New Fortress Cracks the Code to Sell LNG Anywhere in the World

New Fortress Energy (NFE), which is building an LNG liquefaction facility in northeastern Pennsylvania and a dock on the Delaware River to export their PA LNG, is expanding rapidly. NFE issued its 2Q20 update yesterday. In reading a transcript of a conference call with analysts, the light bulb went off for MDN. NFE has figured out how to deliver (sell) LNG to just about any market on the planet. It’s pure genius. We’ll explain it below.
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KM’s LNG Train #9 (out of 10) at Elba Island Ready to Come Online

Wow, that was fast! Yesterday Kinder Morgan filed a request with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) asking for permission to start up train #9 at the Elba Island, George LNG export facility. And yesterday FERC turned around and issued that permission. Same day! How many trains (of the 10 total) are left to go online?
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Hearing Officer Approves New Fortress Dela. River LNG Export Dock

In May the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) held a virtual public hearing on the issue of the DRBC’s prior decision to approve construction of a dock in the Delaware River that will allow New Fortress Energy to load LNG tanker ships with LNG transported to the dock from a new liquefaction plant being built in northeastern Pennsylvania (see DRBC, New Fortress Crush Antis’ Arguments Against LNG Export Dock). Both New Fortress and the radicals at THE Delaware Riverkeeper were given time to make their case for and against. The hearing officer (i.e. judge) recently announced his decision…
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Kinder Morgan 2Q Update: Elba Island, Tennessee Gas Pipe to NYC

Earlier this week Kinder Morgan, one of (perhaps THE) largest pipeline company in the U.S., issued its second-quarter update. While most headlines blare that the company “lost” $637 million during 2Q, what they don’t say (until you read a few paragraphs in) is that it was a paper loss. Yes, revenue was down. But if you take the impairment (writedown) charge away, KM actually made $363 million in profit during 2Q. It was not, however, KM’s financial performance that caught our attention. It was the update on Marcellus/Utica projects like the Elba Island LNG export facility and a new project to expand Tennessee Gas Pipeline to provide more gas into New York City that caught our eye.
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New Fortress Pushes Back Against FERC re Puerto Rico LNG Facility

New Fortress Energy, which likes to build and own as much of the LNG supply chain as possible, built and recently finished an LNG import terminal in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently dinged the company, asking for an explanation as to why they built it without FERC permission (see FERC Orders New Fortress to Explain Unauthorized PR LNG Facility). New Fortress just officially responded, to say that FERC told them no permission was needed!
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Riverkeeper Campaign to Pass Local Laws Banning LNG Transport

The devious minds at THE Delaware Riverkeeper are working in overdrive. In an apparent concession that their lawsuits to try and stop the New Fortress Energy LNG liquefaction facility from getting built in Wyalusing (in northeastern PA) by stopping the construction of a new dock New Fortress wants to build on the Delaware River, Riverkeeper is changing strategies. If they can’t stop the facility and they can’t stop construction of the loading dock (in Gibbstown, NJ), Riverkeeper hopes to convince towns between Wyalusing and Gibbstown to pass zoning ordinances forbidding the transport, via truck or rail car, of LNG through their communities.
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KM Asks Permission to Start Up Elba Island LNG Train #8

Yesterday Kinder Morgan asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for permission to bring Elba Island Train #8 online to produce and ship LNG. Train #8 will increase Elba’s active train count to seven (out of ten). One month ago KM asked FERC for permission to begin testing Train #9 (see FERC Approves Feed Gas for Elba Island LNG Train #9). The site is getting close to completion!
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EIA: Gas Price Avg <$2 in 2020, 110 LNG Export Cargoes Canceled

Our favorite government agency, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), issued its monthly Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) yesterday. We’re interested mainly in the natural gas numbers. The expert number crunchers at EIA predict the price of Henry Hub traded gas will average $1.93 for all of 2020 (although EIA predicts the price will rise in Q420 to $2.46). The report also says U.S. LNG exports are taking a nosedive this summer. From June through August at least 110 LNG cargoes have been canceled–meaning a decrease in 75% of our LNG exports. That will have a big impact on gas drillers.
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Thigpen & Blue Roads Merging to Form Sapphire Gas Virtual Pipe Co

This is one of those “follow the bouncing ball” stories with lots of names. Bear with us because there is a connection to the Marcellus/Utica region. BP Energy Partners, a private equity firm based in Dallas, TX, invests in (and ultimately controls) a number of companies. Two of their portfolio companies are Thigpen Solutions and Blue Roads Solutions, both virtual pipeline companies delivering CNG and LNG to different types of customers. BP is merging the two into one company and renaming it Sapphire Gas Solutions.
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National Grid Band Aid Solution – Truck CNG to Long Island

National Grid, a huge utility company that supplies natural gas to all of Long Island, including two New York City boroughs (Queens and Brooklyn) has both a short-term and long-term gas supply problem. Corrupt Gov. Andrew Cuomo single-handedly decided to deny National Grid new natural gas supplies via a new pipeline (see Cuomo Rejects NESE Pipe Again, Williams Walks Away). That’s the long-term problem. The short-term problem is that National Grid needs extra supplies for this coming winter. How do they meet an increase in demand so Long Islanders don’t run out?
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EIA Says U.S. LNG Exports Fall by Half in 2020, Recovery Late 2021

As we have been saying for some time, LNG exports from the U.S. are low and staying low for at least a few more months (see May NatGas Deliveries to US LNG Plants Lowest Since Last October). The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), our favorite government agency, published a post yesterday detailing just how low. So far this year LNG exports from the U.S. have declined by half from previous levels. Looking at one of the charts where EIA forecasts future LNG exports, it looks like it will be third or fourth-quarter 2021 before we hit the same level of exports we had in 1Q20.
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FERC Orders New Fortress to Explain Unauthorized PR LNG Facility

New Fortress Energy, which likes to build and own as much of the LNG supply chain as possible, has built and recently finished an LNG import terminal in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Just one teeny, tiny problem: New Fortress didn’t get permission from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) before building it. Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory and subject to U.S. laws and regulations, including the regulation that requires FERC approval *before* building such a facility. Luuuucy, you have some ‘splainin to do!
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PHMSA and Fed Railroad Admin Publish Final LNG by Rail Regs

In April 2019 President Trump issued an Executive Order directing the Secretary of Transportation to write a new rule allowing specially constructed tanker cars for railroads (DOT-113 tank cars) to ship LNG, i.e., liquefied natural gas (see Here Come the “Bomb Trains” – Trump to Allow LNG by Rail). It took a while, but after a year-long process the final regs are ready, and soon after they are published in the Federal Register, they go into effect. Hallelujah!
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Cash NatGas Price at Henry Hub Hits 21-Year Low – Blame LNG

Yesterday physical natural gas delivered at the Henry Hub trading point hit its lowest cash price in 21 years–since December 1998. Cash Henry Hub settled at $1.38/MMBtu (million BTUs, the equivalent of Mcf or thousand cubic feet). The Columbia Gulf mainline trading hub (in Louisiana) plunged to $1.285/MMBtu. Right here in the Marcellus, the Transco Zone 4 price fell to $1.36/MMBtu. They all hit their lowest settlement levels since 1998. Why? Blame it on LNG.
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