Thursday 27 February 2014

Singapore opens first LNG terminal, plans for 2nd terminal

Second LNG terminal planned to boost energy security
Govt looking at potential sites in eastern S'pore: PM Lee
By Jonathan Kwok, The Straits Times, 26 Feb 2014

SINGAPORE yesterday announced plans to build a second liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal even as the country's first terminal on Jurong Island was officially opened.

LNG is the fuel used to generate most of the electricity used here.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, speaking at the official opening of the Singapore LNG Terminal, said that potential sites in eastern Singapore are being studied for the second terminal.

The new terminal will also support new industrial sites and power plants, he added.

More than 90 per cent of Singapore's electricity is generated using natural gas, which is cheaper and more environmentally friendly than oil.

Having LNG terminals means that Singapore can take in imports from all over the world, in addition to the natural gas coming via pipes from Malaysia and Indonesia.

The terminal, which started operations in May last year, has received shipments from Equatorial Guinea in Africa and Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean.

The shipments have so far been for domestic use, but the terminal has the infrastructure to reload LNG into other vessels to be shipped elsewhere.

The Singapore LNG Terminal can handle six million tonnes a year. Plans are under way for a fourth tank and additional equipment to lift capacity to at least nine million tonnes a year by 2017. The terminal has space to accommodate seven tanks.

"But that's the limit because of land constraints," said Mr Lee. "Therefore we will build a second LNG terminal."

Mr Lee said that Singapore will continue to explore new energy options, such as solar energy. "We want to learn more about solar, so that when it becomes cheaper and more competitive we will be ready to deploy it on a large scale." Singapore is supporting solar pilot projects including those in Housing Board estates.

The Government will develop manpower resources and create good jobs in the energy sector, Mr Lee said. Singaporeans make up 80 per cent of the workforce of Singapore LNG Corp, the terminal operator, he added.

Earlier in the day, Mr S. Iswaran, Second Minister for Trade and Industry, highlighted plans to grow Singapore's LNG business. These include a framework to appoint new LNG importers to meet Singapore's domestic gas needs beyond the franchise held by British oil and gas firm BG Group.

CIMB regional economist Song Seng Wun said the second LNG terminal will help Singapore stay ahead of other countries in its bid to become a hub.

"In the region we are seeing growth in (LNG) demand. We are enhancing our position by investing more in this segment."

Plans to grow Singapore's LNG business
By Kevin Lim, Channel NewsAsia, 25 Feb 2014

Singapore hopes to grow its liquefied natural gas (LNG) business by allowing more firms to import for the domestic market and expanding capacity at the city-state's recently completed LNG terminal, Second Minister for Trade and Industry S Iswaran said on Tuesday.

Speaking at an industry conference, the minister said Singapore will invest in a fourth tank and additional re-gasification equipment to increase the LNG terminal on Jurong Island's throughput capacity to at least 9 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) by 2017 from the current 6 Mtpa.

He added the government plans to license up to two new LNG importers to meet Singapore's domestic gas needs beyond the 3 Mtpa franchise held by exploration and production company BG Group.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will officially open the LNG terminal on Tuesday evening, while the Energy Market Authority will release its final determination paper for the post-3 Mtpa LNG Import Framework by the end of this week, said Mr Iswaran.

"As our market and terminal operations grow, we expect that it will support the full spectrum of LNG activities in Asia, including marketing, trading and procurement," the minister said.

He said more than 20 companies have already established or expanded their LNG desks in Singapore, with activities ranging from market research, trading, marketing, origination, operations and risk management functions.

In addition, there are LNG service firms such as ship brokers, law firms and price reporting agencies growing their operations in Singapore to support the LNG industry.

Mr Iswaran said: "We hope to see more market players establish a presence in Singapore.

"This will not only support the growth of the domestic gas market, but will also allow Singapore to contribute to efforts to build deeper regional gas markets by serving as a trading and pricing hub for LNG."


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