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Shell’s $14-billion contract for Kitimat project a sign B.C. may catch the second LNG wave

Jesse Snyder: April 27, 2018 2:19 PM EDT

The consortium behind LNG Canada named the prime contractors for its $40-billion export project on Friday, taking the development forward amid concerns that steep import tariffs on some steel components could still make the project untenable.

In a decision the consortium called a “significant milestone,” LNG Canada said U.S.-based Fluor Corp. and Japan’s JGC Corp. would lead the $14-billion construction contract for the liquefied natural gas project in Kitimat on the B.C. West Coast. Construction of the facility would employ thousands of workers and take roughly five years to complete. read more

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Shell, Inpex near finish line in race to export north Australian LNG

Henning Gloystein: APRIL 24, 2018

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Shell and Inpex are on the final stretch of a years-long race to export gas from offshore northern Australia, where both have spent billions of dollars building the world’s biggest maritime vessels to grab a slice of Asia’s booming LNG market. Anglo-Dutch energy major Royal Dutch Shell and Inpex, Japan’s biggest oil and gas producer, are vying for first gas from two overlapping fields after delays and cost overruns that have plagued both projects. The pair have spent billions on offshore facilities, including Shell’s 490 meter (1,600 ft) long Prelude floating liquefied natural gas unit and Inpex’s Ichthys Explorer semi-submersible platform, both the world’s largest of their class. FULL ARTICLE read more

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B.C. announces rebates for LNG projects in big boost to Shell’s $40B project

A model at the LNG Canada offices in Kitimat, B.C., shows the proposed liquified natural gas liquification plant and marine terminal. ROBIN ROWLAND/THE CANADIAN PRESS FILES 

March 22, 2018 | Last Updated: March 22, 2018 1:46 PM MDT

VICTORIA — British Columbia is offering new conditions and rebates for liquefied natural gas projects in the province. Premier John Horgan made the announcement Thursday ahead of a final investment decision on LNG Canada’s $40-billion project, which would include a natural gas pipeline built from northeast B.C. to a new terminal in Kitimat. “Potential opportunity is extraordinary. Potential risks are significant,” Horgan said. “I believe LNG Canada is working diligently to address those risks and I believe it’s the responsibility of the government to make sure we’re working to develop those opportunities for all British Columbians.” FULL ARTICLE read more

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All this massive LNG project needs is the thumbs up from its owners to snap Canada’s energy losing streak

Four and a half years after moving to Vancouver to ready the massive LNG Canada project for a final investment decision, or FID, Andy Calitz likens the state of the mega-energy venture to that of a peak-performance Olympic athlete in the final seconds of a gold-medal race. It’s beating competitors at that point that makes the difference between winning and losing, said the Royal Dutch Shell PLC executive, one of the world’s top guns in LNG development. It’s a good thing, then, that after a tortuous seven-year struggle to find a way to deliver Canadian LNG at the lowest possible price to Asia, the South African engineer is feeling optimistic about building an LNG export terminal in Kitimat, B.C. FULL ARTICLE read more

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Gazprom and Shell review progress of joint LNG projects

Published by Will Owen, Editorial Assistant Monday 19 March 2018

Shell and Gazprom representatives have held a working meeting in St Petersburg to discuss the state and prospects of their strategic cooperation in the gas sector.

Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, led the Gazprom delegation; and Maarten Wetselaar, Member of the Executive Committee of Royal Dutch Shell, and his associates represented Shell.

During the meeting, particular attention was paid to joint efforts in the LNG industry, especially the construction of the third train of the LNG plant within the Sakhalin II project. read more

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Royal Dutch Shell Is Making The Right Moves At The Right Time

Summary

  • Shell declared an income of $13.4 billion compared to $4.8 billion in 2016.
  • Merger with BG was a game-changer for Shell.
  • Shell has now positioned itself as an energy company that is ready to embrace new challenges.
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    LNG is the new shale oil with the U.S. as disruptor-in-chief

    Reuters Staff: MARCH 13, 2018 (The opinions expressed here are those of the author, a columnist for Reuters.)

    LNG IS THE FASTEST GROWING GAS SUPPLY SOURCE

    (SOURCE: SHELL INTERPRETATION OF WOOD MACKENZIE Q4 2017 DATA)

    By Clyde Russell

    LAUNCESTON, Australia, March 13 (Reuters) – Crude oil is likely to spring to mind if one is asked to name a commodity where the United States is disrupting the market by becoming a swing producer and challenging traditional trade flows, especially in fast-growing Asian markets.

