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Ron Nissimov

Ron Nissimov started writing for NGI in June 2020, after covering the North American LNG market for 15 years and closely witnessing its incredible transformation from importing to exporting. He worked for seven years at Argus Media and prior to that for eight years at Platts LNG Daily. Before writing about LNG, Ron was a newspaper reporter for 12 years, including nine years at the Houston Chronicle, where he covered city hall, higher education, civil courts and general assignments. He earned a master’s degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree in studio art, specializing in photography, from Stanford University.

Australia’s Woodside Saw 3Q Earnings Plummet Amid Weak LNG Prices

Australia’s Woodside Saw 3Q Earnings Plummet Amid Weak LNG Prices

Woodside Petroleum Ltd., Australia’s top natural gas producer, reported a steep 42% fall in third-quarter revenue from a year ago despite higher sales volumes, as its long-term liquefied natural gas (LNG) export contracts were hit hard by low oil prices from last quarter. Most of Woodside’s LNG contracts are with Asian customers and are indexed…

October 27, 2020
France’s Engie Delays Finalizing U.S. LNG Deal With NextDecade Over Emissions Concerns

France’s Engie Delays Finalizing U.S. LNG Deal With NextDecade Over Emissions Concerns

French energy company Engie SA has indefinitely postponed signing a long-term deal to buy liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the proposed Rio Grande LNG facility in Texas because of French government concerns over hydraulic fracturing (fracking), a person close to the matter told NGI on Friday. “What is very clear is that Engie postponed discussions…

October 26, 2020
LNG Infrastructure Easily Modified to Liquefy Hydrogen, Says Chart CEO

LNG Infrastructure Easily Modified to Liquefy Hydrogen, Says Chart CEO

Natural gas liquefaction technology made by Chart Industries Inc. can be modified relatively easily to also liquefy hydrogen for export, the CEO said Thursday. Ball Ground, GA-based Chart provides liquid gas technologies and equipment for the energy, water and space industries, among others. It has in the last few years become more focused on the…

October 23, 2020
Texas Oil, Natural Gas Pipelines Said Major Contributor to State Economy

Texas Oil, Natural Gas Pipelines Said Major Contributor to State Economy

The Texas oil and gas pipeline sector supported more than 238,000 high paying jobs and contributed more than $48.6 billion to the state in 2019, according to a Texas Tech University study. The report, by Tech’s Center for Energy Commerce at the Rawls College of Business, was commissioned by the Austin, TX-based Texas Pipeline Association…

October 21, 2020
Total Sells First Carbon Neutral LNG Cargo to CNOOC

Total Sells First Carbon Neutral LNG Cargo to CNOOC

French major Total SE has delivered its first carbon-neutral liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo, with the shipment going to state-controlled China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC), Total management said this week. “This first LNG shipment, whose carbon emissions have been offset throughout the value chain, represents a new step as we seek to support our…

October 21, 2020
U.S. LNG Industry Not Seen Favoring Trump or Biden Presidency

U.S. LNG Industry Not Seen Favoring Trump or Biden Presidency

The U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector could successfully work with either President Trump or Democratic nominee Joseph R. Biden Jr. in the upcoming presidential election, experts told NGI.   Trump has been a “great cheerleader for U.S. LNG” by raising the industry’s profile and addressing some regulatory bottlenecks during his first term, said LNG Allies…

October 20, 2020
EU Methane Emissions Measures Not Seen Impacting U.S. LNG

EU Methane Emissions Measures Not Seen Impacting U.S. LNG

A European Union (EU) blueprint released last week to reduce methane emissions will not impact the U.S. liquified natural gas (LNG) industry for now because the plan does not include restrictions on emissions from foreign producers, experts told NGI. “The methane emissions policies issued by the EU would not have an immediate impact on the…

October 19, 2020
Gazprom Touts Another Natural Gas Discovery in Yamal

Gazprom Touts Another Natural Gas Discovery in Yamal

Russia’s state-owned Gazprom said it has made its fourth natural gas discovery in the last two years on the shelf of the Yamal Peninsula in the Kara Sea. An exploratory well reached a flow rate of about 600,000 cubic meters/d (21.2 million cubic feet/d), which “proves that the new deposit contains substantial amounts of gas,”…

October 14, 2020
Jera to Shutter Inefficient Japanese Coal Plants by 2030 in Move to Net-Zero Carbon Goal

Jera to Shutter Inefficient Japanese Coal Plants by 2030 in Move to Net-Zero Carbon Goal

Japan’s biggest power producer Jera Co. Inc. plans to shutter all its inefficient coal-fired generators in the country by 2030 as it works toward zero carbon emissions by 2050. Jera, a joint venture between utilities Tokyo Electric Power Co. and Chubu Electric Power Co., on Tuesday unveiled more specific plans to move to net-zero carbon…

October 13, 2020
Duke Energy Plans Net-Zero Methane Emissions, Faster Coal Retirements

Duke Energy Plans Net-Zero Methane Emissions, Faster Coal Retirements

Gas and electric utility Duke Energy plans to significantly reduce its carbon footprint through accelerating coal plant retirements, achieving net zero methane emissions in its natural gas business by 2030, among other proposed measures. Management at Charlotte, North Carolina-Duke announced the goals Friday during what they called its inaugural environmental, social and governance investor day.…

October 12, 2020
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