Cheniere Energy Partners announced today substantial completion
of Train 4 of the Sabine Pass liquefaction project in Cameron
Parish, Louisiana was achieved on October 9, 2017. Commissioning has
been completed and Cheniere Partners' EPC partner Bechtel has turned over care,
custody, and control of Train 4 to Cheniere Partners.
Under a sale and purchase agreement with GAIL Limited of India, the date of first commercial delivery for Train 4 of the Sabine Pass liquefaction project is expected to occur in March 2018. At that time the sale and purchase agreement 20-year term will begin.
Cheniere Partners plans to construct over time up to six liquefaction trains at the Sabine Pass liquefaction project location. Trains 1 through 4 have now have started commercial operations. Train 5 is under construction, and Train 6 is being commercialized and has all necessary regulatory approvals in place. Each liquefaction train has production capacity of approximately 4.5 million tonnes per annum of LNG.
Chevron Corporation today announced it has started producing liquefied natural gas at the Wheatstone Project in Western Australia. The first cargo is on track to be shipped in the coming weeks.
At full capacity, the Wheatstone Project’s two train LNG facility will supply 8.9 million metric tons per year of LNG for export to customers in Asia. The LNG facility is located 7.5 miles (12 kilometers) west of Onslow and processes natural gas from the Chevron-operated Wheatstone and Iago fields.
“First LNG production is a significant milestone and is a credit to our partners, contractors and the many thousands of people who collaborated to deliver this legacy asset,” said Chevron Chairman and CEO John Watson. “Wheatstone adds to our legacy gas position in Australia that will be a significant cash generator for decades to come.”
The Chevron-operated Wheatstone LNG facility is a joint venture between Australian subsidiaries of Chevron (64.14 percent), Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company (KUFPEC) (13.4 percent), Woodside Petroleum Limited (13 percent), and Kyushu Electric Power Company (1.46 percent), together with PE Wheatstone Pty Ltd, part owned by JERA (8 percent). Chevron holds an 80.2 percent interest in the offshore licenses containing the Wheatstone and Iago fields.
Volvo Trucks is now introducing Euro 6-compliant heavy-duty trucks running on liquefied natural gas or biogas.
"We regard LNG, liquefied natural gas, as a long-term first choice alternative to diesel, both for regional and long-haul truck operations where fuel efficiency, payload and productivity are crucial. With a higher proportion of biogas, climate impact can be reduced far more. For transport operations in urban environments, where range is not as critical, electrified vehicles will play a greater role in the future. Our vision is that trucks from Volvo will eventually have zero emissions, although the way of achieving that is not by one single solution but through several solutions in parallel. LNG is one of them," says Lars Mårtensson, Director Environment and Innovation at Volvo Trucks.
Volvo Trucks is now working together with gas suppliers and customers to develop the expansion of LNG infrastructure in Europe. A strategy for expanding LNG infrastructure is also included in the European Commission and member states' action packages for securing Europe's long-term energy supply.
Tellurian announced today the company has entered into a six-month time charter contract with Maran Gas Maritime Inc. for a liquefied natural gas tanker, the Maran Gas Mystras. Tellurian took delivery of the tanker at Galle, Sri Lanka on October 1, 2017.
President and CEO Meg Gentle said, "At Tellurian, we are building a global natural gas business and proactively shaping the company to build long term value amid a robust and dynamic market. As winter approaches, we will begin buying and delivering LNG on the Maran Gas Mystras, one of the most efficient vessels in the Maran Gas fleet. Developing our LNG marketing capabilities now prepares us to be one of the most flexible, competitive, and reliable LNG suppliers when Driftwood LNG begins operations in 2022."
Built in 2015, the Maran Gas Mystras is a tri-fuel diesel electric propulsion vessel with 160,000m3 of storage capacity. It is owned by Maran Gas, the gas shipping unit of the Angelicoussis Shipping Group, a private company founded in 1947 and based in Athens, Greece.
Driftwood LNG, owned by Tellurian Inc., is developing a liquefied natural gas production and export terminal on the west bank of the Calcasieu River, south of Lake Charles, Louisiana. Once complete, the terminal will be able to export up to twenty-six million tonnes of LNG per year.
