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Monday, February 18, 2019

Angola News

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Angola's Soyo LNG Plant Resumes Production

Angola's Soyo liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant has resumed production after a "controlled" shutdown, a spokeswoman for Angola LNG said on Tuesday.She did not specify why the shutdown had occurred and declined to say when the plant would load its first cargo after reopening.An LNG trader in Europe said a cargo is expected in late December or early January.Two Angola LNG vessels are signalling arrival at Soyo, Refinitiv Eikon shipping data showed. The Sonangol Etosha is expected at Soyo on Dec. 28 and the Sonangol Sambizanga on Jan.

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Angola LNG Offers Cargo for Delivery into Asia

Angola's liquefied natural gas (LNG) export plant has offered to sell a cargo for delivery into Asia in December, two industry sources said on Friday.Bids are due by Nov. 6, and are to remain valid until Nov. 7, one of them said.(Reporting by Jessica Jaganathan, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)

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Ocean Rig Announces New Contracts

The international contractor of offshore deepwater drilling services Ocean Rig UDW  has entered into a new drilling contract with Chariot Oil & Gas Limited for a one-well drilling program, for drilling offshore Namibia.The contract is expected to commence in direct continuation of the previously announced program with Tullow Namibia Limited in the third quarter of 2018 and will be performed by the Ocean Rig Poseidon.Ocean Rig has entered into a Letter of Intent (LOI) with a European Major Oil Company for a firm two-wells program plus two optional wells…

POSH Champion carrying out supply duties in Mafumeira Oil Field, Angola (Photo: GAC Group)

GAC Angola Renews Ship Agency Deal with POSH Semco

Offshore marine services provider PACC Offshore Services Holdings Ltd. (POSH) has reaffirmed its working relationship with GAC Angola by renewing its ship agency contract for Soyo and Luanda and extending the agreement to include Cabinda.Under the deal, GAC now provides an integrated range of services for the POSH fleet at all Angolan ports, including crew handling, spares clearance and delivery, bunker fuels and inward/outward clearance of vessels.Kelvin Teo, POSH Director Offshore Supply Vessels…

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LNG Trade Grew 10% in 2017 -EIA

Global liquefied natural gas (LNG) trade grew by 10 percent last year due primarily to growing liquefaction capacity in the Australia and the United States, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said on Monday.LNG trade reached 38.2 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd) in 2017, up 3.5 bcfd from 2016 and the largest annual volume increase on record, the EIA said, citing the Annual Report on LNG trade by the International Association of Liquefied Natural Gas Importers (GIIGNL).New liquefaction export capacity commissioned in Australia…

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Angola LNG Plant Sells Cargo to Petrobras

Angola's sole liquefied natural gas (LNG) project has sold a cargo loading over May 12 to 13 to Brazil's Petrobras, two industry sources said on Monday.The exact price details could not immediately be confirmed but the cargo is priced off the European benchmark National Balancing Point (NBP) gas price, one of them said.The cargo will be loaded on the vessel 'Sonangol Sambizanga' and will head to Brazil, the source added.(Reporting by Jessica Jaganathan; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)

Dr. Dakuku Adol Peterside, NIMASA DG Photo courtesy NIMASA

Abuja MOU to Enhance Shipping Standards in West, Central Africa

In a bid to harmonize port state control inspection procedures that will lead to the elimination of substandard shipping in the West and Central Africa sub-region, the Abuja Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will host its 3rd Ministerial Conference and 9th Port state Control Committee Meeting with the aim of developing a unified system of Port State Control inspection procedure for the region. The Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control for West and Central African Region…

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CMA CGM Adjusts EURAF 5 Service

The CMA CGM Group announced it is reinforcing its service from Europe to West Africa through a new call at Kribi (Cameroon) and shortened transit times from North Europe on its EURAF 5 service. The new service started in January 2018. As a result, its EURAF 5 (Europe-West Africa) will benefit from a new port coverage on the following route:  Antwerp, Le Havre, Lisbon, Algeciras, Pointe Noire, Luanda, Kribi, Douala, Abidjan, Algeciras, Antwerp. Transit times will also be shortened up to 10 days from Northern Europe to Douala with a weekly direct service.

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New 800m Quay Planned in Portugal

Portugal’s Blue Atlantic has released new plans for an 800 meter quay to berth two Panamax vessels showcasing its maritime trade potential. The 96-hectare site for sale in one of Europe’s leading maritime industrial zones is being primed for maritime, ports and logistics investors targeting the Iberian Peninsula and mainland Europe. Blue Atlantic project lead Fernando Fernandes said it offers one of the fastest and most efficient routes in and out of Europe, bypassing the congested Mediterranean.

