South African LNG firm DNG Energy has received what it says is South Africa’s first-ever commercial liquefied natural gas shipment.
The LNG ISO tank shipment arrived at the Port of Ngqura, Gqeberha, from Rotterdam, according to DNG Energy. Also, the MSC Brittany container vessel delivered the shipment.
DNG Energy says the shipment is a precursor to the commissioning of the company’s first floating storage unit in the first quarter of 2022.
The firm received approval last year to build and operate the FSU in the Port of Coega.
“The arrival of the LNG consignment is an inflection point for South Africa’s energy market, marking a key moment in our shift from coal-fired and oil-fired power-generation to cleaner alternatives,” South African entrepreneur and DNG’s CEO Aldworth Mbalati, said.
“Along with renewables like wind and solar, the new generation of gas technology brings low-cost power production capabilities to the market on a massive scale,” he said.
LNG supply network
DNG has recently signed two deals aimed at introducing LNG as an alternative to diesel in the country’s transport sector.
The firm is creating a pan-African LNG supply network which it says includes an investment of $5 billion.
Moreover, it said it has commissioned South African shipyards in Durban to build an 8,000 ton LNG barge that would be moored at Coega.
“We look at the LNG value chain in a holistic way, from source to consumption, with ambitious expansion infrastructure plans for South Africa, Mozambique, and Nigeria,” Mbalati said.
“Over the next few years, LNG has the potential to drive significant growth and job creation,
while helping South Africa meet its targets in reducing greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 30 percent to 40 percent,” he said.