Pacific Breeze, one of the largest Moss-type LNG carriers, has landed a cargo of LNG from the US$40Bn Ichthys plant in Darwin, Australia, at the Yung-An LNG terminal in Kaohsiung, Taiwan for CPC Corporation, the company has reported. It is the first LNG delivery the state-owned company has received from the giant project and the second by the vessel to Asia as deliveries from the giant project pick up speed.
In October, year-old Pacific Breeze, the first Moss-type LNG carrier to be equipped with an environmentally friendly tri-fuel diesel propulsion system, delivered a cargo to Japan’s Inpex, operator of the Ichthys plant.
The latest delivery coincides with the formal opening of the Ichthys project’s onshore processing facilities on 23 November, signalling the official start-up of one of Australia’s biggest LNG-processing plants. The project involves one of the largest offshore facilities in the world linked to onshore processing plants near Darwin by the longest subsea pipeline in the southern hemisphere.
With a capacity of 182,000 m3, Pacific Breeze is likely to be engaged on the Darwin to Asia run for years to come. The IT Marine Transport-chartered carrier is contracted to transport 1.75M tonnes of LNG from Darwin to CPC alone under a long-term deal signed in 2012, according to the Taiwanese company which has a 2.62% share in the Ichthys project.
IT Marine Transport is a joint venture company owned by Inpex and Total, both partners in the Ichthys project. Pacific Breeze was built by Kawasaki Heavy Industries’ Sakaide shipyard.
Besides Inpex and CPC, partners in the Ichthys project include Total and the Australian subsidiaries of Tokyo Gas, Osaka Gas, Kansai Electric, Chubu Electric Power and Toho Gas.