Madonna heads for the Hills; she’ll stay more than The Weeknd

first_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlink Celebrity Real EstateHidden HillsLA luxury real estate Tags Madonna and The Weeknd with the Hidden Hills home (Getty, Redfin)Music stars Madonna and The Weeknd collaborated on a multimillion-dollar real estate deal in Hidden Hills, a city and gated community in Los Angeles County.Madonna forked over $19.3 million for The Weeknd’s 12,500-square-foot estate that’s been on the market since last June, according to the New York Post. The deal for the 3-acre spread closed April 9.The Weeknd, real name Abel Tesfaye, first listed the property for $25 million and dropped the price to around $22 million in December. He paid $18.2 million for it in 2017, the same year the Long Valley Road home was built.It is a mix of traditional and modernist styles and includes a wine room, home theater, gym, full-size basketball court in the backyard, a large pool house, and a five-car “gallery” garage.The Weeknd also owns an 8.200-square-foot penthouse at Emaar Properties’ the Beverly West condo outside the Los Angeles Country Club. He paid $21 million for the unit in 2019. It encompasses the entire 18th floor of the 22-story building.Madonna has owned property around the L.A. area over the years, including a mansion in Beverly Hills that was later sold to billionaire Rockstar Energy Drink founder Russ Weiner, himself a prolific buyer and seller of luxury real estate.Madonna has also owned property in London, Portugal and New York. She had a highly public spat with the co-op board at her Manhattan building a few years ago.[NYP] — Dennis Lynch last_img read more

Utah State beats No. 12 Nevada to take Mountain West lead

first_imgMarch 2, 2019 /Sports News – Local Utah State beats No. 12 Nevada to take Mountain West lead Tags: Mountain West/Utah State Aggies Basketball Diogo Brito added 15 points and eight rebounds, and Neemias Queta had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Aggies (24-6, 14-3). They won their sixth straight game and snapped a five-game losing streak in the series. Caleb Martin had 23 points and nine rebounds for the Wolf Pack (26-3, 13-3) in their second loss in four games. Tre’Shawn Thurman added 21 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out with 2:47 left, and Cody Martin had 16 points and seven rebounds. POLL IMPLICATIONS Utah State: At Colorado State on Tuesday. A loss to Utah State in a tough road environment will likely drop Nevada only a couple of spots in the AP poll. The Wolfpack used a 10-1 run to cut Utah State’s lead to 65-63. Brito hit a jumper with 4:05 left to keep Nevada from erasing the lead entirely. Nevada could not draw any closer after having several players foul out over the final three minutes. The Aggies hit 7 of 8 free throws and Brito drove for a layup in the final minute. Queta threw down a hammer dunk and Merrill followed with back-to-back 3-pointers to fuel an 8-0 run that gave the Aggies a 19-12 lead. Merrill scored 15 of his 17 first-half points in the first 12 minutes. His final basket in that stretch put Utah State up 23-14. Written bycenter_img Nevada: At Air Force on Tuesday night. UP NEXT Associated Press FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah (AP) — Sam Merrill scored 29 points and Utah State beat No. 12 Nevada 81-76 on Saturday night to take over the Mountain West Conference lead. The Aggies led 46-36 early in the second half behind back-to-back baskets from Merrill and Brock Miller. Utah State led by as many as 13 points, going up 56-43 on back-to-back baskets from Merrill and Brito. Utah State came into the game on the NCAA Tournament bubble and may have a bit more breathing room. THE BIG PICTURE Nevada closed the gap with five straight baskets. The final one — Caleb Martin’s 3-pointer — cut Utah State’s lead to 28-27. The Wolf Pack weren’t able to overtake the Aggies before halftime. Queta and Brito scored back-to-back baskets to keep Utah State in front and a scoop shot from Dwayne Brown, Jr. pushed the lead to 37-31 heading into the final minute of the half.last_img read more

