Firms to seek LNG in Houston, Peru

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Firms to seek LNG in Houston, Peru

Korea Gas Corp, LG International Corp. and EMS Group are teaming up with Gulf Coast LNG Partners LP to develop a liquefied natural gas import terminal on the U.S. Gulf coast, about 100 miles south of Houston.
Korea Gas, Korea’s LG and U.S. pipeline company EMS are forming a group to operate the Calhoun LNG terminal in the port of Port Lavaca-Point Comfort.
Korea Gas is the world’s biggest buyer of LNG and the largest operator of LNG re-gasification terminals in the world.
The import terminal will have two 160,000 cubic meter storage tanks and may process about one billion cubic feet a day of natural gas, Gulf Coast said in a statement on Business Wire Thursday. The statement did not give the equity stakes of the partners in the group.
The terminal will feed the proposed Point Comfort Pipeline, a 36-inch pipe of 27 miles in length, which will connect with nine other pipelines supplying gas to Texas and the Midwest, Northeast, and Southeast regions of the U.S., the statement said.
In a separate statement , SK Corp., Korea’s biggest oil refiner, plans to invest 555.2 billion won ($592 million) by 2011 in Peru’s liquefied natural gas project.
The investment will give SK Corp. a 30 percent stake in Peru LNG Co., the oil-refining arm of SK Group said yesterday in a regulatory filing.
SK Corp. may spend 250 billion won on the project this year, the company said, and the remaining portion will be gradually invested through 2011.

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