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Intense international interest in Cyprus’ energy market

The first stage of Cyprus’ Gas Company’s (DEFA’s) tendering process for the supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) has seen considerable interest from the international markets, the body said.

According to DEFA, 25 suppliers, among the most dominant in the global LNG market, are seeking to supply gas and have submitted the prerequisites to qualify for the next stages of bidding and negotiation.
“The intense market competition for LNG supplies confirms that the strategy to acquire an FSRU [Floating Storage Regasification Unit] is the right direction” an announcement said.

Bidders / suppliers claiming their participation in the next stages of bidding and negotiating are; Gunvor International B.V. Amsterdam, Naturgy LNG Marketing Limited, Centrica LNG Company Limited, Endesa Energia S.A., Cheniere Marketing International LLP, Equinor ASA, Novatek Gas & Power Asia Pte Ltd, Shell International Trading Middle East Ltd, Enel Global Trading, Eni Trading & Shipping S.p.A., Total Gas & Power Asia Private Ltd, Osaka Gas Kabushiki Gaisha, Powerglobe LLC, Repsol LNG Holding S.A., Petronas LNG Ltd, BP Gas Marketing Limited, Vitol SA, B.B. Energy (ASIA) Pte Ltd, Mytilineos S.A., Uniper Global Commodities SE, Marubeni Corporation, SONATRACH and Public Gas Corporation (DEPA) S.A., Eni SpA (Gas & LNG Marketing and Power), Glencore Energy UK Ltd and Mitsui & Co. Ltd.

DEFA, following customary international practice for the supply of LNG, launched an open call for Expression of Interest in June 2019. Through this process, DEFA will prequalify and proceed to contract with the LNG suppliers for the procurement of both “spot” cargos and basic quantities of gas. DEFA is expected to proceed to this next stage of the process at the beginning of the new year.

“Turning to natural gas is not only our national strategy but also our European commitment to meeting the environmental and energy goals set by the European Union. The fact that the competition has resulted in numerous and high-profile entries, makes us optimistic that we will also obtain competitive pricing,” said DEFA chief Symeon Kassianides.

With regards to the outcome of the evaluation of the tender for the construction and operation of the LNG infrastructure at Vasilikos, no challenge within the deadline was raised with the Tender Review Authority. As scheduled, the Natural Gas Infrastructure Company (ETYFA) will invite the first ranked consortium to sign the contract in the very near future, the announcement said.

Source: Cyprus Mail

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First private electricity power station in the works

Construction on the main part of the first private power station in Cyprus will start soon, philenews reported.

The station will be located near the existing state-owned Vasilikos power plant in Mari, Limassol.

According to philenews, the earthworks, some basic infrastructure and the road network of the plant have already been completed and construction for the main infrastructure is expected to start soon.

The power station will have a capacity of 230 MW, generated through combined cycle technology.

It is expected to be able to produce electricity, equal to 17.5% of the country’s existing energy capabilities.

The station’s managing company, “Power Energy Cyprus” says that its construction will lead to a reduction in electricity prices.

According to philenews, the station is licensed to produce electricity until 2039.

Power Energy Cyprus (PEC) with consideration to the increasing energy consumption demand and to the planned electricity market liberalization, has acquired all the nescessary permits and begun construction of a state-of-the-art Combined Cycle Power Plant in Mari Area. The Power Station is anticipated to be in full operation by March 2021 and is projected to be in line with the arrival of LNG on the island. It is an estimated investment of 200 million euros.

Mari Power plant will use the latest technology in power generation. It will be a gas fired combined cycle power plant but will also be operated with diesel if necessary. The new turbines will produce electricity with less fuel therefore less cost. Furthermore, natural gas will be the primary fuel for the power plant which is much cheaper than Diesel and Heavy Fuel Oil.