Balticconnector’s offshore pipeline filled with gas and ready for use

first_imgThe pipeline’s construction work and laying on the seabed of the Gulf of Finland were completed in summer 2019 Image: Balticconnector’s offshore pipeline ready for use. Photo: courtesy of PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay. The final phase of commissioning the Balticconnector pipeline was completed on 28 November 2019 when the offshore pipeline was filled with gas and pressurized as well as connected to Estonia’s gas transmission network. Balticconnector will be in commercial use as of 1 January 2020.The pipeline’s construction work and laying on the seabed of the Gulf of Finland were completed in summer 2019. To fill the pipeline with gas, it was first rinsed with nitrogen, which was then purged by conveying natural gas behind the pipeline scraper. Once the pipeline scraper, or the “pig” as it is called in the industry, arrived from Inkoo to Paldiski in Estonia, the pipeline was filled with gas and ready for use.“Filling the offshore pipeline with gas means that the Balticconnector pipeline is ready for use. The onshore pipeline was filled with gas earlier, and the trial runs of the Inkoo compressor stations were successfully completed. Everything is in place for bringing the pipeline into operation on 1 January 2020,” says Tom Främling, Project Director of Baltic Connector Oy.“We can be proud of our achievement. Professional project management and motivated project teams made it possible to commission the pipeline on schedule. Balticconnector will be brought into operation on 1 January 2020 when the Finnish gas market opens,” says Herkko Plit, President and CEO of Baltic Connector Oy. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

Thanks to the Boy Scouts

first_imgTo the Editor:The Bayonne Economic Opportunity Foundation (BEOF) would like to thank the Bayonne Scouting for Food, Boy Scouts of America for their generous donation to our food pantry.Thanks for going door to door collecting all the nonperishable foods on our behalf. During these challenging times, we are finding a tremendous increase in the number of people turning to the BEOF for help.The need is great, which is why your donation is so greatly appreciated. SAMANTHA HOWARDlast_img

Press release: British Embassy Seoul hosts UK Track Day

first_imgRelated articles “車부품 수요만 6조규모…영국서 기회 잡으세요” [2017.11.06 / Maeil Business] 영국이 전기차에 올인하는 이유 [2018.02.28 / Auto Times] 미래차 집중한 영국, 일자리가 따라왔다 [2018.03.22 / JoongAng Ilbo] 세계 최경량차 맥라렌 ‘세나’…연구소는 英정부가 지었다 [2018.03.22 / JoongAng Ilbo] £246 million Faraday Battery Challenge – development, design and manufacture of batteries for electric vehicles; this is particularly relevant to the supply chain £250 million Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) funding to be matched by industry 856,000 people employed across UK Automotive The automotive industry is a vital part of the UK economy accounting for more than £82 billion turnover and £20.2 billion value added. With some 186,000 people employed directly in manufacturing and in excess of 856,000 across the wider automotive industry, it accounts for 12.0% of total UK export of goods and invests £3.65 billion each year in automotive R&D. More than 30 manufacturers build in excess of 70 models of vehicle in the UK supported by 2,500 component providers and some of the world’s most skilled engineers. 6 of 10 Formula 1 teams have their HQ in the UK The UK government invests heavily in automotive research to further expertise in low-carbon propulsion, lightweight materials, and CAVs. In 2017 £1.2 billion were given by the UK government to automotive research funds (UK Government, 2017). UK now largest EU new car market for Korean car brands, with some 190,215 vehicles registered in 2017. Korea is UK Auto’s third biggest Asian export market, behind only China and Japan, as demand for British-built cars quadruples since 2010. Turned over £82 billion Invested £4 billion net capital Invested £3.65 billion in R&D Added £20.2 billion in value to the UK economy Exported products worth £44 billion, accounting for 12.8% of the UK’s total export goods On 4 September 2018 at Inje Speedium in Gangwon, the British Embassy Seoul’s Department for International Trade (DIT) team organised a UK Track Day to demonstrate the creativity, innovation and manufacturing capability of the British automotive industry. Iconic UK car brands including: Aston Martin, Jaguar Land Rover, Lotus, and McLaren joined the event to show off some of their most impressive models.Speaking at the track day British Ambassador to South Korea, Simon Smith, said:“The UK automotive industry has grown at an unprecedented rate in recent years thanks to its rich heritage, the strength of UK design and commitment to continued innovation. The UK and South Korea already have a strong trading relationship in the automotive industry – Korea is the UK’s third largest Asian automotive export market – but there is so much more potential for growth. Far from a country that does not manufacture cars, we are one of the largest car manufacturers in Europe (1.6m cars produced in 2017) and a leader in autonomous and low-carbon vehicles. The iconic British car brands on show today emphasise everything that is great about British cars – style, performance and cutting edge technology.”The track day is part of the British Embassy’s ambitious ‘Automotive is GREAT’ campaign launched in Seoul in October 2017. The campaign aims to promote everything that makes the UK’s automotive industry such a powerhouse, while strengthening the partnership between the UK – Korea in the sector.100 senior representatives from leading UK automotive OEMs and the Korean Automobile Importers and Distributors Association attended the track day.The British Embassy’s DIT team provides support to Korean partners and investors who are interested in UK trade.  If you have any enquiries about possible automotive or other opportunities, you can contact the British Embassy Seoul’s DIT team here: [email protected] InformationThe UK is one of the largest automotive manufacturing countries in Europe producing 1.67m cars in 2017 and 8 of 10 UK built cars are exported to 160 countries worldwide. The UK government and industry are already leading innovation around the world through significant investments in future vehicles such as low-carbon vehicles, autonomous vehicles and connected cars.Some facts about UK Automotive Industry:center_img Automotive is GREAT:A long term, ambitious campaign started in 2017 to draw a thread from the UK’s current strengths in automotive production, design and strong UK brand presence in South Korea, to the UK as a country ahead of the curve in new automotive manufacturing and technology. We aim to show South Korea the UK’s strengths as a leader in the automobile industry to ultimately encourage stronger UK-Korea automotive links and trade.Department for International Trade role:The UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) has overall responsibility for promoting UK trade across the world and attracting foreign investment to our economy. DIT is a specialised government body with responsibility for negotiating international trade policy, supporting business, as well as delivering an outward-looking trade diplomacy strategy.UK Industrial Strategy- Sector Deal:As part of the Industrial Strategy, the Automotive Sector Deal was developed in 2017 and published in January 2018. The sector’s deal was among the first to be finalised, highlighting the collaborative approach industry and government are taking to ensure the UK remains a globally competitive place to design, engineer and manufacture vehicles. Key highlights from the deal are: 1.67m cars built in the UK in 2017. 1.33m cars manufactured for export in 2017- 8 out of 10 cars made in the UK are exported. The UK exports to over 160 markets worldwide. In 2017 the UK automotive manufacturing industry… £16 million Supplier Competitiveness Improvement programme – designed to improve the productivity and competitiveness of manufacturing supply chain companies Testing and Development of CAVs Deployment of infrastructure for testinglast_img read more

