Yantian Port Group

China’s Shenzhen to become international LNG bunkering hub

China will build its first liquefied natural gas bunkering center for international vessels in the city of Shenzhen as part of a deal signed on Wednesday.

The signing ceremony
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The signing ceremony (Image: Yantian Port Group)

The project is a joint effort that includes Yantian Port Group, state-owned energy giant PetroChina, and city gas supplier Shenzhen Gas.

The trio signed a cooperation framework deal with the Yantian district government to build the center on Wednesday, according to a statement by Yantian Port Group.

The project will be built in stages and it will use 8000-10000 cubic meter LNG bunkering vessels to supply chilled fuel to customers including large container ships.

The first phase of the bunkering hub will have a yearly capacity of 230,000 tonnes per year with the goal of expanding it to two million tonnes per annum, the statement said.

The project aims to attract more international LNG-fuelled vessels to berth at Chinese ports as well as to develop green shipping in the country as part of efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions.