China begins commissioning third LNG terminal

China’s Shanghai LNG terminal received its first LNG cargo of 45,000 cu m aboard the 88,000-cu m Arctic Spirit LNG carrier from Bintulu, Malaysia, Oct. 11.

Warren R. True
Chief Technology Editor-LNG/Gas Processing

HOUSTON, Oct. 20 -- China’s Shanghai LNG terminal received its first LNG cargo of 45,000 cu m aboard the 88,000-cu m Arctic Spirit LNG carrier from Bintulu, Malaysia, Oct. 11. A second cargo is scheduled for later this month.

China National Offshore Oil Corp. owns 45% of the 3-million tonne/year terminal with Shenergy Group (55%), the Shanghai government’s power investment group. CNOOC last year signed a 25-year agreement to buy 2 million tpy from Qatargas Operating Co. Ltd. with supplies to start later this year from the 7.8-million tpy Qatargas 2 project. The terminal also has another 25-year supply contract with Malaysia for 3.03 million tpy.

Capacity at Shanghai is to be expanded to 6 million tpy at some as yet unannounced date.

China has two other operating LNG terminals: the 6.2-million tpy Dapeng LNG terminal in southern Guangdong Province and the 2.6-million tpy Fujian terminal that began operating earlier this year. Fujian is to be expanded 5.2 million tpy (OGJ, June 1, 2009, p. 12).

Contact Warren R. True at warrent@ogjonline.com.

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