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Transportation 2006 P2

  • 12/20/2006 -- Firm presses plans for Indonesian gas line
    Indonesia's PT Bakrie & Bros. (B&B) plans to proceed with construction of a 1,115-km pipeline to transport natural gas from East Kalimantan to Central Java despite doubt voiced by officials about the project's feasibility.
  • 12/20/2006 -- Developers outline fast-track plans for Iranian LNG plant
    Perth-based Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd. is planning to accelerate development of its 3.45 million tonnes/year Qeshm LNG project in Iran.
  • 12/19/2006 -- Rotterdam LNG terminal gets permit
    Construction can begin on the LionGas LNG import terminal in the Port of Rotterdam under a permit recently granted by the City of Rotterdam (OGJ, Aug. 21, 2006, Newsletter).
  • 12/18/2006 -- TransCanada seeks Keystone construction approval
    TransCanada Corp. has filed the second of two major regulatory applications with Canada's National Energy Board (NEB) for approvals for the Canadian portion of the Keystone oil pipeline.
  • 12/13/2006 -- Pertamina, partners plan LNG plant on Sulawesi
    Indonesia's state-owned PT Pertamina, PT Medco Energi Internasional, and Japan's Mitsubishi Corp. plan to build a 2 million tonne/year LNG plant at Senoro on the island of Sulawesi.
  • 12/08/2006 -- Canaport LNG lets contract for St. John terminal
    Canaport LNG has let a contract to Foster Wheeler Canada for project management services for an LNG regasification terminal with 1 bcfd of capacity planned in St. John, NB.
  • 12/07/2006 -- Gazprom seeks role in US LNG market
    Russia's Gazprom hopes to become a "serious player" in the US LNG market, said Deputy Chairman Alexander Medvedev.
  • 12/04/2006 -- Dutch-UK Balgzand-Bacton gas line starts
    The new Balgzand-Bacton pipeline has begun commercial delivery of natural gas from the Netherlands to the UK.
  • 12/01/2006 -- Mississippi LNG terminal's EIS approved
    Construction of a proposed LNG terminal near Pascagoula, Miss., would have minimal environmental impact, the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's staff said in a final environmental impact statement.
  • 11/27/2006 -- Indonesia to choose LNG partner by yearend
    Indonesia's state-owned oil and natural gas company PT Pertamina and its partner the Medco Group are still in the process of selecting a Japanese partner for a 2 million tonnes/year liquefaction plant they plan to build in Senoro, Sulawesi, starting in 2007.
  • 11/27/2006 -- Shanghai LNG building LNG terminal in China
    Shanghai LNG Co Ltd., is building an LNG terminal at Zhong Ximentang Island in China's Zhejiang province, with plans for the facility to become operational in the first half of 2009.
  • 11/27/2006 -- Japan objects to Russia's new pipe import tax
    Japan has objected to a decision by Russian authorities to impose an 8% import duty on Japanese-made steel pipe. Nippon Steel, JFE, and Sumitomo Metal Industries are the manufacturers primarily affected.
  • 11/22/2006 -- Rates proposed for French gas transmission
    France's Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) has submitted for government approval new rates for access to the French gas transmission networks of Gaz de France and Total SA and for use of LNG terminals.
  • 11/20/2006 -- Gas-purchase agreements advance Galsi line
    New gas-purchase agreements by five Italian energy companies have given a push to plans for a third gas pipeline between North Africa and Europe.
  • 11/17/2006 -- Murkowski releases new pipeline contract report
    Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski on Nov. 16 submitted a 350-page Interim Fiscal Interest Finding (IFIF) report to the Alaskan legislature that provides an economic analysis supporting construction of a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope.
  • 11/16/2006 -- Gaz de France launches large LNG vessel
    Gaz de France has launched the 154,500-cu-m Provalys LNG carrier, one of the world's largest, at Montoir-de-Bretagne. The 190 m by 43.5 m vessel is equipped to load LNG in arctic conditions.
  • 11/15/2006 -- LNG Ltd. moving into Middle East
    LNG Ltd., Perth, and Iran's state-owned National Iranian Oil Co. (NIOC) have signed a gas supply deal by which NIOC will provide as much as 530 MMcfd of gas to LNG Ltd.'s proposed LNG production project on Qeshm Island, off Iran.
  • 11/01/2006 -- MISC orders four Aframax tankers from Tsuneishi
    Malaysian International Shipping Corp. (MISC) subsidiary AET Inc. Ltd. has placed a $260 million order with Japan's Tsuneishi Corp. for four 107,500 dwt Aframax tankers.
  • 10/31/2006 -- Dana Gas group plans Karachi LNG terminal
    A consortium of Dana Gas, Single Buoy Moorings (SBM), and Granada Group has signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a 3.5 million tonne/year LNG terminal in Pakistan at Karachi's Port Qasim.
  • 10/31/2006 -- China to adjust tariffs on energy products
    The Chinese government plans to introduce temporary tariffs on 110 energy-related export products or commodities while cutting customs duties on 58 imported products.

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