China’s first major independent LNG terminal, which is owned by ENN Group, is now linked to the provincial gas grid with the completion of a sub-sea pipeline.
The 3 million tpa import terminal is located on Zhoushan Island in Zheijang province in the east of China, and began operations in 2018. But a delay in the completion of the pipeline meant that imports were limited.
ENN Group has long-term sales and purchase agreements in place with Chevron and Origin Energy, and an agreement to buy LNG from Total. But the company had previously sold some of those cargoes back because of the lack of a pipeline.
The 81 km, 8 billion m3/y capacity pipeline connects to Hang Yong Line’s provincial pipeline, beginning at the Zhoushan Island LNG plant and terminating at Zhenhai in Ningbo. Gas is now flowing through the pipeline in small volumes and more imports are expected to follow.
The Zhoushan Island terminal is expected to be expanded to 5 million tpa in the first half of 2021.
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