Hong Kong’s first FSRU terminal set to get commissioning LNG cargo

Hong Kong’s first FSRU-based LNG import facility, owned by a joint venture of CLP Power and HK Electric, is expected to receive its first commissioning cargo during the weekend.

MOL’s 263,000-cbm MOL FSRU Challenger arrived in Hong Kong from Singapore on April 13.

After that, the word’s largest FSRU berthed at the new jetty in Hong Kong waters to start serving Hong Kong’s first LNG import facility under a charter deal on April 18.

Now the offshore LNG terminal located east of the Soko Islands is set to receive its first LNG cargo that will be used for commissioning purposes.

A spokeswoman for HK Electric told LNG Prime on Friday that the LNG carrier, Maran Gas Coronis, is expected to arrive in Hong Kong on May 6 to support the commissioning work for the offshore LNG terminal.

The spokeswoman did not provide any additional information.

CLP Power and HK Electric said in March that they have issued a tender to buy a commissioning cargo for Hong Kong’s first LNG import terminal.

According to its AIS data provided by VesselsValue, the 2007-built 145,700-cbm, Maran Gas Coronis, owned by Qatar’s Nakilat and Greece’s Maran Gas, will bring the cargo from the giant Ras Laffan LNG complex in Qatar, operated by QatarEnergy’s unit Qatargas.

Moreover, on its way to Hong Kong the vessel visited PipeChina’s Beihai LNG terminal where it probably unloaded a partial cargo.

The vessel was on Friday located offshore Hong Kong.

LNG for power plants

Hong Kong LNG Terminal is a joint venture consisting of HK Electric and Castle Peak Power, in which CLP Power Hong Kong holds 70 percent, while China Southern Power Grid International has 30 percent.

The LNG import terminal project forms part of Hong Kong’s initiative to reduce emissions as the city and special administrative region of China is working to increase the use of natural gas to fuel its power plants.

The FSRU, which will be renamed Bauhinia Spirit, has a nominal capacity of 600 million cubic feet per day with a maximum capacity of 800 million cubic feet per day.

Also, regasified LNG coming from the FSRU will supply two power plants and these include the Black Point power station located in the New Territories and Lamma power station located at Lamma Island.

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