World’s largest energy consumer, China has on Monday received the first cargo of LNG from Cheniere’s Sabine Pass liquefaction and export terminal in the United States.
The cargo was brought onboard the 161,870-cbm Maran Gas Apollonia, chartered by the Hague-based LNG giant Shell, that was the first LNG tanker to transit the newly expanded Panama Canal connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
Maran Gas Apollonia is currently unloading the U.S. LNG cargo produced from shale gas at the CNOOC-owned Guangdong Dapeng LNG terminal in Shenzhen Dapeng Bay, according to AIS data provided by the vessel tracking website, MarineTraffic.
Cheniere’s Sabine Pass plant in Louisiana, first of its kind to ship U.S. shale gas overseas, started shipping the chilled fuel from Train 1 in February this year.
The majority of these exports went to South America, followed by the Middle East, Asia, and Europe.
Cheniere previously said it expects first cargo from Sabine Pass Train 2 late August with substantial completion to be achieved in late September.
LNG World News Staff