NGS’ NG/LNG SNAPSHOT – November 1-15, 2021

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CNG in short supply in Mangaluru

Very few vehicles running on clean, green and cheap fuel. The commissioning of the Kochi-Mangaluru Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) pipeline in January and the opening of six CNG dispensing stations in February are yet to proliferate the use of cleaner, greener and cheaper fuel in Mangaluru for want of adequate supply.

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While commissioning the 450-km LNG pipeline on January 5, 2021, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that the pipeline will herald a new growth, in the automobile, industrial and domestic fronts. Nine months after the commissioning, compressed natural gas availability for vehicles has remained limited to a very few vehicles. Yashwanth Kadri, who is in the road transport sector, said that he will see long queues of CNG-run vehicles waiting for fuel at the Kavoor dispensing station throughout the day. Many goods vehicles from Bengaluru and other areas running on CNG wait at the station to fill up, he said.

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangalore/cng-in-short-supply-in-city/article37269869.ece

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Tata Motors launches five new CNG commercial vehicles in India

Tata Motors accentuated its commitment to support India’s economic growth by unveiling an extensive and comprehensive range of 21 new products and variants. Designed and engineered to cater to the evolving needs of cargo and people transport across segments,

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these vehicles include five new models powered by natural gas, and address specific usage and applications while delivering higher productivity and lower total cost of ownership (TCO).

Among the new products, Tata Motors launched five new intermediate and light commercial vehicles (I&LCV) of 4-18 ton GVW with CNG powertrains. Renowned for their build, efficiency and the variety of applications they can be used for, Offered with 4-18 ton GVW, Tata Motors I&LCV range is the ideal choice for both last-mile as well as medium to long haul for it offers cabin choices as per duty cycle requirement. The introduction of a longer deck length is designed to better service the unique needs of the rapidly growing e-commerce segment.

The five CNG vehicles are: the ultra T.18 SL (first of its kind offering in 18-ton segment, with best-in-class payload of 11.5 ton), the 407G (ideal pick-up truck for last-mile delivery), the 709G (best-in-class performance with largest loading area on a 4-tyre CNG truck), the LPT 510 (easy maneuvering through narrow lanes with its unique 10ft load body and short wheelbase), and the ultra T.6 (faster turnaround and easy of driving comfort).

http://www.ngvjournal.com/s1-news/c3-vehicles/tata-motors-launches-five-new-cng-medium-duty-commercial-vehicles-in-india/

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Punjab’s first bio-CNG plant starts paddy straw collection

Punjab’s first stubble-based bio-CNG plant has started collection of paddy straw from the agricultural fields from its surrounding villages even as the commissioning of the plant is expected for January 2022. The officials at the compressed biogas (CBG) plant at

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Bhutal Kalan village of Lehragaga in Sangrur have already collected around 10,000 MT of paddy straw for their operations to produce biogas and manure.

 The plant is one of the largest CBG plants that will produce more than 33 tonnes of CBG or bio-CNG per day and is capable of collecting and utilizing over 1 lakh tonne of paddy residue each year. However, following delay in the harvest this year due to untimely rains, the authorities at the CBG plant are forced to collect the paddy straw from the area falling in more than 20 km radius against the 10 to 15 km radius plan.

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/punjabs-first-bio-cng-plant-starts-paddy-straw-collection/articleshow/87474622.cms

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Bengal govt works out CNG package for diesel bus operators

This move is part of the state’s initiative to stand by the bus operators who are struggling to cope with the increasing diesel prices and diminishing returns. The Bengal government is working on a package for private bus operators to switch from diesel to CNG. 

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This move is part of the state’s initiative to stand by the bus operators who are struggling to cope with the increasing diesel prices and diminishing returns. Private bus operators have been demanding a fare revision for some time because of declining revenue amid the pandemic.

The West Bengal Transport Corporation has signed an agreement with the Bengal Gas Company Limited (BGCL), a joint venture of GAIL (India) and the Greater Calcutta Gas Supply Corporation Limited, to supply CNG to bus depots.

Over the next five years, the BGCL will set up CNG facilities in various government bus depots and other similar facilities. Eight bus depots have been identified where CNG stations will be set up in the first phase. They are in Salt Lake, Thakurpukur, Barrackpore, Belghoria, Howrah, Santragachi and Karunamoyee.

https://www.telegraphindia.com/my-kolkata/news/bengal-govt-works-out-cng-package-for-diesel-bus-operators/cid/1837201

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Bengal Going Green: Kolkata to Have Over 1000 CNG Buses Soon; Public Transport to Run on Clean Fuel by 2030

The West Bengal Transport Minister Firhad Hakim at an event organised by the Bengal Chamber of  Commerce and Industry, said that the state’s entire public transport will only comprise up of e-vehicles and CNG vehicles by 2030. Hakim further added,”Since 2011,

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plans have been made to create a smart city, a green city in the state. The city has long had an eco-friendly tram and an underground metro. Plans are there to launch electric buses. Already 300 government buses in Kolkata have been converted to CNG. More than 1,000 CNG buses will be launched soon Earlier, Newtown, a planned area situated on the north-eastern periphery of Kolkata, was recognised as Bangla’s first Green City.

The certification comes from the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), which is under the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). The West Bengal government has made every possible effort to make the New Town become eco-friendly. The government is also constructing solar panels, separate bicycle tracks, public bicycle sharing systems, green buildings, electric charging stations to make the place eco-friendly.

https://www.india.com/west-bengal/bengal-going-green-kolkata-to-have-over-1000-cng-buses-soon-public-transport-to-run-on-clean-fuel-by-2030-5092348/

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UDH issues norms to establish city gas distribution infra in Jaipur

The urban development and housing (UDH) department of Jaipur issued the guidelines to establish city gas distribution (CGD) infrastructure. After the government recognised the importance of the development of CGD infrastructure in urban, rural and industrial areas to provide eco-friendly clean energy,

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the guidelines were prepared for the state. According to the guidelines, in order to put thrust on development of CGD network for providing un-interrupted supply of pipeline cooking gas and transport fuel to public at large, it is necessary to bring uniformity, clarity and simplification to process of providing permissions to Authorised Entity for the development of City Gas Distribution (CGD) infrastructure in urban, rural and industrial areas in the state by local body, district authority or state government department Guidelines were also made for the allotment of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations.

The City Gas Distribution entities are committed to set-up certain fixed number of CNG retail outlets as part of minimum work programme (MWP) committed to Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) during first eight years from grant of authorisation in their respective geographical areas. The district nodal officer will ensure specific provisions for plots of land for CNG station are included in master plan for the respective Urban Areas at Key traffic corridors measuring (minimum 1,000 sqm)

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/jaipur/udh-issues-norms-to-establish-city-gas-distribution-infra/articleshow/87517685.cms

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Gujarat Gas increases natural gas cost by Rs 11 for ceramic clusters

A notification from the Gujarat Gas stated that the revised basic gas price for ceramic and sanitaryware clusters in Morbi and Surendranagar will be revised to Rs 58 from November 1. Gujarat Gas has increased natural gas prices for ceramic clusters of Morbi and Surendranagar by Rs 11 per standard cubic metre (SCM), effective from November 1.

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This is second major hike in gas price for the cluster in less than a month and industry leaders say costlier gas will hit the dwindling exports further. A notification from the Gujarat Gas (GG), the gas distribution subsidiary of the state government-owned Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation (GSPC), stated that the revised basic gas price for ceramic and sanitaryware clusters in Morbi and Surendranagar will be revised to Rs 58 from November 1.

