US commences LNG export
Houston-based Cheniere Energy has exported the first shipment of LNG from the US, through the Sabine Pass LNG Terminal on the Gulf of Mexico.
Carried aboard the Asia Vision, an ABS-classed LNG Carrier, the cargo represents a historic milestone in the LNG industry.
Christopher J. Wiernicki, chairman, president and CEO of ABS, said: “The first export shipment of liquefied natural gas from Sabine Pass is a historic moment for the entire North American energy sector.”
“Since the shale gas boom began, ABS has been working closely with members and clients to assist them in taking full advantage of the many new opportunities. From the potential to carry export cargo to gas fuelled vessels, our team of gas specialists understands the unique technical needs of this growing market,” he added.
The Asia Vision is a 160,000m³ gas carrier built by Samsung Heavy Industries. Delivered in 2014, the vessel utilizes four Mark III LNG containment tanks from GTT and carries the ABS ENVIRO+ notation.
ABS classed the world’s first LNG carrier, the Methane Pioneer, in 1959 and has extensive experience with the full scope of gas-related assets, including the largest LNG carriers in service. In 2013, ABS formed the Global Gas Solutions team in response to the rapid escalation in the number of gas-related projects, including LNG and LPG transportation and the expanding use of LNG and LPG as fuels.
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