China’s first offshore LNG bunkering terminal for oceangoing vessels will be at Yantian Port in Shenzhen in southern China, as the Yantian District Government, PetroChina, Shenzhen Gas Group and the Yantian Port Group have signed an agreement to build it. 

Shenzhen International LNG Marine Fuelling Centre will have a fuelling capacity of 230,000 t/y of LNG initially, with an annual revenue of CNY 1.2bn (€150m)  though the partners plan to expand the capacity to 2m t/y, with an expected annual revenue of CNY 10bn (€1.2bn). The capacity will initially be provided by LNG bunkering ships with a capacity of 8,000-10,000 m3.

The Shenzhen Government says that Yantian is ideally situated for the construction of the LNG bunkering terminal. As a hub port it has almost 100 weekly routes, mostly with international ships and can accommodate 200,000 t super-large ships.

Shenzhen has five gas sources including the West-East Gas Pipeline, imported LNG from Australia, and the Hua’an LNG receiving station. 

Singapore and Amsterdam already have LNG bunkering terminals, and the Shenzhen Government says that the new terminal at Yantian Port will fill the gap in marine LNG bunkering infrastructure in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, as well as demonstrating the region’s pioneering ecological credentials.

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15th June 2020