State Outlines Problems with Proposed Port MacKenzie LNG Site
Larry Persily, Alaska Business, November 29, 2018
Constructing the gas liquefaction plant and marine terminal at the Port MacKenzie site proposed by the Matanuska-Susitna Borough does not eliminate the challenges of building on the property across Knik Arm from Anchorage instead of the project’s preferred site sixty miles to the south on Cook Inlet, the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. (AGDC) told federal regulators. The state team this month filed several lengthy packages of information in response to a list of requests sent October 2 from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which is just three months away from its scheduled release of the proposed Alaska LNG project’s draft environmental impact statement (EIS). The review will look at multiple project alternatives—including the LNG plant site.
Chinese yards lead race for LNG Canada contract
Xu Yihe, Upstream Online, November 29, 2018
A pair of Chinese fabrication yards have emerged as the front runners to provide the bulk of the modules needed to build two liquefied natural gas trains for the Shell-led LNG Canada project in British Columbia. Among the six bidders to supply more than 200,000 tonnes of modules for the C$40 billion (US$31.2 billion) LNG project, the facilities of Offshore Oil Engineering Company (COOEC) and its joint venture partner Fluor – COOEC-Fluor Heavy Industry – in China’s Zhuhai city are leading the race for the process modules, sources familiar with the tender process said. Two other Chinese yards, Penglai Jutal Offshore Engineering and Bomesc Offshore Engineering, will likely provide some utility modules and those for electric power, they added. The lead contractor, the US-Japanese Fluor-JGC consortium, will make awards in the first quarter next year.
What to expect from the crucial G-20 meeting between Trump and Xi this weekend
Yen Nee Lee, CNBC, November 30, 2018
- Discussions around trade are expected to dominate the G-20 summit, with the meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping likely to take center stage.
- Most experts are not expecting a major breakthrough in the ongoing U.S.-China tariff fight.
- “At most, there might be an agreement for the president to withhold further tariffs … in exchange for discussions over the next several months,” said Gary Locke, former U.S. ambassador to China.
From the Washington Examiner, Daily on Energy
MEANWHILE…KIDS APPEAL CONSTITUTIONAL CLIMATE CHANGE LAWSUIT IN ALASKA: A group of 16 youths is appealing a decision by the Alaskan superior court last month to throw out their climate change claims.
The appeal was sent to the state’s Supreme Court late Thursday, noting that it comes just days after the U.S. national climate change assessment was released showing that it would be devastating not to combat global warming.
What are they appealing? The state’s superior court had concluded that the youths did not point to any policy of the state that has contributed to climate change. The court ruled that the claims must be addressed by Alaska’s executive and legislative branches of governments.
The Trump administration is fighting a similar lawsuit making its way through the federal court system. The youths in both cases argue that government actions have helped create an energy system that has spurred on global warming, undermining their constitutional rights for personal well-being