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Reuters: Shell and partners delay decision on Australia’s Crux gas project

Jessica Jaganathan: APRIL 7, 2020

SINGAPORE, April 7 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell said on Tuesday its Australian unit and joint venture partners had decided to delay a final investment decision (FID) on the Crux gas project in offshore Australia that was initially planned for 2020.

The Crux project is one of several globally that have been delayed in recent months following the collapse in energy prices.

LNG demand had been hitting record highs until recently thanks to appetite from China and India as they diversify away from dirtier coal power generation, but the crash in oil and gas prices has caused major LNG exporters to put off gigantic new facilities or expansions of existing projects. read more

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upstreamonline: Prelude floating LNG giant still offline after two months

Prelude floating LNG giant still offline after two months

Shell working to address safety concerns and restart production on giant offshore LNG ship

2 April 2020 4:52 GMT UPDATED 2 April 2020 4:54 GMT

By Russell Searancke in Wellington

The Shell-led Prelude floating liquefied natural gas project off Western Australia continues to be offline nearly two months after production was shut down due to safety concerns.

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Reuters: Shell slows refining, takes up to $800 million hit after oil crash

Ron Bousso: MARCH 31, 2020

LONDON (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) slowed refining output and will write down up to $800 million (649.46 million pounds) in the first quarter of 2020 after a dramatic drop in oil demand due to the coronavirus.

In an update ahead of first-quarter results, Shell said it expects “significant uncertainty” over oil and gas prices and demand as a result of falling consumption.

With the global lockdown of 3 billion people – roughly 40% of the world’s population – demand for fuel has been in free fall, forcing Shell to lower its refining output by around 13%. read more

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Shell pulls out of U.S. Lake Charles LNG project, Energy Transfer delays FID

UPDATE 2-Shell pulls out of U.S. Lake Charles LNG project, Energy Transfer delays FID

Ron Bousso, Shradha Singh: MARCH 30, 2020 

* Energy Transfer delays FID from late 2020 to early 2021

* Shell relinquishes 50% stake amid spending cuts

* Decision comes after collapse in oil prices 

By Ron Bousso and Shradha Singh

March 30 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc pulled out of a major liquefied natural gas (LNG) export plant under development in Louisiana following the recent crash in oil and natural gas prices that has forced the company to make deep spending cuts.

Energy Transfer LP, which was developing the project with Shell, said it remains focused on the commercial development of Lake Charles and is working toward making an early 2021 final investment decision (FID) to build the plant. read more

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Shell’s Prelude LNG is a carbon disaster

The Prelude first received gas from its subsea wells in December 2018 and by the end of June 2019 had produced 2.32 million tonnes of greenhouse gases, according to emissions data released by the Clean Energy Regulator today.

Conservation Council of WA director Piers Verstegen said the emissions data was absolutely shocking and suggested that Shell was making no effort to reduce Prelude’s emissions. read more

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WSJ: Shell Sees Coronavirus Eroding Chinese Natural Gas Demand

Energy giant said it is redirecting shipments and looking for new buyers for LNG that was previously allotted to China read more

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FT: Global LNG demand to double by 2040, Shell predicts

in London

Global demand for liquefied natural gas is expected to double to 700m tonnes by 2040 as energy consumption, particularly in Asia, rises and as the world shifts away from dirtier burning fuels, Royal Dutch Shell said on Thursday.

“The global LNG market continued to evolve in 2019, with demand increasing for LNG and natural gas in power and non-power sectors,” said Maarten Wetselaar, Shell’s head of gas and new energies. “Record supply investments will meet people’s growing need for the most flexible and cleanest-burning fossil fuel.” read more

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ENB: Prelude to remain shut three more weeks: regulator

Prelude to remain shut three more weeks: regulator

18 February 2020

THE Prelude, Shell’s flagship floating LNG vessel moored offshore Western Australia, will remain shut down “for at least three weeks from Wednesday February 12,” the offshore regulator has told Energy News, based on information from Shell.

The National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority issued Shell a safety notice January 22 but did not shut the vessel down. SOURCE
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Reuters: UPDATE 1-Shell temporarily suspends LNG liftings from Prelude off Australia

* No timeframe for resuming output at Shell’s Prelude FLNG

* Outage keeps Prelude LNG off amid market glut (Adds background on Prelude)

MELBOURNE, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell has temporarily suspended cargo liftings from its Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility off northwest Australia while it works to restore production following an electrical trip on Feb. 2.

“Work continues to restore full operations on Prelude, our floating LNG facility in Australia,” the energy giant said in an emailed statement on Tuesday. read more

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OilPrice.com: Canada Rocked By Anti-Pipeline Protests

By Nick Cunningham – Feb 15, 2020, 2:00 PM CST

Protests continue to swell over the Coastal Gaslink Pipeline, a long-distance pipeline carrying natural gas from Alberta to the Pacific Coast.

The pipeline’s route would travel more than 400 miles to the coast at Kitimat, British Columbia, where it intends to deliver gas to a massive LNG export project, under construction by a joint venture led by Royal Dutch Shell.

