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China set to tap shale gas

July 5 - Senior managers from the world's leading oil companies are set to descend on China this summer, as the country holds its first licensing round for the production of shale gas, which could be good news for project logistics companies focussing on

HLPFI understands that successful applicants will be expected to hydraulically fracture a minimum number of wells and it would appear that China is keen to repeat the success that the US has achieved in transforming its energy outlook through the production of shale gas.

The country desperately needs gas to help cut the pollution caused by the country heavy use of coal for electricity generation.

China's latest five-year plan for the country's economy focuses on energy efficiency and clean fuel and plans are in place to reduce the amount of energy consumed per unit of GDP by 16 percent.

That would require a switch from coal to more nuclear and more renewable energy, as well as gas. China plans to increase the percentage of energy derived from gas to 8.3 percent by 2015. Coupled with the country's rapid growth, this suggest a massive increase in annual gas consumption. Hence the focus on the shale - watch this space.

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Still time to enter ESTA Awards 

January 17 - The deadline to enter the 2020 ESTA Awards of Excellence, which will be held on the evening of April 23 at the Postillion Hotel Amsterdam in the Netherlands, has been extended to January 25, 2020. 
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Wijnne Barends opts for LNG newbuilds 

January 17 - Wijnne Barends, based in the Netherlands, has placed an order with China’s WuHu Shipyard for four shortsea cargo ships featuring LNG propulsion and battery storage systems.
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Methanex hat trick for Mammoet

January 17 - Methanex has awarded the levee crossing and heavy haul scope of work for the construction of its Geismar 3 methanol plant in Louisiana, USA to Mammoet.
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Charter rates fall in January 

January 17 - Time charter rates in the multipurpose shipping sector have dropped over the last month, according to shipbroker Toepfer Transport.
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