Britons could be cooking Sunday lunch on US shale gas this weekend after it emerged that the first UK delivery of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from US fracking fields was en route to Kent. Energy analysts at Icis said a tanker carrying the super-chilled gas was scheduled to arrive at the Isle of Grain LNG terminal on Saturday after a 13-day journey from Sabine Pass in the Gulf of Mexico. The Maran Gas Mystras vessel is capable of carrying 1,045 gigawatt-hours of gas, equivalent to about half of daily UK gas demand this week, Icis said. Last year Ineos, the petrochemicals company, imported the first UK cargo of ethane derived from US shale gas for use as feedstock for its Grangemouth refinery in Scotland. Saturday’s shipment would, however, be the first of natural gas for distribution to homes and businesses via the UK gas gr id.
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