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Exxon imports LNG to keep tanks cool at Papua New Guinea plant

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Reuters are reporting that ExxonMobil has announced that it has imported a LNG cargo to keep tanks cold at its Papua New Guinea LNG facilities near the capital Port Moresby.

The imported LNG will help maintain the temperature of the company’s LNG tanks and marine terminal loading facilities to avoid a lengthy recooling period when it restarts.

Exxon’s PNG LNG export plant was shut in late February after a powerful earthquake disrupted feed-gas supplies from the gas-producing Highlands region.

The generators are also continuing to supply some of Port Moresby’s power demand.

Stopping the liquefaction process causes LNG plants to warm up, requiring cargoes to be imported to keep cryogenic tanks and equipment operational.

The 172 000 m3 capacity LNG tanker Kumul, custom-built for the PNG LNG project, is currently moored at the terminal, after discharging a cargo on Thursday.

The 170 000 m3 capacity LNG tanker Papua is currently anchored near Port Moresby. Traders said this tanker could be standing by ready to load once an export cargo is available, though this could not be officially confirmed with Exxon.

Exxon said in February, before the earthquake, that together with its partners, France’s Total SA and Australia’s Oil Search Ltd, it plans to almost double the facility’s export capacity to 16 million tpy.

Read the article online at: https://www.lngindustry.com/liquid-natural-gas/05042018/exxon-imports-lng-to-keep-tanks-cool-at-papua-new-guinea-plant/

 

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