Industry sources said that the effective price for industries will be more than Rs 61 per SCM after including value-added tax (VAT). On October 6, the GG had increased the price by Rs 10 per SCM. A month prior to that, the price was increased by Rs 5.

https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/rajkot/gujarat-gas-increases-natural-gas-cost-by-rs-11-for-ceramic-clusters-7600865/

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Electric Mobility/ Hydrogen/ Bio- Methane

India, Italy to collaborate on green hydrogen, gas sector

India and Italy have agreed to explore development of green hydrogen, setting up renewable energy corridors, and joint projects in the natural gas sector as the two nations sought to strengthen partnership in energy transition. A joint statement issued after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held the first

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in-person meeting with his Italian counterpart Mario Draghi on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Rome, said the two leaders agreed to encourage joint investments of Indian and Italian companies in energy transition-related fields.

India set an ambitious target of building capacity to generate 450 gigawatts of electricity from renewable sources such as solar and wind and more than double the share of natural gas in its energy basket to 15 per cent by 2030 as its transitions to a low carbon emitting economy. It is also looking at scaling up hydrogen production from all sources, particularly green hydrogen as part of its energy transition pathway. The joint statement said a joint working group established by the memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the field of energy, signed in Delhi on October 30, 2017, will be tasked to explore cooperation in areas such as smart cities; mobility, smart-grids. The group will also explore cooperation in electricity distribution and storage solutions; gas transportation and promoting natural gas as a bridge fuel; integrated waste management (waste-to-wealth); and green energies (green hydrogen; CNG & LNG; bio-methane; bio-refinery; second-generation bio-ethanol; castor oil; bio-oil –waste to fuel).

The two leaders also agreed to “share useful information and experiences especially in the field of policy and regulatory framework, including possible means to facilitate the transition to cleaner and commercially viable fuels/technologies, long-term grid planning, incentivizing schemes for renewables and efficiency measures, as well as with regard to financial instruments for accelerating clean energy transition.”

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/india-italy-to-collaborate-on-green-hydrogen-gas-sector/articleshow/87393042.cms

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As Fuel Price Hike Rally Continues, Registration of Electric Vehicles in Delhi Witness Major Spike

In the period of July to September, electric vehicles accounted for seven per cent of the total number of vehicles registered with the Delhi government’s transport department, while CNG vehicles accounted for six per cent, official figures showedAlso Read –

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Petrol, Diesel Prices Hike Burns a Hole in Common Man’s Pocket Ahead of Diwali. Adoption of electric vehicles is picking up pace in Delhi with the count of such vehicles surpassing the total number of registrations of CNG and hybrid-fuel vehicles in the city in recent months, officials said.

In the period of July to September, electric vehicles accounted for seven per cent of the total number of vehicles registered with the Delhi government’s transport department, while CNG vehicles accounted for six per cent, official figures showed. Also Read – Petrol, Diesel Prices Hiked Again. Over 1.5 lakh vehicles were registered in the said period, including 7,869 electric vehicles, 6,857 CNG vehicles, 7,257 vehicles driven on both CNG and petrol, and 93,091 vehicles driven on petrol or diesel.

https://www.india.com/news/delhi/as-fuel-price-hike-rally-continues-registration-of-electric-vehicles-in-delhi-witness-major-spike-5078415/

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DTC moves into next gear in its e-mission in Delhi

While the national capital now has new electric bus depots to house the first batch of e-buses expected to be rolled out soon, the Delhi government is also making older bus depots and terminals “future ready” for not only buses but also for other electric vehicles (EV).

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Transport minister Kailash Gahlot laid the foundation stone for the city’s first public EV charging plaza at Delhi Transport Corporation’s (DTC) Nehru Place bus terminal on September 13. DTC has now started the process of completing EV charging stations at Nehru Place and Mehrauli bus terminals and Rajghat-I, Dwarka sectors 2 and 8, Kalkaji and IP depots. Gahlot had said the government was moving closer to its agenda of developing innovative charging infrastructure and EV ecosystem in Delhi and had collaborated with Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL). CESL, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Energy Efficiency Services Limited under the Union power ministry, comes with an expertise in EVs and charging infrastructure, and will develop public EV charging and battery swapping stations along with DTC. Each of the seven locations will have six charging points, three of which will be for two- and three-wheelers and three points for four-wheelers. Once functional, these locations, with their real-time status and availability of charging points, will also be available on Delhi government’s ONE DELHI mobile application.

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/dtc-moves-into-next-gear-in-its-e-mission/articleshow/87474450.cms

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Cost of electric vehicles will be on a par with petrol variants in 2 years: Nitin Gadkari

Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari said that the cost of electric vehicles (EV) in India will drop to the level of petrol vehicles in the next two years. This is significant because by 2030, India has set a target of 30% EV sales penetration for private cars, 70% for commercial vehicles,

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40% for buses and 80% for two- and three-wheelers. At present, only about 2-3 e-car variants cost below ₹15 lakh in the country. The cost of two-wheelers and three-wheelers have already almost come at par with the existing petrol after factoring in the subsidies.

At present, India has world’s fourth largest renewable energy capacity at 145 GW. Gadkari said domestic EV charging through solar PV cells, panel system at homes, malls, parking lots and offices would make EVs more affordable and adaptable.

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/cost-of-electric-vehicles-will-be-on-a-par-with-petrol-variants-in-2-years-nitin-gadkari-101636400406139.html

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Indian Oil, BPCL to set up 17,000 EV charging points at their fuel stations

The oil marketing majors – Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) – have recently announced their plans of setting up charging stations for electric vehicles at their fuel stations across India. Together, both companies will establish 17,000

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new charging stations – 10,000 by IOCL and 7,000 by BPCL – over the next few years. Both companies are hugely bullish on electric mobility in India. EV sales, particularly two- and three-wheelers, are on the upswing, while demand for electric passenger vehicles is also growing.  As a result, companies across the automotive spectrum are recognising the market shift and taking measures to both stay future-ready and also relevant.

Indian Oil has collaborated with Tata Power, REIL, Power Grid Corporation of India, NTPC, Fortum, Hyundai, Tech Mahindra, BHEL and Ola for setting up EV chargers at its fuel stations. Initially, a mix of chargers suited for two- and three-wheelers will be provided, which will be further upgraded as per requirement and market conditions. It has also collaborated with Sun Mobility to strengthen its foray into green energy for battery swapping stations.

Meanwhile, BPCL has chalked out a plan to set up charging stations at around 7,000 fuel stations across India over the next few years. It currently has a distribution network involving over 19,000 retail outlets (fuel stations). The OMC says the EV charging infrastructure will provide it a new business opportunity as well as a hedge against the risk of displacement of auto fuels. Companies that stand to benefit from this shift to EVs are the ones with a strong distribution network. BPCL, the second largest OMC, is a formidable player with a nationwide network of fuel stations and distributors that can help in offering the EV charging facility in a short span of time compared to companies that are yet to build the physical infrastructure of retail outlets.

https://www.autocarindia.com/car-news/indian-oil-bpcl-to-set-up-17000-ev-charging-points-at-their-fuel-stations-422565

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Kolkata to Turn Eco-Friendly as Government Plans to Introduce CNG and E-Vehicles by 2030

As a first step to convert Kolkata and its three satellite towns—Rajarhat, Bidhannagar and New Town into eco-friendly cities, the state government has decided that the state capital will have only CNG and e-vehicles by 2030.

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Though environment experts pointed out that the government had often not shown the promptness that Hakim promised to hold out, the state transport minister assured that the government is keen to introduce environment-friendly public transport to give the city a cleaner and greener environment.

