CNOOC raises roof on giant Zhejiang LNG tank

A unit of China National Offshore Oil Company (CNOOC) has completed lifting the roof on one 270,000-cbm tank as part of an expansion project at its Ningbo LNG import facility in the Chinese province of Zhejiang.

According to a statement by CNOOC Gas & Power, this is the first of six 270,000-cbm LNG tanks being built as part of the third expansion phase of the Ningbo LNG facility.

Also, the operation of lifting the roof using air pressure on the giant LNG tank took place on March 8.

CNOOC Gas & Power said the operation lays a solid foundation for the subsequent roof tank lifts.

The company said these onshore tanks have the world’s largest LNG storage capacity.

CNOOC previously completed hydro testing of all of the six 270,000-cbm LNG storage tanks at its Binhai LNG import terminal in Jiangsu, and is building five 270,000-cbm tanks at the Zhuhai LNG import terminal in Guangdong.

The Ningbo LNG import facility recently received the 600th cargo of LNG since the launch of the plant in 2012.

It currently has a capacity of 6 mtpa and six LNG tanks with a total capacity of 960,000 cbm.

The third expansion phase will double the capacity to 12 mtpa and is expected to be operational by the end of 2025.

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