Petronas delivers first Myanmar LNG cargoes

Malaysian energy giant Petronas said Thursday it has recently completed its maiden delivery of LNG to Yangon, Myanmar.

With these shipments, Myanmar joined a growing group of LNG importing nations.

Petronas delivered two Free-On-Board cargoes with a total volume of 190,000 cubic metres in May and June.

The Malaysian company shipped the cargoes from its LNG plant in Bintulu. Petronas LNG unit and CNTIC VPower signed a supply deal earlier this year for the two shipments.

Recently delivered 28,000-cbm CNTIC VPower Global loaded the first cargo while Golar’s carrier took the second shipment.

The newbuild is working for a venture consisting of Hong Kong-listed VPower Group and China National Technical Import & Export Corporation.

The ship will serve as a shuttle vessel for LNG-powered plants in Myanmar the duo is developing.

Petronas said it granted conditional acceptance to the vessel allowing for the very first multilobe tank comprising two cylindrical tank sections to dock at its Bintulu terminal.

The Malaysian company also provided cooling-down services for the small-scale LNG carrier.

Petronas loaded the second cargo on June 3 onboard the 162,000-cbm Golar Kelvin.

The two LNG cargoes delivered to CNTIC VPower marks a new era in the growth of LNG demand in the South East Asian region, Abdul Aziz Othman, Petronas LNG’s chief executive officer, said.

“With Myanmar as the latest nation to adopt LNG as a form of cleaner energy, Petronas looks forward to being a long-term partner and supplier,” he said.

Petronas added that it was working with CNTIC VPower for further LNG deliveries to the country.

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