Japan’s Jera gets 4000th LNG cargo at Futtsu terminal

Japan’s power firm and LNG trader, Jera, has received the 4000th cargo of liquefied natural gas at its Futtsu LNG terminal and the adjacent power station since 1985.

According to Jera, the 2018-built 164,700-cbm LNG carrier, Enshu Maru, delivered the milestone cargo to the facility in Chiba prefecture on Tokyo Bay.

Enshu Maru’s AIS data provided by VesselsValue shows that the LNG carrier delivered the cargo from the Inpex-operated Ichthys LNG plant in Australia.

“For over 38 years since the arrival of the first vessel in 1985, the station has carried out the cargo handling operations with zero accident and zero occupational injury,” the joint venture of Tokyo Electric and Chubu Electric said.

The Futtsu thermal power station is the largest thermal power station in Japan, with 21 generators in four systems, capable of generating 5,160 MW in total.

Also, the LNG terminal is one of the largest in Japan and it receives about 10 million tons of LNG annually, Jera said.

It has two jetties and 12 underground LNG storage tanks, and a total capacity of 22.9 mtpa.

Besides supplying the Futtsu power plant, the LNG terminal also delivers gas to other power plants via the east-west connecting gas pipeline buried under the sea of Tokyo Bay.

Back in 2022, Jera and partners also completed a new pipeline connecting the Futtsu LNG import terminal and the Anegasaki thermal power station in Chiba.

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