TOKYO, Sept 12 Japan's biggest city gas
supplier, Tokyo Gas Co, said it has received its first
liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo from Chevron Corp's
$54 billion Gorgon export facility in Australia.
The "Energy Confidence" vessel carrying about 70,000 tonnes
of LNG arrived on Saturday at the company's Ohgishima LNG
Terminal in Yokohama, near Tokyo, a company spokesman said on
Chubu Electric received Japan's first cargo from
the project around April, a Chubu spokesman said.
Tokyo Gas signed a contract in 2009 to buy 1.1 million
tonnes of LNG annually from the project for 25 years on a
free-on-board (FOB) basis.
Production has resumed after the world's most expensive LNG
project shut down in April due to technical problems shortly
after exporting its first cargo.
Gorgon is a joint venture of the Australian subsidiaries of
operator Chevron with a 47.3 percent stake, ExxonMobil
and Shell with 25 percent each, Osaka Gas at
1.25 percent, Tokyo Gas at 1 percent and Jera Co, the
joint venture of Tokyo Electric Power and Chubu
Electric Power, at less than 0.5 percent.
It will have the capacity to produce 15.6 million tonnes of
LNG per year, after a second and third production line, known as
trains, are added by 2017.
(Reporting by Osamu Tsukimori; Editing by Ed Davies)