• 2019 November 7 12:27

    Board of KN adopted principle decisions on securing long-term LNG import

    The Board of KN (AB „Klaipėdos nafta“), the Oil and LNG Terminal Operator, adopted decisions to secure long-term LNG import to Lithuania by acquiring liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage unit “Independence” or another floating liquefied natural gas storage unit (FSRU) by the end of 2024. According to the company’s press release, a decision has also been passed to contact the National Energy Regulatory Council (hereinafter - NERC) immediately to optimize terminal costs thereby reducing the cost of LNG terminal infrastructure for consumers by EUR 27 million per year from 2020.

     “Estimates show that the LNG terminal will provide economic benefits for Lithuania and gas consumers of the region after 2024. As a reliable alternative for gas import, the LNG terminal will ensure competition in the gas market and contribute to the energy security of the state. In turn, this provides Lithuania with opportunities for regional leadership in the energy sector and for KN to further actively develop the cross-border LNG chain of value,” says Arūnas Molis, the director of KN Klaipėda LNG.
     
    Final decisions on the specific choice and conditions of the floating liquefied natural gas storage vessel will be approved by the Board of KN, and this decision is expected to be made by the end of 2022. 
     
    In order to implement the decisions on the reduction of the security component, which could be implemented already from 2020 onwards by reducing the security component by about EUR 27 million, the company plans to borrow up to EUR 135.5 million from the Nordic Investment Bank (hereinafter - the NIB).  This loan would be used to finance the rent payable for the LNG storage unit. The loan repayment would be secured by a state guarantee, which has already been agreed with the European Commission (EC) and will also have to be approved by the Seimas.

    “The decisions passed are extremely important as they provide the basis for the company to initiate specific actions to optimize LNG costs as quickly as possible. Of course, this is only one element in the state’s overall goal to reduce the security component. Smooth cooperation between decision-makers, including the NERC, will be crucial for its quickest possible implementation,” says A. Molis.
     
    A. Molis emphasizes that KN will propose to the NERC to reduce the security component upon the condition that an agreement with the NIB for the necessary loan is finalised and the State guarantee for this loan is activated. In addition, the Company’s management is committed to agree with financial institutions regarding financing for the acquisition of FSRU by the end of April 2020, and to ensure the respective state aid clearance for these loans by the end of May 2021.
     
    “We strive to implement the actions set forth in the Law on LNG as quickly and efficiently as possible. The entire process of achieving the overall goal of securing long-term LNG supply to the country remains extremely complex, so at this point we are keeping all decisions focused within KN and we are focusing on the next, but no less important phase related to the acquisition of the LNG storage unit,” says A. Molis.
     
    The decisions of the Board of KN must be approved by the shareholders of KN at the General Shareholders Meeting.




2020 July 7

18:06 ZIM unveils new digital services
17:49 Great Arctic Regatta started in Saint Petersburg
17:27 Crude exports via Kozmino in HI’2020 grew by 5% YoY
17:02 Deepsea Atlantic drilling rig returning to Johan Sverdrup
16:35 Optimarin successfully completes IMO G8 and USCG test programme
16:12 Alfa Laval takes its service offer to the next level through remote service guidance
15:56 New ferry line Baltic Link launched at the port of Riga
15:28 RF Government allocates RUB 320 million to subsidize shipping companies
15:02 ABP delivers project cargo using North Lincolnshire’s waterways
14:32 Air Liquide and the Port of Rotterdam Authority launch initiative for hydrogen road transport
14:02 Konecranes to deliver mobile harbor crane to new terminal in Trieste
13:46 Bunker prices rise at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
13:32 KNOT concludes long-term charter contract with PetroChina for shuttle tanker
13:11 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to West Africa
12:49 Throughput of Vostochny Port in HI’2020 grew by 6% YoY
12:30 GTT Training and Wavelink Maritime Institute in collaboration to deliver LNG training in Singapore
12:23 Tom Hautekiet becomes new CEO Port of Zeebrugge
12:01 IMO endorses guidance on ensuring seafarers’ access to medical care onshore
11:58 NRP facilitates long-term financing for a newbuilt arctic container vessel
11:00 The CMA CGM Group simplifies its trade network on the Transpacific trade
10:52 First jacket successfully installed at Moray East, Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm
10:52 Aker Arctic joins ePIcenter project
10:14 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, July 07
10:08 Zvezda shipyard starts steel cutting for nuclear-powered icebreaker Rossiya, Project 10510
09:31 Oil prices are decreasing
09:13 Baltic Dry Index as of July 6
08:40 Klaveness Combination Carriers secures the first sustainability linked bank financing in Norwegian shipping

2020 July 6

19:07 Equinor awarded framework contract for engineering and installation services on Statfjord
18:27 CMA CGM to launch Round the Africa service
18:07 APM Terminals Buenos Aires facilitates first ever export of lemons from Argentina to China
17:31 Northern Sea Route cargo traffic in 6M’2020 reached 14.8 million tonnes
17:30 Kloosterboer starts construction of Cool Port II at City Terminal Rotterdam
17:06 ArcelorMittal issues invitation to tender for heat network in North Sea Port
16:45 Damen delivers five zero emissions propulsion ferries to Arriva in Copenhagen
16:12 Kvaerner improves financial results and outlook
15:32 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO fell to RUB 9,623 in RF spot market
15:08 EMSA’s RPAS to support Finnish, Estonian and Swedish Coast Guard functions
14:05 Zvezda Shipyard lays down fifth Aframax tanker, Nursultan Nazarbayev
13:33 Throughput of Port Vysotsky in 6M’2020 fell by 16.5% YoY
13:10 CMA CGM announces PSS from the Indian Subcontinent, Middle East Gulf, Red Sea & Egypt Red Sea ports to the US Gulf, US East Coast & Canada East Coast
12:00 Sembcorp Marine President & CEO appointed Co-chair of International Advisory Panel on Maritime Decarbonisation
11:01 A.P. Moller - Maersk to acquire European specialist KGH Customs Services
11:00 The car carrier Höegh Xiamen declared a constructive total loss after fire
10:31 IMO is holding an informal (virtual) preliminary discussion session on short-term measures for reducing GHG emissions from ships
10:22 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, July 06
10:00 GTT receives an order from Zvezda for the tank design of five ARC7 ice-breaking LNG carriers
09:56 Republic of Korea implements national sulphur emission control area
09:47 Tallink Grupp cancels Riga-Saaremaa direct special trip
09:29 AS Tallink Grupp published its statistics for June 2020 and 2Q of 2020 financial year
09:13 Baltic Dry Index as of July 3

2020 July 5

15:02 FURUNO acquire EMRI A/S, Danish based provider of advanced ships Maneuvering and Steering Systems
14:51 HamiltonJet partners with RIBCRAFT to power 48 US Navy RHIBs
13:42 Ingalls Shipbuilding awarded $936 million contract to build navy destroyer
12:18 Huisman to deliver offshore mast crane for wind turbine installation in Taiwan
10:44 USCG assists disabled vessels near Freeport, Texas

2020 July 4

15:01 APL announces storage arrangements for China reefer imports
14:39 MAN to supply compression technology for offshore gas production
13:28 Naval Group selected iXblue to supply navigation systems for Gowind-class vessels
12:33 USCG halts illegal charter, rescues 2 on disabled jet ski near Venetian Causeway Bridge
11:04 DNV GL: Ports can be the front runners of the energy transition, if port authorities and industry sectors join forces