Singapore's first LNG terminal received its commissioning cargo on 27 March this year. The cargo will be used to cool the terminal's storage tanks to the operating temperature of about -162°C. This cooling process takes place over a number of days under tightly controlled conditions, allowing the even contraction of the inner tanks.
The LNG was delivered by the Umm Slal from Qatar – the largest Q-Max LNG vessel in the world. The ship is about 345m long and 54m wide, and has the capacity to carry more than 260,000 cubic metres of LNG.
The terminal will have a throughput capacity of 3.5 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) when it starts operations in the second quarter of 2013. The terminal's capacity will increase to 6 Mtpa by the end of the year, when additional jetties and re-gasification facilities are constructed.
Through the LNG terminal, Singapore will be able to import gas from countries around the world, meeting the nation's rising gas demand and enhancing our energy security.