New Town has already been identified as a Green City. The state government has made every effort to make the entire New Town eco-friendly. Solar panels, separate bicycle tracks, public bicycle sharing systems, green buildings, electric charging stations are also being constructed.

https://weather.com/en-IN/india/pollution/news/2021-11-12-cng-and-e-vehicles-in-kolkata-by-2030

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Natural Gas/ Pipelines/ Company News

GAIL gets NCLT nod to buy IL&FS group’s 26% stake in ONGC Tripura Power Co

State-owned GAIL said the companies tribunal has granted approval for acquisition of 26% equity stake of Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (L&FS) group companies in ONGC Tripura Power Company Ltd (OTPC). OTPC is a special purpose vehicle between

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ONGC, IL&FS Group and Government of Tripura (GoT) for setting up of a 726.6 MW combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) thermal power plant at Palatana, Tripura.

ONGC holds 50% interest in the company in the project that supplies electricity to the northeastern states. Tripura government holds 0.5 per cent while India Infrastructure Fund II holds the balance 23.5 per cent stake. The Tripura power project was set up to use locally produced natural gas which was otherwise economically unviable to transport gas. The 726.6 MW project is an integral part of the government’s efforts to develop infrastructure in the northeastern region and has been touted as the single largest investment in northeast India. The gas to the Tripura project is supplied by ONGC’s 55 km pipeline.

GAIL is India’s leading natural gas company with diversified interests across the natural gas value chain of trading, transmission, LPG production & transmission, LNG re-gasification, petrochemicals, city gas, E&P, etc. It owns and operates a network of around 13,340 km of natural gas pipelines spread across the length and breadth of country. It is also working concurrently on execution of multiple pipeline projects to further enhance the spread. GAIL commands 70% market share in gas transmission and has a Gas trading share of over 50% in India.

https://www.livemint.com/companies/news/gail-gets-nclt-nod-to-buy-il-fs-group-s-26-stake-in-ongc-tripura-power-co-11636106507176.html

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Indraprastha Gas’ net profit up 30% in Q2

Indraprastha Gas Ltd. (IGL) posted a 30% increase in net profit to ₹400.54 crore for the quarter ended 30 September, the company said in a statement. The firm that supplies compressed natural gas (CNG) and piped natural gas (PNG) in four states of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana

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and Rajasthan registered a turnover of ₹2005.07 crore as compared to ₹1433.90 crore recorded in the corresponding period of the last financial year. “The total comprehensive income for the quarter ending September 2021 was ₹400.49 crore as compared to ₹307.52 crore in the corresponding quarter in the last fiscal. These are standalone results for IGL only and do not include profits accruing from associate companies,” the statement said. With 16000 km of pipeline network, IGL has city gas distribution (CGD) infrastructure in Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad, Rewari, Gurugram, Karnal, Kaithal, Fatehpur, Ajmer, Pali, Rajsamand, Hamirpur, Shamli, Muzaffarnagar, Kanpur and Meerut. “As per the unaudited Q2 results announced by the company for the quarter ending September 2021, IGL registered average daily sale of 7.24 mmscmd in the quarter as compared to 5.50 mmscmd in the corresponding quarter during last fiscal showing a growth of 32%.

While CNG segment registered sales volume growth of 36%, PNG segment showed overall sales volume growth of 22% during the quarter,” the statement said. Gas comprises about 6.2% of India’s primary energy mix, far behind the global average of 24%. The government plans to increase this share to 15% by 2030. India’s gas demand is expected to be driven by the fertilizer, power, city gas distribution, and steel sectors. “Both physical and financial performance of the company during the second quarter reflect a strong recovery in 2021-22 after lockdown hit first quarter due to second wave of the pandemic. All the geographical areas where IGL is operating have started generating revenue. Sales have picked up considerably across all geographies and have shown remarkable growth above pre-lockdown levels. They are expected to grow further as the educational institutions open in the coming days,” the statement added. India recently increased the domestic natural gas price by 62% from $1.79 per million British thermal units (mmBtu) to $2.9 per mmBtu under the domestic gas price regime, which was introduced in 2014. The new price will be applicable from 1 October till 31 March and will result in an increase in electricity tariffs from gas-fuelled power projects and push up the cost of fertiliser production.

https://www.livemint.com/companies/company-results/indraprastha-gas-net-profit-up-30-in-q2-11636459489246.html

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Petronet LNG reports 11% drop in profit in July-Sep 2021

India’s biggest LNG importer Petronet LNG on November 9 reported an 11% year/year drop in net profit during the July-September quarter on reduced volumes.Net profit during the quarter came in at 8.23bn rupees ($110mn) rupees compared with 9.27bn rupees in the same period last year. Revenue jumped 70% to 108.9bn rupees.

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The number of LNG cargoes imported was lower during the quarter due to a spike in global LNG prices, Petronet LNG said. The company operates two LNG regasification terminals in India. 

https://www.naturalgasworld.com/petronet-lng-reports-11-drop-in-profit-in-jul-sep-93813

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Good yield: Domestic natural gas output rises; 24.3% increase in production in October amid surging LNG cost

As FE recently reported, the Indian Gas Exchange achieved a record trading of 10.3 lakh million British thermal units (mBtu) of gas volumes in October, with the platform discovering prices lower than spot Asian LNG rates.

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In the first six months of the fiscal, LNG import volumes fell 0.8% on a Y-o-Y basis to 15,678 mscm. However, the value of imports in the same time frame increased 71% YoY to $5.3 billion. Domestic natural gas production increased by 24.3% on year to 3,007 million standard cubic metre (mscm) in October, mainly due to higher production from Reliance Industries (RIL) and from BP’s ultra-deep-water field in the KG-D6 Block of the Krishna Godavari basin on the east coast.

The output had fallen 8.1% Y-o-Y to 28,670.6 mscm in FY21, but had subsequently increased 21% Y-o-Y to 16,890.9 mscm in the April-September period of the ongoing fiscal. Production also commenced on August 31 from state-run Oil and Natural Gas Corporation’s (ONGC’s) U1B deep-water gas well located in KG-DWN 98/2 block, which has an estimated peak production of 1.2 million standard cubic meter per day (mscmd).

The rise in domestic production coincided with a substantial jump in international liquefied natural gas (LNG) prices, resulting in import dependency of natural gas reducing from 54% in April-September, 2020 to 49% in the corresponding period this year. In the first six months of the fiscal, LNG import volumes fell 0.8% on a Y-o-Y basis to 15,678 mscm. However, the value of imports in the same time frame increased 71% YoY to $5.3 billion.

Demand for the natural gas in the domestic market is traditionally dependent on fertiliser, city gas distribution entities, and power, refineries and petrochemicals industries. The impact of higher LNG prices are being felt disproportionately among users, depending on factors such as access to cheaper domestic gas and government subsidies. Also, since most of the LNG imports are carried out under long-term contracts at predetermined prices, the surge in end-prices in the country are much lower than the rise recorded in global spot prices. The Union government recently raised the price of domestically produced gas under under administered price mechanism by 62% to $2.9/mbtu, effective for six months starting October 1. The ceiling price for gas produced from the difficult fields, such as RIL-BP and ONGC blocks off the east coast, was also raised by 69% to $6.13/mbtu. The 2.5 million tonne of crude oil produced in the country during October was 1.9% lower than the production in the year-ago period. Around 85% of the country’s crude oil requirement has to be imported. During October, the price of the Indian basket of crude varied between $76.4 and $84.8 per barrel, at an average price of $82.1 per barrel. The average crude oil price in September was $73.1 per barrel.

https://www.financialexpress.com/market/commodities/good-yield-domestic-natural-gas-output-rises-24-3-increase-in-production-in-october-amid-surging-lng-cost/2368711/

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Policy Matters/ Gas Pricing/Others

Govt asks ONGC to give 60% stake in Mumbai High, Bassein fields to foreign companies: Report

According to news agency PTI, which has reviewed a letter sent on October 28 by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas to ONGC, the latter has been asked to offer operating control to international partners in addition to the majority stake in the two oil and gas producing fields.

