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Kochi to Build LPG Terminal by 2017

India will soon construct a new LPG import terminal in Kochi, Kerala. Cochin Port Trust will oversee the construction on behalf of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC).

The port has awarded a ₹217.33-crore project to RKEC Projects Private Limited, Visakhapatnam to work on the jetty for super gas tankers. RKEC will set up a Multi User Liquid Terminal (MULT) at the Puthuvypeen jetty that will allow anchoring of super gas tankers. The project includes construction of a terminal with a 230 meters long berth for handling LPG and petroleum products worth ₹182.76 crore and a barge berth that will handle bunkers at a cost of ₹34.57 crore.

Expected to be completed in 2017, the terminal will import 6 lakh tonnes of LPG annually in the initial stage.

The MULT will enable import of LPG by IOC. Currently, IOC imports LPG via Mangaluru Port and supplies it to various destinations in Kerala by long road haulage. The new terminal will end Kerala’s dependence on LPG tanker lorries, that poses a major challenges given the frequent accidents.

Besides, there are also plans to connect the new import terminal with IOC’s Udayamperur LPG bottling plant while also connecting BPCL-Kochi Refinery through pipelines.

Ashutosh Gupta, Chief Manager (LPG-Operations) at Indian Oil Corp Ltd (IOC) will lead discussions on ‘India’s LPG Market Development & Growth Outlook’ at 10th LPGTrade Summit on 23-25 November, 2015, in Istanbul.

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Iran eyeing LPG exports to Africa, Europe and Asia

Iran is planning to increase LPG exports to African and European countries. The country is already exporting a bulk of its LPG to Asian countries – particularly China, India and Pakistan. It also exports to Iraq and a few other neighboring countries.

China is one of the major importers of Iran’s LPG and sulfur. It’s estimated that Iran earns approximately $1 billion annually from LPG shipments.

Iran is in talks with Turkey for exporting LPG supplies as well as eyeing more supplies to its existing customer – India.

Due to the US-led sanctions, Iran is not able to ship LPG to European countries, but negotiations are being conducted to start exports to Spain, said Mohammad Ali Barati, the managing director of the Iranian Gas Commercial Company (IGCC).

Africa is another market that Iran is eyeing. It already exports LPG to Kenya through its main port of Mombasa. However, Iran is facing challenges of shipping to other parts of Africa due to the lack of large dockyard facilities. For the time being, it is looking at big ships to transfer their cargo to smaller vessels on high seas in order to export LPG to Mozambique, Ghana and West African countries.

Iran is also doubling its fleet of carriers for shipment of LPG to the international market. The country has added 15 carriers in the past couple of years to ship LPG cargoes to its clients.

10th LPGTrade Summit on 23-25 November, 2015, in Istanbul will analyse the LPG demand and supply chain in greater detail.

Contact Ms. Huiyan at or call +65 6346 9113 for more details.

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LPG shipowners making inroads into ethane carriers business

With the shale gas boom and the rising demand for ethane, LPG shipowners are starting to explore the nascent ethane shipping and VLEC market.

Germany’s shipowner Hartmann Reederiei happens to be one of the first movers. The shipowner already announced its joint venture with Jaccar Holdings. The JV named United Ethane Carriers will commence commercially managing five 85,000 cu m VLECs.

Further Hartmann is expected to bareboat charter three 36,000 cu m liquid ethane gas carriers for 15 years. The carriers are being built at Sinopacific Shipbuilding and expected to be completed and delivered in 2016.

Traders believe that this new business has a lot of potential in the future as it is driven by shale gas.

Will other shipowners follow suit? How will this impact the LPG shipping industry? What will be the challenges and opportunities in LPG vs Ethane & Naphtha in Petrochemical Production?

Answers to the above will be shared at CMT’s annual event – 10th LPGTrade Summit on 23-25 November, 2015 in Istanbul.

Contact Ms. Huiyan at or call +65 6346 9113 for more details.


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Four Category Winners announced at LPGtrade Awards 2014

Four LPG industry awards were given away at the recently concluded 9th LPG Trade Summit held in The Address Dubai Marina on 11 November, 2014.

CMT’s highly anticipated LPGtrade Awards Night ceremony paid tribute to the outstanding contributions by LPG industry players amidst much fun-fare. The Best Trading Company was awarded to Petredec, while Navigator Gas won the Best Logistics Partner award. Clarksons walked away with the Best Broker award and the coveted Personality of the Year was presented to JC Heard, Naftomar.

