Nigeria begins shipping LNG to US

Filed on January 9, 2006

LAGOS — Nigeria’s multi-billion-dollar liquified natural gas company Nigeria NLNG yesterday said it had shipped the first cargo of gas from its fourth production plant to the United States.

A company statement said the consignment from the plant, which only began production in November last year was loaded on Saturday at the Bonny terminal in southern Nigeria for delivery to the Lake Charles terminal in the United States.

NLNG managing director Chris Haynes said production had also started at the firm’s fifth plant, known as a train, which is the last leg of its ˘2.1 billion (1.7 billion euro) expansion programme aimed at raising earnings from gas exports to four billion dollars per annum.

“The start-up of the Train 5 of the Bonny liquified natural gas (LNG) plant took place some hours ago. That means we now have five trains working,” he said, adding that output from the five trains would raise Nigeria’s LNG output to 17 million metric tonnes per annum.

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