The first vessel carrying cargo for the new Dragon LNG liquefied natural gas importing and storage facility at Milford Haven UK was discharging successfully on Tuesday.
The first shipment of LNG on board the Methane Lydon Volney was provided by BG Group. The cargo of 145,000 cubic metres of LNG from Atlantic LNG in Trinidad will be used to commission the new terminal. This first shipment will be followed over the next few weeks by further shipments to complete this process.
John Burley, general manager of Dragon LNG said, "I am delighted that our Dragon LNG importing and storage facility is now complete and about to become operational. This is the result of major international investment into the UK"s energy infrastructure by our three shareholders, BG Group, PETRONAS and 4Gas. I would like to thank all the companies who have been involved in this major project over the last four years and who have contributed to the success that Dragon LNG is today as we commission our new terminal.
"Here at, Waterston, Milford Haven when we are operating at full capacity, we will be able to send out up to 6 billion cubic metres of gas per annum to the National Transmission System, accounting for up to 5% of current UK natural gas demand. The ability to import LNG is a significant component within the UK"s long term energy strategy and we look forward to helping to provide security of supply for gas customers throughout the country."
Councillor John Allen-Mirehouse, deputy leader and economic development spokesman for Pembrokeshire County Council said, "This is yet another red letter day for Pembrokeshire and the energy sector. This facility provides a major contribution to our community in terms of employment and economic activity. We look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship with Dragon LNG over the years to come."
Ted Sangster, chief executive of Milford Haven Port Authority added, "The arrival of LNG this year has marked an important milestone. We have been working with Dragon, alongside Pembrokeshire County Council, the Health & Safety Executive, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and other bodies in preparing for the arrival of LNG. Dragon"s first ship further enforces Milford Haven"s strategic economic importance, and the growing reputation of the port as the UK"s energy hub."