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Petrobangla cancels LNG spot cargo deliveries

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Bangladesh’s Petrobangla has cancelled some spot liquefied natural gas imports after one of the country’s two import terminals was damaged during a cyclone, leaving it unable to receive shipments, two industry sources said on Tuesday.

The state-owned group is tasked with importing LNG for Bangladesh, which relies on the fuel to meet power demand for its population of more than 170 million people.

Summit LNG, the operator of the damaged terminal, told Petrobangla that it had declared force majeure on LNG deliveries after its terminal was damaged, one of the sources added.

In late May, Summit LNG paused operations at its floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) in Moheshkhali after it was significantly damaged during a cyclone.

The company later said the FSRU, which acts as a floating terminal, would proceed to Singapore or the Middle East for repairs, and that it hoped it could return to Bangladesh within three weeks of those being completed.

Due to Summit’s terminal outage, Petrobangla cancelled four spot cargoes scheduled for delivery from late May to around mid-June, a senior Petrobangla official said on Tuesday.

Three of the spot cargoes were set to be delivered by Gunvor in late May and between June 7-11, and the fourth by QatarEnergy between June 19-21, added the official.

Summit LNG and QatarEnergy did not immediately respond to a request for comment on a public holiday in Bangladesh and Qatar. Gunvor declined to comment.

Summit’s FSRU is one of Bangladesh’s two floating LNG import terminals, with a regasification capacity of 500 million cubic feet per day, that supplies gas to the national grid. It began commercial operations in April 2019.

Bangladesh has seen annual LNG imports increase and last year shipped in 5.2 million metric tons of the fuel, according to data from analytics firm Kpler.

It has imported 2.6 million metric tons of LNG so far this year, with May shipment volumes reaching an all-time monthly record of 600,000 metric tons.




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