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China's first FLNG terminal to start operations

China’s first floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) import terminal is expected to start operation next month, according to local Chinese media reports.

The new terminal in Tianjin in the north of China should help to ease a looming winter supply crunch as demand for energy increases.

Energy companies have been asked to boost gas supplies by maximising production at domestic fields, raising gas imports and prioritising supplies to public transportation and residential users over the winter period.

The first phase of the project will have an annual receiving capacity of 2.2m tonnes and help boost capacity, according to major importer China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC).

The second phase of the project will involve the construction of a conventional onshore LNG terminal, with a receiving capacity of no less than 6.0m tonnes a year.

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