• 2018 April 12 16:00

    LNG terminal in Klaipėda efficiently guarantees gas supply competition in the region

    KN says the experts from the international company Pöyry Management Consulting presented a study on securing long-term import of liquefied natural gas (LNG). The study presented on 11 April examines the need for LNG supply after 2024 and presents a cost-benefit analysis of the most economically advantageous alternatives of securing such supply. The study reveals that the LNG terminal will continue to bring economic benefits to Lithuania after 2024.
     
    Independent experts selected through an open tender evaluated whether it is appropriate for Lithuania in terms of economic and supply security to ensure long-term import of liquefied natural gas after 2024, when the lease of FSRU Independence expires.
    Experts carried out the cost-benefit analysis with a view to identifying an economically optimal solution for securing long-term LNG supply. They evaluated three potential alternatives: acquisition of the LNG terminal after 2024; extension of the lease for another 10 years; and extension of the lease for another 20 years.
     
    The study reveals that the LNG terminal will bring economic benefit to Lithuania and the region’s gas consumers after 2024. Being a reliable alternative source of gas, the LNG terminal will guarantee competition in the gas market and contribute to the national energy security.
     
     “The findings of the study confirm that the LNG terminal efficiently guarantees gas supply competition in the region and creates conditions for gas supply to Lithuania’s consumers at the best current global market prices. The gas price corresponding to the EU average has been guaranteed in Lithuania since 2015, which is one of the major achievements in terminal operation. With these insights from the expert analysis we are able to move to another stage aimed at providing shareholders with an economically balanced and responsibly assessed proposal regarding a technical solution that best meets the interests of the country, the shareholders and KN,” says Mindaugas Jusius, CEO of AB Klaipėdos nafta (KN), the operator of oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals.
     
    “The consultants’ analysis shows that the LNG terminal in Klaipėda will continue to play the role of a tool for the exertion of an efficient pressure on gas prices after 2024, like it does at present. It is equally important that any chosen scenario of long-term LNG supply after 2024 – whether buying or leasing the terminal – would enable reduction of terminal maintenance costs for consumers in the coming years,” says Minister of Energy Žygimantas Vaičiūnas.
     
    As the study states, failure to ensure long-term import of LNG supply poses a risk of failure to ensure adequate competition among suppliers and a competitive pressure on gas prices of the dominant supplier. The LNG terminal reduces the risks of possibilities of Gazprom, a dominant supplier in the region, to abuse the dominant position in the market and unreasonably increase gas import prices for consumers. According to estimates, if there were no LNG terminal in Lithuania, Gazprom could apply an extra mark-up of 11 to 20 per cent on gas sold in the region. According to experts, the most conservative estimates show that benefits created by the LNG terminal to Lithuania solely due to lower gas prices would reach EUR 20–60 million annually after 2024, depending on the regional market model functioning at that time.
     
    The economic benefit of the LNG terminal has been evaluated from the perspective of three markets: the Lithuanian market, the common gas market of three Baltic countries, and the common Baltic-Finnish gas market.
     
    The analysis has assessed both opportunities and risks in all three scenarios of long-term security of LNG supply. According to experts, if Lithuania buys a terminal, it will be able to flexibly react to the unexpected shift in circumstances, for example, changes in natural gas consumption. There would be no such flexibility in the case of lease of the LNG terminal.
     
    The study states that if a Lithuanian-Polish gas pipeline (GIPL) is built, the supply security situation will improve, yet GIPL alone will not be enough to guarantee the competitive level of prices. The analysis shows that supply security and efficient communication among suppliers might be ensured only upon availability of at least two sources alternative to Russian gas: the LNG terminal and GIPL.
     
    The analysis also reveals that if decisions related to long-term security of LNG supply are adopted before 2024, this would create additional economic value and enable reduction of infrastructure maintenance costs for gas consumers.
     
    On Friday, an independent expert analysis will be introduced to the Infrastructure Commission of the Government which will envisage further steps. The Government will pass final decisions regarding long-term security of LNG supply. As provided in the Plan of Implementing Measures of the Government’s Programme, this has to be done by the end of 2018.




