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  • #61
    Sept 5 2017 by Michael Bates for NGTNews - Freedom CNG says pipeline operators provided an uninterrupted supply to all affected areas during Hurricane Harvey. Texas has over 150 natural gas stations, and each had supply throughout the storm. Also, the price was stable, and no shortages were reported. Freedom CNG, for example, was fueling METRO transit buses, garbage trucks, AT&T service vehicles and many other fleets in greater Houston.


    • #62
      Links for LNG18 in Shanghai China. This triennial event is the pre-eminent forum for the LNG industry and covers all aspects of the LNG chain. China is the fastest growing LNG market in the world today, and Shanghai is expected to attract 11,000 attendees from 550 organisations:


      • #63
        Oct 31, 2017 - Dominion Energy Cove Point, located near located near Lusby Maryland, plans to start LNG production in November and expects the export facility to be in service by the end of 2017:


        • #64
          Nelson Bennett for BIV (Business in Vancouver) Sept 14 2017 - At the end of July, Malaysia s Petronas announced it was canceling its $36 billion Pacific NorthWest LNG project in Prince Rupert. With a current glut of LNG on the world market, and increasing competition from the U.S., which is suddenly a real player in the LNG space, the economics are not right for a major LNG project in Canada. Some NDP critics blame the new government, saying the NDP sent negative signals to the industry by officially opposing the Petronas project and vowing to increase regulatory burden on the natural gas and LNG industry.

          Figure out who s left. I see everything whittling down to who are the real players in this. Those players are Shell (LNG Canada), Chevron-Woodside (Kitimat LNG) and Imperial-Exxon (West Coast Canada LNG). Of these three, Shell's LNG Canada project is viewed to be the one with the greatest prospect of moving ahead. The project has all of its environmental certificates and the only major milestone left is a final investment decision, which has been indefinitely postponed.

          Robin Rowland for The Canadian Press

          B.C.s dreams of a prosperous liquefied natural gas industry might be delayed but they are not dead, Liberal Leader Christy Clark insisted as she took her re-election campaign to the province s north coast April 13 2017. Clark attacked the NDP, saying the party would scrap LNG projects and that it has forgotten the province s wealth can be developed beneath the land. They have forgotten working people:

          May 28, 20107 - British Columbia s 2017 election is over and the results are final. The Liberals, led by Christy Clark, won 43 seats; the Greens, led by Andrew Weaver, won three seats; and the New Democrats (NDP), led by John Horgan, won 41 seats:

          Amy Judd for Global News May 10, 2017 - Ellis Ross, former chief of the Haisla First Nations and a prominent aboriginal leader, who is known for his support of LNG. In 2012, Ross was appointed the inaugural Chair of the Aboriginal Business and Investment Council by Christy Clark.

 biggest criticism from the industry of the former B.C. Liberal government s tax and royalty regime for LNG was a special LNG tax, which companies in the U.S. and Australia do not pay.

          A current glut of LNG on the market, much of it from new LNG plants in Australia, have whittled global LNG prices in half from what they were in 2013, when many of the big players, like Shell, were entering regulatory processes.

          Robin Rowland for National Post Sept 21, 2017 - China s plan to generate 15 per cent of its electricity from natural gas by 2030 will be a game changer for global natural gas markets that would create an undersupply of LNG two to three years earlier than expected. LNG demand has grown 12 per cent year-over-year and further growth would lead to projects being sanctioned in Canada.

          News video sums it up (climate change activists celebrate as regional unemployment grows):



          • #65
            Andrew Kurjata for Canadian Press Jan 24, 2018 - A natural gas company has been fined $235,000 after 14 migratory birds were found dead in one of its containment tanks north of Fort St. John, B.C. Enforcement officers found the birds floating on the surface of an above-ground tank used to store fluid for the hydraulic fracturing process in 2013, but says the company has since installed equipment to ensure no other birds become trapped:


            Canadian Press Jan 24, 2018 - Mr. Weaver, whose Green caucus holds the balance of power in the B.C. legislature, says he and his fellow Green MLAs are prepared to bring down the NDP government if the New Democrats breathe a positive word about developing a LNG industry in the Speech from the Throne:



            • #66
              Gregory Hawken Dramer for Thomson Reuters 20 Feb 2018 - What is the LNG supply outlook for 2018? The U.S. has a number of projects all the way from Maryland down to Texas that are expected to start commercial operation this year.



