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DOE Releases LNG Export Data through December 2017

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released data on U.S. LNG imports and exports for the period February 2016 through December 2017. The top five recipients of exported LNG from the United States and the percentages of the total amount of LNG exported for the period are Mexico (18.8%), South Korea (15.8%), China (13.5%), Japan (7.2%), and Chile (6.2%).
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Alaska Gasline Development Not Cooperating With FERC Information Requests

FERC has sent another request for information to Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC), sponsor of the Alaska LNG liquefaction and export terminal project. FERC states that this latest request includes “several requests for information that have been made multiple times during the pre-filing review phase, as well as in the current application review, for which an adequate response has not yet been received.” FERC notes that “[i]n [AGDC’s] previous responses to requests for study results, AGDC has stated that because these studies are not required by the state or other entities, AGDC...
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Pivotal LNG and Crowley Sign Contract to Supply Puerto Rico Pharmaceutical Company

Pivotal LNG (Pivotal) announced that it has executed another multiyear contract to supply LNG to Carib Energy (USA) LLC, a subsidiary of Crowley Maritime Corp. (Crowley), for a major pharmaceutical company’s energy needs.  According to the press release, the LNG will be transported by Crowley from one of Pivotal’s LNG supply points to the pharmaceutical company’s facility in Puerto Rico.  As with Pivotal’s existing LNG contracts with Crowley, LNG is loaded into Crowley’s ISO containers at one of Pivotal’s LNG supply sources in the southeast. These ISO containers are transported via truck to...
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PHMSA and FERC Issue Orders Regarding LNG Storage Leaks at Sabine Pass Facility

The U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has issued a corrective action order requiring Cheniere Energy subsidiary Sabine Pass Liquefaction, LLC (Sabine Pass) to remove from service and evaluate two LNG storage tanks at Sabine Pass’s liquefaction facility in Cameron Parish, La. Leaks of LNG and natural gas from the storage tanks were identified on January 22, 2018. FERC also sent a letter to Cheniere Energy requiring it to receive written authorization before it may place the two tanks back into service for the import or export of...
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Cheniere Affiliates Sign Two Long-Term LNG Deals with PetroChina Parent

Cheniere Energy announced today that it has entered into two LNG sale and purchase agreements (SPA) with China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC).  According to the press release, under the SPAs with Cheniere subsidiaries Corpus Christi Liquefaction, LLC and Cheniere Marketing International LLP, CNPC subsidiary PetroChina International Company Limited will purchase approximately 1.2 million tonnes per annum of LNG, with a portion of the supply beginning in 2018 and the balance beginning in 2023. The term of each SPA continues through 2043. The purchase price for LNG will be indexed to the...
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ConocoPhillips Sells Kenai LNG Plant to Andeavor

Platts reports that ConocoPhillips has sold its LNG production facility and export terminal in Kenai, Alaska, to Andeavor.  The Kenai plant will be used to fuel Andeavor’s nearby crude oil refinery at Nikiski, on the Kenai Peninsula south of Anchorage.  
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Dominion Energy Cove Point Begins LNG Production

Dominion Energy Cove Point (DECP) announced that LNG production has begun at its newly constructed natural gas liquefaction facility undergoing commissioning in Lusby, Md.  DECP stated that “[a]ll major equipment has been operated and is being commissioned as expected.”  The facility is expected to enter commercial service in early March....
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