U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) company Venture Global LNG told federal energy regulators and customers this week that it needs to make repairs at Calcasieu Pass in Louisiana that will delay the start of the export plant's full commercial operations. Energy analysts noted that unlike Freeport LNG, the work at Calcasieu will likely not have much impact on total U.S. LNG exports. Venture Global has been working on the 1.6-billion cubic feet per day (bcfd) Calcasieu for months and gas flows have averaged about 1.6 bcfd so far this year and 1.4 bcfd so far in March.
Germany's main opposition leader on Friday called for Berlin to involve key allies in negotiations with China as part of a rethink of ties with Beijing that reflected a global "paradigm shift" in security and foreign policy. Speaking in a Reuters interview, the head of the conservative CDU party, Friedrich Merz, said Germany could no longer rely on buying cheap gas from Russia and goods from around the world while relying on U.S. security. Merz's comments reflect a growing rethink in German policy towards Beijing since Russia's invasion of Ukraine exposed Europe's heavy dependence on Russian energy.
The South African Olympian and Paralympian maintains that he mistook Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder when he shot her on Valentine's Day in 2003.