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September 22, 2016

Shell loads first vessel, using new LNG jetty at Gate terminal

Gate terminal announced today that Shell’s chartered LNG vessel, the 7500-cbm Coral Methane, loaded for the first time LNG from the newly inaugurated third jetty. The loading took place on 19 September 2016. 

Edited from press release.

September 16, 2016

Substantial Completion of Train 2 at the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project

Cheniere announced today that Substantial Completion of Train 2 of the Sabine Pass liquefaction project was achieved on September 15, 2016. Commissioning has been completed and Cheniere's EPC partner Bechtel is turning over care, custody, and control of Train 2 to Cheniere. This turnover will be done in coordination with a previously announced planned outage to improve performance of the flare systems at the SPL Project, as well as to perform scheduled maintenance to Train 1 and other facilities. Under a sale and purchase agreement with Gas Natural Fenosa, the date of first commercial delivery for Train 2 of the SPL Project is expected to occur in August 2017 upon which the SPA's 20-year term commences. Prior to this date, GNF has certain rights to early cargoes produced from Train 2 as described in the SPA. [...]

Cheniere plans to construct over time up to six liquefaction trains, which are in various stages of development and construction. Trains 1 and 2 have achieved Substantial Completion, Train 3 is undergoing commissioning, Trains 4 and 5 are under construction, and Train 6 is fully permitted. Each liquefaction train is expected to have a nominal production capacity of approximately 4.5mtpa. SPL has entered into six third-party LNG sale and purchase agreements that in the aggregate equate to approximately 19.75 mtpa of LNG and commence with DFCD of Trains 1 through 5 as specified in the respective SPAs.

Edited from press release.

September 2, 2016

Arrival and startup of Abu Dhabi’s first FSRU

At the beginning of August 2016, the Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) Excelerate moored at Ruwais in Abu Dhabi. The 138,000m3 FSRU (built 2006) is owned by Excelerate Energy and chartered by Gasco – a joint venture between Adnoc, Shell, Total and Partex. The vessel loaded the commissioning cargo at Das Island in the second half of July before reaching Ruwais. The FSRU will be able to supply an extra 14 million cubic metres of gas per day to the grid. This is the first facility that allows Abu Dhabi to import LNG and to meet growing and immediate domestic gas needs. 

August 31, 2016

Meg Gentle Named as President and CEO of Tellurian Investments

Charif Souki and Martin Houston announced today that Meg Gentle has joined Tellurian Investments as President and Chief Executive Officer, and a member of the Board of Directors. Gentle has also made an $10 million private investment in Tellurian. Gentle recently left Cheniere Energy, where she served as Executive Vice President of Marketing, based in London, England. [...]

As President and CEO, Gentle will run the strategic and daily operations of Tellurian. Souki continues to serve as the Non-Executive Chairman, with Houston as the Executive Vice Chairman.

Gentle will drive the development of Tellurian’s first project, Driftwood LNG, a 26 million tonne per annum (mpta) export facility proposed near Lake Charles, Louisiana. Driftwood LNG is in the engineering design and pre-filing phase of the project. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved Driftwood LNG’s pre-filing request on June 6, 2016. Tellurian expects construction to begin in 2018, and the project to become operational in 2022.

Tellurian was formed in February by Souki and Houston to build mid-scale natural gas liquefaction and export projects along the United States Gulf Coast. Tellurian entered into a merger agreement with Magellan Petroleum Corporation on August 2, 2016, and expects the agreement to close in the fourth quarter this year.

Edited from press release.

August 29, 2016

Gate terminal launches third berth for small vessels

Gate terminal and its shareholders Gasunie and Vopak announced today that the LNG terminal at the Maasvlakte in Rotterdam has been expanded to include a third berth and special infrastructure for the loading of small LNG vessels. These small LNG vessels will enable distribution to LNG terminals in other North Sea and Baltic ports where large LNG tankers are prohibited to deliver directly due to their draught.

In conjunction with LNG bunker vessels, the new berth will in future also make it easier for ocean-going vessels to fill up with LNG in Rotterdam. As with other kinds of maritime fuel LNG can be pumped on board large ocean-going vessels using bunker vessels. These can now be loaded at Gate terminal which receives LNG from large LNG tankers arriving from several global origins. The use of LNG as a maritime fuel is being encouraged by the European Union, the Dutch government and the Port of Rotterdam because of its more environmentally-friendly properties.

The third berth is intended especially for small vessels. Gate terminal has two jetties where mainly large LNG tankers berth to unload their LNG cargo into the three 180,000 cbm storage tanks. The cold LNG (minus 160 ºC) is pumped from these storage tanks along insulated pipelines to the new berth and, with the aid of two or three special loading arms, is loaded into the small seagoing vessels and bunker vessels. The system is fully enclosed, with vapour being collected and fed back to the terminal. At the new third berth small volumes of LNG, from 1,000 cbm up to 20,000 cbm, can be loaded, increasing to 40,000 cbm in the longer term. The LNG is loaded at a maximum speed of 1,000 cbm per hour and each year around 280 ships (including smaller ones) can be loaded.

Adjacent to Gate terminal, the Port of Rotterdam has developed the new, 255-metre long, 150-metre wide and 7.5-metre deep Yukon Harbour. The third berth of Gate terminal is built on this new quay wall and it can handle vessels of up to 180 meters in length. Moreover, the Port of Rotterdam is encouraging the use of LNG as a maritime fuel by giving discount on harbour dues.

As launching customer, Shell has reserved part of the capacity for the loading of small vessels including a bunker vessel that has been ordered. This combination will enable vessels in Rotterdam to be efficiently provided with LNG fuel in the near future. […]

Both shareholders Gasunie and Vopak support the continued expansion of Gate terminal. […] The project is key to facilitate LNG storage and to secure LNG supply in Northwest European ports, such as Gothenburg. The maritime connection between Rotterdam and these ports is regarded as a part of the EU ‘motorways of the sea’ concept and has therefore been selected for co-financing under the European Union's TEN-T program.

Edited from press release.

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