WorldOil Israel and Egypt discuss natural gas pipeline link The announcement comes as nations in the eastern Mediterranean ramp up investments in offshore gas fields. Egypt is seeking to become a major hub for exporting LNG to Europe, where demand is growing as governments transition from dirtier fossil fuels such as coal and oil. Record U.S. winter storm deeply impacts global LNG markets The Arctic blast that has wreaked havoc on U.S. energy markets is now poised to reverberate internationally as it slows shipments of liquefied natural gas from the Gulf Coast. Qatar outlines plan to lead global LNG exports for the next 20 years Qatar will spend billions of dollars expanding its LNG capacity more than 50% to 126 million tons a year. The Persian Gulf state is already the world’s main supplier of the super-chilled fuel, but new projects elsewhere -- especially in Australia and the U.S. -- have eroded its dominance. Equinor writes off its Tanzania LNG project While progress has been made in recent years on the commercial framework for the Tanzania LNG project, overall project economics have not yet improved sufficiently to justify keeping it on the balance sheet, Equinor said in a statement. Pipeline owners look to hydrogen as natural gas comes under attack After former Secretary of State John Kerry, warned that natural gas pipelines could become “stranded assets” within 30 years as the administration seeks to end carbon emissions from power plants, owners turn to hydrogen to keep three million miles of U.S. pipelines from going obsolete. Total leads Europe’s oil majors in clean energy push Europe’s three largest oil and gas companies -- Total, BP and Royal Dutch Shell -- all announced plans last year to eliminate most greenhouse gas emissions from their operations and the fuels they sell in the coming decades. It marked a turning point for the petroleum industry in the region, and heightened its divergence from U.S. majors that have yet to make such pledges. Baker Hughes sees global LNG projects picking up in 2021 “By 2030, we still need to have capacity of approximately 650 to 700 million tons of LNG in place,” Chief Executive Officer Lorenzo Simonelli told analysts and investors Thursday on a conference call. “You’re looking at 50 to 100 million tons FIDing over the course of the next three to four years.” The future of LNG, post-pandemic The LNG sector has suffered cancelled cargoes and project setbacks, due to Covid-19. However, the post-pandemic future of LNG looks promising. The following five-year forecast emphasizes the importance of upgrading equipment to ensure efficient operations. Europe turns down more U.S. LNG on greenhouse gas concerns The latest setback for exporters is the expiry of a 2017 accord between U.S. LNG developer NextDecade Corp. and the Port of Cork to build an import terminal in Ireland. Mozambique, Tanzania unite against rebel threats to LNG projects Insurgents who’ve aligned with Islamic State have since 2017 staged increasingly bold attacks in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province that borders southern Tanzania, threatening nearly $60 billion in LNG projects.