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The state-run Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (ONGC) has been asked by the Centre to give away a majority stake of 60 percent in the Mumbai High and Bassein oil and gas fields to foreign entities, a report said on November 1.

According to news agency PTI, which has seen a letter sent on October 28 by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas to ONGC, the latter has been asked to offer operating control to international partners in addition to the majority stake in the two oil and gas producing fields. Mumbai High, found in 1974, and B&S which was put into production in 1988, are two of the mainstay assets of ONGC. They reportedly contribute around two-third of the company’s current production. According to data from the petroleum ministry, domestic crude oil production dipped 20 percent to 30.5 million tonnes (MT) in 2020-21 from 38.1 MT in 2011-12. Even in 1998-99, the earliest year for which data is available, output was 32.8 MT, 7 percent higher than in 2020-21.

Gross production of natural gas slipped 40 percent to 28,670 million metric standard cubic meters (MMSCM) in 2020-21 from 47,555 MMSCM in 2011-12. While the dismal show in 2020-21 may have been due to the pandemic, crude production was down at 32.2 MT and natural gas at 31,184 MMSCM in 2019-20.

https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/economy/govt-asks-ongc-to-give-60-stake-in-mumbai-high-bassein-fields-to-foreign-companies-report-7662801.html

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LNG Development and Shipping

CIL retrofitting dumpers to run on liquefied natural gas, to cut diesel use

Coal India, in association with GAIL (India) and BEML, has taken up a pilot project for retrofitting LNG kits in its two 100 tonne dumpers operating at the subsidiary Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd. Coal Ministry informed that Coal India has recently

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begun the process of retrofitting liquefied natural gas kits in its dumpers that transport coal from mines. The state-owned miner intends to further reduce the company’s carbon footprint, while cutting down on its diesel usage. The development comes a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that India will reach its net zero carbon emission target by 2070, as he laid out the country’s climate action plan.

 The company in association with GAIL (India) Ltd and BEML Ltd has taken up a pilot project for retrofitting LNG kits in its two 100-tonne dumpers operating at the subsidiary Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd (MCL) under an MoU with GAIL and BEML. Once the LNG kit is successfully retrofitted and tested, these dumpers will be able to run on dual fuel systems and their operations will be significantly cheaper and cleaner with the use of LNG. CIL has over 2,500 dumpers operating in opencast coal mines and the fleet consumes about 65 to 75 per cent of the total diesel used by CIL.

https://www.livemint.com/companies/news/cil-retrofitting-dumpers-to-run-on-liquefied-natural-gas-to-cut-diesel-use-11635845262975.html

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Gazprom ships first LNG to India via Northern Sea Route

Russia’s Gazprom (MCX:GAZP) said its Marshal Vasilevskiy vessel passed through the Northern Sea Route (NSR) with a cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for the first time ever.

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The Russian LNG cargo was delivered under long-term contract to Indian company GAIL. On September 23, Marshal Vasilevskiy collected an LNG cargo at the port of Sabetta on the Yamal Peninsula and headed for the Indian port of Dabhol. On the way to India, the vessel passed along the NSR and then entered the ports of Singapore and Colombo. The whole journey took exactly a month, reported Gazprom. On October 23, Marshal Vasilevskiy arrived in Dabhol.

India has pledged to help Russia develop the Northern Sea Route and turn it into an international trade artery, said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in early September, while speaking via video link at the Eastern Economic Forum. Marshal Vasilevskiy is the only Russian floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU). It can also transport LNG. The vessel has the Arc 4 ice-class. It means that it can independently navigate in ice with a thickness of up to 0.8 meters. Marshal Vasilevskiy is sailing under the Russian flag. The ship-owner is Gazprom Flot, its charterer is Gazprom Export, and its technical manager is Sovcomflot.

https://www.energyvoice.com/oilandgas/asia/360648/gazprom-ships-first-lng-to-india-via-northern-sea-route/

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Coal India retrofits LNG kits in diesel-powered dumpers to cut carbon emissions

In a major move to cut down carbon emissions, Coal India Ltd (CIL), a public sector undertaking under the Ministry of Coal has recently initiated the process of retrofitting Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) kits in its huge trucks engaged in transportation of coal in mines.

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CIL is the world’s largest coal miner and consumes over four lakh kilolitres of diesel annually with an expense of over Rs 3500 crore. The Coal miner has joined hands with GAIL India Ltd. and BEML Ltd. to take up a pilot project for retrofitting LNG kits in its two 100 tonne dumpers (the huge trucks used for transporting coal in mines) operating at the subsidiary Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd. (MCL). CIL has signed an MoU with GAIL and BEML for the pilot. Once the LNG kit is successfully retrofitted and tested, these dumpers will be able to run on a dual fuel system and their operations will be significantly cheaper and cleaner with the use of LNG.

CIL has over 2500 dumpers operating in opencast coal mines and the fleet consumes about 65 to 75 per cent of the total diesel used by CIL. LNG is likely to replace diesel use by 30 to 40 per cent and reduce fuel cost by about 15 per cent paving the way for Rs 500 crore savings annually if all heavy earth moving machines (HEMMs) including dumpers are retrofitted with LNG kits. The cost economics of the project will be evaluated after completion of the pilot project and technical study on the performance of the dumpers. The pilot is likely to be completed by year-end. Based on the outcome, CIL will decide about bulk use of LNG in its HEMMs, especially dumpers. CIL is planning to buy HEMMs with only LNG engines if the project becomes a success and this will help reduce its carbon footprint drastically and achieve sustainable goals. Hybrid dumpers with LNG powered engines are being used globally by countries including the US, Canada, Mexico, Russia and Ghana.

https://egov.eletsonline.com/2021/11/coal-india-retrofits-lng-kits-in-diesel-powered-dumpers-to-cut-carbon-emissions/

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Around 7 bcm of LNG reserves likely to rein in fuel price volatility

The volatility in the fuel market induced by the Covid-19 pandemic has prompted India to look at strategic reserves for its liquefied natural gas (LNG) market. While the country would need around 7 to 8 billion cubic metres (bcm) of reserves to successfully mitigate price volatility,

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the lower share of natural gas in the country’s energy mix could put a question mark on the viability of such reserves.

The estimate of 7-8 bcm of LNG reserves is based on similar reserves in developed economies. According to the Gas Exporting Countries Forum, the global gas storage capacity is around 417 bcm, with the United States and the European Union accounting for close to 55 per cent of it. This covers 80 days’ gas requirement in the EU and 58 days in the US. And the storage-to-consumption ratio (the correlation between effective working gas storage capacity and gas consumption) in the EU and the US is around 22 per cent and 16 per cent respectively.

According to executives at GAIL (India), the largest natural gas pipeline operator in the country, however, there was no shortage of natural gas in the domestic market and the supply to power plants tripled to around 16 million standard cubic metres per day (mmscmd) in October. China, which was facing a similar fuel shortage, and accounts for over half the world’s natural gas storage capacity under construction, is looking to significantly increase its storage reserve capacity. This is also the reason why global gas prices are at a record high.

https://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/around-7-bcm-of-lng-reserves-likely-to-rein-in-fuel-price-volatility-121110900012_1.html

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India to seek higher volume, better price for Qatar LNG deal renewal

India’s top gas importer Petronet LNG will seek higher volumes at better prices from Qatar Gas during negotiations for an extension of its long-term liquefied natural gas (LNG) deal beyond 2028, its head of finance said. 

