LNG exports from the Gladstone port in Australia’s Queensland rose by about 9.8 percent in July due to higher volumes going to China, according to the monthly data by Gladstone Ports Corporation.
Curtis Island is home to the Santos-operated GLNG plant, the ConocoPhillips-led APLNG terminal, and Shell’s QCLNG facility. These are the only LNG export facilities on Australia’s east coast.
Last month, about 1,802 million tonnes of LNG, or 27 cargoes, left the three Gladstone terminals on Curtis Island.
This compares to 1,641 million tonnes, or 26 cargoes, in July 2022, the data shows.
July LNG exports dropped by about 3.5 percent compared to the previous month when LNG exports reached some 1,869 million tonnes of LNG, or 28 cargoes.
Moreover, most of July LNG exports, or 1,090 million tonnes, landed in China, marking a rise of 24.5 percent compared to 876,307 tonnes last year.
Volumes to South Korea dropped to 234,879 tonnes from 222,025 tonnes last year, while volumes to Japan increased to 210,470 tonnes last month from 180,347 tonnes last year.
GPC also reported that 143,630 tonnes of LNG were sent to Singapore and 122,829 tonnes were sent to Malaysia.
Volumes to Singapore rose from 54,975 tonnes in July last year, while volumes to Malaysia dipped from 307,705 tonnes last year.