Data drawn from multiple sources reveals a high likelihood that the initial shipment of LNG from Russia’s Yamal project is making its way to the US via the UK.
French-based multinational utility company Engie confirmed in an email to LNG World Shipping that it had purchased a shipment of LNG from Malaysia’s Petronas Energy Trading Ltd, originating from the UK’s Isle of Grain terminal and destined for its Boston, USA, area import facility.
“The LNG cargo that Engie Gas & LNG recently purchased was loaded onto a tanker from Engie’s fleet at the Isle of Grain in the United Kingdom,” Engie spokeswoman Carol Churchill said.
Ms Churchill also named Malaysia’s fully integrated oil and gas multinational Petronas as the LNG supplier.
“Engie Gas & LNG purchased this spot cargo from Petronas to supplement our other contracted supplies from Trinidad,” she said.
As reported on LNG World Shipping, Petronas took the initial cargo produced by the newly-opened Yamal LNG facility in the Russian Arctic in early December just days after the plant began operations.
The Yamal shipment was then transported from Russia to the UK’s Isle of Grain facility on the 170,000 m3 Christophe de Margerie Arc 7 tanker and delivered to the UK on 28 December.
Also on 28 December, the 154,472 m3 LNG carrier Gaselys, currently under charter by Engie, anchored offshore from the UK’s Isle of Grain LNG import and re-export facility, according to VesselsValue’s market and AIS ship tracking data.
Gaselys visited the facility on 7 January and is now sailing laden to Boston after a stop in the Spanish port of Algeciras.
Ms Churchill said Engie purchased its LNG shipment due to increased demand from bitterly cold weather that has gripped much of the US in December and January.
During its construction Russia’s Yamal LNG facility faced sanctions by the US government over Russian involvement in Ukraine. US LNG exports produced from shale gas hit record highs in December according to the US Energy Information Administration, but have fallen slightly in January.