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Petronet and Qatar Gas need to negotiate the extension of their current deal for 7.5 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of LNG by the end of 2023. In contrast, India’s LNG deal with Qatar is based on a slope of about 12.7% of the three-month average Brent price. Gas demand in India is set to surge as the nation wants to raise the share of the cleaner fuel in its energy mix to 15% by 2030 from the current 6%.

https://en.trend.az/world/other/3510444.html

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Natural Gas / Transnational Pipelines/ Others

Spain: Elche will complete renewal of cleaning fleet with 30 CNG trucks

Elche faces the final stretch to comprehensively renew its entire cleaning and collection service fleet after more than 20 years with current vehicles. The Councilor for Cleaning Héctor Díez, accompanied by the delegate of the UTE Elche Alberto Bleda, visited the IVECO factory, located in Brescia (Italy),

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where the new waste collection trucks that will operate in Elche next year are being built. It is a total of 30 CNG vehicles that will help reinforce the cleaning service of the municipality in 2022.

These vehicles range in size from 14 to 30 cubic meters. In addition, they are DGT ECO-labeled, powered by CNG and reduce CO2 emissions and noise. As explained by the official, most will be side loading, but there will also be rear loading to attend special services. Likewise, the great versatility of the new fleet will allow the collection of containers ranging from 330 liters to 3,200 liters.

http://www.ngvjournal.com/s1-news/c3-vehicles/spain-city-of-elche-will-complete-renewal-of-cleaning-fleet-with-30-cng-trucks/

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Algeria: Algeria halts gas exports to Spain

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune ordered state energy firm Sonatrach to halt gas exports to Spain through a pipeline that traverses Morocco due to tensions with Rabat. Algeria, Africa’s biggest natural gas exporter, has been using the Gaz-MaghrebEurope (GME) pipeline since 1996 to deliver several billion cubic meters (bcm) per year to Spain and Portugal.

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But the GME contract is due to expire at midnight, just over two months after Algiers severed diplomatic ties with Rabat over “hostile actions” — accusations Morocco has dismissed.

Algerian and Spanish officials said Algiers would, from now on, deliver its natural gas to Spain exclusively through an undersea pipeline to avoid Morocco. But experts have said the alternative undersea line, known as Medgaz, has a smaller capacity than the GME, amid growing concern in Spain of gas shortages and soaring energy prices across Europe.

Medgaz can carry eight bcm a year with planned work to increase its capacity to reach 10.5 bcm.Algeria has also proposed increasing deliveries of liquefied natural gas by sea.Maghreb geopolitics expert Geoff Porter has told Agence France-Presse that the shipping option did not make financial sense. Algeria and Morocco had seen months of tensions, partly over Morocco’s normalization of ties with Israel in exchange for Washington recognizing Rabat’s sovereignty over the disputed Western Sahara.

https://www.manilatimes.net/2021/11/02/news/world/algeria-halts-gas-exports-to-spain/1820629

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Turkey: Turkey hikes natural gas prices for industry by 48% as costs rise

Turkey raised the price of natural gas used by power plants and industry, while consumer gas prices remained unchanged, the state energy company announced, as a global price spike drove up import bills. The country’s natural gas distributor BOTAŞ said the price of gas used by power plants was increased by 47% and the price of gas used by industry by over 48%.

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More costly gas could keep upward pressure on Turkey’s inflation, which rose to 19.58% in September, the highest since March 2019. Natural gas prices have soared by around 280% in Europe this year and by more than 100% in the United States, pushing up winter fuel bills. Low storage inventories, high demand for gas in Asia, less Russian and liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply to Europe than usual, high carbon prices and outages have led to the spike. In a statement after announcing the increase, BOTAŞ suggested that the high prices seen around the world were not reflected in the same proportion on the consumers in Turkey.

One of the largest gas importers in Europe, Turkey depends on pipeline gas from Russia, Azerbaijan and Iran as well as liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports from Nigeria, Algeria and spot markets. Local consumption is expected to hit 60 billion cubic meters (bcm) this year, almost a fifth higher than earlier estimates as vacant gas plants kicked in to cover shortfalls in hydropower production. Unusually dry conditions since last year decreased the share of hydro in Turkey to its lowest level in at least a decade.

https://www.dailysabah.com/business/energy/turkey-hikes-natural-gas-prices-for-industry-by-48-as-costs-rise

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US: Natural-Gas exports lift prices for U.S. utilities ahead of winter

The supply squeeze, one of the first ever since the U.S. began sending large volumes of gas abroad, means hefty heating bills for consumers

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American utilities are facing the highest natural-gas prices in years as they build stockpiles for winter. The reason: Exporters are sending more gas than ever to countries starved for the fuel. Pipelines to Mexico and Canada and tankers traveling to Europe and Asia have moved record amounts of U.S. gas out of the country this year as parts of the world fall short of supplies. American frackers, meanwhile, are holding the line on new drilling as investor’s pressure them to maintain capital discipline and return money to shareholders.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/natural-gas-exports-lift-prices-for-u-s-utilities-ahead-of-winter-11636281000

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Russia: As Belarus-Poland Border Tensions Escalates Over Middle East Migrants, Russia’s Transnational Gas Pipelines Emerge As Flashpoint

Russian President Vladimir Putin has refused to support a threat issued by his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko to shut down the f

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low of natural gas from Russia to the European Union over escalating tensions on the Belarus-Polish border.

https://swarajyamag.com/analysis/as-belarus-poland-border-tensions-escalates-over-middle-east-migrants-russias-transnational-gas-pipelines-emerge-as-flashpoint

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Global LNG Development

Pakistan:  Private LNG terminal: step in the right direction

Qatar Energy is investing in the Pakistan LNG market by partnering with local business groups in the LNG terminal business. The project is in the final approval stage. It will be the first project in the LNG sector where there is no government involvement apart from regulations and pipeline access.

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There are no sovereign guarantees involved. Government has nothing to do with demand, supply, or pricing. This is the first step towards deregulation of the energy sector in Pakistan. The terminal vessel capacity would be 170,000 MT – largest in Pakistan. The existing two FSRU’s capacity is 150 MT (Engro) and 165 MT (Gasport). The new terminal shall handle volumes up to 1 billion cubic feet (bcf) of gas molecules. Qatar Energy (former name Qatar Petroleum) is investing 49 percent in Energas while 51 percent shareholding is equally distributed amongst four local partners including Lucky and Sapphire groups for a project worth $450-500 million.

The idea of this was terminal conceived by local industrialists to secure energy supply for their businesses. Two players went to Qatar and the largest LNG producer of the world embraced them as Pakistan is becoming a significant market for Qatar’s LNG. Qatar Energy asked the locals to take care of demand and leave the supply to them. Having Qatar as partner the LNG supply surety is cemented. However, for best service, the seller may charge premium margins. But it would not dishonor supply – like the big traders are doing nowadays. The private sector can bet on the supply and plan its expansion. The energy portfolio of two groups – Lucky and Sapphire is around 2 GW including IPPs and captive power plants. This terminal shall strengthen it further. Their sponsors are young with a blend of aggression and prudence. This consortium can become big in the energy market. The next step is for these or other private consortiums to develop energy market exchange.

https://www.brecorder.com/news/40130255

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Australia: Integrating solar into LNG facilities could reduce emissions by up to 21%

Integrating solar into Australia’s natural gas industry could reduce onshore gas facilities’ emissions by 19% in Western Australia, 18% in Queensland, and 21% in the Northern Territory, according to research conducted by National Energy Resources Australia (NERA).

