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January 11, 2017
First LNG imports in Malta
Malta’s first LNG cargo was delivered today from the 137,000m3 LNGC Galea in Marsaxlokk Bay. The commissioning cargo was received by the converted FSU Armada LNG Mediterrana, which arrived in Malta in October 2016. The vessel will supply LNG to a 200MW gas-fired power station in Delimara built by ElectroGas, which is said to open in the coming weeks. The FSU will supply gas to the new power plant but also to an existing plant.
January 10, 2017
Second jetty commissioned at Zeebrugge terminal
The second jetty of the Zeebrugge terminal was commissioned in late December. On January 9th, the Coral Energy became the first LNGC to berth at the jetty for a commercial loading.
The second jetty at the LNG terminal has been designed for receiving the smallest LNGCs with a capacity of 2,000 m3 up to large LNG vessels with a capacity of 217,000 m3. Some 200 loadings have already been booked at the new jetty for small LNGCs under long-term contracts.
LNG bunkering vessels can now also berth at the terminal. Shipping company UECC recently began operating its first LNG-powered car carrier in Zeebrugge, with a second to follow soon. The UECC ships will be refuelled with LNG by a purpose-built LNG bunkering vessel which will have Zeebrugge as its home port and in which Fluxys is a partner along with ENGIE, Mitsubishi Corporation and NYK Line. There are currently around 40 ships under construction for use in the English Channel, the North Sea or the Baltic Sea, half of which will run on LNG.
The second jetty also enables the terminal to respond flexibly to demand for simultaneous or quickly successing berthings, as using both jetties allows two LNGCs to be unloaded and/or loaded at the same time.
Edited from Fluxys press release.
January 6, 2017
First Sabine Pass LNG into Japan
JERA announced that an LNG cargo produced in the US has arrived at Joetsu LNG Terminal of Chubu Electric Power Company today. This is the first import of contiguous US LNG into Japan.
JERA and Cheniere Marketing have entered into a SPA for the cargo, which was loaded onto the LNG vessel Oak Spirit at Sabine Pass LNG Terminal on 7 December 2016. The voyage to Japan via the Panama Canal took about one month.
Edited from JERA press release.
January 4, 2017
Chevron resumes operation at Gorgon LNG train 1
Chevron Corp said today that the Train 1 of Gorgon LNG facility resumed production earlier this week after being shut since late November last year to assess and address some performance variations. Train 2 production was unaffected and Chevron continued to produce LNG and load cargoes during this time, the company said.
The $54 billion project has suffered several operational issues since it started up in March 2016. It was shut from April to mid-June due to a problem in the propane refrigerant circuit. It was also shut in July after a gas leak was detected.
Production from Gorgon Train 2 started in October and Train 3 is expected to come online in the 2Q2017. When complete the project will have a total capacity of 15.6mtpa. Gorgon's shareholders are Chevron(operator) (47.33%), ExxonMobil (25%), Shell (25%), Osaka Gas (1.25%), Tokyo Gas (1%) and JERA (0.41%).