On 7th September Thailand’s Minister of Energy, H.E. Pichai Naripthaphan marked a first for Southeast Asia. The Minister officiated over an inauguration ceremony at the Map Ta Phut LNG Terminal.

The brand new facility marks significant LNG independence for the nation. The terminal will be operated by PTT LNG Co., Ltd., a Thai company.

Located on 460 rai of land, in Tambon Map Ta Phut, Amphoe Mueang, Rayong, the facility not only accommodates LNG imports by PTT to meet the rising demand for natural gas, but also adds to national energy security.

On the same day, the Minister also opened an adjacent gas separation plant ‘Unit 6’ again located in Tambon Map Ta Phut.

Prasert Bunsumpun, PTT President & CEO announced that the LNG terminal can initially off take and unload up to 5 million tons a year initially, extendable to 10 million tons a year.

The terminal consists of two 160,000 cubic metre LNG storage tanks and a port which is equipped to meet all sized LNG vessels, from 125,000 to 264,000 cubic metres.

Commercial production began on 6th September although the facility has already completed full testing which took place early this year, in May.

According to PTT Plc, the operators behind the scheme, the terminal is capable of development into a commercial LNG hub for the whole of Southeast Asia.