Port Of Sines, Portugal. August 30th. REN-operated Sines LNG import terminal in Portugal has taken delivery of a new cargo of the chilled fuel from Nigeria. The cargo was delivered from Nigeria LNG’s Bonny Island liquefaction plant onboard liquefied natural gas carrier LNG Benue capable of transporting 145,914 cubic meters of the chilled fuel. The vessel was built by the South Korean shipyard Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) in 2006.
Shipping data from the port of Sines shows that the LNG carrier is scheduled to dock at the terminal on August 26.
NLNG’s Bonny Island facility has the capacity to produce 22 mtpa of liquefied natural gas from its six trains.
Sines LNG terminal, located on Portugal’s Atlantic coast, has a nominal send out capacity of 600,000 cubic meters per hour (5.26 bcm per year), with a peak capacity of 900,000 cubic meters per hour.
Photo: LNG Benue
Nigeria LNG reached a new milestone with the export of 4000th cargo from its Bonny Island facility to the Marmara LNG terminal in Turkey in May. Turkish LNG terminal has also received the 3000th liquefied natural gas cargo shipped from Nigeria LNG, three years ago. NLNG said in its statement the cargo was shipped on board the LNG Sokoto, was delivered May 14.
Currently, NLNG has 23 LNG vessels in its chartered fleet which includes six new vessels built in South Korea that replaced older tankers.
The company has plans to expand its production capacity at its six-train plant complex from 22 million tons per annum (mtpa) to some 30 mtpa. NLNG is a joint venture compromised of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC (49 percent), Shell (25.6 percent), Total (15 percent), and Eni (10.4 percent).
Meanwhile on the domestic front, Nigeria has stepped up its efforts to deliver natural gas to areas within Nigeria not connected to the national gas pipeline network by creating a virtual LNG pipeline.
Under the gas sale and aggregation agreement (GSSA), the state-run NNPC together with Total and Gas Aggregation Company of Nigeria (GACN) will deliver 74 million standard cubic feet (MMscf) of gas to the Greenville Oil and Gas Company.
The volumes delivered to Greenville will be processed into liquefied natural gas (LNG) at the company’s $500 million mini-LNG facility in Rumuji, River State, a first such plant in Nigeria, the country’s ministry of petroleum resources said in a statement.
This would allow for the transportation of gas to various locations and stranded industries around the country through a virtual pipeline of specialized LNG trucks.
The NNPC/Total joint venture will fulfill its domestic supply obligation (DSO) by supplying the gas to the project.
The Greenville Mini-LNG plant has an installed production capacity of 2,250mt/day, and is powered by 50mw gas-fired captive plant among other ancillary infrastructure, the ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.
In order to facilitate delivery, Greenville has purchased LNG transportation trucks and tankers, and is constructing retail stations and secondary storage facilities across the nations for logistics support.
The plant is ready to commence operations before the end of the year, however, the company is already planning to expand its capacity to 5,250mt/day.
According to Greenville,
“Virtual pipeline allows LNG to be transported to non-pipeline connected areas, especially the gas stranded parts of Nigeria. To complement the virtual pipeline, Greenville LNG will bring the first LNG powered trucks into Nigeria and provide over the full stretch of the pipeline, LNG stations with cryogenic storages and full re-gasification on site. Greenville LNG will through Virtual pipeline use trucks fuelled with LNG to deliver LNG to customers. Greenville LNG will have a fleet of 750 specially designed cryogenic tank trucks fuelled by LNG. LNG as a fuel will also allow trucking on long hauls which will have positive impact of 35% reduction on transportation/logistics costs in Nigeria.”