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Total Extends Energy Scout PSV Contract

Norwegian shipowner Golden Energy Offshore Services has been awarded a contract extension for one of its platform supply vessels with Total in Nigeria. The company announced end of June 2017 to have entered into a contract with Total E&P Nigeria for the PSV Energy Scout - for a firm period of 3 months + optional periods of 3 months each. The Company announced extension end of September 2017. Energy Scout contract is now further extended in Direct continuation present firm contract and vessel now firm until 1st April 2018 + optional periods of 3 months each thereafter.

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Asian LNG Spot Prices Jump after European Gas Outages

Asian liquefied natural gas (LNG) spot prices jumped this week in reaction to volatile price spikes on European gas markets and ongoing demand from the region's major consumers. Spot prices for January delivery hit $10.50 per mmBtu, 40 cents above last week, with February prices seeing similar levels. In a tumultuous week, European gas prices gyrated wildly following a flurry of major pipeline and production outages coinciding with high demand and freezing weather. The rally began…

BP’s LNG Carrier Fleet is Growing

BP said it will take delivery of six new, state-of-the-art liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers in 2018 and 2019 to support its expanding global LNG portfolio. BP’s finance partners KMarin and ICBC Leasing are investing more than $1 billion in the tankers. The vessels will join BP’s exixting fleet to help service a 20-year liquefaction contract with the Freeport LNG facility in Texas, as well as other international LNG projects in BP’s global portfolio. “These vessels will significantly increase BP’s ability to safely transport LNG to anywhere in the world…

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Van Oord consortium to undertake Angolan Reclamation

The consortium consisting of Van Oord and Urbinveste – Promoção e Projectos Imobiliários, S.A. has been awarded the contract for the design and construction of the Marginal da Corimba project in Luanda, Angola. The contract has been signed with the Angolan government (Gabinete Técnico de Gestão da Requalificação e Desenvolvimento Urbano do Perímetro Costeiro da Cidade de Luanda, Futungo de Belas e Mussulo). It contains a financing agreement arranged by ING Bank NV and a credit…

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Asian Spot LNG Prices Slip on Weak Demand

Asian spot LNG prices fell this week on poor demand from major gas-consuming regions despite a slew of new purchase tenders. The May spot LNG contract fell by $0.25 cents to $5.40 per million British thermal units (mmBtu), with new production coming on stream in Australia and the United States. Analysts and traders mainly blamed low demand for driving prices lower. In the Middle East, Abu Dhabi was staying on the sidelines of the market and new solar power capacity in Dubai was eroding gas demand there.

Tekmar’s CEO James Ritchie (left) welcomes new operations manager Barry Cooper to the subsea cable protection firm. (Photo: Tekmar)

Tekmar Strengthens Senior Management Team

Tekmar Energy Ltd, a leading supplier of subsea cable protection, has strengthened its senior management team with the appointment of Barry Cooper as Operations Manager. Bringing more than 15 years of experience in the offshore sector, Cooper has served in several senior management and leadership roles in businesses including Technip Umbilicals, GE Wellstream and more recently, DeepOcean. In his new role, Cooper will be responsible for all operations working closely within the Senior Management Team to ensure products are manufactured to the highest quality…

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CMA CGM Strengthening EURAF 5 Services

CMA CGM has announced the strengthening of its position on Europe > West Africa route by becoming vessel operator on its current service EURAF 5. Effective April 5th, 2017, CMA CGM operates 2 vessels on EURAF 5 between North Europe and West Africa South Range. With a weekly frequency, EURAF 5 connects Europe to Angola, the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Cameroon is served on a fortnightly basis. Reefer cargo from Abidjan relies on a direct service to Europe with very fast transit times. Antwerp is reached in 15 days, Le Havre in 18 days, Lisbon in 21 days.

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CMA CGM Improves Canada to West Africa Service

CMA CGM announced a significant improvement of its product from Montreal, Canada to Africa West Coast strategic markets.   Starting May 6th, 2017 with the opening of the new service Med Canada, CMA CGM will connect Montreal cargo to West Africa with our 6 EURAF services via the hub of Tangiers. Transit times will be shortened up to 12 days. Apapa will be reached in 25 days   Angola, Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo on EURAF 5 and Gabon, Equatorial Guinea on EURAF 4 will continue to be connected on St Laurent service.

