First U.S. LNG shipment arrives in the Netherlands
The Netherlands last week received its first-ever cargo of liquefied natural gas (LGN) from U.S. producer Cheniere Energy, Kallanish Energy learns from the U.S. Department of Energy.
The 140,000-billion-cubic-meter (Bcm) cargo arrived in the Gate Terminal, at Rotterdam port, on June 9 aboard the Artic Discoverer vessel. On the same day, another LNG cargo from Cheniere’s Sabine Pass LNG export terminal was delivered in Poland.
Rick Perry, U.S. Secretary of Energy, said in a statement, these volumes follow others delivered to southern Europe, including to Italy, Malta, Spain, Portugal and Turkey. These countries have been receiving Sabine Pass cargoes since February 2016, when the terminal began exporting.
“Spain and Portugal have received multiple cargoes,” he noted. “U.S. LNG has begun arriving in Europe with some frequency, providing a diverse source of supply and ensuring energy security for Europe,” said Perry. “We will become a dominant energy force, using our research, development, and delivery capabilities.
We will reassure the energy security of our allies and partners around the world, acting as a force for good in an environment of uncertainty.” A growing number of U.S. LNG shipments are expected to be sold to Europe as more liquefaction projects located along the U.S.
Gulf Coast come online and begin production and shipment. The secretary said to date, some 5 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of LNG has been contracted to European companies such as Engie, BG, BP, Endesa, Iberdrola, Gas Natural Fenosa, EDF, EDP, Total and Centrica. Spot U.S.
LNG supplies to Poland help the country reduce its reliance on Russia, alongside contracted supplies from Qatar.