Band restructures Irish Guard

first_imgKevin Song | The Observer The Irish Guard performs alongside the Band of the Fighting Irish in the Sept. 8, 2012, game against Purdue. The Guard has been restructured to include band members only, eliminating the height requirement of 6’2”.Pemberton said he was concerned that the changes could affect the history and tradition of the Guard, which has existed since 1949, according to the band website.“I would hope that the significance of the Irish Guard within the band would become more prominent as a result of these changes, as that was their intended effect, but I can’t help but feel that [the Guard’s] significance on campus and as a symbol of the strength, integrity and athleticism of Notre Dame and of the Fighting Irish will slowly diminish as a result of these changes,” Pemberton said. “Regarding its legacy, this may be the end of a long line of Guardsmen who, for 65 years, have passed down the stories, techniques and respect for the uniform that originated with John Fyfe.”“While there will still be kilted members of the band to lead it onto the field and perhaps perform Damsha Bua, our victory clog, much of the lore and pageantry that has become a large part of the pregame ritual on fall Saturdays will be lost,” he said. “There are a lot of little things that go on that spectators wouldn’t necessary notice, but have become very significant for Guardsmen and their friends and families.“For example, just as the band is setting up for [the] concert on the steps and before we march in our ranks onto Bond Quad to meet them, we take a moment to halt in the middle of God Quad and salute Mary on top of the Golden Dome. It’s the little things that make marching out every week so special to all of us and to all of the Guard alumni — many of whom come back to greet us every week and treat us as their own kids.”The Irish Guard began as a group of students who played bagpipes with the band, according to the band website. Dye said drawing members from current band members would move the group closer to its historical tradition.“[We are] going back to where it started, where [Irish Guard members] were musicians in the band,” he said. “That was continued for a couple of decades and then it strayed from there. It does have musical roots, and we are going back to our roots.”Dye said no other eligibility requirements would be changed other than the elimination of a specific height requirement.“Next year’s Guard will all be very tall in stature, but we don’t want to put a number on a person,” he said. “So next year’s Guard will probably be visibly just as tall, but we … don’t want to ever number a person because a lot of it depends on their poise and how they stand and their posture and we want to make sure that there is a uniformity in look — that we maintain that tradition — but we don’t want to put a number on it.”Dye said the new process will allow for more leadership opportunities within the band, a large group that he said has proportionally fewer leadership roles than other campus clubs. He said changing the policies to require one year of service in the band as a performer or manager will allow potential Guard members to demonstrate their commitment to the group.“We’re looking for the qualities of the student,” Dye said. “We’re looking for a student that has fabulous service to the band and the community, great attendance and citizenship in the band — someone that has proven themselves in the organization for a minimum of one year, preferably longer. With the current system, there really isn’t that time to assess their leadership qualities and participation in the band.”Dye said he hopes making the Irish Guard a more leadership-focused position within the band will give the position added prestige.“We hope that [new Irish Guard members] are model band students and model Notre Dame students, so that when you say ‘Irish Guard,’ and you’re interviewing for job, that this is the kind of person you want for a manager or a CEO of a company,” he said.Associate News Editor Jack Rooney contributed to this report.Tags: history, Irish Guard, Kenneth Dye, marching band, Notre Dame, tradition The Irish Guard, the kilted group of marchers who meet a six-foot-two height requirement and perform with the Band of the Fighting Irish, has undergone significant changes for the upcoming football season, Guard captain and junior Andrew Pemberton said.“The Irish Guard will continue to be a section within the band, but will now be reserved for members who demonstrate at least one year of service and leadership as a musician or manager,” Pemberton said in an email. “The new plan likens the Irish Guard to drum majors or band president, with the goal of making membership in the Irish Guard a one-year honorary position.”Dr. Kenneth Dye, director of bands, confirmed the change in the selection process for new Guard members. He said the band staff invited the 2013 Guard members to audition for the 2014 football season but chose to select an entirely new group from current band members based on the idea that serving on the Guard will now be a one- to two-year commitment.“We interviewed the [previous Guard members] who decided to apply and then we told them recently that we were going to start with a new group,” Dye said. “… The idea is not to have four-year Irish Guard members or three-year Irish Guard members.“We want to limit it to something that is done as a special leadership opportunity that is perhaps one or two years in duration. [The 2013] group has already served one or two years, and we thought that that was fair.”Dye said he and the band staff, with the approval of the Office of Student Affairs, believe restricting membership in the Irish Guard to current band members and managers will increase their level of commitment to the specialized group.“We’re trying to elevate the responsibility of the Guard so that they exemplify the best qualities of a Notre Dame student,” he said. “… If we pick from the membership of the [2013] Guard rather than from an auditioning membership at the beginning of the fall, then we know what their record and habits and citizenship are, and it gives us a stronger pool of applicants and participants to really put the best people that we have in front of the band.”last_img read more