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The integration of solar energy into Australia’s liquid natural gas (LNG) industry could dramatically reduce Australia’s carbon footprint and create thousands of jobs, a report from the Charles Darwin University and federally-funded NERA concluded.

The research focussed on the gas facilities in the Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia, finding a “considerable amount of solar PV power” could be integrated into LNG plants through retrofitting. “If the maximum amount of technically feasible changes identified through this approach are enacted, it is estimated that the onshore LNG plants in the [Northern Territory] would reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 19%, Queensland by 18% and [Western Australia] by 21% from The report also found the integration of solar energy into the industry could increase the nation’s energy security by saving over 97 million gigajoules of gas a year — equivalent to more than 10% of domestic demand — and create over 1,000 construction jobs and 868 ongoing jobs.

https://www.pv-magazine-australia.com/2021/11/02/integrating-solar-into-lng-facilities-could-reduce-emissions-by-up-to-21/

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Mexico: MPL Exploring Low-Carbon LNG for Mexican Export Project

Mexico Pacific Ltd. LLC (MPL) continues to advance its liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project for the Pacific coast of the country. The company signed a collaboration agreement last week with ConocoPhillips LNG Licensing LLC and Bechtel.

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Together, the companies plan to work with construction firm Techint SA de CV to pursue “innovative lower carbon LNG design solutions” for potential future phases of the project.

The collaboration plans to further reduce baseline emissions by exploring “energy transition and greenhouse gas emission reduction” technologies developed by ConocoPhillips LNG and designed by Bechtel. This would include “carbon-advantaged gas feedstock” and “developing a commercial strategy for supplying carbon neutral LNG in the future,” said ConocoPhillips’ Tom Mathiasmeier, president of Global Gas, Power and LNG.

MPL is not the only company exploring low carbon options for LNG in Mexico. In July, the country received its first cargo of carbon offset LNG at Sempra’s Energía Costa Azul (ECA) terminal on Mexico’s Pacific coast. GHG emissions from the cargo were offset by BP Gas Marketing Ltd. retiring carbon credits sourced from its portfolio on behalf of Sempra LNG.

https://www.naturalgasintel.com/mpl-exploring-low-carbon-lng-for-mexican-export-project/

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Beijing: Sinopec signs 20-yr LNG contract with U.S. Venture Global LNG

China’s Sinopec has signed a contract with U.S. Venture Global LNG to buy 4 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) annually for 20 years, the state-run Xinhua news agency.

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Unipec, a subsidary of Sinopec, will also buy a total of 3.8 million tonnes of LNG from the Calcasieu Pass project owned by Venture Global LNG.

https://www.nasdaq.com/articles/sinopec-signs-20-yr-lng-contract-with-u.s.-venture-global-lng-2021-11-04

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Tokyo: Tokyo Gas considers new term LNG contracts linked to European, US gas hubs

Tokyo Gas is considering linking new LNG term contracts to European and US gas hubs as it further diversifies its global supply, an executive said Nov. 3 during a presentation to a market conference in Louisiana.

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The utility is interested in short- and medium-term supply deals, in addition to the long-term contracts for LNG volumes it currently has with producers in six countries, including the US, Atsunori Takeuchi, senior general manager of LNG optimization and trading, said in a video address to the World LNG & Gas Series Americas Summit & Exhibition in Lake Charles. Tokyo Gas’ expansion of its LNG supply sources has previously included non-traditional contracts. In 2019, for instance, it announced an LNG contract with Royal Dutch Shell that was partly linked to coal prices. As global trade flows shift amid volatile LNG prices in end-user markets, Tokyo Gas, as a major consumer of the super-chilled power plant fuel, wants to ensure it has sufficient supplies in the future at a cost that reduces or mitigates its risk.

In the US, Tokyo Gas has a long-term offtake commitment to buy LNG from the Berkshire Hathaway-operated Cove Point Liquefaction terminal in Maryland, It also has a long-term deal to buy LNG produced at Sempra Energy’s Cameron LNG terminal in Louisiana, via an agreement with an equity partner in the terminal.

https://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/tokyo-gas-considers-new-term-lng-contracts-linked-to-european-us-gas-hubs/

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Qatar: Qatar orders six new LNG carriers to boost export capacity

Qatar has ordered six liquefied natural gas ships from South Korea as it pushes ahead with a multi-billion dollar project to boost production of the fuel. The world’s biggest LNG exporter is buying four vessels from

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Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering and two from Samsung Heavy Industries, state producer Qatar Energy said. They’re the first batch of orders under a $19 billion deal signed between Qatar and Korean shipbuilders last year. Daewoo, Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. and Samsung were selected to build more than 100 LNG vessels for Qatar by 2027. The Persian Gulf state is spending around $30 billion to increase LNG output by 50% by then.

Qatar also ordered four LNG tankers worth more than $760 million from China in October as it looks to expand its fleet. LNG is seen as an important substitute for dirtier fuels such as oil and coal and prices have soared in Europe and Japan in recent months. Qatar Energy’s forecasts for global LNG demand are more bullish than those of some analysts. It expects demand to continue to grow until 2050, underscoring its investment. The International Energy Agency expects global gas demand to peak in the mid-2020s as consumers shift away from fossil fuels.

https://www.worldoil.com/news/2021/11/5/qatar-orders-six-new-lng-carriers-to-boost-export-capacity

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China: China Snaps up Emergency Arctic LNG Cargo

China has recently imported a cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Russia via the so-called Northern Sea Route as an emergency shipment of gas amid the energy shortage in China that is already hitting industry and global supply chains. An ice-breaker

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LNG carrier, Vladimir Voronin, has recently delivered 70,000 tons of LNG from the Yamal LNG plant of Russian producer Novatek to the Chinese port of Shenzhen, Norway-based outlet High North News reported, quoting Chinese media.

Shenzhen Natural Gas Company received the LNG shipment from Russia, which sources described in Chinese media as an emergency supply for the winter heating season. Asia’s LNG prices for December delivery fell last week by 10 percent to average $31 per metric million British thermal units (mmBtu), industry sources told Reuters. The price is still high compared to prices seen at the start of the previous winter season.

https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/China-Snaps-up-Emergency-Arctic-LNG-Cargo.html

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Pakistan: Pakistan to buy ‘costliest’ LNG cargo to avert gas crisis

The Pakistan LNG Limited (PLL), state-owned firm, has decided to buy an LNG cargo at the highest-ever price in order to avoid looming gas crisis during winter season in the country.

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The company will procure the cargo at the price of $30.6 per million British thermal units (mmbtu), media reports claimed citing sources. Earlier this month, PLL had issued a tender for emergency procurement of the LNG after two foreign trading companies revoked their deals with the Pakistani government to deliver two LNG cargoes by November 19-20.

In response, it received five bids with higher prices ranging from $29.8966 to $31.0566 per mmbtu from international LNG trading companies for two spot LNG cargoes. The government is trying to buy another cargo to meet the growing demands of gas in the country.

https://en.dailypakistan.com.pk/07-Nov-2021/pakistan-to-buy-costliest-lng-cargo-to-avert-gas-crisis

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Natural Gas / LNG Utilization

US: Pressure Persists on Natural Gas Prices, with December Futures Down a Third Straight Day

Natural gas futures fell again as forecasts for more mild fall weather and light demand eclipsed robust liquefied natural gas (LNG) levels. The December Nymex contract settled at $5.186/MMBtu, down 24.0 cents day/day. January fell 22.4 cents to $5.305. Trading extended a steep downward trend.