2018 December 18

18:21 Uniper SE and MOL enter into agreement on FSRU project in Germany, and one additional LNG transportation agreement
18:00 Throughput of Chinese ports grew by 4.3% to 8.47 billion tonnes in 11M’18
17:46 Rolls-Royce to deliver advanced ship technology to two more expedition cruise vessels for Mystic Cruises
17:43 Aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth enters LR class
17:27 SOL adds Finnish port of Pietarsaari/Jakobstad to the Zeebrugge route network
17:04 Finnpilot Pilotage BoD decided for no increase in the pilotage fees for 2019
16:42 GTT bags yet another tank design order for LNGC duo
16:38 PRA starts construction of new plastics recycling facility at the Port of Amsterdam
16:25 Arctia and Meritaito join forces to expand their range of services
16:09 Crowley integrates DFTS management into government solutions group to unify supply chain services
15:42 KN enhances its relations with American LNG giants
15:18 BW Group Limited purchased 137,000 shares
14:53 Icebreakers of FSUE Rosmorport assisted 680 ships in navigation season 2018-2019
14:28 Shell Oman and Port of Duqm ink agreement to develop fuel bunkering facilities
14:11 Golar LNG receives LNTP for an FLNG vessel for Greater Tortue / Ahmeyim Project P1, West Africa
13:47 WEG and Praxis sign MoU to support Damen Saab bid for the Brazilian Navy
13:41 Eni gets approval of the investment plan for Merakes Development Project in Indonesia
13:22 Sovcomflot closes USD 264 million long-term revolving credit facility
12:58 Bunker prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:40 Antwerp, Belgium will host the 3rd European Environmental Ports Conference on 12-13 June 2019
12:19 Keppel receives limited notice to proceed for GIMI FLNG
11:57 3 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on December 17-18
11:35 Terna’s MONITA HVDC Project: Nexans reaches key milestone with successful completion of submarine power cable
11:10 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) down 5.4% to 17.96 million TEUs in Jan-Nov’18
10:46 Bunker sales at the port of Singapore in 11M’18 down 1.8% Y-o-Y to 45.49 million tonnes
10:23 Maersk announces rate increase for Far East to North Europe trade
10:05 Brent Crude futures price down 1.53% to $58.72, Light Sweet Crude – down 1.61% to $49.39
09:47 Austal export opportunity supported by Australian Government financing
09:31 Rosatom drafted Rules for providing navigational and hydrographic support in NSR waters
09:14 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,406 points

2018 December 17

18:23 Sembcorp Marine retains its position as Asia’s top cruise ship repair and upgrade solutions provider with newbuilds projects delivered in 2018
18:02 USPA announced tenders for dredging in Mariupol and Berdiansk seaports
17:48 SITC holds naming and delivery ceremony for M/V SITC SENDAI
17:37 ONE to implement LSF surcharge in China and Taiwan
17:15 NCSP Group's consolidated cargo turnover for January-October totaled 116,946 thousand tons
16:41 Moody's reaffirms Panama Canal's A2 long-term rating with stable outlook
16:26 Port of Oakland shatters 11-year-old record for November imports
15:54 Yamal LNG will build one more natural gas liquefaction facility
15:27 Nor-Shipping and Nordic Innovation team up for “Sea Meets Land” funding initiative
15:17 PETRONAS releases Annual Activity Outlook report for 2019-2021
14:56 NOVATEK elects a new member to the Management Board
14:37 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 15,328 in RF spot market
14:13 Damen’s triple delivery for Murjan Al Sharq Marine Contracting
13:41 Pacific Fleet and Indian Navy warships practice inspection operation as part of Indra Navy 2018 Russian-Indian naval exercise
13:19 Queen Máxima christens Van Oord's TSHD Vox Amalia
12:58 9 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on December 16-17
12:36 Samsung Heavy Industries secures yet another contract for an LNGC
12:23 Saab secures shipping safety contract for Shangai container port
12:00 Composit supports the 6th Forum of Dredging Companies as its Sponsor
11:42 Milaha unveils large plans to upgrade its shipyard in Mesaieed
11:01 IBIA welcomes decision by IMO’s MSC to add new item to its agenda to address concerns about fuel safety
10:43 SENER to design passenger vessel for Tanzanian ferry operator
10:17 Brent Crude futures price down 0.02% to $60.27, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.21% to $51.58
09:58 Port of Singapore throughput in 11M’18 grew by 0.4% Y-o-Y to 575.44 million tonnes
09:40 Floating regasification plant “Marshal Vasilevsky” arrives in Kaliningrad
09:15 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,401 points

2018 December 16

16:09 Navios Acquisition completes acquisition of Navios Midstream
15:23 Thun Tankers names environmentally adapted tanker Thun Evolve
13:21 Traxens trials IoT network in port environment for first time, at MSC Terminal Valencia
12:32 Executives must watch both sea and air amid trade war tensions, warns Xeneta