Notre Dame staff supports Fighting Irish Fighting Hunger drive

first_imgAcross the country, Hunger Action month spans throughout September, educating the nation about widespread hunger in the United States and fighting to help those in need. Many members of Notre Dame’s community have come together the past nine years to conduct the food drive, Fighting Irish Fighting Hunger, each September to raise money and awareness for the same cause, with proceeds going towards two groups: the People Gotta Eat initiative, under United Way of St. Joseph County, and the Food Bank of Northern Indiana. The drive seeking donations will run from September 9 to 29. Anne Kolaczyk, chair of the event, noted one in four kids in northern Indiana go to bed hungry each night. The funds raised for the Food Bank of Northern Indiana will go towards a specific “backpack program,” she said.“[The backpack program] gives kids in need a backpack of food to take home with them over the weekend, so that they have food to eat over the weekend,” Kolaczyk said. Kolaczyk explained the drive is largely run by Notre Dame staff, rather than students. “This is not one of the sanctioned charities that Notre Dame collects money for,” Kolaczyk said. “This is basically just kind of a grassroots effort to ease the hunger situation in the community.”She said the drive is a group effort among many departments, coordinated by Kolaczyk, to collect money for the two initiatives. However, there are some individuals who work apart from their departments to raise money for the initiatives. “There are many people across campus whose departments are not doing anything [with the drive] because they can’t spare the time or the manpower, but they still donate,” Kolaczyk said. She explained that, while some departments go all out and try to raise money, there are many individuals on campus who donate directly to the initiative websites rather than departmental fundraising. Kolaczyk, who works in OIT, explained how her department raises funds for the event. “I plan different things. Somebody donated some tickets to [a home football game this season], so I offered them for sale and somebody bought them,” she said. “I was able to take that money and it will go into the pot that goes to the food drive.”She said the OIT department runs a pot-luck pizza, salad and desert lunch to collect money for the drive. “We usually raise about 400 dollars that way,” Kolaczyk said. The finance division also participates in the Fighting Irish Fighting Hunger challenge. Mark Zeese, who works in the controller’s office in the finance division, said the finance division divides everyone into teams for a “loose change challenge.”“In essence, everybody throws in their loose change or dollar bills … that goes towards their team totals,” Zeese said. “As kind of an incentive or reward, our employees are allowed to wear blue jeans on Friday, which is kind of special because we obviously dress professional during the school year.”Zeese said when people notice the employees wearing blue jeans, it serves as a reminder that September is Hunger Awareness month.  Among the hundred or so employees, the teams collectively raise $1000 to $1300 each year for Fighting Irish Fighting Hunger, Zeese said. Kolaczyk said monetary donations to food bank can be more beneficial to those in need, rather than buying canned goods and other food items.  “One dollar that’s donated can provide up to eight or nine meals for someone just because the food bank and the food pantries have so much buying power that if we went out and we bought a jar of spaghetti sauce and some pasta we might spend three dollars, where with three dollars [they] can do so much more because they can buy things at a discount,” Kolaczyk said. “That’s why we mainly ask for money not for food.”There will also be a collection for Fighting Irish Fighting Hunger at the game day Mass on Sunday following the New Mexico game. Tags: Food Bank of Northern Indiana, food drive, Hunger action month, people gotta eatlast_img read more

Morey Publishing Shares 5 Ways Businesses Can Increase Their Visibility Online

