreement framework and phasing required to successfully execute and operate the Project.
  • Assist AGDC in developing the Project on an expeditious timeline within AGDC’s target in-service date of 2023-25.
  • Identify likely funding sources for FEED and confirm need for new equity investors.
  • Introduce common language for discussing risk allocation in commercial structure.
  • Identify possible long-term financing structures to reduce project cost of supply. 

“AGDC is pleased to have the continued support of BP in advancing Alaska’s major gas infrastructure project,” said Keith Meyer, President of AGDC, “As we turn our attention in 2017 to the areas of commercial, financial structuring, and regulatory, BP’s input will be invaluable.”

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