BEIJING Jan 10 China's state-owned energy
company CNOOC diverted two cargoes of imported liquefied natural
gas (LNG) after a pipeline fire in northern China's Tianjin,
though imports were normal as of Monday, traders with knowledge
of the matter said on Tuesday.
Reuters reported on Dec. 28 that a natural gas pipeline was
in Tianjin was closed after it ruptured and caught fire.
Two sources with knowledge of CNOOC's gas operations in
Tianjin said CNOOC diverted the LNG cargoes after the accident
on the pipeline, which is connected to a domestic gas consumer.
"Imports are now back to normal," said one source, adding
that the cargoes were sold back to the supplier under force
majeure terms. The source did not give further details.
A CNOOC press official was not immediately able to comment.
CNOOC, parent of offshore oil and gas producer CNOOC Ltd
, operates a floating LNG receiving facility that can
take about 2.2 million tonnes per year of gas.
Chinese state energy firms have vowed to boost supplies of
cleaner-burning LNG over the winter months to help curb the use
of the coal burned widely in northern parts of the country for
heating, a main cause for hazardous smog.
(Reporting by Oleg Vukmanovic in Milan and Chen Aizhu in
Beijing; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)