The 260 MW Power Station will contribute to the reduction of electricity cost for end-users and will serve the Group plan for becoming a leading Energy Supplier in the Island

LNG terminal Cyprus tender winners

Multinational consortium named for Cyprus LNG construction

Α multinational consortium of JV China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering Co Ltd, Aktor S.A. and Metron S.A., with Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Co. Ltd and Wilhelmsen Ship Management Limited ranked first in the evaluation for the construction of the infrastructure required for the introduction of natural gas in Cyprus, it was announced on Friday.

It followed a lengthy and complex tender process overseen by the state natural gas company, Defa, in cooperation with external industry experts.

The top ranked bidder had to satisfy a series of qualitative, quantitative and financial criteria, so as to be able to demonstrate an ability to perform at the high standards set by Defa regarding the development of the Cyprus natural gas market infrastructure.

“We are pleased to see the successful outcome of the process,” Defa chairman Symeon Kassianides said. “Here at Defa we believe that the future of the country is aligned with natural gas and we expect it to play a major role in the economic development of the country in years to come. The establishment of the natural gas market will boost the development of the whole energy and industry sectors of the Republic.”

The LNG Import terminal to be constructed includes a Floating Storage Regasification Unit (FSRU), a jetty for the mooring of the FSRU, jetty borne and onshore pipelines as well as additional facilities.

The LNG Import Project is co-financed by a grant from the EU Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) financing instrument.

Source: Cyprus Mail

Licences for ENI and Total to explore block seven

The cabinet on Monday licensed energy companies ENI and Total to explore block seven of Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and approved a partnership between the two in five other blocks.

The cabinet also approved nine other drills inside the EEZ within the next couple of years.

Block seven neighbours the Calypso field in block six where ENI carried out an exploratory drill early in 2018 and is believed to hold between six and eight trillion cubic feet.

Total and ENI had applied for an exploration licence in block seven back in November 2018.

The joint projects include block three where in February 2018 Turkish warships prevented an ENI drillship from carrying out a drill.

Ankara has repeatedly warned Cyprus against taking “unilateral steps” in exploring and developing hydrocarbons without factoring in the Turkish Cypriots.

In September 2001, Turkey and the north signed a ‘continental shelf delineation agreement’.

Turkey’s claims on the island’s EEZ partly overlap with Cyprus’ blocks 1, 4, 6 and 7. Ankara also supports the north’s claims on blocks 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 12 and 13, including within few kilometres from the Aphrodite gas field.

Turkey is currently carrying out exploration west and east of Cyprus, prompting protests.

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Lakkotrypis on drilling

Eight offshore drills for hydrocarbons over next 24 months

Cyprus plans to carry out eight offshore drills for hydrocarbons over the next 24 months, the government revealed on Tuesday.

“Activities within the Exclusive Economic Zone are ongoing. For the next 24 months we are planning eight drills, six exploratory and two appraisal drills,” energy minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis said presenting an overview of his ministry’s work over the past year.

He did not disclose where the drills would be taking place, but said the targets have been identified.

The intention is for the drilling programme to commence by the end of this year or early 2020.

On block 7, which is currently unlicensed, Lakkotrypis said that talks are advancing to grant the concession to a joint venture of France’s Total and Italy’s ENI.

At the same time, the government is engaging with these two companies so that they form joint ventures in all the blocks in which they now hold concessions separately.

“We have reached a preliminary agreement… the legal details remain for them to cooperate in all the blocks in which they are not together,” the minister told reporters.

On the Aphrodite reservoir in block 12, discovered in 2011, he said the government is close to a deal with the concession holders – Noble Energy, Shell and Delek.

The companies have submitted a development and production plan which is to be discussed at a workshop this week.

Meanwhile negotiations on revising the Production Sharing Contract – as requested by the three companies – are at an advanced stage. More talks are scheduled for later this week.

“There remain certain legal points relating to the agreement between us, and on the optimal way of exploitation which concerns running a subsea pipeline to the LNG terminal in Idku [Egypt], liquefaction there and then transporting the LNG to world markets,” Lakkotrypis said.