Over 150 delegates, speakers, award nominees, guests as well as sponsors and exhibitors attended the awards ceremony, savoring fine food and entertainment. The first-ever LPG Awards conferred by CMT was strictly decided on the basis of voting, conducted online.

The Awards Night was part of the 9th LPG Trade Summit where top-notch speakers from Phillips 66, Poten & Partners (UK) Ltd, SHV Gas Supply & Risk Management SAS, OPIS, Panama Canal Authority, Amexgas, Astomos, E1 Corporation, Oriental Energy Company Limited, FACTS Global Energy, Dorian LPG Ltd., Viamar AS, Libra Fearnley Energy and F M Energy Services participated.

Phillips 66 and the Vitol Group were the Corporate Sponsors while Nimex Petroleum Group was the Coffee Break sponsor of this summit.

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Japan reports rise in July LPG stocks by 4% from June with imports increasing 27%

Japan LPGas Association reported that LPG stocks in Japan increased for the third-straight month in July. The stocks registered a rise of 4.03% as compared to June to 1.907 million mt. The rise is attributed to higher imports of 26.7% month on month to 958,000 mt at the end of July. This rise marks a rebound from a downtrend observed since March, the association’s data revealed.

The data also showed import terminal running stocks or supplies reporting an increase by 33% month on month to 310,000 mt in July, after it rose 55.3% to 233,000 mt in June.

While total LPG stocks decreased 5.2% year on year, propane stocks rose 11.3% month on month to 1.218 million mt in July making propane the number one among other inventories. Butane, on the other hand, saw a continued fall of its stocks, down 7.3% to 689,000 mt, according to the data.

The report further states that the total demand for LPG in July surged 20.1% month on month to 1.149 million mt, recovering after sliding 17% in June to 957,000 mt.

The rise is attributed to the rise in electricity demand to 118,000 mt in July, as the cooler weather continued in Japan leading to more use of hot water heaters, though air conditioners’ demand remained weak.

The industry was worried over high freight rates on the Persian Gulf-to-Japan route, which registered a record peak of around $140/mt in late July. Cargoes had a difficult time moving from the Middle East on an FOB basis. But traders opine that cargoes from the Atlantic Basin filled up the gap.

More on LPG trade patterns will be discussed at 9th LPG Trade Summit opening on 11-13 November, 2014 in Dubai.

Contact Ms. Huiyan at or call +65 6346 9113 for more details.

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Iran to enhance gas production, ready to supply gas to Kuwait, Turkey

Iran is geographically blessed when it comes to natural gas. The country has the world’s largest natural gas reserves. Therefore, Iran has been looking at various avenues to augment its gas production by attracting foreign and domestic investment, especially in its South Pars gas field.

The Islamic Republic of Iran is now geared to provide natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to Kuwait and Turkey.

Iran will supply gas to Turkey via a pipeline. The price of the exported gas will be arrived upon on mutually by the two countries.

Iran is also set to supply sulfur and LPG to Kuwait.

Moreover, the country is also seeking investments into its hydrocarbon projects from Kuwaiti financiers. The country has already submitted a package of oil and gas investment projects to Kuwaiti investors.

The draft model of new oil contracts was recently shared by Iran’s Oil Ministry, which is geared towards bringing in more foreign companies to develop Iranian hydrocarbon reservoirs.

Since foreign companies are no longer interested in “buy-back” contracts, the Iranian Petroleum Contract (IPC) will be replacing them to attract investors.

As per the IPC, National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) is allowed to establish joint ventures for crude oil and gas production with international companies, which will be paid with a share of the output.

More LPG business opportunities will be discussed at 9th LPG Trade Summit coming to Dubai on 11-13 November, 2014.

Contact Ms. Huiyan at or call +65 6346 9113 for more details.


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CMT to hold LPGtrade Awards 2014 under its flagship event – 9th LPG Trade Summit

LPGtrade Awards Night 2014CMT is proud to announce the LPGtrade Awards Night to be held at the 9th LPGtrade Summit this November 11-13 in Dubai.

