Japan’s Hokkaido Gas gets 100th LNG cargo at Ishikari terminal

Japanese utility Hokkaido Gas said it has received the 100th LNG cargo at its Ishikari import terminal since the facility launched operations in 2012.

The 165,000-cbm Energy Universe delivered the cargo on Tuesday to the terminal located on Hokkaido, Japan’s second-largest island, from the Gazprom-operated Sakalin liquefaction plant in Russia, the gas utility said.

Hokkaido Gas shares the import facility with Hokkaido Electric Power.

The Ishikari LNG terminal launched in 2012 with one 180,000-cbm storage tank followed by the second 200,000-cbm tank in 2016. The facility also supplies fuel to the nearby Ishikari power station.

Due to the increased use of gas and power throughout Hokkaido, the annual amount of LNG received via the Ishikari terminal increased from 170,000 tons in 2012 to 670,000 tons in 2020, according to Hokkaido Gas.

The gas utility also recently received its first carbon-neutral LNG cargo at the facility from compatriot trader Mitsui & Co as it looks to further slash emissions.

Hokkaido Gas started receiving LNG from Mitsui in April 2019 as part of a long-term deal between the duo.

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