Sinopec gets OK for Tianjin LNG expansion

China’s state-controlled energy giant Sinopec said it has secured approval to build the third phase at its LNG import terminal in the northern port city of Tianjin, near Beijing.

According to Sinopec, the expansion project includes five new LNG storage tanks each with a capacity of 270,000 cubic meters.

The project would boost the annual LNG receiving capacity of the Tianjin terminal to 11.65 million tonnes, it said.

Sinopec did not provide any additional information regarding the project.

The terminal has a capacity of six mtpa but the state-owned firm is expanding the facility to handle up to 10.8 mtpa by 2022.

This includes building five 220,000-cbm LNG storage tanks as part of the second expansion phase.

Besides this facility, Sinopec has recently started building the Longkou LNG import terminal in Shandong province.

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

In August, Sinopec has also completed the second expansion phase at its Qingdao LNG import terminal in Shandong province.

As part of that expansion, Sinopec built two new 160,000-cbm LNG storage tanks, boosting the terminal’s yearly handling capacity to 7 mtpa.

The energy giant is also working on the third expansion phase which it aims to complete in 2023.

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