CMT will recognize the outstanding contributions by LPG industry players with four categories of awards:

  1. Best Trading Company 2014
  2. Best Logistics Partner (Shipping) 2014
  3. Best Broker 2014
  4. Personality of the Year 2014

The LPGtrade Awards night promises a huge congregation of the LPG industry stakeholders, who also partake in the 3 day conference. It is also expected that networking on the Awards Night will be a key reason for attendance, where buyers, suppliers and industry stakeholders are expected to forge partnerships.

The CMT LPGtrade Awards 2014 will be decided strictly on the basis of voting. Nomination for the 4 award categories are already declared open and closes on July 31, 2014.

Questions related to LPG Trade Awards 2014 can be directed to Ms. Huiyan at or +65 6346 9113.

More information on the LPG Trade Awards 2014 is available on the 9th LPG Trade Summit website>>>

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Read extensive media coverage below by Qatari press on our 8th LPG Trade Summit held recently in Doha Qatar on 18-20 Nov

Can Abu Dhabi match top LPG producer Qatar?

With two new gas projects coming onstream, Abu Dhabi’s LPG output is set to see a stark increase of 3.6 million mt from this year’s output to 13.761 million mt by 2017, rocking Qatar’s status as the top Middle Eastern LPG producer and exporter.

The two new gas projects comprise of the 3.3 million mt/yr Integrated Gas Development and 810,000mt/yr Shah Gas Development, both slated to come onstream in the fourth quarter of 2013 and 2014 respectively.

LPG production in Abu Dhabi is forecasted to see an 11-12% increase over the next two years before slowing down to hit 13.761 million mt in 2017. Despite the substantial growth, the actual export values cannot be determined as the region’s domestic demand is growing as well.

Apart from potential increase in power utilities, Abu Dhabi will also see a greater cut of LPG going towards the petrochemical sector with the development of Madeenat ChemaWeyaat Al Gharbia chemicals industrial city in western Abu Dhabi. Fortunately, Qatar’s increased attention in its petrochemicals sector will also see an increased consumption in Qatar’s LPG feedstock.

With new projects and plans coming onstream, the LPG sector in Middle East remains competitive, presenting multiple opportunities and possibilities. Industry leaders are set to convene in Doha this November 18-20 at CMT’s 8th LPG Trade Summit for more timely updates, discussions and networking opportunities.

For  more information on the 8th LPG Trade Summit, visit the Event Page or contact Ms. Huiyan at or Tel. +65 6346 9113.

Read more: Abu Dhabi set to rival Qatar as top LPG producer: ADNOC exec

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Shale LPG fuels U.S. to become net exporter and propels China’s PDH projects

Game-changing shale LPG has charged up U.S., making it a net exporter for the first time in 40 years.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, in the first 11 months of 2012, daily LPG shipments were recorded at 194,000 barrels, higher than the country’s imports which stood at 169,700 barrels.

Seaborne LPG trade is expected to increase about 16% from 2010’s figures to 100.6 million metric tons this year, with U.S. exports likely to chalk up more than 5 million tons this year, up from last year’s 3.7 million. Encouraging industry signs have also put a forecast figure of next year’s export at 7 million tons.

Exports of propane will also see a positive upturn as Asia’s giant, China, creates a surge in demand in lieu of the 17 new propane dehydrogenation projects (PDH) that are coming onstream as soon as 2015. Although China can import high-purity propane from both US and Middle East, the lower cost US shale gas-derived propane is a major draw for the industry and is likely to cause a shift in trade.

The shale gas phenomena will have a ripple effect on the logistics and shipment sector, where service providers are likely to witness an uptake in business. Orders have since been sent out from shipyards, requesting for vessels specially designed to cater to LPG and petrochemical gases transportations, leading to a huge impact on the sector although the types and numbers of ships required is still unknown. As of now, ZOUEC is building six vessels with a shipbuilder, with the first 44,000 tonnes capacity LPG vessel coming onstream by the end of 2014.

The LPG industry remains upbeat as the shale gas boom brings more opportunities and interest areas in both upstream and downstream sectors.

Further discussions on the trade dynamics and market outlook will commence in Doha this November 18-20 when industry leaders convene at the 8th LPG Trade Summit.

For more information on the summit, please visit the Event Page or contact Ms. Huiyan at or Tel. +65 6346 9113.

Read more:
Shale LPG poised to make U.S. net exporter for first year
China propane imports to surge on new PDH projects


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