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Hong Kong starts trial operation of a 6.2 bcm/year LNG import project

China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) has started trial operation of the Hong Kong LNG project  in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (China). The project, which includes a dual-berth offshore LNG receiving terminal, an onshore LNG receiving terminal and two submarine pipelines, can accommodate two LNG carriers or floating storage and regasification units (FSRU). Construction started in 2020.

The MOL FSRU Challenger was moored at the jetty of the offshore LNG terminal in April 2023. With a an LNG storage capacity of 263,000 cm, the vessel has a nominal regasification capacity of 600 mcf/d (6.2 bcm/year) with a maximum capacity of 800 mcf/d (8.2 bcm/year).

The Hong Kong LNG project, built by CNOOC via its affiliate Offshore Oil Engineering, is owned by CLP Power (49%), HK Electric (30%) and China Southern Power Grid (21%). The special administration region does not currently have regasification capacity. Hong Kong’s natural gas domestic consumption reached 5.7 bcm in 2021.

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