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|Shikoku Gas to Accept Coastal LNG Ship at Tokushima Secondary Terminal|
|= Terminal's opening ceremony to be held on 19th, Japan's in-service 2nd terminals to reach 7 =|
Japan's gas company Shikoku Gas is planning this month to commence coastal LNG shipping to Tokushima Prefecture, Shikoku Island. By switching to coastal shipping from overland shipment, it aims to respond to increasing LNG demand and stabilize its LNG supply service. Construction of the Tokushima secondary terminal is almost in the final phase, and Japan's LNG secondary terminals in operation will reach seven after the completion.|
The opening ceremony for the new terminal will be held on 19th this month and the first LNG receiving is also planned on the same day. Shikoku Gas now accepts LNG at its two secondary terminals in Takamatsu (Kagawa Prefecture) and Matsuyama (Ehime Prefecture) both in Shikoku Island by using two 2,500-cubic-meter coastal vessels "SHINJU MARU No. 1," "SHINJU MARU No. 2," and also plans to deliver LNG to Tokushima by them.
It has also selected procurement sources: it decided to deliver LNG from the Himeji import terminal (operated by Osaka Gas) and Tobata import terminal (Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal and Kyushu Electric Power). On LNG delivery to Tokushima area, it so far had delivered LNG by "satellite supply system" - it delivers LNG from primary terminals to the Takamatsu terminal by coastal vessels once, and then transports it by lorry trucks. The new terminal enables the Company to deliver these cargoes, which had been delivered via Takamatsu terminal, to Tokushima directly.
The Tokushima-based terminal equipped with a 5,000-kiloliter storage tank and other related facilities will be pipelined with satellite terminals. There were risks on accidents etc. in the existing delivery by lorry, but through the modal shift, the Company plans to raise stability of supply system by utilizing satellite terminals as backup bases for emergency, along with building mass LNG receiving system.
This is the Company's third terminal for coastal shipping, and the ninth LNG secondary terminal constructed in Japan — the Hachinohe terminal constructed by JXTG Energy in Aomori has already been closed and Okayama Gas stopped receiving at the Chikko terminal this March.
Same as Shikoku Gas, Okayama Gas had been procuring LNG from the Himeji and Tobata terminals by coastal shipping, but switched to pipeline shipment this April. As Okayama Gas' charter contract on the two SHINJU MARU vessels had expired, the vessels had available capacity to deliver additional LNG to Shikoku Gas.
Person familiar with Japan's terminal construction plans declined to reveal details, but implied that there were projects. There likely to be demand for natural gas in isolated islands with no pipelines, where fuel shift plans or shift of power generation source from coal are being considered.
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