China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC) received the first cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) at its Hainan Island LNG terminal on 8 August 2014. The terminal will be commissioned soon.
Qatargas sent the cargo on a Q-Max (Qatar Max) LNG carrier, the largest LNG carrier class in the world. The name refers to the maximum size of tankers capable of docking at the Ras Laffan terminal in Qatar. Q-Max Mozah, pictured at right, was delivered 29 September 2008, the first of 14 Q-Max carriers used by Qatargas to ship LNG worldwide.
Also in 2008, Qatargas and CNOOC finalized a sales agreement for Qatergas to supply CNOOC with 2 million tons/yr of LNG. Deliveries began in October 2009.
The delivery to Hainan Island is the third commissioning cargo for a CNOOC receiving terminal, and the sixth LNG shipment to China, according to a statement from Qatargas.
CNOOC began construction on the Hainan LNG terminal in August 2011. The facility has the initial capacity to import 2 million tons/yr of LNG, and will be increased to 3 milllion tons/yr by 2016.
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