DUBAI: Energy Minister of UAE, Suhail bin Mohammed al-Mazroui, said that government plans to increase its gas import capacity and sees a significant drop in the LNG gas prices. All of these things are encouraging many countries to consider LNG as part of their diversified gas sources.
“In the future we will be increasing the amount of LNG or the capacity to import. This is to provide flexibility for power generation,” Mazroui told media on the sidelines of an energy event.
He said there are plans to upgrade Dubai’s floating LNG regasification import facility at Jebel Ali port “to cater for more LNG imports … definitely it is an upgrade from the existing 3 million tonnes (a year)”. He gave no further details on the capacity increase or timeline.
LNG is natural gas cooled to liquid form so it can be loaded on special tankers. The liquid is then delivered to receiving terminals where it is regasified and pumped into onshore pipelines.
The UAE is building an LNG import facility at the busy oil port of Fujairah, known as Emirates LNG, with a capacity of 9 million tonnes a year.
The UAE gets a modest volume of Qatari gas through the Dolphin pipeline, which helps feed power and desalination plants at Fujairah.
The UAE is moving ahead with adding more capacity to the Dolphin pipeline and is developing its own gas resources such as the Shah and Bab sour gas fields, Mazroui said.