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PV GAS Inaugurates Vietnam’s First LNG Terminal

On October 29, 2023, at Cai Mep Industrial Park, Phu My Town, Ba Ria - Vung Tau, PetroVietnam Gas Corporation (PV GAS) held a ceremony to inaugurate the 1 MMTPA Thi Vai LNG Terminal. Politburo member, Prime Minister H.E. Pham Minh Chinh sent a bouquet of flowers as a token of his congratulations on PV GAS’ historic milestone. At the ceremony, Member of the Central Party Committee, Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Tran Luu Quang delivered guidance speech and joined the Ribbon-cutting Ceremony.

 

Ribbon-cutting ceremony to inaugurate the 1 MMTPA Thi Vai LNG Terminal 

 

Over the past 3 decades, PV GAS has always maintained its leading position in Vietnam’s gas industry as the flagship of Vietnam Oil & Gas Group (Petrovietnam). After around 16 years since it was just an idea on the table, the 1 MMTPA Thi Vai LNG Terminal has been officially put into operation, which is the ultimate result of PV GAS' outstanding efforts on the green energy journey towards the sustainable development of the South-East Asia nation.

 

H.E. Tran Luu Quang, Deputy Prime Minister attended the inauguration ceremony

 

In his opening speech, Dr. Pham Van Phong, PV GAS’ President & CEO, shared the process of implementing the project and expressed profound gratitude to the Communist Party, Governmental and Provincial leaders, Central and Local ministries and sectors, as well as PVN for their continuous support and facilitation. Particularly, he also greatly appreciated the relentless dedication of PV GAS’ leaders and employees during the past 16 years.

 

Dr. Pham Van Phong made the opening speech at the event

 

The 1 MMTPA Thi Vai LNG Terminal is part of PV GAS’ journey of realizing Resolution 55 issued by the Politburo on February 11, 2020, regarding the direction of Vietnam's National Energy Development Strategy until 2030, with a vision to 2045, regarding national energy security. Specifically, for the gas industry, the Resolution emphasizes: "Give priority to investment in technical infrastructure for the importation and consumption of LNG", as well as "Focus on the rapid development of gas-fired power plant using LNG so that it gradually become an important power supply source supporting the regulation of national power system”.

With this Vietnam's first LNG import infrastructure in place, PV GAS will have more control over the gas supply to meet the energy needs of existing power plants and households, contributing to ensuring national energy security and reducing environmental pollution in line with the government's commitments at COP26 and the global shift towards green energy. 

 

Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Tran Luu Quang visited and congratulated PV GAS on their historic milestone

 

In the coming time, PV GAS hopes for the continued attention, support, and guidance from the Party, especially from the Government and Central ministries and sectors, in perfecting legal documents and policy mechanisms for the development of the LNG industry. At the same time, PV GAS is heading towards the implementation of the terminal’s Phase 2, with an increase in its capacity to 3 million tons per annum from 2027. 

During the ceremony, Mr. Kim Jungwook, President of Global Operations at Samsung C&T, on behalf the EPC consortium, stated, "Based on the energy development landscape in Vietnam amidst the global energy transition trend, I believe this expansion and upgrade is indeed necessary for the near future."

 

Mr. Kim Jungwook confidently believes in PV GAS’ directions regarding Thi Vai LNG Terminal

Central Party Committee Member and Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Tran Luu Quang affirmed that the 1 MMTPA Thi Vai LNG Terminal was an important project contributing to the success of the Party and State's direction and planning for the country's energy development towards sustainability. PV GAS had paved the way for the introduction of LNG into Vietnam, officially putting the country on the global LNG map and marking a crucial step in the energy transition process.

 

Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Tran Luu Quang highly appreciated the proactive determination of PV GAS

 

The Deputy Prime Minister also gave directions and orientations for Petrovietnam/PV GAS to expedite the construction of Nhon Trach 3 and 4 power plants to integrate the entire LNG Thi Vai LNG-to-Power chain into operation synchronously. He further encouraged continued research and investment for the terminal’s Phase 2. Simultaneously, he emphasized the need to accelerate investments in Son My LNG-to-Power chain and other key petroleum projects. Additionally, the Deputy Prime Minister pledged that the Government would always accompany, facilitate, and provide the most favorable conditions to support PVN/PV GAS in developing petroleum energy projects, especially those focusing on green and sustainable development, aligning with the Party's guidelines and the policies and laws of the State.

Delegates paid a visit to the LNG storage tank

 

 

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