JAPEX breaks ground on Soma LNG terminal
Japan Petroleum Exploration (JAPEX) has broken ground on an LNG terminal in Shinchi Town, Fukushima Prefecture (Soma Port). The company is also preparing to build a connecting pipeline to transport vapourised LNG gas from the terminal to its main trunk pipeline.
The new Soma LNG receiving terminal will store and vapourise LNG to be offloaded from large ocean-going LNG tankers docked at Soma Port, while the new 40km pipeline will convey vapourised LNG gas from the terminal to JAPEX’s Niigata-Sendai Pipeline (connecting at the Iwanuma Valve Station in Iwanuma City, Miyagi Prefecture), which is considered JAPEX’s main artery.
JAPEX is supplying natural gas produced domestically in Niigata, Yamagata and Akita prefectures, as well as vapourised LNG gas received from overseas, to users in the production areas and to those in other areas through its pipeline network, which includes the Niigata-Sendai Pipeline and Shiroishi-Koriyama Pipeline. It is also supplying LNG in liquid form to users through LNG satellite stations utilising freight containers and tank trucks.