The US wants Qatar, which is the leader on LNG supply globally, to compete Russia’s gas dominance in Europe, according to Reuters. The US are under conversation with Doha about supplying Europe with LNG, as it wants Germany and other countries to import Qatari and US gas rather than from Russia, which now accounts for 60 percent of German gas imports, as reported by Deputy U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette.
Indonesia has set its goals on exporting the overall amount of 185 cargoes of liquefied natural gas from its Tangguh and Bontang LNG export projects during the year 2019. The aim is lower than the 2018’s record of 203 cargoes, as reported by Reuters.
Chevron, a US-based energy company, temporarily halts the third liquefaction train at its Gorgon LNG plant on Barrow Island in Western Australia. The operation was shut down due to a mechanical issue that arose. There are allegations that the mechanical issue is likely due to a heat wave sweeping across Australia, it is not officially confirmed by Chevron, up to now.
Gastrade announced that the Alexandroupolis FSRU delivery timeline is extended by 6 months. Gastrade expects to launch the execution phase tender within the first quarter of 2019. The FSRU will be located in the sea of Thrace, 17.6 km SW of the town of Alexandroupolis.
The small-scale LNG import and regasification facility in Gibraltar shows signs of progression since it moves forward by testing unloading procedures. The testings were completed on January 10. The testing enabled the staff to test the facility’s loading sector and safety systems it acquires. Shell is the developer of Gibraltar’s small-scale LNG facility under a contract that was signed during 2016.
Norwegian energy giant Equinor has closed its Hammerfest liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility located on Melkøya Island in northern Norway. Equinor is making attempts to bring the facilities online again. The shutting down of the facility didn’t affect Equinor’s deliveries to its customers.
Peruvian liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility in Pampa Melchorita cargo count decreased year on year. According to data from Perupetro, the LNG facility shipped an overall of 56 cargoes during 2018, experiencing a decrease in comparison to the 65 cargoes in 2017.
Polskie LNG launched a tender procedure to choose the contractor of the fourth project under the LNG Terminal Expansion Program, namely the construction of an additional jetty. The construction of the new jetty is expected to be completed in 2023.
Vladimir Putin visited the Kaliningrad underground gas storage facility and participated in the launch of a gas-receiving terminal and a floating storage regasification platform through a video conference. The terminal is built in the Baltic Sea and includes a pier protected by a breakwater.
A report published by the Gas Exporting Countries Forum touches upon the development of the LNG bunker fuel market, its expected growth and assesses the current state of LNG bunkering infrastructure. It also makes suggestions on how to promote LNG bunker fuel.
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