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Cove Point LNG terminal loads 100th commercial ship

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Dominion Energy has announced that its Cove Point LNG terminal has successfully loaded its 100th commercial LNG ship.

The operation was carried out on 11 November – 19 months after the facility entered commercial service for natural gas liquefaction and export.

The terminal is located in Lusby, Maryland, and became the second largest LNG export facility in the continental US – and the first on the East Coast – when it entered commercial operation on 9 April 2018. According to the statement, Cove Point produces LNG under 20-year contracts for ST Cove Point, a joint venture (JV) of Sumitomo Corp. and Tokyo Gas, and for Gail Global (USA) LNG, the US affiliate of GAIL (India) LTD.

Paul Ruppert, Dominion Energy’s President of Gas Transmission and Storage, said: “This is a major milestone for Dominion Energy and our country as a whole.

“It reflects not only the world class design and operational excellence of our facility, but also the environmental progress we are making by reducing global reliance on coal, oil and other carbon-intensive energy sources.”

The Cove Point terminal is able to perform all the functions of an LNG facility, including import, export, vaporisation and send out, and liquefaction. Since it entered commercial service in April last year, the facility has operated reliably in all weather conditions, including ambient temperatures ranging from 9°F to 105°F. To date, the facility has produced more than 4 billion gal. of LNG, with export ships reaching more than 20 countries across the globe.

Ruppert added: “The Cove Point facility showcases our company's commitment to environmental stewardship.

“The facility's waste heat recovery and zero liquid discharge system are truly best in class and show how we can responsibly develop infrastructure while at the same time protecting our air and water.”

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