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LPG producers - act now or go away forever

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About two years ago I was deeply involved in some LPG project…

The Ethane conundrum

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Some time ago, I have written about the LPG tidal wave that hits…

How energy communism has gotten us into this mess

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My year 1988 was dominated by my mandatory spell of military…

US shale to the Caribbean

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In 2005, the Natural Gas world looked at North America to become…

LNG in South Africa

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The new situation we have with comparatively cheaper LNG is sharpening…

Iran / India - an energy partnership?

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Iran's sanctions have been lifted a couple of months now and…

The value of the anchor customer in LNG projects

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When Nigeria LNG started operations in 1999, it had become the…

LNG pricing - the enemy within (and the one at the door)

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I am just getting out of the thick of the Central European Gas…

Could The Comoros be a base for hydrocarbon products to Africa

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Everyone holds his breath as one of the most important hydrocarbon…

Don't try to avoid the F-word in LNG

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There is a German saying. He, who does a voyage, shall have stories…

Could the Emirates be to the Middle Eastern gas market what the UK was to European one

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In the mid Nineties, the UK transformed its gas market unleashing liberalization.…

Ragnarok for oil sellers – and you thought the mayhem is over

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All those interested in Norse mythology (I am sure there are…

The real reason for the (so called) low oil price

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So we have lived through the last OPEC meeting in Vienna holding…

The last wonderland for LPG and condensate exporters

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The world of those who trade liquefied gasses and light condensate…

How about lunar strawberries?

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Humanity is capable of astonishing feats from making atoms visible to landing probes on saturnian moons. In business though, there are limits of what should be done - or not.

Use LNG or lose money - the example of Iran

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Let me give you some figures straight. Iran consumes a little…

We must get off Russian gas - and it’s not because of Putin or Ukraine

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News on another potential Russian gas crisis is galore. Not a…

The true price of LNG

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Multiple times since I have turned into the Pitbull, I have faced…

LNG startup companies and the investors game

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No cash - no business. That’s stone old wisdom. Any LNG venture…

The value of bad news - only good news is toxic

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Too much good news can kill an otherwise perfectly healthy project as it raises a lot of alarm bells. Those problems are not to be taken lightly and need careful planning and constant calibrating of the project. But denying that it’s there is not going to make things better as educated partners, customers, officials and investors will not miss out on it.

America is the new energy El Dorado - what about Europe now?

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America rapidly transforms from the energy problem child to become the new el Dorado. The economy is pimped by all the investment going the other side of the Atlantic. The population is blessed with much cheaper fuel and lets not forget - the environment does better than any time after World War 2. Why cant we have that in Europe?

Africas energy master plans - any good in them

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I have seen many of those plans and they have never worked. Not because they are African. This stuff cannot work if you put it in Europe or North America. Because grand Master plans generally are impossible to realize. They inherently lack flexibility, which is necessary to deal with unforeseen events or twists and turns in the market or the international energy scene.

You'll get what you are given - attitudes in LNG sales

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Its hard to get LNG if you need it - its even downright impossible if you are competing in a pipeline gas driven market. Much of the blame lies with the buyers as I have pointed out in many posts. But the sellers attitudes are not helpful.

Leapfrogging - LNG for Africa

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Many African countries are oil producers but they are also beset by frequent power outages. At the same time they flare Natural Gas in huge volumes. Infrastructure to bring that gas to power plants and then further distribute electricity is weak or non existent. That could be a blessing in disguise as the continent is on the verge of an energy revolution.

LNG or emulsion fuels – whats it gonna be

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It's a thorny question. And not one with a clear-cut answer possible.…

LNG is cold (when it should be cool)

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It’s incredible how misunderstood Natural Gas and especially LNG is by the general public. It’s the solution to many of our problems (at least energy wise) and still it has a bad name. That’s a shame as this stuff is so incredibly cool, it would have to be invented if it did not exist already.

Caribbean LNG - the steel pan paradigm

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The Caribbean would be the perfect region for LNGification. It has not happened yet which is a shame as the immaculate pearl it evokes in our phantasies has been tarnished. But things are about to change, very dramatically so.

Business Development in Natural Gas - get the Frontschwein out

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Business Developers have to become a Frontschwein in order to face the challenges of the European Natural Gas business. That's no easy feat for companies that are still pretty monopolistic - and stiff - in spirit.