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April 9, 2014
GOYANG, South Korea - Anxiety is rising in the liquefied natural gas business over the slow rollout of North American LNG export projects. Anxiety about supply. Anxiety about pricing. The worry was simmering at the big Gastech Conference & Exhibition held March 24-27 in Goyang, South Korea, as LNG buyers and sellers fretted that the world's constrained supply could last beyond the next few...
April 8, 2014
The decision to break ground on a liquefied natural gas export project is a momentous move for project sponsors, a multibillion-dollar stake on their futures. Reaching what the industry calls a "final investment decision" — the golden milestone signaling that steel can be ordered, workers hired and construction can begin — takes time, money and tight coordination between multiple...
March 7, 2014
Ideas for moving Prudhoe Bay's natural gas bounty off Alaska's North Slope are as plentiful as cottonwood seed in the June air. Some are modest: Truck small amounts of gas to Fairbanks consumers. Some are epic: Pipe massive amounts to a Southcentral Alaska liquefied natural gas plant for LNG shipments to Asia — the most expensive North American private-sector construction project ever. Some are...
February 19, 2014
Well before big money gets committed to construct a liquefied natural gas export project, sponsors typically spend years studying such questions as: Should this project get built? Does it make business sense? And, as the analysis progresses: Does this project continue to make sense? The proposed $45 billion to $65 billion Alaska LNG export project is going through that process now. It's the up-...
January 29, 2014
The plans called for a new liquefied natural gas plant along the industrial strip at Nikiski, Alaska. Teams of scientists sampled soils, measured historic tsunamis, unfurled maps of seismic faults and described how to place a pipeline across Alaska's roiling Cook Inlet to feed the export plant with natural gas. Engineers detailed how to build an LNG plant and dock safely, and calculated...
January 22, 2014
In their quest to lock up supplies of liquefied natural gas for years to come, key Japanese utilities have signed on as small sponsors of big LNG ventures. Tokyo Gas, Chubu Electric and other companies that heat and power the world's third-largest economy are less content these days to simply contract with the latest LNG mega-project and wait for the first cargo to pull into port. Instead, they...
November 19, 2013
The big three North Slope oil and gas producers working toward a multibillion-dollar Alaska liquefied natural gas export project have substantial LNG investments across the globe. In some cases these investments go back decades. Taken together, ExxonMobil, BP and ConocoPhillips own stakes in LNG production plants in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Australia, Africa, the Caribbean and North...
October 16, 2013
Three communities in Canada's far north are going to great lengths — literally — to join the liquefied natural gas world. In a way, natural gas has been tantalizing Inuvik, Whitehorse and Watson Lake for 40 years, ever since the great oil and gas discoveries in their northern neighborhood at Canada's Mackenzie River Delta and Alaska's Prudhoe Bay. But although multiple pipeline...
October 9, 2013
Global warming may be a threat to glaciers, oceanfront cities and fire-prone forests. But it's also creating new economic opportunities for countries with natural resources in the far north, opportunities that some companies and governments are pushing to exploit. Opportunities such as the Northern Sea Route, which could mean a shorter, faster way to move cargoes — including liquefied...
August 21, 2013
China and India last year imported just 12 percent of global LNG supplies, but liquefied natural gas producers worldwide are counting on burgeoning sales to the world's two most populous nations. Both countries are moving toward steep growth in their natural gas consumption within the decade. And while China and India see the need to import more gas, they also want to increase their own domestic...
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