Update: Australia Pacific LNG ships 1000th cargo

Australia Pacific LNG, the operator of the 9 mtpa liquefied natural gas export facility on Curtis Island near Gladstone, has shipped its 1000th LNG cargo since it started operations in 2016.

APLNG first said in a social media post on April 11 that it will “very soon” ship the 1000th cargo, but it did not provide further information.

The LNG terminal operator said in a statement issued on April 17 that the milestone LNG cargo was loaded onboard the 2016-built 174,000-cbm, Cesi Gladstone.

APLNG said the LNG carrier is heading to China.

The APLNG export plant shipped its 500th cargo in June 2020.

It is not the first plant on Curtis Island to ship its 1000th cargo as the Shell-operated Queensland Curtis LNG export plant shipped its 1000th cargo since it started operations in May 2015 in December last year.

Besides APLNG and QCLNG, Curtis Island is also home to the GLNG plant operated by Santos.

APLNG is a joint venture between US-based ConocoPhillips (47.5 percent), Australia’s Origin Energy (27.5 percent), and China’s Sinopec (25 percent) and shipped its first LNG cargo in January 2016 after nearly five years of development and construction.

Origin operates APLNG’s gas fields, upstream exploration, production and pipeline system, while ConocoPhillips operates the downstream LNG export facility and the LNG export sales business.

There are two export offtake agreements in place for the LNG produced by APLNG – 7.6 mtpa to JV partner Sinopec, and 1 mtpa to Japan’s Kansai Electric, both for 20 years.

(Article updated on April 17 to say that Australia Pacific LNG shipped the 1000th cargo onboard the 174,000-cbm Cesi Gladstone.)

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