LONDON, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Britain is set to receive a rare
shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) sourced from Australia
and Oman later this month, as countries across Europe strive to
secure enough supplies ahead of winter.
European nations are seeking to diversify energy supplies
following Russia's invasion of Ukraine and a sharp drop in
Russian gas flows to the continent.
LNG tanker Attalos, with a capacity of 174,000 cubic meters,
is set to arrive at Britain's Isle of Grain terminal on Aug. 22,
according to data and analytics firm Kpler.
"The (LNG tanker) Patris was the original vessel that loaded
at the North West Shelf liquefaction plant in Australia. It did
a ship-to-ship transfer with the Attalos in Malaysian waters,
and the Attalos is now headed to the UK," said Laura Page,
senior LNG analyst at Kpler.
Australian cargoes are rare in Europe due to the massive
cost related to the distance, and due to high demand from Asian
In addition to the Australian cargo, Attalos picked up the
rest of the volumes via ship-to-ship transfer at Linggi,
Malaysia, from the BW Lesmes tanker which was laden with an
Omani cargo, said Olumide Ajayi, senior LNG analyst at
It was not clear how much volume it got from each tanker. An
average LNG cargo size is 70,000 tonnes.
"Both destinations are very rare, Australian cargoes to the
UK were last seen some six years ago, while this is the first
time the UK is receiving an Omani cargo," he added.
Britain is home to three of the largest LNG terminals in
Europe - two terminals at Milford Haven and another at the Isle
of Grain - where the super chilled fuel is converted back into
gas, with some volumes transferred via pipeline to mainland
European LNG imports from January to July reached a record
above 100 billion cubic meters (bcm), or 75 million tonnes,
almost reaching the level for the whole of 2021. Most of these
exports came from the United States.
In the first half of this year, the United States exported
about 57 bcm of gas as LNG, with 39 bcm, or 68%, going to
Europe, compared with 34 bcm, or 35%, of LNG exports shipped to
Europe for all of 2021, according to Refinitiv data.
(Reporting by Marwa Rashad; Editing by Mark Potter)