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June 1, 2017

FID on Coral FLNG project

On June 1, 2017, ENI and its partners (Galp Energia, Kogas and Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos) announced that they took FID on the Coral South LNG project in Mozambique.

The FLNG will have a capacity of around 3.4 MTPA and will be the first FLNG in Africa and the third globally.

The Coral field, discovered in May 2012, is located within Area 4 of the Rovuma Basin and contains approximately 450 BCM (16 TCF) of gas in place.

In October 2016, Eni and its Area 4 partners signed an agreement with BP for the sale of the entire volumes of LNG produced by the Coral South project for a period of over twenty years.

Edited from ENI press release.

May 3, 2017

Yuedong terminal receives first cargo

Qatargas announced on May 3, 2017, that it has recently delivered the inaugural LNG cargo to the Yuedong LNG terminal, China’s newest import terminal. The LNG cargo, delivered on board the Qatargas-chartered Q-Flex LNG vessel ‘Al Kharaitiyat’, was used to commission the terminal from April 29 through May 2.

The Yuedong LNG receiving terminal, which has an initial receiving capacity of 2 MTPA, is co-owned and operated by CNOOC. The new terminal located in Jieyang, Guangdong is the latest addition to CNOOC’s LNG receiving terminal portfolio, joining existing terminals in Shanghai, Guangdong, Fujian, Zhejiang and Hainan. 

Edited from Qatargas press release.

April 13, 2017

Singapore launches truck loading facility

Singapore LNG Corporation Pte Ltd (SLNG) and the Maritime Port Authority (MPA) of Singapore jointly launched the nation’s first LNG Truck Loading Facility during a ceremony held on 12 April 2017, at the SLNG Terminal. The launch, which was officiated by Chief Executive Officer of SLNG, Mr. John Ng, and Chief Executive of MPA, Mr Andrew Tan, marks the readiness of the facility for operations.Located within the SLNG Terminal on Jurong Island, the single-bay facility is an important first step towards developing the LNG trucking business in Singapore, which also helps to facilitate truck-to-ship LNG bunkering. The facility allows small quantities of LNG to be transported overland to just about any location where it may be needed. This may include industrial plants that could use natural gas for furnaces and burners but are not connected to the gas pipeline network, and locations in the port from where LNG may be delivered to ships for use as fuel. 

March 27, 2017

LNG Imports reach 263.6 MT in 2016

In 2016, global LNG trade reached 263.6 MT, compared with 245.2 MT in 2015 (+18.4 MT). 18 countries exported LNG to 39 importing countries. 4 new countries joined the ranks of LNG importers during the year and 11 new regasification terminals were commissioned, with 5 terminals based on floating solutions. The shipping fleet reached 478 vessels at the end of the year.

March 22, 2017

GIIGNL releases new edition (2017) of the Custody Transfer Handbook

The GIIGNL LNG Custody Transfer Handbook provides practical guidance on the equipment and methodology for determining the thermal energy of LNG transported by ship for the specific purpose of title transfer.


For this updated (2017) version of the GIIGNL LNG Custody Transfer Handbook, GIIGNL has mandated its Technical Study Group to consult with the LNG industry on a worldwide basis. The international group of experts responsible for the update, led by Fluxys LNG, comprised a diversified panel of professionals from companies involved in custody transfer operations.  


The goal was to respond to the rapidly changing market conditions and to address the latest commercial practices. The new version of the Handbook includes measurement procedures and equipment in relation to new technical operations such as:


- partial (un)loading

- reloading at LNG import terminals

- ship-to-ship LNG transfer

- small ship-to-shore LNG operations


More than pointing at the differences and highlighting the points of attention when dealing with these new operations, this 2017 version provides answers and solutions for setting up slightly altered or new custody transfer procedures.


Stijn Maelfeyt, Plant Operations Manager at Fluxys LNG and leader of the working group of experts, said: “The  reason for the proposed changes is of truly technical nature and GIIGNL considers it as its duty to inform the LNG industry about this and its impact.”


According to Vincent Demoury, General Delegate of GIIGNL: “The Handbook is intended to serve as a reference manual but not as a standard or a specification. It has been updated to include the most advanced measurement technology, operational practices and international standards available to or used by all parties involved in custody transfer operations.”


The 2017 GIIGNL LNG Custody Transfer Handbook is publicly available free of charge on the GIIGNL website (


For more details, please contact:

Vincent Demoury, General Delegate, GIIGNL on:

+ 33 156 655 160 or