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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.
April 23, 2018
US Cove Point LNG terminal ships first cargo to Japan
Cove Point LNG export terminal of Dominion Energy in Maryland has reportedly shipped its first cargo of LNG to Japan. LNG tanker Sakura departed from the new Dominion Cove LNG export terminal in Maryland on April 22.
ST Cove Point, a joint venture between Sumitomo and Tokyo Gas booked 2.3 MTPA of LNG produced from the plant for a 20-year term. According to Sumitomo, ST Cove Point will export 1.4 MTPA to Tokyo Gas while 0.8 MTPA will be delivered to Kansai Electric via Sumitomo. The remaining 100,000 tons of LNG will serve as a buffer for Tokyo Gas and Kansai Electric to cope with seasonal fluctuations.
April 13, 2018
Titan and Rolande acquire Engie LNG Solutions
Titan LNG and its sister company Rolande announced the acquisition of ENGIE LNG Solutions as per March, 1st 2018. This entity covers the downstream LNG activities of ENGIE in the Netherlands and in Belgium. Rolande will add ENGIE’s 4 truck-fuelling stations to its network. The marine activities will be merged into the portfolio of Titan including projects and existing customer contracts. The acquisition does not include the LNG bunker vessel, Engie Zeebrugge (built 2016) which Engie operates with partners.
Edited from Titan LNG press release.
April 11, 2018
Fluxys starts up LNG fuel service in Antwerp port
Fluxys has taken over the LNG bunkering concession in the port of Antwerp in Belgium to make LNG available as an alternative fuel for ships and barges, in one of the Port Authority's key initiatives to make the port's activities more sustainable. Fluxys will add a permanent LNG bunkering facility by the end of next year to complement the existing mobile (truck-to-ship) bunkering service.
Edited from Fluxys press release.
April 8, 2018
Qatargas delivers 1st LNG cargo to Pavilion gas in Singapore
Qatargas announces the first delivery of LNG to Pavilion Gas, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pavilion Energy in the Republic of Singapore. The LNG shipment was delivered to the Singapore LNG receiving Terminal onboard the Qatargas-chartered Q-Flex vessel Al Oraiq.
The inaugural delivery of LNG to Pavilion is a milestone, as it is the first Qatargas delivery to be regasified and sold into Singapore's domestic market by Pavilion Gas.
Edited from Qatargas press release