US regasification specialist Excelerate Energy is shipping a cargo of Russian LNG into its underused Northeast Gateway Deepwater Port terminal off the US east coast.

The company’s 151,072-cbm floating storage and regasification unit Exemplar (built 2010) arrived at the offshore buoy, which is sited 21 kilometres (13 miles) off Massachusetts Bay near Boston.

The vessel is loaded with a cargo of LNG, which originated from Russia’s Yamal LNG project but was transshipped in France’s Montoir-de-Bretagne terminal.

Contracted volumes

Excelerate managing director Steven Kobos confirmed to TradeWinds that Excelerate has contracted LNG volumes that it is importing into New England through Northeast Gateway.

Kobos did not disclose exact figures for the cargoes but said Excelerate “expects to discharge throughout the winter period, as is inherent with this seasonal facility”.

Steven Kobos Photo: Excelerate

Appointed in 2009

Northeast Gateway was commissioned in 2009 but has been used intermittently since it was first put into operation.

The facility last received a cargo in February 2016.

Kobos said: “Beyond routine inspection and maintenance, the terminal has remained operational and prepared to receive LNG each year.”

Northeast Gateway consists of a dual submerged turret-loading buoy system and is connected to the shore by a 25-kilometre (16-mile) pipeline, which links to the existing gas transmission network.

The facility is able to deliver natural gas at a rate of up to 600 million cubic feet per day.

Excelerate originally installed two of these offshore buoy terminals in the US. The first, Gulf Gateway off Louisiana, was removed in 2012.