Japan’s Hokkaido Electric gets first US LNG shipment

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By Mirza Duran Japan’s Hokkaido Electric Power said it has received its first US LNG cargo at the Ishikari regasification terminal, widening fuel sources for the adjacent power plant.

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The 177,000-cbm Shinshu Maru, owned by a venture of Jera and NYK, delivered the cargo from the Freeport terminal in the US on September 21.

Furthermore, Hepco said it purchased the shipment under a spot deal with Japan’s Jera that holds a stake in Freeport.

The utility previously imported LNG only from Malaysia, Australia, and Russia to fuel its Ishikariwan Shinko power plant.

Besides being the first for Hepco, this US LNG cargo also marks

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