Cheniere Energy Inc.’s Sabine Pass liquefied-natural-gas terminal in Louisiana received a cargo of the fuel yesterday, according to vessel tracking data compiled by Bloomberg.
The tanker, Al Gharrafa, can carry as much as 216,200 cubic meters of LNG, or about 4.66 billion cubic feet of natural gas, equivalent to 7.5 percent of estimated daily U.S. gas production. The cargo is from Qatar, the data showed.
Another ship, Bluesky, is anchored off the Gulf Coast near Sabine Pass, according to the vessel tracking data.
Charif Souki, Cheniere’s chief executive officer, said on March 16 that the Sabine Pass terminal doesn’t have LNG inventory for re-export.
Japan is increasing LNG imports to generate electricity after the March 11 earthquake and resulting tsunami damaged nuclear reactors.
LNG is gas that’s cooled to a liquid for transport by ship to markets not connected by pipelines. The fuel is received at import terminals and converted back to a gas.