first_img 4. LINKEDINA self-declared professional social network, LinkedIn is the oldest social platform, with a majority of its users aged 35 or older. Though less engaging than other platforms, LinkedIn is the only one of its kind—a community of professionals, groups and businesses whose goal is to network and build a thriving professional environment. LinkedIn requires a lot less upkeep than some of the other social platforms, so it doesn’t make much sense to NOT have a functioning, up-to-date business page here. They are also increasingly trying to strengthen their content sharing features, so being a part of its growth should present great potential growth! 5. BLOGGINGA really good blog environment will increase your online visibility and community engagement. Having a successful blog allows you to grab the attention of potential customers with valuable content, educate them on niche topics, and, hopefully, turn them in to subscribers and clients. It’s important to have a good mix of content for potential clients, for instance: an independent travel agent might begin with fun posts about dream vacations to engage potential customers; a NYC moving company might start with some fun, free moving apps; a small business lending broker might help business owners by putting out an article on some reasons to apply for small business loans; and a merchant processing company would benefit from blogging about all the ways small businesses could save money by switching to their services, including best credit card processing strategies. No matter your line of work, producing solid, valuable and engaging content in a blog environment will allow potential customers to see your site as not only a product to purchase, but a community where they can learn something new!Morey Publishing will create a vital presence online for your company that will resonate with your market intrinsically and deliver results consistently. Contact us today! 1. INSTAGRAMIntegrating Instagram into your business’s marketing efforts might not jump out as something that makes the most sense to you on the surface, but a closer look at this platform’s massive social influence and user engagement might make you think twice. As the social media platform with the second-most devoted user base (just behind Facebook), if yours is an image-friendly business (ie. travel, art, architecture, food, fashion, technology), and especially one that seeks to attract millennials, take your time creating really beautiful posts. Hitting this strategy head-on is known to deliver real results and dramatically increase brand awareness! 2. FACEBOOKWith over 1.4 billion users worldwide, it’s no surprise that Facebook remains the king of social engagement, and a must-use for businesses. The best social platform for building brand awareness, Facebook’s intelligent ads allows businesses to target niche audiences, based on gender, geographical location, job title, age, even if they just returned from a trip or have recently “Liked” a particular company’s Facebook page. One thing to be aware of is that the engagement of teenagers on this platform has fallen 10 percent in the past year, likely having to do with the increase of parents using Facebook. If your target audience is Generation Z, you’ll want to look more toward Instagram (or even Snapchat) to successfully engage them!3. TWITTERFrequently used on a daily basis by its users, Twitter is widely regarded as the second-most recognized social platform. But remember: Twitter is fast-moving, and your posts can get buried very quickly in this environment. A positive is that users tend to follow brands that they are interested in more here than any other social space, because they feel like they’ll be missing out on vital information if they don’t. In general, users on Twitter who follow brands are seeking up-to-date deals, special offers and the latest news, so rather than using Twitter to just push generic articles talking about how great you are, try including any deals that you have going on, as well as quick quotes and humorous pictures—Twitter is an environment where you want to start a conversation, not just push a few tweets for the sake of tweeting. Brainstorm ways that you can capture attention quickly! Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York It’s 2016—isn’t that nuts? Being super worried about Y2K feels like it was just yesterday.According to Back to the Future 2 we should have flying cars, nonexplosive hover boards and self-lacing shoes by now. Clearly that hasn’t happened yet, but we do live in a world so digitally interconnected that people have been known to go into full-on hyperventilation mode if they misplace their smart phones. As much as some of us long for the simpler days of one phone per house, snail mail and getting milk delivered to our front door, that’s just not how the world works anymore.Not only do we as humans have to adjust to this reality of flat screens (on everything), constant notifications, and mobile apps for just about every topic imaginable, but in order for businesses around the globe to succeed, they have to step in line and hop aboard the technology train! A distinguished Long Island-based website design and digital marketing agency, Morey Publishing knows a little something about effective web strategies. As a company that strives to help businesses increase their visibility on the web, we thought we’d do our Good Samaritan duty and reveal some of the key findings we have acquired to help your business boost its online presence.last_img read more

