File picture shows a man looking as the world’s biggest Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) tanker, Qatari-flagged DUHAIL as she crosses through the Suez Canal April 1, 2008. Pavilion Energy brought its first cargo of LNG to Singapore yesterday. — Reuters picSINGAPORE, April 8 — Singapore’s state-owned natural gas importer brought in its first cargo of a super-chilled form of the fuel for domestic use.
Pavilion Energy Pte, owned by Singapore’s Temasek Holdings Pte, unloaded the liquefied natural gas cargo from the tanker Al Oraiq yesterday. The vessel carried the fuel from Qatar, the world’s largest LNG exporter.
Pavilion last year became one of two companies, along with Royal Dutch Shell Plc, to be granted a license to import LNG into Singapore. The Asian nation sees imports of the seaborne form of the fuel as necessary to supplement possibly declining supplies via pipeline from Malaysia and Indonesia. About 95 per cent of Singapore’s electricity is generated by gas-burning power plants.