Sinopec entered the terminal into commercial operation on Apr. 19 after reception of its first 160,000-cu m delivery of LNG from Australia Pacific LNG Pty. Ltd.'s (APLNG) coalseam gas-to-LNG (CSG-LNG) project on Curtis Island near Gladstone on the central east coast of Queensland, Sinopec said.
The Guangxi regasification terminal, which has a designed LNG-receiving capacity of 3 million tonnes/year, will supply 22 million families in China’s southwest provinces of Guangxi and western Guangdong with an equivalent of 4 billion cu m/year of gas, the company said.
The terminal will receive its LNG supplies predominantly from APLNG as part of a long-term supply arrangement between APLNG and Sinopec under which China’s state-owned operator has agreed to purchase 7.6 million tpy of LNG for 20 years (OGJ Online, Dec. 11, 2015).
The $24.7-billion (Aus.) APLNG CSG-LNG project, which started production from Train 1 in December 2015, shipped its first LNG export cargo from Curtis Island on Jan. 9, APLNG said.
At full capacity, the two-train Curtis Island facility will supply 9 million tpy of LNG to export customers in the Asia-Pacific region.
Jointly owned by partners Origin Energy Ltd. 37.5%, ConocoPhillips 37.5%, and Sinopec 25%, APLNG said in a February project update that it expects to reach full production from both LNG trains at Curtis Island by yearend.