08 March 2013 03:44 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC) is expected to commission its 3.5m tonne/year liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal at Zhuhai in Guangdong province on 30 June, when the terminal receives its first cargo, a company source said on Friday.
The project is operated by Guangdong Zhuhai Jinwan LNG, a subsidiary of CNOOC.
The terminal will undergo two to three months of trial runs before it starts commercial operations, the source said.
LNG cargoes into the terminal will be supplied to cities of Guangzhou, Foshan, Zhuhai, Zhongshan and Jiangmen through pipelines after re-gasification, the source said, adding that some volumes will be sold via truck delivery in the spot market.
In the future, the terminal will expand supply coverage to include more cities in Guangdong.
The terminal is equipped with three 160,000 cubic metre (cbm) LNG storage tanks and a jetty for 80,000-267,000cbm LNG carriers, the source said.
In the second phase of the project, the terminal’s capacity is expected to increase to 7m tonnes/year, with a further plan to raise it to 10m tonnes, the source said.
CNOOC, which is China’s top LNG importer, has one LNG terminal at Shenzhen in Guangdong that is in operation and is building three more in the province, including the one at Zhuhai.
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