On September 26, 2017 Sabine Pass Liquefaction submitted a request to the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to place liquefaction Train 4 in service at their facilities in Cameron Parish, Louisiana.
Commissioning activities for Train 4 of the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project began in March 2017, and first LNG was achieved in July 2017. With the September 26th, 2017 submittal, Sabine Pass has filed all documentation required by FERC demonstrating readiness for Train 4 to be placed into service.
The Sabine Pass site can accommodate up to six liquefaction trains capable of processing over 3.5 Bcf/d of natural gas. The production capacity of each LNG train at Sabine Pass are designed for approximately 4.5 mtpa. Sabine Pass trains 1 and 2 started operation in 2016. Train 3 in March of 2017. Train 5 of the Sabine Pass Liquefaction project is under construction. Train 6 is being commercialized and has all necessary regulatory approvals in place.
Stabilis Energy announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Prometheus Energy’s 20,000 gpd LNG production facility in Lisbon, Utah. Stabilis noted the acquisition extends the companies LNG production capabilities into the Rocky Mountain Region and provides a platform for additional growth in small-scale LNG production facilities across North America. As part of the transaction, Prometheus will acquire Stabilis’ LNG distribution and logistics business outside of Texas and the Gulf Coast region. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
“We are pleased to announce the acquisition of the Lisbon LNG production facility,” said Casey Crenshaw, CEO of Stabilis Energy. “This transaction allows Stabilis to focus on its core strengths of building and operating small-scale and mid-scale LNG production facilities. This transaction is a continuation of our plan to build the leading LNG supply network in North America.”
Prometheus will add to its LNG supply and service platform with the acquisition of Stabilis’ LNG distribution business in the DJ Basin (Colorado) and other regions excluding Texas and the Gulf Coast region.
Jim Reddinger, President and CFO of Stabilis Energy said, “Stabilis remains fully committed to self-performing the transportation and logistics services required to move LNG from our production facilities to our customers. Providing certainty of LNG supply to our customers is our top priority, and we believe that self-performing transportation and logistics services in Texas and the Gulf Coast region is critical to fulfilling this commitment.”
On September 21, 2017 Cheniere Energy submitted a monthly progress report to the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the Corpus Christi Liquefaction project. The report covers activities of the project that occurred during the month of August 2017.
The report noted engineering has progressed to 100.0%. Procurement has progressed to 89.2%. Subcontract and direct hire construction work are 47.8% and 48.0% complete, respectively. The total project has progressed to 71.7% complete against the plan of 72.1%.
Construction focused on progressing permanent plant concrete, structural steel, aboveground pipe, electrical and equipment installation. Major highlights for August included setting the Train 1 filter houses, handover of the west jetty to the OSBL LNG team, installation of the first remediated galvanized spools and the continuation of high voltage work in preparation for GIS and main substation energization.
Images below from the FERC Corpus Christi Liquefaction monthly construction report for August 2017.
On September 15, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy announced that it has approved a long-term application from Eagle LNG to export LNG to FTA and non-FTA countries.
Eagle LNG has been authorized to export U.S. produced LNG in ISO containers loaded at the Maxville Facility located in Jacksonville, Florida, to anywhere in the world not prohibited by U.S. law or policy.
Eagle Maxville sought authorization to export up to a total of 2.8 Bcf/yr of natural gas (0.01 Bcf/d) to FTA and non-FTA countries. The U.S. DOE order authorizes the export of LNG in the full amount requested, up to the equivalent of 2.8 Bcf/yr of natural gas.
According to Eagle LNG the Maxville Facility primarily will produce LNG for use as marine fuel for domestic markets, but Eagle Maxville also seeks to export any remaining output to markets in the Caribbean Basin and elsewhere in the region.
Eagle LNG started construction of theMaxville LNG plant in May of 2016. Eagle LNG is in the final stages of completing the Maxville plant with commissioning activities underway. Commercial operations are expected to begin in October 2017.
Eagle LNG is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ferus Natural Gas Fuels LP and privately-held by The Energy & Minerals Group.