China’s Sinopec to bring Beihai LNG terminal on stream in 2015

08 July 2013 08:01  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Sinopec is expected to commence operations at its new 3m tonne/year liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal at Beihai in Guangxi in the second half of 2015, a company source said on Monday.

The Chinese oil and gas major obtained approval on 25 June from the country’s National Development and Reform Commission for the construction of the terminal, the source said.

Sinopec plans to build four 160,000 cubic metre (cbm) LNG storage tanks for the project’s phase one, the source said.

The LNG terminal’s handling capacity will then be expanded to 5m tonnes/year during its second phase, the source added.

The terminal will be equipped with a 384 metre-long berth which LNG tankers with capacity ranging from 80,000-266,000cbm can moor at. The terminal will have a turnover capacity of  6.1m tonnes/year.

Sinopec also plans to build pipeline facilities with a combined length of 1,337km that connect to the terminal, the source said.

LNG cargoes delivered into the terminal will be distributed via LNG tank trucks and the pipelines after regasification to 14 cities in Guangxi and two prefecture-level cities in the western part of Guangdong province.

Sinopec is currently building a 3m tonne/year LNG terminal at Qingdao in Shandong province and plans to build another three in Tianjin municipality, Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces.

By: Minhao Zhu

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