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However, as forecasts have increasingly called for warmth into mid-November – minimizing domestic heating needs – markets braced for a delayed onset of winter and the peak demand for natural gas that accompanies the season. The firm also noted that global gas prices had declined late last week after news reports that Russia would send more natural gas to Europe to ease tight supplies there. Such a development could taper demand for U.S. exports. EBW Analytics Group analysts highlighted “strong production indicators” last week that developed as the demand outlook weakened. Production had hovered close to 94 Bcf at points last week, near 2021 highs. EBW’s analysts also observed projected heating demand declines on Nov. 18 associated with “bearish anomalies” strengthening over the Upper Midwest and through the Northeast.

https://www.naturalgasintel.com/pressure-persists-on-natural-gas-prices-with-december-futures-down-a-third-straight-day/

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US: Panama Canal Seeing Record Tonnage, Driven by LNG Exports to Asia

The Panama Canal Authority said a record amount of tonnage passed through the waterway during fiscal year (FY) 2021, a milestone driven in large part by liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes, which saw the largest increase.

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The authority said 516.7 million tons moved through the locks, up 8.7% from FY2020 and 10% above the tonnage registered in pre-pandemic FY2019.

LNG carriers registered a 31.4% increase in tonnage through the Panama Canal, “representing the largest gain across all segments,” the authority said. LNG in January also had set new annual records for total tonnage and transits in addition to monthly tonnage and transit records, fueled by record winter temperatures in Asia and more export terminals along the U.S. Gulf Coast.

The Panama Canal is the preferred route between the Atlantic and Pacific basins, offering the shortest passageway to Asia, where LNG prices have skyrocketed this year and incentivized more cargoes to journey from North America and other supply sources. Through August, Asia accounted for the majority of all U.S. LNG cargo destinations at 41.8%, according to NGI data.

In order for Asia-bound LNG cargoes to bypass the canal and cut shipping costs, U.S. firms such as Sempra Energy and Mexico Pacific Limited LLC (MPL) are developing liquefaction terminals on Mexico’s West Coast that would source U.S. gas via pipeline from production basins such as the Permian.

https://www.naturalgasintel.com/panama-canal-seeing-record-tonnage-driven-by-lng-exports-to-asia/

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US: New CNG buses for Las Vegas Valley

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) has awarded New Flyer of America Inc. (subsidiary of NFI Group Inc.) a new agreement for 30 Xcelsior® CNG 60-foot buses, with options to purchase up to 100 additional NGVs.

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The new five-year contract is supported by Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funds. RTC is a regional entity overseeing public transportation, traffic management, and roadway design and construction funding for Southern Nevada. Its public transit system delivers over 56 million annual passenger rides in the greater Las Vegas Valley.

 

The new natural gas buses will replace end-of-life diesel vehicles with cleaner, more efficient, low-emission mobility options, and deliver on RTC’s Access 2040 Regional Transportation Plan, focused on improving air quality and enhancing multimodal connectivity.

http://www.ngvjournal.com/s1-news/c3-vehicles/new-cng-buses-for-southern-nevada/

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Mexico: Nuevo León will lease 800 NGVs to improve transit service

The Governing Board of the Mobility and Accessibility Institute (IMA) unanimously approved, in a fourth extraordinary session, to start legal procedures to lease 800 CNG buses to feed the public transport service.

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The session was chaired by the Secretary for Mobility and Urban Planning Hernán Villarreal and the General Director of the IMA José Manuel Valdez Gaytán. At the meeting, it was explained to the members that through leasing, the IMA seeks to strengthen the supply of public transport buses to meet the high demand for the service at peak times in the Monterrey metropolitan area. Currently, this demand cannot be covered, given the insufficient number of vehicles that provide public transport service.

For this, the IMA considers having buses that operate with CNG engines, established by the current Mobility Law, and that will help promote a technological renovation in favor of the environment. The objective is to offer an economic, inclusive, comprehensive and eco-friendly public transport service, and that takes its users to their destinations. In the meeting, participants were informed of a calendar with estimated dates, number of buses and possible routes for 2022. Villarreal explained to the members of the leasing project about the economic support, the expected results, designs and routes in collaboration with carriers, where preliminary proposals will emerge.

http://www.ngvjournal.com/s1-news/c3-vehicles/mexico-nuevo-leon-will-lease-800-natural-gas-vehicles-for-public-transport/

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LNG as a Marine Fuel/Shipping

Norway: Gasum bunkers bio-LNG for the first time to offshore supply vessel

Gasum has bunkered bio-LNG for the first time to an offshore supply vessel in Norway. The truck-to-ship bunkering was performed to Lundin Energy Norway’s supply vessel Island Crusader at the Risavika harbor, close to Stavanger.

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The Island Crusader is a battery hybrid running on LNG and using electricity, the latter for example in harbors. Lundin Energy Norway, one of the world’s leading sustainable oil and gas companies, aims to reach carbon neutrality across its operations by 2023. It is facing stricter emission targets going forward. Biogas as offshore vessel fuel is an efficient solution to meet these targets.

Gasum owns and operates a number of biogas plants throughout the Nordics, and aim for increased biogas production. Its goal is to reach cumulative carbon emission reductions of million tons by increasing this production. By 2025 it intends to make 4 TWh of biogas available on the market from the company’s own production and that of its certified European partners.

http://www.ngvjournal.com/s1-news/c7-lng-h2-blends/norway-gasum-bunkers-bio-lng-for-the-first-time-to-an-offshore-supply-vessel/

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Wärtsilä and Simon Møkster Shipping to study feasibility of ammonia and LNG dual-fuel operations

Wärtsilä and Norway-based Simon Møkster Shipping have signed a collaboration agreement to carry out a feasibility study on utilising ammonia as the main fuel in dual-fuel engines where LNG is the alternative fuel.

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The aim is to demonstrate the feasibility of converting vessels for dual ammonia – LNG operation, and that it can be carried out safely and efficiently. The agreement was signed in October 2021.

The testing will be carried out on the ‘Stril Pioneer’, an offshore supply vessel (OSV) currently operating with Wärtsilä 32DF dual-fuel engines using LNG as the primary fuel. Simon Møkster has been one of the pioneers in the use of LNG as a marine fuel, adding the ‘Stril Pioneer’ to its fleet in 2003. By using a blend of ammonia and LNG, carbon dioxide emissions from the combustion process will be considerably reduced.

https://www.hydrocarbonengineering.com/gas-processing/02112021/wrtsil-and-simon-mkster-shipping-to-study-feasibility-of-ammonia-and-lng-dual-fuel-operations/

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Europe: Island Offshore PSV Running on Biofuel

Norwegian offshore vessels owner Island Offshore said one of its ships is the first offshore vessel on the Norwegian shelf running on biofuel. This pilot program, run by Lundin Energy Norway on board Island Offshore’s platform supply vessel (PSV) Island Crusader,

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has led to immediate and significant reductions in CO2 emissions and also proves that biogas can be used on liquefied natural gas (LNG) engines without modifications. The engine manufacturer Bergen Engines has previously run tests on land and concluded that switch to biofuel can be used without making any modifications to the vessel.

The biogas used on Island Crusader is produced from cow manure and waste from fish and wood processing. It consists mainly of methane, however upon combustion, CO2 and water are formed. Since the raw material comes from biological material, the combustion is calculated as CO2-neutral as it enters the natural CO2 cycle. There is no net increase in the CO2 level in the atmosphere. Last year, the total consumption of LNG for Island Crusader was 1.502 tonnes, with associated CO2 emissions of 4.206 tonnes. By using biogas, the CO2 emissions will be eliminated.

