US Cove Point LNG terminal ships first cargo to Japan

Cove Point LNG (Image courtesy of Dominion Energy)

Dominion Energy’s Cove Point LNG export terminal in Maryland, the second US facility to produce LNG from shale gas, has reportedly shipped its first cargo of the fuel to Japan.

LNG tanker Sakura, the first of many to Japan, departed from the new Dominion Cove LNG export terminal in Maryland on April 22, according to a brief statement on Monday posted on the official Twitter account of the US Embassy in Tokyo.

VesselValue shipping data also shows that the brand new 177,000-cbm LNG Sakura left the Cove Point facility on April 22.

To remind, the first commercial cargo from the $4 billion Cove Point LNG plant with a capacity of 5.25 mtpa left the facility earlier this month onboard the Adam LNG carrier.

ST Cove Point, a joint venture between Japan’s Sumitomo Corporation and Tokyo Gas booked 2.3 mtpa of LNG produced from the plant for a 20-year term.

According to Sumitomo, ST Cove Point will export 1.4 million tons per year to Tokyo Gas Group while 0.8 million tons per year will be delivered to Kansai Electric Group via Sumitomo’s unit PSE.

The remaining 100,000 tons of LNG will serve as a buffer for Tokyo Gas and Kansai Electric enabling them to cope with seasonal fluctuations.

Sumitomo said previously that the first shipment to the world’s largest LNG importer Japan would be shipped late April adding that it would land at Tokyo Gas Negishi LNG receiving terminal located in Kanagawa prefecture.

 

LNG World News Staff

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