First gas-up operation completed at Jebel Ali LNG Import Terminal
In a 17-hour time period, the FSRU was able to fully gas five tanks of a 173,000 m3 LNG Carrier. The ability for DUSUP to use the FSRU will make it possible for LNG vessels to avoid traveling long distances when they leave regional dry docks to complete this step of the LNG cargo cycle. The gas-up operation makes Dubai a full-service LNG hub. A second, similar gas project was finished just days later on another carrier.
The announcement of this project speaks to the ability of the FSRU terminals to now offer services beyond regasification. The newly upgraded explorer can now provide gas, cool-down and loading services to LNG carriers. In addition, small-scale LNG off-takers can now be serviced as an LNG bunker port was added to the FSRU.
“We are pleased to support DUSUP in its ability to be a full-service LNG provider in the region,” CEO Rob Bryngelson said. “With the added capabilities of Explorer, Jebel Ali LNG Terminal is more than just an import terminal. We are committed to offering safe, efficient, and customized solutions to our customers.”
An LNG carrier offers gas-up services as one of its mandatory requirements to ensure the cargo tanks are ready to receive LNG loads after departing the dry dock.