Currently the supply of biogas is insufficient for all LNG vessels to replace their fuel, however plans exist to build several production facilities in Norway. This will enable the industry to utilize recourses which currently is going to waste. An LNG-fueled PSV is in principle among the vessels with lowest emission of greenhouse gases. A switch to biogas can eliminate practically this entire emission given the carbon neutral nature of the fuel.

https://www.marinelink.com/news/island-offshore-psv-running-biofuel-491743

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China: CSSC delivers first two pure LNG powered bulk carriers for domestic market

China State Shipbuilding Corporation Limited (CSSC) (2 November) said it has delivered the first two domestic pure liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered ships under the Green Pearl River  project. The 3,000dwt bulk carrier Dafeng 3001 and the 2,000dwt bulk carrier Zhonghe 2001 were

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designed by Guangzhou Shipyard, a subsidiary of CSSC, and built by China Shipbuilding Guangxi.

The delivery of the two types of ships marked the initial results of CSC joint efforts to serve the national green development strategy of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, it notes.

The first 3,000 dwt LNG single-fuel-powered bulk carrier, the Dafeng 3001, has a total length of 64.99 meters, a design draft of 4.2 meters, a design speed of 9 knots, an economic speed of 6.3 knots, and an endurance of 800 nautical miles.  The 2,000 dwt LNG single-fuel-powered bulk carrier, Zhonghe 2001 has a total length of 59.9 meters, a design draft of 3.5 meters, a design speed of 9 knots, an economic speed of 6.3 knots, and an endurance of 800 nautical miles.

https://www.manifoldtimes.com/news/cssc-delivers-first-two-pure-lng-powered-bulk-carriers-for-domestic-market/

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China: Green shipping: Dalian-made ship to become world’s largest LNG-fueled VLCC

Following Beijing’s call to reduce carbon emissions, the traditionally emissions-heavy ship-building industry set its own example. The latest liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered Very Large Crude Carrier made in the famous port city Dalian, northeast China’s Liaoning Province,

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is set to greatly reduce its carbon emission rate and keep its speed and maneuverability compared to the petroleum-fueled ships. Follow CGTN’s Li Zhao and learn more.

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-11-01/Dalian-made-ship-to-become-world-s-largest-LNG-fueled-VLCC–14PvO0RSF7a/index.html

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Technological Development for Cleaner and Greener Environment Hydrogen & Bio-Methane

Scandinavian Biogas extends deal to deliver bio-LNG to Rolande’s stations in Netherlands and Germany

Scandinavian Biogas has extended the agreement with the Dutch company Rolande for deliveries of bio-LNG. Rolande supplies LNG and bio-LNG to its clients via a network that consists of 20 owned stations in the Netherlands,

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Belgium and Germany, and that will be expanded the coming years. There is a growing demand in all these markets, mainly from transport companies that want to use renewable fuels. In Europe, most vehicle gas consist of fossil based natural gas, but carriers are increasingly demanding more renewable biogas in the fuel mix.

Deliveries will begin in 2022 from Scandinavian Biogas’ facilities in Sweden and Norway for primarily supply to the Dutch and German market. The supplies are for several years and in total 90 GWh bio-LNG per year. As a comparison, 90 GWh bio-LNG corresponds to the annual consumption of more than 200 trucks that drive 100,000 kilometers or 15,000 cars that drive 10,000 kilometers a year. Scandinavian Biogas has made large investments in bio-LNG in recent years. “This collaboration is excellent and proof that our vision is right. We notice a great interest in liquid biogas among many players in Europe. The European gas organization NGVA has set a goal of 280,000 gas-powered heavy trucks in Europe by 2030. I think we will see much more of this in the future, there are already over 400 filling stations in Europe for LNG and bio-LNG and the network is being expanded at a fast pace”, said Matti Vikkula, CEO of Scandinavian Biogas.

http://www.ngvjournal.com/s1-news/c4-stations/scandinavian-biogas-extends-contract-to-deliver-bio-lng-to-rolandes-stations-in-netherlands-and-germany/

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US: Brightmark & Chevron deliver first biomethane at New York-based farm

Brightmark RNG Holdings LLC – a joint venture partnership between Chevron U.S.A. Inc. and Brightmark Fund Holdings LLC- delivered the first renewable natural gas at its Lawnhurst site in Western New York. The previously announced partnership owns project companies

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across the United States to produce and market dairy biomethane.

Lawnhurst Farm is one of three farm partners in Western New York involved in the Helios Project. Each have signed supply agreements with Brightmark indicating their intent to provide the company with dairy manure from their herds that will serve as feedstock for the three existing anaerobic digesters on the farms. The digesters are designed to capture, extract, and clean the methane in the manure, then convert it into renewable natural gas – when all three digesters are online, they are expected to produce almost 187,000 MMBtu per year, which is enough to drive approximately 3,000 18-wheeler trucks from San Francisco to New York City.

http://www.ngvjournal.com/s1-news/c1-markets/brightmark-and-chevron-deliver-first-biomethane-from-new-york-based-farm/

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Spain, German ports explore hydrogen for shippers

Spanish and German port authorities announced November 4 they had committed to working together on projects related to hydrogen generation, storage and utilisation in the maritime sector. The port authorities in Valencia and

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Hamburg said the synergy between the two main ports on the Mediterranean Sea and the North Sea demonstrates their commitment to lowering the environmental footprint for the maritime sector.

The port authority in Valencia said it will be the first in Europe to incorporate hydrogen technologies for its operations, thanks to this initiative. Spain has taken several low-carbon steps in recent months. Spanish gas transmission system operator Enagas, retailer Naturgy and logistics company Exolum in September agreed to study and then develop a green hydrogen network for transport in mainland Spain. Dubbed “Win4H2,” it is the first major hydrogen alliance for transport.

https://www.naturalgasworld.com/spain-german-ports-explore-hydrogen-for-shippers-93702

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Italy: Eni supports expansion of hydrogen to help decarbonize mobility in Italy

Air Liquide and Eni have signed a Letter of Intent to enable the sustainable deployment of an extended network of hydrogen refueling stations in Italy. Firstly, the collaboration will include a feasibility and sustainability study for

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the development of the low-carbon and renewable hydrogen supply chain supporting the fuel cell vehicles market for heavy and light mobility. The partners will also identify the strategic locations for the positioning of refueling stations in Italy.

The partnership will leverage Air Liquide’s expertise across the entire hydrogen value chain (production, transportation, storage and distribution) and Eni’s expertise in commercial and retail activities coupled with the availability of an extended network of service stations. This cooperation aims to promote the development of technologies, skills and infrastructures to enable hydrogen mobility, also evaluating partnerships with other relevant players.

http://www.ngvjournal.com/s1-news/c7-lng-h2-blends/eni-supports-expansion-of-hydrogen-as-a-solution-to-decarbonize-mobility-in-italy/

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France: French firms explore bio methane and bioling

French shipping and logistics company CMA CGM and French Energy Company ENGIE on November 10 agreed to collaborate on ways to produce and distribute synthetic methane as well as bio-LNG.

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The French companies said they established a long-term partnership to support the development of methane for the shipping industry. Both companies are already working on liquefied biomethane for shippers at the French port of Marseille in a partnership with area officials and French major TotalEnergies. 

https://www.naturalgasworld.com/french-companies-explore-biomethane-and-biolng-93836

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