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Japan Set to Get Nigeria LNG Spot Cargo at Higashi-Ohgishima

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

The LNG Enugu, with a capacity of about 143,000 cubic meters, is sailing to the Higashi-Ohgishima terminal south of Tokyo, according to transmissions captured by IHS Fairplay on Bloomberg. The vessel loaded the supercooled gas at Nigeria LNG Ltd.’s Bonny Island terminal and departed Nov. 13, the data show, without indicating the its arrival date in Japan.

The Higashi-Ohgishima terminal, owned by Tokyo Electric Power Co., has a capacity of 14.28 million metric tons a year and receives long-term shipments from Indonesia, Malaysia, Qatar, Australia, Oman, Abu Dhabi, Brunei and Russia, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Tepco, as the company is known, is seeking to buy one spot shipment for January and two for February, according to two people with knowledge of the matter. 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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