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September 20, 2017

Qatargas and BOTAŞ sign medium-term SPA

Qatargas today announced the signing of a medium term SPA with BOTAŞ.

Qatargas will deliver 1.5 MTPA for three years. Commencing on 1 October 2017, volumes will be delivered from Qatargas 2. The LNG will be delivered onboard Q-Flex vessels to either the Egegaz LNG Terminal, the Marmara LNG Terminal, or to the Etki LNG terminal in Turkey.

Edited from Qatargas press release. 

September 4, 2017

Montoir de Bretagne increases its truck-loading capacity

Elengy has announced today that it has increased the truck-loading capacity of its Montoir-de-Bretagne LNG terminal from 12 truck-loadings per day to 18 truck-loadings per day. 

Since the creation of its LNG stations for LNG trucks in 2013, Elengy has multiplied by 8 the loading capacity on its terminals.

Edited from Elengy press release.

September 1, 2017

Dunkerque LNG to boost its reloading capacity

Dunkerque LNG announced today that it will adapt its terminal to expand its reload capacity from up to 4,000cbm/h to up to 9,000cbm/h.

The new facility is expected to start operating in the fourth quarter of 2018. For the commissioning of this new facility, Dunkerque LNG anticipates the stop of send out and the unavailability of the jetty during all of September 2018.

The contract has been awarded to TS LNG, a joint venture between Techint E&C and Sener. The works include replacing eight pumps and adding an additional BOG compressor.

Edited from Dunkerque LNG note and Techint press release.

August 25, 2017

S-Oil and Petronas sign 15-year SPA

South Korean petroleum and refinery company S-Oil Corporation has signed today a 15-year SPA with Petronas.

Petronas has agreed to deliver 700,000 tons of LNG per year for the duration of the contract. The volumes have been contracted to run the refiner’s new plant operations and as a feedstock for petrochemical products.

Deliveries under the contract are set to start in April 2018 until March 2033. 

August 16, 2017

First LNGC transit through the Northern Sea Route

The icebreaking LNGC Christophe de Margerie has successfully transited through the Northern Sea Route.

The Sovcomflot’s vessel loaded a cargo at Snøhvit, left the liquefaction plant on July 29 and arrived at Boryeong on August 16, according to vessel tracking data. The passage through the Northern Sea Route took a record six and a half days, according to the Northern Sea Route Administration. Christophe de Margerie is the first unescorted merchant LNG vessel to take this route, which permits reaching Asia via the Bering Strait in 15 days versus 30 days via the Suez Canal, according to Total.

The 172,600m³ Arc 7 vessel is the first of 15 LNGCs dedicated to the Yamal LNG project. The 3-train plant will produce about 16.5 MTPA. Commissioning cargoes from Train 1 are expected in October and commercial production will start next year.