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Energy / Natural Gas

  • Mexico Moving Forward With Major Natural Gas Pipeline

    On June 22, Mexico’s Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) announced it would tender a new round of 24 energy infrastructure projects totaling $10 billion, including a $3 billion underwater pipeline bringing U.S. natural gas from Texas to Tuxpan, Veracruz. Amidst a grand national “gasification” strategy that has promoted Mexican imports of U.S. natural gas, this may be one of the most ambitious projects yet. Of course there are concerns around potential risks associated with the project – whether there is the local capacity to carry it out, and whether it’s really necessary – all of which must be resolved if the…

  • Growing India Becomes Major LNG Player

    In 2014, Asia was highest regional importer of LNG with a record 182 million tonnes, a report from BG group stated. Japan has long been the main source of that demand, but India is rapidly emerging as a new source of growth for LNG. India – A growing market for LNG India was one of the biggest importers of LNG in Asia buying approximately10.4 million tonnes in 2014. India’s LNG sector is undergoing a major transformation as it is set to occupy a crucial part in the country’s energy portfolio after the federal government approved the use of imported gas…

  • Forget Asia. US Natural Gas To Be Exported To Mexico

    The US is poised to become a major exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the coming years, with the first shipments leaving the Gulf Coast by the end of 2015. Cheap natural gas has presented the US with an opportunity: natural gas is much more expensive in Europe and Asia, and thus, a huge market theoretically exists for US producers, if export terminals can be constructed. Cheniere Energy is nearing completion of the first. Related: Concerns Over Earthquakes Spread To Texas But while Asia is the core of the export market, the US’ southern neighbor could turn out to be…

  • Gazprom Seeks A Way Around Ukraine By 2019

    Gazprom has vowed to entirely cut out Ukraine as a transit hub for natural gas exports to Europe.The conflict with Ukraine has scrambled the longstanding energy relationship between Russia and Europe. The European Union imports around one-third of its natural gas from Russia, but having seen those flows cut off multiple times in the past, European officials are pushing to rid themselves of their dependence on Moscow. The violence in Ukraine solidified that motivation.Russia is also unhappy with the arrangement. In an effort to separate gas exports to the EU (a critical business relationship that Moscow doesn’t want interrupted) from…

  • A Glut For Natural Gas Too?

    Oil is not the only energy source that is seeing a glut. Growing supplies of natural gas could soon result in a similar phenomenon. It was only a year and a half ago that the United States, and the northeast in particular, saw supplies dwindle to exceptionally low levels, forcing prices to temporarily spike. The Northeast experienced a freezing winter, leading to high levels of consumption as millions of people tried to keep warm. Natural gas storage levels plummeted to lows not seen in years. The severe drawdown in storage levels during that cold 2014 winter raised fears that the situation would…

  • Could Natural Gas Dominate Global Transportation Soon?

    What are the prospects of natural gas offering a viable alternative to oil as a transportation fuel? Sure, natural gas already exists in the transportation sector. Compressed natural gas (CNG) is used in some parts of the world to fuel cars and trucks. But that only exists on a large scale in countries that have laid out specific government policies (like subsidies or regulated prices) to promote the fuel, either with the intention of cleaning up air pollution in big cities or reducing burdensome levels of gasoline and diesel imports. Countries like Iran, Pakistan, Argentina, and Brazil are the leaders…

  • Latest Innovation Could Ignite Automotive And Airline Industries

    The basic principles of the internal combustion engine have not changed a lot since the technology was invented. However, just because the technology is old does not mean that evolutionary refinements cannot make it more effective. And that basic idea has important implications for investors. Case in point is laser ignited internal combustion engines. A standard internal combustion engine relies on a spark plug which is necessarily housed on the top of a combustion chamber. As a result, the explosion from the spark igniting the fuel-air mixture is incomplete, which leads to wasted fuel. Related: Korea Leaves West Behind In Fuel…

  • One Of The Brightest Prospects In LNG

      IntroductionWhen Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE: RDS.A) proposed the acquisition of BG Group (LON: BG), it was staking its future on the growth of liquefied natural gas (LNG).Much of the attention focused on BG Group’s Australian assets. In Australia’s northeast, BG is behind the Queensland Curtis LNG project, a large export facility that could earn BG (and if the deal goes through, the combined Shell-BG company) a large return for years to come.While Australia has positioned itself to become one of the largest exporters of LNG, it is not the only player in the market.East Africa also has large deposits…

  • Which East African Nation Will Win The LNG Race?

    BG Group’s assets in Tanzania give Shell another chance at East Africa’s huge gas opportunity. However, in the race to become Africa’s newest LNG exporter, Mozambique appears to be leaping ahead of Tanzania, its northern neighbor. As in West Africa, independent exploration and production firms led entry into East Africa and racked up success unlocking not only new oil plays but also enormous gas plays, where none had been expected. The industry took notice when Ophir Energy and BG Group announced huge gas finds offshore Tanzania in 2010. By 2012, Statoil partnered with Exxon Mobil and Ophir and BG Group…

  • This LNG Player Could Leave Lumbering Competitors In The Dust

    US companies have been scrambling over the past few years to build new export terminals for liquefied natural gas (LNG). But just as the first is nearing completion, one company wants to forgo the onshore liquefaction concept altogether and move offshore. The US is nearing the point when it will start exporting natural gas, which Bloomberg says will “change the global LNG market forever.” US LNG could undermine the practice – particularly in Asia – where supply deals are sealed with long-term contracts linked to the price of oil. More LNG shipped abroad will bring down LNG prices in Europe…

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