Thailand's EGAT to Receive 2nd Spot LNG Cargo from Malaysia's Petronas

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

April 20, 2020

Illustration; An LNG Tanker - Image by alexyz3d / AdobeStock

Illustration; An LNG Tanker - Image by alexyz3d / AdobeStock

State-run Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand said it will buy a second spot-market shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) on Tuesday.

The state-owned PTT's Map Ta Phut LNG receiving terminal in the eastern part of Thailand will receive the 65,000-tonne LNG cargo from Malaysia's state oil and gas company Petronas, the Thai state utility said in a statement late on Friday.

The April shipment is the second, after the spot-market LNG cargo in December. The two shipments will serve as a test run to judge the viability of potential spot-market LNG purchases in the future, the country's energy minister has said.

Thailand, which is reviewing its power development plan, is still to determine whether it will import more LNG and in what manner.

The EGAT board had previously approved a plan to import additional spot LNG cargos in order to build more energy security and liberalize the country's natural gas market, said Ranee Kositvanich, an assistant governor at the state utility.

"Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, EGAT is reviewing a medium-term LNG procurement plan for 2020-2022," Ranee said.

"We expect to make policy proposals in the next steps for approval," she said, without elaborating.

Previously, PTT Pcl and its subsidiary had been Thailand's sole gas supplier and LNG importer.

EGAT's previous plan to sign a long-term contract with Petronas to import up to 1.5 million tonnes of LNG annually was scrapped in December.

(Reporting by Patpicha Tanakasempipat; Editing by Krishna Chandra Eluri)

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