Thailand’s PTT inaugurates Map Ta Phut 6th GSP, LNG terminal

07 September 2011 09:25  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--PTT has inaugurated its largest gas separation plant (GSP) and its new liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal at Map Ta Phut in Rayong province on Wednesday, Thailand’s oil and gas giant said in a statement.

The GSP Unit 6, which has a feed capacity of 800 million cubic feet/day (mmcf/day), is expected to produce up to 630,000 tonnes/year of ethane; 1.03m tonnes/year of propane and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), and; 160,000 tonnes/year of natural gas liquids (NGL), PTT said.

“GSP Unit 6 helps Thailand add value to natural gas through the processing of its outputs into intermediate and downstream petrochemical feedstock for several downstream industries, including food packaging, auto-assembly parts, electrical wires and cables, and household items,” the company said.

Having the facility helps Thailand lower its industrial imports, it said.

Meanwhile, PTT said its LNG terminal in Map Ta Phut – the first in southeast Asia – also opened for commercial operation on 6 September.

The terminal can initially offtake and unload up to 5m tonnes/year or 700 mmcf/day of gas, but the capacity can be doubled, PTT said.

“The terminal consists of two 160,000-cubic-meter LNG storage tanks and a port for all sizes of LNG vessels from 125,000 to 264,000 cubic meters,” it said.

Construction had been completed and tested in late May this year.

“The terminal is capable of development into an LNG commercial hub for Southeast Asia, which would further enhance Thailand’s energy security,” PTT said.

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By: Pearl Bantillo
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