Japan Set to Receive LNG Spot Cargo From Nigeria’s Bonny Island

Japan, the world’s largest buyer of liquefied natural gas, is set to receive a spot cargo from Nigeria on Dec. 29, according to ship-tracking data.

The Stena Blue Sky, with a capacity of about 143,000 cubic meters, is sailing to a terminal facing the Sea of Japan, transmissions captured by IHS Fairplay on Bloomberg show. The data doesn’t show the vessel’s final destination. It loaded the supercooled gas at Nigeria LNG Ltd.’s Bonny Island facility and departed Dec. 1.

Japan’s two terminals at Niigata and Joetsu have a combined annual capacity of 19.23 million metric tons, and receive term shipments from Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Qatar and Russia, data compiled by Bloomberg show.

Asian LNG buyers typically import spot cargoes from December to March to meet peak heating and power demand during winter in the northern hemisphere.

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