September 16, 2019 / 1:37 AM / 21 days ago

CORRECTED-LNG Ltd to supply gas to Vietnam from Louisiana project

(Corrects size of combined-cycle power plant in second paragraph to 3,200-megawatt, not 32,000-megawatt)

Sept 16 (Reuters) - Australia-listed Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd said on Monday it signed a deal with a province in Vietnam to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) from its Louisiana-based Magnolia project.

The Vietnam project includes an LNG import terminal, and a 3,200-megawatt combined-cycle power plant in the coastal province of Bac Lieu, where the Houston-based company will supply gas and Vietnam-based Delta Offshore Energy will generate electricity and sell it.

Two million tonnes of LNG per year will be supplied from its Magnolia project, which locks in a buyer for 25% of the supply from the project.

The deal comes at a time when LNG Ltd has been struggling to lock in sales agreements for its Magnolia project due to the U.S. trade dispute with China, which has been seen as a key potential customer for U.S. LNG projects.

“Our alliance with LNG Limited will allow the Government of Vietnam to have a stronger relationship with the U.S. market,” Bobby Quintos, engineering managing director for Delta Offshore Energy, said in a joint statement.

Pending government approvals, the project is expected to begin operations in 2023. (Reporting by Nikhil Kurian Nainan in Bengaluru, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)

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