An LNG ship at terminal 1 at Singapore LNG Corp's new terminal at Jurong Island. Photo: Singapore LNG Corp.

The Umm Slal, a Q-Max LNG ship, delivered the first cargo at terminal 1 at Singapore LNG Corp’s new terminal at Jurong Island on March 27, 2013. Photo: Singapore LNG Corp.

By Chou Hui Hong

(Bloomberg) — Singapore LNG Corp. received its first contract cargo of liquefied natural gas from BG Group Plc today, signaling the start of commercial operations at the country’s S$1.7 billion ($1.38 billion) import terminal.

The Methane Kari Elin, with a capacity of 136,167 cubic meters, arrived at the Jurong Island facility, according to e- mailed statements from the Singapore’s trade ministry and BG. The tanker loaded the supercooled natural gas from Equatorial Guinea LNG Holdings Ltd.’s terminal, where it departed April 14, according to ship transmissions captured by IHS Fairplay on Bloomberg.

Singapore’s energy regulator, the Energy Market Authority, agreed in 2008 to import LNG from BG over 10 years as part of plans to diversify its sources of gas supply. BG has a 17-year contract to buy 3.4 million metric tons of natural gas annually from Equatorial Guinea LNG, according to the West African producer’s website.

Singapore LNG received its first cargo from Qatar on March 27 and it was used to commission the receiving facility, Simon Ang, a company spokesman, said in an e-mailed statement March 28.

The regulator formed Singapore LNG in June 2009 to develop, build, own and operate the terminal on Jurong Island, where some of the country’s oil refineries and petrochemical facilities are located. The LNG plant, with two tanks completed and two more planned, currently has a capacity of 3.5 million tons a year, according to the trade ministry’s statement today.

Copyright 2013 Bloomberg.

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