Europe's largest terminal for receiving tankers of liquefied natural gas has opened for commercial operations in south Wales, UK.
South Hook was officially opened in May after parts of the huge terminal at Milford Haven were commissioned, allowing investors US major Exxon Mobil and state-run Qatar Petroleum to bring in a succession of cargoes over the summer while a third storage tank was being readied for use.
Phase one is fully completed and we are ready for commercial operations, a spokeswoman for South Hook said, adding the second stage should be completed in the first quarter of 2010.
South Hook can pump about 10.5 billion m³ of gas a year into Britain, about 10% of total demand.
Once two more storage tanks have been commissioned in the second phase, capacity will double to 21 billion m³.