              • #67
                Joseph Green for LNG Industry Aug 7 2018 - New wave of mega LNG projects is approaching

                Reuters are reporting that a new race to build multi-billion dollar LNG plants is gaining momentum after a long hiatus in investments as energy giants sense a widening supply gap within five years. Qatar, the world s largest LNG producer, is preparing to expand its facilities by around one third to produce 100 – 108 million tpy by 2023 – 2024. The state-owned company expects long-standing partners Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell, Total and ConocoPhillips to help build and fund the new expansion phases as well as possibly new entrants, he said.

                A major change in the outlook happened after China strongly boosted imports of LNG in recent years to reduce coal burn in its fight against pollution.

                The supply-demand balance definitely looks more favorable towards producers these days, said Philippe Sauquet, the head of gas at France s Total, the world s second largest LNG trader after Shell. The LNG market will require over 200 million tpy of new supply through to 2030, or roughly 25 – 30 million tpy in new capacity additions to 2025.

                The main source of growth is expected to come from the United States, where supplies rose sharply and prices plummeted with the expansion of shale drilling. Investors were highly critical of oil and gas companies earlier this decade as costs ballooned for many LNG projects under development such as Chevron s US$54 billion Gorgon project in western Australia, the most expensive in history, or Shell s US$14 billion Prelude LNG, the world s largest floating structure.

                Shell, which acquired BG Group in 2016 for US$54 billion to boost its gas output, is nearing a decision on the development of LNG Canada. It would be its first new LNG project since 2011. We expect a supply gap in the gas market in the early 2020s ... LNG Canada looks very promising, Shell Chief Financial Officer Jessica Uhl said last month.

                Global demand for LNG surged by 12% in 2017, far exceeding forecasts, and is expected to grow by up to 10% in 2018, according to analysts at Bernstein. Oil and gas companies have heralded LNG as the fossil fuel of the future thanks to its relatively low carbon emissions. Natural gas, the least polluting fossil fuel, is a key growth area for energy companies which see it playing a pivotal role in the world s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to fight global warming.

                For companies like Shell and BP, the share of gas production has surpassed that of oil in recent years.



                • #68
                  Service, Prices Stabilized in BC, Western U.S. Following Natural Gas Pipeline Rupture
                  Gordon Jaremko for Natural Gas Intelligence October 12, 2018

                  Puget Sound Energy (PSE) described its supply for the Seattle region as stabilized with help from other utilities in the northwestern United States and by Northwest Pipeline, which has connections with U.S. production as well as BC imports.

                  Our calls for conservation are over for both business and residential customers, said PSE. We are now reaching out to business customers who curtailed their usage to let them know they may resume normal gas use.

                  FortisBC resumed service at a slower pace because it relies on the Westcoast system for about 80 percent of its gas. Northwestern U.S. distributors normally import about one-half of their supplies from BC, and they can turn to U.S. gas in an emergency.

                  As in BC, high-volume industrial gas users were the first to lose service in Washington as a result of the Westcoast accident. Commodity traders and analysts speculated that motor gasoline prices would jump if a prolonged disruption of natural gas fuel for heat processes forced refineries to shut down for long.

                  The interruption of BC exports drove northwestern U.S. natural gas prices up by about 10 percent on Wednesday, into the US$3.35/MMBtu range.

                  Western Canadian prices on Wednesday headed in the opposite direction, touching bottoms well below US$1.00 in the most directly affected production areas, because the loss of Enbridge-Westcoast export service aggravated a supply glut across northern BC and Alberta supply fields.

                  Upon the restart of the unaffected line on Thursday, the expected increase in supply allowed downstream U.S. markets to soften considerably. Malin spot gas plunged 43 cents to $2.915, and PG&E Citygate tumbled 26 cents to $3.505.

                  In the Rockies, Kingsgate dropped 38.5 cents to $2.775, and Opal fell 38.5 cents to $2.865.

                  Canadian points, meanwhile, bounced back from Wednesday, with next-day gas at Westcoast Station 2 jumping more than $1 to $1.95 on the increased takeaway capacity.