China’s Sinopec starts work on Longkou LNG import terminal

China’s state-controlled energy giant Sinopec said it has started building the Longkou LNG import terminal in Shandong province.

In September, Sinopec won approval from the country’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) to construct this facility in Yantai.

To mark the construction start of the first phase of the project, Sinopec held a groundbreaking ceremony for the facility on November 30, it said in a statement.

Located in the Longkou port area, the first phase of the LNG facility would have a capacity of 6.5 mtpa, according to Sinopec.

This includes a jetty capable of receiving the world’s largest LNG carriers of 266,000 cbm but also four storage tanks each with a capacity of 220,000 cbm, Sinopec said.

Sinopec added it plans to launch the facility in October 2023.

This is Sinopec’s third LNG import facility in China as it already operates the Qingdao and Tianjin LNG terminals.

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