Philadelphia LNG Export Plant Approved by City Council Vote

Yesterday Philadelphia City Council approved a $60 million Marcellus LNG export facility, to be built on property owned by Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW). It was the final vote needed, held up by opposition from so-called environmentalists since March (see Philadelphia LNG Export Plant One Vote Away from Happening). Wackadoodle fossil fuel haters (holding up posters of The Lorax) were not happy at yesterday’s meeting when City Council voted 13-4 to approve the plan.
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DRBC Approves New Fortress LNG/NGL Shipping Dock on Dela. River

Yesterday, over the shrill objections of THE Delaware Riverkeeper, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) approved a plan put forth by New Fortress Energy to build a $96 million 1,600-foot-long pier on the New Jersey side of the Delaware River at the former DuPoint dynamite factory site. The purpose of the pier? To dock and load two ships at a time–loading them with either LNG (liquefied natural gas) and/or NGLs (natural gas liquids, like propane, butane and ethane).
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New Fortress Energy NJ LNG Export Site to Store/Export NGLs Too

A few weeks ago MDN brought you the news that THE Delaware Riverkeeper had finally (months after everyone else knew) woke up to the fact that New Fortress Energy is planning to build an LNG loading facility on the banks of the Delaware River, on the New Jersey side, near Philadelphia (see Riverkeeper Sounds Alarm re New LNG Export Facility on Dela. River). The Philadelphia Inquirer just got around to covering Riverkeeper’s mock outrage about the facility, but then dug deeper and discovered what is for us new information: New Fortress plans to ship not only LNG out of that facility, but NGLs too.
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PA Marcellus Gas Going to Angola? New Fortress Inks LNG Deal

New Fortress Energy is expanding into the LNG space like gangbusters. We brought you a story about New Fortress’ billionaire co-founder just yesterday (see The Billionaire Behind New Fortress LNG Export Facility in NEPA). New Fortress is building at least two LNG export plants in land-locked northeastern Pennsylvania (see New Fortress Energy Building Second PA LNG Export Facility), with plans to build “five to ten” such plants over the next five years. New Fortress plans to export the LNG to places like Puerto Rico, Jamaica, and now…Angola, in West Africa.
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The Billionaire Behind New Fortress LNG Export Facility in NEPA

Wes Edens

New Fortress Energy is building an LNG liquefying plant in northeastern Pennsylvania and will truck (eventually rail) the LNG to a port located on the Delaware River along the New Jersey shoreline for export to Puerto Rico and other destinations (see Big News! Marcellus LNG Export Plant Coming to Landlocked NEPA). We didn’t know much about New Fortress–until now. Bloomberg recently published an article profiling Wes Edens, the billionaire co-founder of New Fortress.
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Riverkeeper Sounds Alarm re New LNG Export Facility on Dela. River

Maya van Rossum, who fancies herself as THE Delaware Riverkeeper, has her knickers in a twist. She’s just woken up to the fact that New Fortress Energy, which is building an LNG liquefying plant in northeastern Pennsylvania (see Big News! Marcellus LNG Export Plant Coming to Landlocked NEPA), will truck the LNG to a port located on the Delaware River (without her permission), and load it on to ships for export to Puerto Rico.
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First US “Small-Scale” LNG Facility Launches in Jacksonville, FL

JAX LNG (click for larger version)

Something’s happening in Jacksonville, Florida with respect to LNG. It seems LNG plants of various types are popping up all over in Jacksonville! Nearly one year ago Eagle LNG opened its Maxville facility which liquefies natural gas into LNG for loading onto ships that use it as fuel (see Marc/Utica Gas Trucked to Jacksonville, FL for Use in LNG Ship). Eagle LNG is also working on a full-blown (smallish) LNG export plant near Jacksonville too (see FERC Grants Final Enviro OK to Jacksonville, FL LNG Export Plant). What we weren’t aware of, coming out of nowhere, is another small-scale LNG facility in Jacksonville, the JAX LNG facility, which opened for business earlier this month.
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Will New China Tariffs Hurt Marcellus/Utica LNG Exports?

The so-called trade war with China has just been ratcheted up a notch–by China. In a move to cut off their own nose to spite their face, the Chinese have hiked tariffs on LNG imports coming into their country from the United States–from a 10% tax to a 25% tax. Given only two LNG cargoes from the U.S. have landed in China this year, we suspect there won’t be any more LNG shipments from us to them for the foreseeable future. Depending on who you talk to, this is either no big deal, or a complete economic disaster for our shale gas industry.
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Bummer: Trump Won’t Waive Jones Act for Domestic LNG Shipments

Last week we brought you the news that President Trump is considering a waiver to the 1920 Jones Act for LNG to be shipped from port to port in the U.S., even if the ships used are foreign flagged (see Trump Considers Waiving Jones Act to Allow Domestic LNG Shipments). We like the idea because it means we may be able to move more of our Marcellus/Utica gas to New England without using pipelines.
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An Opposing View on Waiving the Jones Act for US LNG Shipments

Last week we brought you the news that President Trump is considering a waiver to the 1920 Jones Act for LNG to be shipped from port to port in the U.S., even if the ships used are foreign flagged (see Trump Considers Waiving Jones Act to Allow Domestic LNG Shipments). We like the idea because it means we may be able to move more of our Marcellus/Utica gas to New England without using pipelines. However, MDN friend Garland Thompson, a talented reporter and magazine writer, has a different take on the Jones Act and potential waivers to it.
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Ithaca Suburb Still Irrationally Hates Converting Coal to NatGas

Maybe it’s time to let Ithaca just go dark. Turn the electricity off, or rather, let the plants producing electricity that helps power the college town die off, and let rolling blackouts commence across the region. The battle continues to rage in the lib Dem socialist utopia of Ithaca (Tompkins County), NY over a plan to convert a local coal-fired electric generating plant to use much better-for-the-environment and far-less-polluting natural gas. Yet local antis, who irrationally (and we mean clinically insane) hate fossil fuels, continue to object. Fine. Turn off the lights.
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Kinder Morgan Now Says Elba Island LNG Online “Approx. May 1”

Kinder Morgan has left a string of broken promises about the date for which the first Elba Island (Georgia) LNG export plant “mini-train” will begin producing and shipping LNG. We’ve chronicled the journey extensively. A month ago KM announced it was once again pushing back the startup of the first mini-train to April, “because of construction delays” (see Kinder Morgan Elba Island LNG Exports Delayed – Again). Yesterday KM released their first quarter 2019 update and yes, there’s a brief section about when Elba Island will start up.
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Marcellus/Utica and Permian Go Head-to-Head to Supply Gulf Coast

We’ve been keeping an eye on natural gas supplies coming out of the ground in the Permian (West Texas and eastern New Mexico) for more than a year. Why? Because all that associated gas being produced in the Permian has to go somewhere, and increasingly it goes to places where Marcellus/Utica gas also goes. A potent competitor. A year ago we told you about Permian and M-U gas competing in Midwestern markets (see Permian NatGas Increasingly Competes with M-U in Midwest). But it’s not just in the Midwest. Both plays increasingly now compete to supply markets along the Gulf Coast.
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