Jan 8 (LNGJ) - ExxonMobil, one of the leading global LNG producers through its partnership with Qatar, has had positive results from its Ranger-1 exploration well, marking ExxonMobil’s sixth discovery since 2015 offshore Guyana on the North Atlantic coast of South America. The US major said the Ranger-1 well discovery adds to previous world-class discoveries at Liza, Payara, Snoek, Liza Deep and Turbot, which are estimated to total more than 3.2 billion recoverable oil-equivalent barrels. The well was safely drilled to 21,161 feet (6,450 metres) depth in 8,973 feet (2,735 metres) of water. “This latest success operating in Guyana’s significant water depths illustrates our ultra-deepwater and carbonate exploration capabilities,” said Steve Greenlee, President of ExxonMobil Exploration Company.

 Jan 5 (LNGJ) - Cummins Westport Inc., the Vancouver-based maker of natural gas truck engines, said it received certifications from both the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Air Resources Board in California for its newest ISX12N natural gas engine. “Cummins Westport’s 2018 product line offers customers ultra-low emissions with reliable performance,” said Bart van Aerle, President of Cummins Westport. “The ISX12N near-zero emissions natural gas engine provides truck and bus customers with an industry-leading alternative fuel option for demanding applications,” added Aerle. All CWI engines offer customers the choice of using either liquefied natural gas (LNG), compressed natural gas (CNG) or renewable natural gas (RNG), a fuel made from organic waste.

Jan 3 (LNGJ) - The 160,500 cubic metres capacity vessel “Sonangol Benguela” was unloading an Angolan LNG cargo on January 3 at the Zuhai import terminal, located on the west side of the Pearl River estuary in the Chinese province of Guangdong and operated by China National Offshore Oil Corp. The 174,000 cubic metres capacity carrier “Maran Gas Pericles” has departed on January 3 from the Sabine Pass plant in Louisiana, operated by Cheniere Energy, with a cargo bound for Asia. The 147,000 cubic metres capacity “Energy Navigator” will deliver a cargo on January 6 to the Japanese Oita import facility from the Dampier export terminal in Western Australia, operated by Woodside Petroleum. The 210,000 cubic metres capacity carrier “Al Oraiq” will deliver cargo on January 15 to the Incheon terminal in South Korea from Ras Laffan in Qatar.

Jan 9 (LNGJ) - The 177,000 cubic metres capacity “LNG Lagos II” is scheduled to arrive on January 10 at the Portuguese Sines import terminal from the Nigerian export plant at Bonny island, according to shipping data. The 266,000 cubic metres capacity Q-Max carrier “Al Bahiya” is scheduled to arrive on January 20 at the UK Isle of Grain terminal from Ras Laffan in Qatar. The 172,600 cubic metres capacity carrier “Christophe de Margerie” arrived on January 9 at the Sabetta Port of the Russian Yamal LNG plant in northeast Siberia to lift its second cargo. The 160,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “Golar Kelvin” was awaiting orders after lifting a cargo on January 9 from the Bonny Island plant in Nigeria.

Jan 9 (LNGJ) - The Schulte Group has signed a contract to acquire all the shares in the LNG ship manager Pronav, subject to merger approval of the German Federal Cartel Office. “The transaction puts the Schulte Group in a strong position to further exploit ship owning and ship management potential in the growing LNG market,” said a statement. Schulte owns about 100 vessels, mainly containers, tankers and bulkers and manages 600 vessels in all segments. Pronav, based in Hamburg, is a ship manager specializing in large LNG tonnage. Schulte is currently providing management services for 23 LNG carriers and has one LNG bunkering vessel and one 174,000 cubic metres capacity LNG carrier on order which will join the Schulte fleet in 2018

Dec 29 (LNGJ) - The 145,700 cubic metres capacity vessel “Tangguh Towuti” will unload a shipment on December 31 at Chinese Qingdao terminal in the eastern province of Shandong from the Papua New Guinea plant, located northwest of Port Moresby. The 145,000 cubic metres capacity vessel “Methane Alison Victoria” is scheduled to deliver a cargo to China by year-end at a price of $11.02 per million British thermal units from Peru LNG. The 134,400 cubic metres capacity carrier Galea is delivering another cargo from Peru to a Spanish terminal at the price of $7.63 per MMBtu. The 160,5000 cubic metres capacity vessel “Sonangol Benguela” will deliver to China on January 3 to the Zhuhai terminal, operated by China National Offshore Oil Corp. in the southeast province of Guangdong, from Angola LNG in southwest Africa. The 165,500 cubic metres capacity “Woodside Donaldson” will unload a cargo on January 4 at the Japanese Ohgishima terminal in Tokyo Bay from the Damper export facility in Western Australia, operated by Woodside Petroleum.