Telereal raises £20m by selling five more sites

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EIA: Australia set for LNG exporter top spot

first_imgAustralia is on track to surpass Qatar as the world’s largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporter, U.S. Energy Information Administration said, citing Australia’s Department of Industry, Innovation, and Science (DIIS). Australia already surpassed Qatar in LNG export capacity and exported more LNG than Qatar in November 2018 and April 2019.Within the next year, as Australia’s newly commissioned projects ramp up and operate at full capacity, EIA expects Australia to consistently export more LNG than Qatar.Australia’s LNG export capacity increased from 2.6 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in 2011 to more than 11.4 Bcf/d in 2019.Australia’s DIIS forecasts that Australian LNG exports will grow to 10.8 Bcf/d by 2020–21 once the recently commissioned Wheatstone, Ichthys, and Prelude floating LNG (FLNG) projects ramp up to full production.Prelude FLNG located offshore in northwestern Australia, was the last of the eight new LNG export projects that came online in Australia in 2012 through 2018 as part of a major LNG capacity buildout.Starting in 2012, five LNG export projects were developed in northwestern Australia: onshore projects Pluto, Gorgon, Wheatstone, and Ichthys, and the offshore Prelude FLNG. The total LNG export capacity in northwestern Australia is now 8.1 Bcf/d, EIA noted.In eastern Australia, three LNG export projects were completed in 2015 and 2016 on Curtis Island in Queensland—Queensland Curtis, Gladstone, and Australia Pacific—with a combined nameplate capacity of 3.4 Bcf/d. All three projects in eastern Australia use natural gas from coalbed methane as a feedstock to produce LNG.Most of Australia’s LNG is exported under long-term contracts to three countries: Japan, China, and South Korea. An increasing share of Australia’s LNG exports in recent years has been sent to China to serve its growing natural gas demand. The remaining volumes were almost entirely exported to other countries in Asia, with occasional small volumes exported to destinations outside of Asia.For several years, Australia’s natural gas markets in eastern states have been experiencing natural gas shortages and increasing prices because coal-bed methane production at some LNG export facilities in Queensland has not been meeting LNG export commitments. During these shortfalls, project developers have been supplementing their own production with natural gas purchased from the domestic market. The Australian government implemented several initiatives to address domestic natural gas production shortages in eastern states.Several private companies proposed to develop LNG import terminals in southeastern Australia. Of the five proposed LNG import projects, Port Kembla LNG (proposed import capacity of 0.3 Bcf/d) is in the most advanced stage, having secured the necessary siting permits and an offtake contract with Australian customers. If built, the Port Kembla project will use the floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) Höegh Galleon starting in January 2021.last_img read more