The Persian Gulf’s first LNG regasification terminal, Kuwait’s offshore Mina Al-Ahmadi GasPort, recently received its first cargo.
The cargo arrived aboard the combined LNG carrier and regasification vessel, the Express, owned and operated by Excelerate Energy LLC.
According to an announcement from Excelerate’s joint-venture partner RWE AG, the vessel regasified and delivered 130,000 cu m into the offshore port and directly into the country’s gas grid. The LNG was reportedly loaded from Woodside’s North West Shelf LNG plant in Australia.
The Mina Al-Ahmadi GasPort lies around 25 miles south of Kuwait City and was built by Excelerate, for Kuwait National Petroleum Co. Construction, started in 2008. The terminal is intended to be an interim solution to meet Kuwait’s current gas needs, in advance of future development of domestic gas reserves to meet industrial and commercial demands.
One of Excelerate Energy’s Energy Bridge regasification vessels (EBRV) will be stationed at the existing Mina Al-Ahmadi south jetty and can deliver regasified LNG at a baseload rate of up to 500 MMcfd, sources suggest.
In addition, it’s believed that the terminal will incorporate a shuttle tanker berth that will provide for ship-to-ship LNG transfer and boil-off gas management capabilities between a conventional LNG carrier and the EBRV.