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Hong Kong’s first LNG terminal begins commercial operations (China)

The first LNG import terminal of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (China) has begun commercial operations following the arrival of its first cargo, a shipment of 139,000 cm of LNG delivered by the British oil and gas company Shell. The MOL Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) Challenger was moored at the jetty of the offshore LNG terminal in April 2023. With 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). Construction started in 2020 and trial operations began in May 2023. The regasified LNG is now being sent to CLP Power’s Black Point power plant (3.2 GW) and HK Electric’s Lamma power plant (3.6 GW).

The Hong Kong LNG terminal, built by China’s CNOOC via its affiliate Offshore Oil Engineering, is owned by CLP Power (49%), HK Electric (30%) and China Southern Power Grid (21%). Hong Kong’s natural gas domestic consumption reached 5.7 bcm in 2021 and dipped to 5.3 bcm in 2022.

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