One of Elba Island’s 10 LNG Trains Remains Offline 6 Mos Later

We were wrong. In August MDN told you that the tenth and final mini-train had gone online at Kinder Morgan’s Elba Island, Georgia LNG export facility (see Final Elba Island LNG Train Goes into Service – All 10 Now Online). That the tenth mini-train had gone online was correct, no issue there. What was incorrect was that all ten mini-trains are now online and working. Such is not the case.
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Fortress Truck/Rail Terminal on Dela. River to Export LPG in 2021

We’ve written plenty about a plan by New Fortress Energy to build an LNG liquefaction plant in Bradford County, PA (northeastern part of the state), and then haul the LNG from the plant via specially-outfitted trucks and rail cars to a transloading dock/port facility New Fortress plans to build at an old DuPont dynamite factory site in New Jersey, on the banks of the Delaware River. What we didn’t know, until now, is that the old DuPont site will also function as a transloading facility for LPG, or liquefied petroleum gas (i.e. propane).
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DOE Approves Cove Point, Six Other Plants to Export LNG Thru 2050

Last week the U.S. Dept. of Energy announced it has extended the terms of seven long-term liquefied natural gas (LNG) export authorizations through 2050. One of the facilities receiving an extension is the Cove Point LNG export facility in Maryland, a facility that exports 100% Marcellus molecules.
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Marcellus/Utica LNG Heading to Barbuda, West Indies?

Barbuda Ocean Club (click for larger version)

Eagle LNG Partners built and maintains a smallish LNG facility in Maxville, Florida (suburb of Jacksonville). Since early 2018, Eagle LNG has loaded hundreds of ISO and trailers loads from their Maxville LNG facility for Crowley Maritime and other customers (see Eagle LNG Celebrates 100th LNG Bunkering at Port of Jacksonville). Eagle is spreading its wings. Earlier this week the company announced it has entered into a long-term agreement to provide a turn-key U.S. natural gas solution for the Barbuda Ocean Club in Barbuda, West Indies.
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NYMEX NatGas Price Breaks $3/Mcf Thanks to LNG Shipments

The price of natural gas trading at the Henry Hub terminal in southern Louisiana, the national benchmark price used for NYMEX futures contracts, has been on a rocket ship ride up over the past two days. Two days ago the price added $0.12 in a single day (see Louisiana LNG Begins Moving Again, Forecast Colder, Gas Price Jumps). Yesterday the price added *another* $0.11, passing the $3/Mcf mark for the first time in over a year.
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More Shipping Channel Troubles for Gulf Coast LNG Exports

Semi-submersible rig Jasminia (credit: MarineTraffic.com)

Last week MDN told you about a barge sinking in a shipping channel in Lousiana that had contributed to a big drop in the price of natural gas (see Sunken Barge in LA Helps Fuel $0.22 One-Day Drop in NatGas Price). That barge is still stuck on the bottom, blocking traffic to the Cameron LNG facility. In addition to trouble for Cameron in the Calcasieu Ship Channel, a semi-submersible rig ran aground in the Sabine Bank Channel, blocking LNG traffic to and from Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass LNG terminal.
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Philippines Taps New Fortress for LNG Infrastructure, Power Plants

We think we’ve spotted a potential new export market for northeastern Pennsylvania natural gas. New Fortress Energy (NFE) issued a joint announcement yesterday with the Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC) to say NFE will build LNG infrastructure and new gas-fired power plants in The Philippines. The two signed a “memorandum of understanding” (MOU).
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How Much M-U Gas Flows to the Gulf Coast Each Day? We Have Answer

Over the years we’ve written about pipeline systems being built or expanded and upgraded to carry Marcellus/Utica natural gas to other regions, including as far away as the Gulf Coast, where the gas either gets used in petrochemical plants or (more commonly nowadays), gets exported as LNG. We now have some estimates for just how much of the 33+ Bcf/d (billion cubic feet per day) of our gas goes to the Gulf Coast.
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FERC Gives Glenfarne an Extra 5 Years to Build Magnolia LNG

In September, the new owner of Magnolia LNG, investment firm Glenfarne Group, along with Kinder Morgan (which plans to build a pipeline to the Magnolia facility), asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to extend the time to build the project (see Glenfarne Asks FERC for Extra 5 Years to Build Magnolia LNG). On Wednesday FERC granted its blessing.
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Marcellus/Utica Ethane Exports Head to Europe, Asia, S. America

ethane carrier

The Marcellus/Utica region has far more ethane production than we can use–even if the mighty Shell and PTT cracker plants were both in-service and operating. In fact, ethane is still (for many M-U drillers) a waste product that must be blended with natural gas or otherwise disposed of. Drillers are paying to get rid of ethane! Exporting ethane is an important way for M-U drillers to, in some cases, break even and make a profit.
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Pieridae Hires Bechtel to Design Goldboro LNG in Nova Scotia

Pieridae Energy’s Goldboro LNG project, located in Nova Scotia (with the potential to export Marcellus/Utica molecules) has been on our radar for years. In August Pieridae hired a senior VP to run the project (see Pieridae Hires Senior VP to Run Goldboro LNG Export Project). Now comes word Pieridae has hired EPC giant Becthel to design and (eventually) build it. This project is getting serious.
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U.S. Petroleum Exports Went UP in 1H20…Thanks to NGLs

In the first half of 2020, the U.S. exported 5.4 million barrels per day (bpd) of petroleum products, a slight increase of 48,000 bpd (1%) from the first half of 2019. Wait, what? Exports went UP and not down? Even though the entire world shut down and used far less fossil fuels during 1H? That’s right. The reason we exported slightly more petroleum products is because NGLs (natural gas liquids) are part of those numbers, and the world kept using NGLs, like propane and ethane, even during the COVID shutdown.
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Claims of PA LNG by Truck & Rail as “Bombs on Wheels” Disproven

Antis continue their public relations push to try and block a northeastern PA LNG liquefaction plant in Wyalusing, PA planned by New Fortress Energy (NFE), by claiming the LNG that will be shipped from the plant to the Philadelphia area, via trucks and rail, will be rolling “bombs on wheels.” However, an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer debunks those lies.
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