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APLNG starts LNG exports to Kansai Electric

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Australia Pacific LNG has confirmed that its first LNG shipments to the Kanai Electric Power Co. of Japan left its Curtis Island facility in Queensland, Australia. The shipment is the 27th shipment by APLNG since exports began from Train 1 of its LNG plant.

The first cargo from Train 2 is expected by the end of 2016.

The Kansai Electric shipments left on the LNG Fukurokuji, which was recently built to fulfil the Japanese utility’s contact with APLNG. The Japanese company is contracted to received about 1 million tpy of LNG for 20 years.

APLNG produces LNG from coalbed methane (CBM; called coal seam gas in Australia), which is supplied by Origin Energy, one of APLNG’s joint venture partners.

“This is yet another milestone for the first coal seam gas to LNG project in the world, an industry that represents more than AUS$60 billion worth of investment, 22 million tpy of LNG exports and export contracts with China, Kapan and Korea” said Queensland Treasurer, Curtis Pitt.

Pitt also noted that growth in the sector was continuing with QGC’s AUS$1.7 billion Charlie CSG project announced late last year.

“By 2018, Queensland could be the world’s fourth largest LNG exporter and, by the end of the decade, Australia has the potential to be the world’s leading LNG exporter,” Pitt concluded.

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