LNG: BIG AUSTRALIA
GPN wrote, gross Australian LNG production increased by 53.2% in the March quarter to 10.1 MMt with the ramp-up of production from Australia Pacific LNG (APLNG) and Golar LNG (GLNG) projects in Queensland and the first cargo from the Gorgon project in Western Australia. The country's LNG exports reached 3.8 MMt during the same period, while Russia's LNG exports totaled 2.5 MMt.
"Queensland's performance is extraordinary, from zero LNG exports as recently as 18 months ago to more than Russia already," said EnergyQuest CEO, Dr. Graeme Bethune. "These projects have ramped up more quickly than expected and are near or exceeding nameplate capacity."
The BG/Shell's Queensland Curtis LNG (QCLNG) project shipped 31 cargos in 1Q, comprising 2.1 MMt; the Santos Gladstone LNG (GLNG) project shipped 16 cargos totaling nearly 1 MMt; and the Origin Energy-Conoco Phillips project shipped 11 cargoes accounting for 0.7 MMt.
Interestingly, LNG output is now Australia's largest component of petroleum production. Production from the ExxonMobil/BHP Billiton plant at Longford in Gippsland increased by 66% in 1Q to 64.2 petajoules (PJ), meeting increased demand from Melbourne, New South Wales and the stricken Tasmanian energy network. This was the joint venture's highest 1Q production in at least a decade.
Despite a 36% quarter-on-quarter (qoq) fall in average Australian LNG export prices due to the fall in oil prices, Australian LNG export revenue in 1Q of $4.5 B was only down slightly from 1Q 2015, supported by the growth of export volumes, according to the report.
Australian petroleum production continued to grow over 1Q, increasing 26.4% qoq to 162.7 MMboe. Domestic gas production fell marginally qoq in 1Q to 262.6 PJ. However, domestic gas production in Western Australia grew by 3% qoq to a record 94.7 PJ.
Total Australian natural gas and ethane production was up 33% in 1Q compared to March 2015.
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GAZPROM - The parties discussed relevant issues related to bilateral cooperation, including the Baltic LNG project. Emphasis was placed on the priority measures aimed at developing a joint design concept (pre-FEED).
BHGE - U.S. Rig Count is up 11 rigs from last week to 1,063, with oil rigs up 8 to 869, gas rigs up 4 to 193, and miscellaneous rigs down 1 to 1. Canada Rig Count is up 13 rigs from last week to 195, with oil rigs up 8 to 127 and gas rigs up 5 to 68.
REUTERS - Brent crude futures had risen $1.02 cents, or 1.3 percent, to $81.28 a barrel by 0637 GMT. The contract dropped 3.4 percent on Thursday following sharp falls in equity markets and indications that supply concerns have been overblown. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were up 80 cents, or 1.1 percent, at $71.77 a barrel, after a 3 percent fall in the previous session. WTI is on track for a 3.5 percent drop this week.
EIA - Brent crude oil spot prices averaged $79 per barrel (b) in September, up $6/b from August. EIA expects Brent spot prices will average $74/b in 2018 and $75/b in 2019. EIA expects West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil prices will average about $6/b lower than Brent prices in 2018 and in 2019.