CHIBA, April 4 Royal Dutch Shell's
integrated gas and new energies director, Maarten Wetselaar,
said on Tuesday that destination clauses in long-term liquefied
natural gas (LNG) supply contracts that have linked suppliers
and customers for decades are "not really crucial".
"They're not really crucial in contracts anyway, once you've
delivered LNG into a tank, it is quite expensive to get it out
again and ship it to someone else," Wetselaar said, speaking on
the sidelines of a gas conference in Chiba, Japan.
The Shell executive was responding to questions on efforts
made by the world's biggest buyers of the fuel to club together
last month to push for more flexible supply contracts that drop
cargo destination clauses.
(Reporting by Mark Tay; Editing by Tom Hogue and Kenneth