Sakhalin Energy exports first LNG cargo to Japan

Uchenna Izundu
OGJ International Editor

LONDON, Mar.31 -- Sakhalin 2 has sent its first LNG cargo to Japan via Energy Frontier LNG carrier for delivery at Tokyo Bay. The cargo holds 45,000 cu m for Tokyo Gas and Tokyo Electric.

The LNG was loaded through the 805-m-long jetty at the Prigorodnoye port, which was built for the year-round export of LNG and oil.

"Russia has marked its entry into the Asia Pacific LNG market," said Sakhalin Energy Chief Executive Officer Ian Craig.

The first train at the 9.6 million tonnes/year liquefaction complex has begun production, and the second train is scheduled to come on stream later this year.

"This year and 2010 will see a gradual ramp-up to full production capacity," said Sakhalin Energy. "The newly built Sakhalin II infrastructure includes three offshore platforms, an onshore processing facility, 300 km of offshore pipelines and 1,600 km of onshore pipelines, an oil export facility, and the LNG plant."

Sakhalin's LNG will serve consumers in Japan, Korea, and other markets.

Shareholders in Sakhalin Energy are Gazprom with 50% + 1 share, Royal Dutch Shell PLC with 27.5% -1 share, Mitsui & Co. Ltd. 12.5%, and Mitsubishi Corp. 10%.

Contact Uchenna Izundu at uchennai@pennwell.com

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