Singapore’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal has received its first commercial cargo and commenced commercial operations.
The decision to build the LNG terminal on Jurong Island was made in 2006 and construction of the S$1.7 billion terminal began in 2010. The first two tanks with regasification facilities are now completed on schedule and within budget. The LNG terminal is a key infrastructure that supports Singapore’s energy diversification strategy. It allows the nation to import natural gas from around the world, thus enhancing its energy security and meeting future energy demand.
The LNG terminal will have an initial throughput capacity of 3.5 million tpa with two tanks. This capacity will increase to 6 million tpa by the end of 2013 when the third tank, additional jetties and regasification facilities are completed. Plans were announced in October 2012 for a fourth tank and associated regasification facilities to be added to the terminal, to raise its throughput capacity to 9 Mtpa.
The LNG cargo was delivered by BG Group, which was awarded an LNG importer’s licence to import and sell up to 3 million tpa of LNG. So far, BG has sold about 2.7 million tpa of LNG.
The Energy Market Authority of Singapore (EMA) has concluded the first round of industry consultation on the post-3 million tpa LNG import framework. Taking into consideration the industry feedback, EMA will launch a second round of consultation later this month.
Adapted from press release by Callum O’Reilly
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