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First export shipment of liquid gas leaves Cove Point facility

Cove Point in Calvert County
Cove Point in Calvert County (Kim Hairston / Baltimore Sun)

The first ship carrying liquefied natural gas for export departed Dominion Energy's mutli-billion dollar facility in Cove Point last week, the company said.

The company did not say where the ship was headed.

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Liquefied natural gas is a cooled version of natural gas that can be transported long distances. The Cove Point plant is designed to produce 8.3 million gallons of the fuel per day.

The facility cost $4 billion to construct and building work began in 2014. The project was opposed by environmental groups.

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The gas is being provided by Shell. Ultimately, the plant is contracted to serve a joint venture between two Japanese firms and the American subsidiary of an Indian company.

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