The year started with the first import at Turkey’s Etki FSRU.
We observed an influx of vessels discharged at Milford Haven in March, after the absence of cargoes in February:
- Zarga, 3-March
- Mozah, 5-March
- Al Nuaman, 14-March
- Aamira, 15-March
- Lijmiliya, 22-March
- Al Mafyar, 28-March
Planned maintenance on Tangguh Train 2 (3.8 mtpa) took place from 1-Apr until 31-May. Six cargoes were loaded in April, and seven – in May.
The scheduled maintenance at Snohvit from 12-May until 18-June led to a drop in May exports. The fleet has been reallocated accordingly:
- Arctic Lady loaded at Bethioua and delivered her cargo to SLNG on 24-May
- Arctic Discoverer lifted a cargo at Sabine Pass and discharged at Gate on 8-June
- Arctic Aurora loaded at Sabine Pass and delivered to Toscana on 26-June. This is a delivery for DufEnergy against their won OLT Toscana tender
Gorgon Train 1 came to a halt due to unplanned maintenance on 15-May, which took place for about a month. Number of other regular checks were also done during this period.
Idku was experiencing a high activity with three cargoes lifted in May.
The June 2017 Qatar diplomatic crisis resulted in several LNG market moves we witnessed:
- Two Qatargas vessels (Al Mafyar and Zarga) were delivering from Ras Laffan to South Hook, and they diverted their route on 8-June, from initally indicated Suez Canal to the Cape of Good Hope
- Another Qatari vessel, Rasgas’ Al Aamriya, also took the longer route via the Cape of Good Hope to deliver her cargo to Barcelona, ETA 16-July
- We also observed that Qatari vessels were repositioned from Fujairah anchorage to the Ras Laffan achorage, following the official statement from the Fujairah Port on 5-June
Two US LNG cargoes found their home in NWE in June:
- Statoil’s Arctic Discoverer delivered her Sabine Pass cargo to Gate on 8-June. This is the first loaded cargo from Sabine Pass to NWE.
- Cheniere’s Clean Ocean discharged her cargo at Swinoujscie on 8-June.