On Thursday April 12 the christening and launch of the 8,000 deadweight, dual fueled cement carrier M/V Shetland took place. Shetland is a sister vessel of the M/V Ireland and M/V Greenland. Several new initiatives were implemented during the construction process to further enhance quality. After the official handover the vessel will be managed by the MF Shipping Group.
The Sumas trading point on the Canada-Washington border averaged $161.33 per million British thermal units on its natural gas spot prices on March 1. This is the highest daily spot price ever recorded by Natural Gas Intelligence anywhere in the United States in at least five years. The price peak was due to regional supply constraints and unseasonably cold temperatures.
The entire pipeline system for Gazprom’s TurkStream project in the Black Sea has been completed following connections between TurkStream offshore section and landfalls. TurkStream is a project for a gas pipeline stretching across the Black Sea from Russia to Turkey and further to Turkey’s border with neighboring countries.
According to EIA US natural gas production experienced an increase by 10.0 billion cubic feet per day in 2018, noting an 11% rise in comparison to 2017. The development reported was the largest annual increase in production on record, establishing a record high for a second year in a row.
EIA estimates that between 2014 and 2017 natural gas processing capacity and processing throughput increased by around 5%, even as the number of individual plants reduced. Natural gas processing plant utilization rates stayed still at 66% from 2014 to 2017, but numerous states saw significant changes, largely reflecting changes in natural gas production across regions.
In its Energy Outlook for 2019, BP reports that the transport sector will continue to be dominated by oil, despite the increasing penetration of alternative fuels, and particularly electricity and natural gas. Oil used in transport will rise by 4 Mb/d (220 Mtoe), with most of that demand deriving from increased use in aviation and marine, rather than road transportation.
Germany’s gas imports decreased by 9% in November 2018 in comparison to the same month in 2017, according to Reuters. Yet, imports during the first 11 months, from January to November, experienced an increase of 9% than the same period , a year earlier.
IRENA, the Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency, launched ‘A new World’ report, according to which, the Global Commission on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation supports that the geopolitical and socio-economic consequences of a new energy age may be as profound as those which accompanied the alter from biomass to fossil fuels two centuries ago. These include changes in the position of states, the importance of new leaders, more energy actors, alter in trade relations and the emergence of new alliances.
According to EIA, 23.7 gigawatts (GW) of new capacity additions and 8.3 GW of capacity retirements are expected for the U.S. electric power sector in 2019. The additions are embodied by wind (46%), natural gas (34%), and solar photovoltaics (18%), with the remaining 2% consisting primarily of other renewables and battery storage capacity.
The number of U.S. liquefied natural gas vessels that went to China in 2018 fell by around 20% from the prior year as the trade war between Beijing and Washington heated up. Yet, the trade war has been lessen because of talks between China and US, looking for a common ground, increasing the possibility of additional tariffs to be avoided, according to Reuters.
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