ExxonMobil has revealed that the offshore Adriatic LNG terminal, which is claimed to be the world’s first offshore LNG terminal, has arrived at its final location just off the Italian coast.

With a reported capacity to supply around 10% of Italy’s natural gas requirements, the Adriatic terminal is designed to store and re-gasify liquefied natural gas (LNG) to deliver 775 million cubic feet per day of clean-burning natural gas when it reaches full operational capacity in 2009.

The terminal left its construction site in Algeciras in Spain on 30th August 2008, to make the 3,000km trip to its final destination - where the company declares it arrived on 15th September 2008. It has been positioned around 15km offshore Porto Levante, Italy, in the Adriatic Sea, in approximately 28m of water and will be connected via pipeline to Italy’s natural gas grid.

The Adriatic LNG project is owned by ExxonMobil Italiana Gas; Qatar Terminal Limited, Qatar Petroleum’s fully owned subsidiary; and Italian utility Edison. It will receive natural gas produced from Qatar’s North Field, which has resources of more than 900 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.