Australia Reaches for LNG Crown as $200 Billion Boom Ends

By Stephen Stapczynski (Bloomberg) --Australia started the last in a $200 billion wave of natural gas mega-projects, setting it on course to become world’s top exporter of the fuel. Royal Dutch Shell Plc said Tuesday its Prelude floating liquefied natural gas terminal offshore northern Australia shipped its first cargo. It’s the eighth Australian plant to start since 2012 by … [Read more...]

Prelude FLNG Ships First Gas

The long-awaited first shipment of liquefied natural gas has sailed from Shell's massive Prelude FLNG facility that is now permanently moored off the coast of Western Australia. Shell announced Tuesday that the first shipment of LNG departed Prelude aboard the LNG carrier Valencia Knutsen destined for customers in Asia. The Prelude FLNG facility is operated by Shell in … [Read more...]

Shell Plans South Africa Oil Expansion With Second Deal

By Paul Burkhardt (Bloomberg) -- Royal Dutch Shell Plc is planning to acquire an oil-block stake in a second deal in South Africa’s relatively unexplored waters, months after a major discovery by Total SA boosted the country’s hydrocarbon prospects. Shell has applied to take a stake in a license owned by OK Energy, located in deep waters off South Africa’s west coast, … [Read more...]

Shell’s Up Next, And Last, in Australia’s $200 Billion LNG Bonanza

By Dan Murtaugh and Stephen Stapczynski (Bloomberg) -- And then there was one. Australia’s nine-year, $200 billion boom in liquefied natural gas still has a final debut in the works: Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s Prelude, floating 200 kilometers (124 miles) off its northwest coast. It’s the last project in that investment cycle to start production after Japan’s Inpex … [Read more...]

Shell’s LNG Canada Seen as Tip of the LNG Mega-Project Iceberg

By Sabina Zawadzki LONDON, Oct 2 (Reuters) - The launch of a massive liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project in Canada has finally fired the starting gun on a wave of plan approvals around the world, needed to avoid a supply crunch after 2020. Royal Dutch Shell said it would export LNG from Western Canada by 2025 after approving a $14 billion project, hot on the heels of … [Read more...]