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Hawaii Gas granted LNG approval

LNG Industry,

Macquarie Infrastructure Company (MIC) has announced that its Hawaii Gas business has received approval to land containerized LNG in Hawaii.

Approval was granted by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (HPUC) on the 6th March. Hawaii Gas is the only company in the state with approval to import LNG.

Backup fuel

Hawaii Gas intends to ship LNG from the US mainland and use it as a backup fuel source for its synthetic natural gas operations on Oahu. The initiative will increase the reliability of its fuel supply to residential and commercial customers.

LNG strategy

MIC CEO, James Hooke, commented: “Our Hawaii Gas business has been diligently pursuing its LNG strategy for the past few years. We’re pleased with the decision of the HPUC and look forward to having Hawaii Gas bring a relatively lower cost, clean-burning energy source to Hawaii.”

Container ships

Hawaii Gas intends to use ISO containers to ship LNG from the West Coast to Oahu on conventional container ships. ISO containers hold approximately 10 000 gallons of LNG. The LNG will be re-gasified and introduced into Hawaii Gas’ distribution pipelines in Honolulu using a mobile vaporization unit.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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