The option of a land-based LNG facility in Cyprus was still on the table, Lakkotrypis added. To that end, land has been secured in the area of Vasilikos for the prospective construction of a five-train LNG plant.

However the facility would require massive amounts of natural gas to make it financially worthwhile.

During the previous week, government officials met successively with all the energy companies active in the EEZ to discuss common planning for such an undertaking.

This dialogue for an LNG facility was at its initial stages.

Regarding the envisioned EastMed pipeline – an EU Project of Common Interest with €34.5m in co-financing pledged by the European Commission – Lakkotrypis said that a tender is underway for a detailed technical study.

The study’s purpose would be to gauge how competitive the mooted pipeline can be.

On Italy’s stance on the EastMed – following recent reports that Rome was getting cold feet – the minister said Nicosia has yet to receive an official briefing from the Italians.

The government expects the Italians to clarify their position after the European Parliament elections.

Regarding the use of FLNG (floating liquefied natural gas), Lakkotrypis said the technology is yet to be proven. But he did not rule out any method for developing Cyprus’ natural gas resources.

As for the newfangled East Mediterranean Gas Forum, the “vision” is for it to evolve into an international energy organisation that will discuss infrastructures and project timetables.

The minister noted that in view of the increased demand for natural gas and thus heightened competition, Cyprus and the eastern Mediterranean must become competitive in the global market.

Asked about the Turkish provocations in Cyprus’ EEZ, he said Nicosia is deploying both diplomatic and legal measures, whether these pertain to Turkey itself or the companies assisting.

“We are using all the tools at our disposal.”

On ‘Green Growth’, the minister said that the share of renewable energy sources (RES) in gross total energy consumption in Cyprus currently stands at 9.72 per cent; the goal is for this to reach 13 per cent by the year 2020.

The share of RES in energy consumption in road transport alone was at 2.6 per cent in 2018, with a target of 10 per cent for 2020. This target would be achieved by a steady increase in the use of biofuels.

Source: Cyprus Mail

zim join blockchain

ZIM Joins Maersk’s Blockchain Shipping Platform TradeLens

ZIM Integrated Shipping Services has signed on as a member of Maersk and IBM’s blockchain-enabled TradeLens platform.

Launched in 2018, TradeLens uses blockchain technology to drive transparency throughout the shipping process by digitizing documentation and making it available in real-time to all trading partners – from carriers to freight forwarders, customs officials, port authorities and more.

The success of the platform ultimately depends on whether Maersk and IBM will be successful in convincing other industry players to join. But to date, more than five million shipments have been recorded on TradeLens by more than 60 network members and 100 total ecosystem members, according to TradeLens figures.

ZIM joins Pacific International Lines (PIL), the world’s tenth largest containership operator, as the only other major carrier to become a TradeLens member.

“The addition of ZIM to TradeLens shows exactly why we worked with Maersk to create this solution,” said Daniel Melka, Country General Manager, IBM Israel. “Blockchain networks like TradeLens work best when comprised of a diverse network of participants who work together to affect change for an entire industry, which is what we are seeing happen with TradeLens.”

“What makes the solution so effective is its ability to deliver these benefits while still allowing carriers like ZIM and others to maintain their competitive advantages. The more carriers and other ecosystem members that join the platform, the closer we come to bring about a new era in global trade,” said Mike White, TradeLens leader for Maersk.

ZIM is expected to begin contributing data to the platform before the end of 3Q 2019.

Eyal Ben Amram, ZIM CIO commented: “We are very pleased to join TradeLens, as part of our vision to be at the forefront of digital innovation in shipping. ZIM endorses a proactive approach of promoting and investing in innovative digital solutions, such as the pioneering blockchain-based electronic Bill of Lading initiative, in collaboration with Wave Inc, and the recent investment in Ladingo, a ground-breaking e-commerce solution.”