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December 20, 2017

Qatargas and OMV sign 5-year LNG agreement

Qatargas today announced the signing of a new SPA with OMV, under which Qatargas will deliver up to 1.1 MTPA to the Austrian company for five years.

Commencing in January 2019, the LNG will be supplied from “Qatargas 4”, a joint venture between Qatar Petroleum (70%) and Shell (30%). The LNG will be delivered to Gate LNG Terminal in the Netherlands on board Qatargas’ chartered LNG vessels.

Edited from Qatargas press release. 

December 6, 2017

First LNGC arrives at Soma LNG Terminal (Japan)

The LNGC Puteri Intan Satu has arrived today at JAPEX's Soma LNG Terminal located in the Fukushima Prefecture and will unload the first commissioning cargo to the terminal during the week. 
Petronas' Puteri Intan Satu has transported approximately 60,000 tons of LNG from Malaysia. 
The Soma LNG Terminal is a large scale LNG terminal composed of a ground-type LNG storage tank of 230,000 kiloliters (approximately 100,000 tons), two berths for ocean-going and domestic vessels, LNG vaporization equipment and loading facilities for tank trucks.
Commissioning of the terminal started on December 1, 2017 and the full commencement of operation is scheduled for March 2018.
Edited from JAPEX's press release. 

December 4, 2017

Total and CMA CGM sign LNG supply agreement

Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions and CMA CGM have signed an agreement covering the supply of around 300,000 tons of LNG per year for 10 years starting in 2020. This volume will fuel CMA CGM's nine newbuild container ships, scheduled for delivery beginning 2020 onwards.

In February 2017, CMA CGM and Total already signed a cooperation agreement to examine the most environmentally responsible propulsion solutions to meet the International Maritime Organization’s 2020 implementation date for new sulfur regulations.

Under this agreement, Total will provide a solution for LNG supply. The Group is currently considering chartering on long-term basis an LNG bunkering vessel that would not only deliver fuel to CMA CGM in Europe, but also to other customers in the same region. 
Edited from Total press release.

November 22, 2017

PGNiG signs 5-year LNG contract with Centrica

Polish Oil and Gas Company Group (PGNiG) has signed a 5-year LNG supply contract with Centrica.

The contract is on a DES delivery basis and will begin in 2018. Up to 9 cargoes will be delivered to the Świnoujście LNG Terminal, where PGNiG recently booked additional regasification capacity. The primary source of LNG delivered under this contract shall be the Sabine Pass liquefaction plant.

Edited from PGNiG press release.

November 20, 2017

Second LNG import terminal in Pakistan inaugurated

Pakistan GasPort’s LNG import terminal at Port Qasim in Pakistan has been inaugurated today. 

LNG will be imported through the 170,000cbm BW Integrity FSRU. The terminal has a 5 MTPA total capacity. The new terminal will more than double Pakistan’s current LNG regasification capacity (4.5 MTPA).

The terminal should receive its first cargo on November 24. 

The terminal has been developped by a consortium which includes Pakistan GasPort, BW Group, FOTCO and Trafigura.

More LNG terminals are also planned to start operations at Port Qasim in the next years. Pakistan's Prime Minister estimates that the country's demand for LNG will grow to about 30 MTPA by 2020.