Cuban Refined Oil Product Exports Drop Sharply

Cuban exports of refined oil products fell about 97 percent between 2013 and 2016, according to a United Nations trade report released this week, reflecting falling supplies from its political ally Venezuela. The UN Comtrade annual report put the value of Cuban fuel exports last year at $15.4 million, compared to more than $500 million in 2013. The amounts for 2015 and 2014, when oil prices collapses, were $163.5 million and $336.8, respectively. The figures were based on import data from reporting countries, which may make them incomplete.

Gulf of Guinea Piracy a ‘Deep Concern’ -UN Security Council

The United Nations Security Council on Monday expressed its deep concern over piracy and armed robbery at sea in the Gulf of Guinea, and stressed the importance of a comprehensive approach — led by States of the region, with international support — to address the problem and its root causes. Issuing presidential statement S/PRST/2016/4, the Council strongly condemned acts of murder, kidnapping, hostage-taking and robbery by pirates in the Gulf, and underlined the importance of determining any links between piracy and armed robbery at sea…

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Nigeria: What are the Implications for Tanker Demand?

Nigeria’s crude oil production and exports have been hit by severe outages as a result of attacks on oil infrastructure by rebel fighters in the Niger River Delta. Various sources report that Qua Iboe Terminal has shut down operations until further notice. All tanks on the facility were emptied of crude, operations have ceased completely and all personnel have been evacuated from the terminal, which is operated by ExxonMobil. Qua Iboe is Nigeria’s largest crude oil stream and exports usually more than 300,000 barrels per day (b/d).

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Technip Bags Statoil's Umbilical Supply Contract

Technip’s wholly-owned subsidiary Technip Umbilicals Ltd.(1) has been awarded a contract by Statoil ASA to supply the umbilical(2) to the Oseberg Vestflanken 2 field offshore Norway. This field is located approximately 8 kilometers North West of the Oseberg field center at block 30/9-30/6 on the Norwegian continental shelf, at water depths of 100 meters. The contract covers project management, engineering and manufacture of over 9 kilometers of static steel tube umbilical. The umbilical includes a large bore integrated service line and multiple power cables.

Maritime Security Experts Weigh in on West Africa

Maritime operations in West Africa are affected by threats from piracy and other maritime crime. It is very complex to get an overview of the different types of maritime security provisions that are legal in the countries throughout the region. Risk Intelligence now provides this insight with a new service, including reports with an overview of the use of private and government security in 18 countries in the region. Risk Intelligence CEO, Hans Tino Hansen, said, “We have provided security analysis for West Africa for more than 10 years.

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Vitol Signs Deal with Angola LNG

Angola LNG (ALNG) and Vitol, the world’s largest independent energy dealer, have entered into a multi-year LNG sales agreement. Under the agreement, ALNG cargoes will be delivered to Vitol at destinations around the world. Commenting on the sales agreement, Artur Pereira, CEO, Angola LNG Marketing Ltd, said: “This sales agreement is an important step for Angola LNG and demonstrates our ability to respond to the needs of our customers and the market. Pablo Galante Escobar, Head of LNG, Vitol, said; “We are delighted to have entered into this agreement with Angola LNG.

Fishery Research Vessel for Angolan Ministry of Fisheries. Photo Damen

Damen Fishery Research Vessel for Angola

The Damen Shipyards Group has received an order for a state-of-the-art, 74 m Fishery Research Vessel from the Angolan Ministry of Fisheries. This special vessel, which has Silent-A/F/R Class notation and features a basic design from Skipsteknisk. The Angolan Ministry of Fisheries has been a customer for many years and previously Damen delivered two 62 m Fishery Inspection Surveillance Vessels 6210 and a smaller Fishery Research Vessel (FRV 2808). This vessel represents the cutting…

IBIA: Bunker Market Opportunities in Africa

The bunker market in Africa is evolving, with real opportunities for those willing to invest time and resource to overcome the obstacles. Illicit activities and poor practices are becoming less common, regulation is increasing and quality of service is improving. However, the increased regulation has in some places reduced competitiveness and as a result, is restricting market growth. This was the conclusion of the speakers and delegates at the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) Africa Regional Forum held in Cape Town, South Africa last week.

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No recovery for Container Traffic in sight - Drewry

Asia to West Africa container traffic fell by 19% in the third quarter; the end-year result will not be much better. The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook, published last month, described “multispeed” growth for sub-Saharan Africa economies with the divide between the haves and have nots hinging on different nations’ exposure to commodities. The biggest West African economies of Nigeria and Angola are struggling to adjust to lower oil revenues with the former expected to see GDP contract by 1.7% this year and the latter to flat-line.