-- Bidding halted in Bolivia-Brazil gas line work Brazilian Gas Transport Co. (BGT) has canceled bidding contracts to expand the 3,150-km Bolivia-Brazil pipeline after Bolivia announced the nationalization of its gas sector.
-- Crew rescued from disabled tanker off Taiwan All 13 crew members on the Bolivia-registered Lucky Star tanker were rescued by the Taiwan Coast Guard during Typhoon Chanchu May 17 just before the vessel ran aground near Kaohsiung.
-- Repsol, Gas Natural sign LNG vessel deal The Stream joint venture of Spanish companies Repsol YPF SA and Gas Natural SDG SA has signed a 20-year time-charter contract with shipbuilder Knutsen OAS for another 138,000 cu m LNG carrier to be employed in its Atlantic Basin operations.
-- Aussie firm plans Bonaparte Gulf gas line Australian Pipeline Trust (APT), Sydney, has signed a heads of agreement with the Northern Territory government and Power & Water Corp. (PWC) to build a $130 million (Aus.) natural gas pipeline to Darwin from Blacktip gas field in the Bonaparte Gulf.
-- Indonesia to launch delayed gas line tender Indonesia will launch the tender for construction of a 1,219-km natural gas pipeline linking East Kalimantan to Central Java on May 24, following a 1-month delay.
-- All Sakhalin II LNG said to have buyers Sakhalin Energy Investment Co. is reported to have found buyers for all projected output of LNG from the Sakhalin II project off Russia's east coast.
-- Malaysian LNG to supply Chubu Electric Malaysia LNG Sdn. Bhd. (MLNG) has signed an agreement to supply 540,000 tonnes/year (tpy) of LNG to Chubu Electric Power Co. Inc. for 20 years.
-- Petrobras lets contract for gas pipeline Petrobras and Sinopec have signed a $239 million contract for engineering, procurement, and construction of the Cabiúnas-Vitória gas pipeline in Brazil.
-- Pan-Ocean completes three more Gabon wells Pan-Ocean Energy Corp. Ltd., St. Helier, Jersey, UK, recently completed three development wells and has spudded another, all in the northeastern part of Tsiengui oil field in Gabon.
-- Putin changes Siberia-Pacific oil line route Russian President Vladimir Putin said the Eastern Siberia-Pacific Ocean pipeline project should be implemented on schedule but moved away from Lake Baikal for ecological reasons.
-- Burrup Peninsula ammonia production starts Indian-owned Burrup Fertilisers Pty. Ltd. has started production from its $800 million (Aus.) ammonia plant on the Burrup Peninsula of northwest Western Australia, where an LNG plant is planned.
-- Transneft: Pipeline will trim oil to Europe Semyon Vainshtok, head of Russia's state-owned pipeline company OAO Transneft, said the planned Eastern Siberia-Pacific Ocean crude oil pipeline will reduce Russian oil deliveries to Europe.
-- Explorer Pipeline plans capacity boosts Explorer Pipeline, Tulsa, plans to increase capacity of its products pipeline to Dallas-Fort Worth by 20,000 b/d by modifying tanks at Greenville, Tex.
-- Holly Energy considers Las Vegas pipeline Holly Energy Partners LP, Dallas, started a nonbinding open season to solicit and measure support from potential shippers for a proposed products pipeline from Salt Lake City to Las Vegas.
-- Gazprom delivers its first LNG to the UK Russia's state-owned OAO Gazprom has delivered its first shipment of LNG to the UK140,000 cu m purchased from Gaz de France and delivered to BP PLC.