The $6.2 billion Coastal Gaslink pipeline, which is being built by TC Energy, runs through territory of the Wet’suwet’en Nation. Some First Nations chiefs support the pipeline, but others do not. Those opposed have demanded a halt to construction.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) began arresting indigenous peoples on their territory earlier this month. “Forcing indigenous peoples off their own territory is in complete and disgusting violation of the United Nations Declaration on the Right of Indigenous Peoples,” Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs said in early February. read more

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Shell and Qatargas sign LNG deal for Kuwait

Dutch Telegraph

By ANP PRODUCTIONS: 14:39 in FINANCIAL

LONDON – Shell has signed a deal with Qatargas for the delivery of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Kuwait. The parties announced this without releasing financial details.

This is a long-term agreement whereby from 2020 onwards 1 million tonnes of LNG will be delivered to Kuwait. The LNG deliveries come from Qatar Liquefied Gas, a joint venture between Qatar Petroleum and Shell. Qatar is the world’s largest exporter of LNG.

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Offshore Alliance claim Shell’s Prelude FLNG thrusters broken

NEWS REPORT: Offshore Alliance claim Shell’s Prelude FLNG thrusters broken

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UNION Members from the Offshore Alliance have claimed Shell’s massive Prelude FLNG vessel offshore Western Australia suffered maintenance issues to two of its thrusters.

RELATED COMMENTS FROM “AN OLD SHELL E&P ENGINEERING SEA DOG”

I am having difficulties understanding why there are such extensive difficulties with the main power plant reliability?

I understand the steam-driven power plant consisting of several boilers supplying steam turbine driven generators of around 100 megawatts, quite a high figure so at least 4 or 5 boilers and generator sets. These boilers are designed to be dual fired using fuel gas or diesel. If gas supply fails, change over to diesel automatically takes place or should do. We know this because LNG was introduced on board to initially cool the LNG storage tanks down and the boil-off would be used as fuel for the boilers saving expensive diesel and reduce harmful emissions. read more

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Financial Review: Chinese ‘force majeure’ talk further chills LNG market

Angela Macdonald-Smith Senior Resources Writer: Feb 6, 2020 — 12.02pm Speculation that Chinese LNG importers could invoke special contractual clauses to avoid purchasing cargoes as demand plunges on the coronavirus epidemic has further stoked worries about the glut in the market that is causing near-record low spot prices.

State-owned companies including China National Offshore Oil Corporation and possibly Sinopec and China National Petroleum Corporation are examining whether they could call “force majeure” on contracts, the Financial Times reported.

Analysts at Houston-based Tellurian noted that Chinese importers have started to divert cargoes to India as they seek to avoid taking such action amid soft demand due to the virus outbreak and a mild winter.

Credit Suisse analyst Saul Kavonic said that the discussion of force majeure seemed “a hypothetical for now” and noted it was unclear in what circumstances such clauses could be invoked. In any case, it would vary from contract to contract. read more

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LATEST EXPERT THOUGHTS ON PRELUDE EMERGENCY SHUT DOWN

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LATEST BILL CAMPBELL THOUGHTS ON PRELUDE EMERGENCY SHUT DOWN

John

It looks like the content of your web pages have contributed to a better understanding of the troubles of this project, at one time heralded as the shining city on the hill.

It seems reading between the lines that the power problems, the terrible PR, the fall in the LNG price etc, but particularly that they could not continue working on the plant intrusively with inadequate isolation, are all factors. 

Perhaps this is a chance to remedy what appears to be a significant amount of defects including defective process isolation and venting in the design, inaccurate drawings P&IDs etc and incorrect identification of equipment – as an example the RV being replaced was wrongly tagged. read more

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Prelude alarm bells should be ringing at Shell HQ

PRELUDE COMMENTS FROM “AN OLD SHELL E&P ENGINEERING SEA DOG”

With reference to the published info from Bill regarding the very serious operational shortcomings on the Prelude NGL vessel.

It may be worthwhile publishing the entire notice as if it read by senior people in the Hague central offices there may be a sounding of very loud alarm bells if not there should be as Prelude represents an enormous investment and a leap into the future.  The root cause of these issues requires to be identified and a root and branch analysis of how and why this state of affairs has been allowed to evolve, I believe it is a cumulative pressure from many sources over many months and not just the recent inspections, its much deeper than that. We can only speculate and read with a degree of horror the findings of the Australian Regulator. read more

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Shell Prelude it appears has inherited the North Sea chronic disease of loss of containment

By Bill Campbell

On 22 January past the Regulator wrote to Shell Australia with a direction, a mandatory notice requiring action by the Owner, because staff on Prelude FLNG were carrying out activities the risks of which were not being reduced to levels as low as reasonably practicable and thus there was a significant risk to the Health and Safety of persons on the facility.

In issuance of this direction, they took cognisance of three previous dangerous occurrences all resulting in a loss of containment, namely read more

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