Change of destination for landmark US LNG export shipment

The first LNG cargo to depart from America’s newest LNG export terminal has diverted from its original intended destination in Asia to one in Europe, according to Reuters.

It’s around two weeks since the Singapore-flagged, Shell-owned LNG tanker Gemmata left Dominion Energy’s Cove Point facility in Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, with a cargo for an unspecified destination.

That made Cove Point just the second LNG exporting facility in the lower 48 states of the US, after Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass terminal in Louisiana which began exporting LNG in 2016.

Now, because of falling Asian prices for LNG and increased demand from Europe, the Gemmata is heading for the UK instead.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.
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