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May 10, 2018

Japanese companies set up two LNG bunkering JVs

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha ("K" Line), Chubu Electric Power, Toyota Tsusho Corporation and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) have established today two Joint Ventures for LNG bunkering business. Following the announcement in January, the four companies have discussed jointly on the commercialization of LNG bunkering business in the Chubu region, located in the center of Japan. Going forward, each of the four companies will utilize its expertise and strengths to propel the “Ship-to-Ship Bunkering” business.

The two joint ventures have been named the Central LNG Marine Fuel Corporation and the Central LNG Shipping Japan Corporation. The first of the two will be running the LNG bunkering business while the second will own the LNG bunkering vessel.

Edited from K Line press release.

May 7, 2018

Petrobangla secures LNG supplies from Oman Trading

Bangladesh's Petrobangla has signed a 10-year SPA to buy 1 MTPA of LNG from Oman Trading International. This SPA is Bangladesh's second long-term contract, following a deal to buy 2.5 MTPA from Qatar's RasGas over 15 years in September 2017. The purchase price has been set at around 11.9% of the three-month average of Brent crude prices plus 40 cents/MMBtu.

Petrobangla notes that the deliveries of 500,000 tons per annum under the agreement with Oman Trading to the terminal are scheduled to start by the end of May. The remaining 500,000 tons are expected to start being delivered to the terminal developed by Summit Corporation in October.

Edited from Platts and LNG World News.

May 2, 2018

Venture Global LNG enters into a 20-year SPA with Galp

Venture Global LNG and Galp have entered into a 20-year SPA for the supply of 1 MTPA from the Venture Global Calcasieu Pass LNG export facility, currently under development in Cameron Parish, USA. Under this agreement, Galp will purchase LNG on a FOB starting from the commercial operation date of the facility, currently expected in 2022.

Venture Global LNG is developing both the 10 MTPA Venture Global Calcasieu Pass facility located at the intersection of the Calcasieu Ship Channel and the Gulf of Mexico and the 20 MTPA Venture Global Plaquemines facility in Plaquemines Parish, 30 miles south of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Edited from Venture Global LNG press release.

April 30, 2018

India's first FSRU-based terminal starts operations in Q4 2018

H-Energy launches India’s first FSRU-based LNG terminal at Jaigarh Port in Ratnagiri District, Maharashtra. The LNG terminal is developed with a capacity of 4 MTPA and will be capable of reloading LNG into other vessels. It is scheduled for commercial operations by Q4 2018.

H-Energy mentions that it will provide storage, re-gasification, re-loading, fuel bunkering and truck loading services to the Indian industries that are showing increasing demand for the chilled fuel. The natural gas from the terminal will be supplied to customers, through a 60-km tie-in pipeline which shall be connected to national gas grids at Dabhol.

Edited from H-Energy press release.

April 25, 2018

Bangladesh becomes 1st new LNG importer in 2018

Excellence, FSRU of Excelerate, arrived at Moheshkhali Port of Bangladesh on April 24 bringing a commissioning cargo from Qatar. This makes Bangladesh effectively the 41st LNG importing country in the world and also the first new country to start importing LNG in 2018.

Excelerate will operate the FSRU for 15 years before transferring ownership to Petrobangla. An onshore gas pipeline connects the FSRU to the main demand center in Chittagong, the 2nd largest city in Bangladesh. It will supply existing power plants currently running short of gas. LNG will be delivered under a 15 year SPA between QatarGas and Rupantarita Prakritik Gas Company (RPGCL), which is a Petrobangla subsidiary with a government mandate to import and market LNG.

Edited from Wood Mackenzie and Platts articles.

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