Australia Pacific LNG resumes production and cargo loading

(Reuters) - Production of LNG and the loading of cargoes have resumed at Australia Pacific LNG, said operator ConocoPhillips , after a loaded tanker that was stuck at the facility was moved.

The disabled tanker, the Cesi Qingdao, had lost power on Nov. 22, leading to a halt in shipments because it blocked other tankers from entering the facility on Curtis Island off Australia's east coast.

"ConocoPhillips Australia can confirm that the CESI Qingdao LNG vessel was moved from the APLNG LNG facility early Friday morning and we have now safely resumed LNG production as well as loading of LNG cargoes," a company spokesperson said on Monday.

Origin Energy, the Australian energy retailer that operates APLNG's gas fields, on Friday said that three LNG cargoes faced delays as a result of the power outage.

Ship-tracking data from LSEG Eikon shows that Cesi Qingdao is currently located off Curtis Island while the LNG Abuja II vessel departed from APLNG on Dec. 2. The Mu Lan vessel is moored at the APLNG facility.

APLNG is a joint venture between ConocoPhillips, Origin Energy and Sinopec. It has capacity of 9 million mtpa of LNG and can only take one vessel at a time and on average loads one tanker every three days.

Its two main customers are China's Sinopec and Japan's Kansai Electric.

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