    But it’s increasingly likely that the United States is about to play the same role in liquefied natural gas (LNG), as it ramps up production in an already well-supplied market. read more

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    Shell expects LNG demand will continue to grow in China this year

    China’s energy giants return to Asian LNG market as sellers

    FILE PHOTO: Logos of China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) are displayed at a news conference on the company’s interim results in Hong Kong, China March 23, 2017. REUTERS/Bobby Yip/File Photo

    “We expect LNG demand to continue to grow in China this year,” Royal Dutch Shell’s Steve Hill said on Friday, citing the government’s commitment to cutting back on coal.

    Oleg VukmanovicJessica Jaganathan: 9 MARCH 2018

    LONDON/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Falling industrial demand and mild weather have turned China’s energy giants into sellers of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Asia for the first time since last year’s massive import spree. Chinese players were on the receiving end of last year’s doubling of LNG prices, largely driven by their rapid shift to gas to combat coal smog as well as elevated regional demand for the fuel. FULL ARTICLE read more

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    Shell looks to meet growth in LNG trucking in Asia

    SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell is planning to build a truck loading facility at its Hazira liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal on India’s west coast as it looks to meet demand from industrial users, a top company official said on Friday. The facility, which could be ready by next year, will be used to supply industrial demand through trucking in places that can’t access supply from the grid, said Steve Hill, executive vice president at Shell Energy. FULL ARTICLE read more

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    Shell’s U.S. shale output plans prioritize oil over natgas

    Ron BoussoErnest Scheyder: 8 March 2018

    HOUSTON (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSa.L) is focused on increasing its U.S. shale operation’s oil production while slowing investment in lower-margin natural gas, an executive said on Thursday. The Anglo-Dutch company aims to boost its overall shale production by 200,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d) to 500,000 boe/d between 2017 and 2020, mostly in the United States with some production in Argentina. FULL ARTICLE read more

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    Shell To Enforce 3:1 Ratio For Gas And Oil Output

    By Zainab Calcuttawala – Mar 08, 2018, 3:00 AM CST

    In an effort to halve its carbon emissions by the year 2050, Royal Dutch Shell will ensure it produces triple the amount of natural gas compared to oil, CEO Ben van Beurden said during Houston’s ongoing CERAWeek. “Over time, this net carbon footprint ambition will transform our company’s product mix,” van Beurden said. The company’s targets aim to lower emissions from its own operations and the burning of fossil fuels by its customers. Shell will also begin selling energy from its wind farms to offset the carbon output of its hydrocarbon business, the CEO said. FULL ARTICLE read more

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    Shell mulls investment in new wave of LNG projects

    Shell chief executive Ben van Beurden says the company is looking to finalize new investments, which may include the company’s LNG Canada project

    Geoffrey MorganGEOFFREY MORGAN Published on: March 8, 2018 | Last Updated: March 8, 2018

    HOUSTON – The head of Royal Dutch Shell Plc dropped a hint that it’s keen to invest in liquefied natural gas projects soon on Tuesday, a tantalizing prospect for Canadian gas producers desperate to access rapidly changing global energy markets. Shell chief executive Ben van Beurden did not specifically mention the company’s LNG Canada project in Kitimat, British Columbia when he addressed a room of oil and gas executives on Wednesday, but indicated the company is looking to finalize new investments. FULL ARTICLE read more

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    Chevron expects LNG supply shortage by 2025

    John Benny: 6 March 2018

    (Reuters) – Chevron Corp said on Tuesday it expected supply shortage in the global liquefied natural gas (LNG) market by around 2025, echoing comments made last month by top LNG trader Royal Dutch Shell.

    Demand for natural gas, which burns cleaner than coal and oil, has surged as countries such as China look to curb environmental pollution.

    Chevron, owner of the giant Gorgon and Wheatstone LNG projects in Australia, said it expects global demand to be nearly 600 million metric tonne per annum (mmtpa) by 2035, while supply could be just about half of that. read more

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    Shell doubles LNG purchase agreement with Venture Global

    By Peter Wells: 6 March 2018

    Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to double its liquefied natural gas purchase agreement with Venture Global, taking the US LNG group one step closer to a final investment decision for its project in Louisiana. FULL FT ARTICLE

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    Shell Takes Major Steps Toward Energy Diversification

    By David Messler – Mar 05, 2018, 12:00 PM CST

    Shell has spent the last three years reinventing itself for the energy future it sees in the coming decades. A few years back, Shell was a company struggling to find its footing. Exploration success was declining, as was daily liquids production. From the graph below you can see that the lack of success in exploration was starting to equate to reduced production. An oil company’s life can be measured in production, and they were not replacing the oil being produced. FULL ARTICLE read more

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    Shell claims demand for LNG could outpace supply

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