JUST over one year after the start of export operations from the PNG LNG project, ExxonMobil PNG has announced the export of the hundredth cargo to set sail from the nation.

Transported by LNG carrier Methane Spirit, the cargo is bound for Japan for Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), the same customer which received the first cargo in May 2014.

Built in 2008, the Methane Spirit is 286 metres long, 43 metres wide and can carry about 163,000 cubic metres of LNG.

More than 7 million tonnes of LNG have been exported since the project commenced production in April 2014, ExxonMobil said.

ExxonMobil PNG managing director Andrew Barry said the milestone further underpinned PNG LNG’s reputation as a reliable producer of gas.

“Since export operations began an LNG carrier has been loaded on average every three to four days with continuous operational excellence,” he said.

“This achievement is the result of an excellent performance delivered by world class facilities and an exceptional workforce.”

All facilities had been operating at high levels of efficiency, well above company expectations for the year, he said.

“There is still plenty of work to be done, but it is important to take a moment to remember just how much has been accomplished. We are looking forward to many more decades working with the people of Papua New Guinea to deliver on a lasting legacy for this country,” said Mr Barry.

PNG LNG supplies LNG to customers in the Asia Pacific region from gas production and processing facilities in the Southern Highlands, Hela, WesternGulf and Central provinces of Papua New Guinea. It includes a gas conditioning plant in Hides, a liquefaction and storage facilities near Port Moresby and more than 700 kilometres of pipelines

The project is expected to produce more than 9 trillion cubic feet of gas over the estimated 30 years of operations.