JERA acquires EDF Trading’s LNG arm
JERA, the Japanese energy company and the largest importer of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the world, has acquired EDF Trading’s LNG business.
The Japanese venture between Tokyo Electric Power and Chubu Electric Power made the acquisition in a bid to be “more savvy and nimble”, Reuters reported, as well as creating more access to the European market.
This is not JERA’s first deal with the French utility’s subsidiary, having bought its coal unit in 2017.
“There are no other utilities in Japan that trade both coal and LNG,” Yuji Kakimi, the Prresident of JER, informed Reuters.
“Altogether, we’re a 300-strong team whereas other Japanese utilities have just a few,” Kakimi added.
JERA Trading has increased its staff by approximately 100 people, including 10 members from EDF Trading and 60 employees working on LNG in Tokyo.
“They have plentiful cash, they have global positions to allow them to move fast, and they have the personnel to act,” Reuters reported an unidentified Senior Trader stating.
“The question is, whether Japan’s conservative utility culture can or wants to keep western gung-ho traders on their books.”
Global Offshore rebrands Enelift and invests in global hubs
Global Offshore has rebranded Enelift and will invest "a seven-figure sum" in establishing new support hubs in Houston, Dubai, Singapore, Perth and the Caspian during the next six months.
The investment will cover oil, gas and renewables, mainly concentrating on manufacturing capability with associated R&D, as well as in stock held in the hubs.
The company’s flagship Hinge Lok technology provides aluminium, non-welded light weight transportation cradle for casing and tubing. Enelift now plans to enhance its offering by augmenting its existing solutions with robotics and remote operational and training technology, which will reduce manpower for handling offshore equipment that is transported and stored using the Hinge Lok system.
Enelift is partnering with "a Japanese robotics company" and the technology will be trialed with "a Norwegian operator on a Norwegian drilling rig", according to a statement.
Operating from its bases in Aberdeen, UK and Esbjerg, Enelift was founded by 35-year industry veteran and Managing Director Paul Brebner 10 years ago to offer the offshore energy industries safe, reliable and efficient storage and transportation of equipment.
The expansion plans are bolstered by the appointment of Jim Clark of the Craigendarroch Group to Chairman, and Adam Maitland to Non-Executive Director. Maitland is the Managing Director of Hutcheon Mearns IF, and brings his wealth of expertise in the field of corporate finance.
Brebner said Enelift may be a new name in the market, but the experience it brings is "industry renowned".
"Our solutions are underpinned by safety that enables inefficiencies and their associated costs to be eradicated – meaning operational personnel can focus doing what they do best, safely. We remain committed to providing the safest storage and transportation solutions for equipment in the sector as we grow our global operations," he said.
Clark said the market is changing and its solutions fully support customers’ economic and safety aspirations.
"We are very well placed to take full advantage of increasing opportunities in the Middle East, Africa, Far East and Americas. Safety is our absolute commitment to our customers and our support hubs will facilitate this. Aligning our identity to our entire offering ensures that we will drive our expansion through new products and global support sites across the rest of this year."