Bapco seeks interest in liquefied natural gas import terminal

05 February 2014

Bahrain revisits plans for regasification terminal with initial capiacity of 500 million cubic feet a day

Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco) has resurrected plans for its Bahrain liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal.

Bapco has invited 14 potential developers to submit an expression of interest (EoI). The closing date is set for 22 February, after which a request for a proposal (RFP) is expected.

The initial capacity of the regasification terminal is 500 million cubic feet a day (cf/d) with the potential to rise to 800 million cf/d, depending on the long-term energy needs of the kingdom’s industrial sector. To date, Bahrain’s average demand for domestic gas is 1.2 billion cf/d.

The successful bidder will sign a build-own-operate-transfer (BOOT) agreement for an operational period of 20 years.

The scope of works for the project includes the construction of floating gas storage, a ship unloading system, LNG storage tanks, a regasification and send-out system, marine works, a jetty and other associated works.

The project has been active for several years. MEED reported in 2010 that Bapco had begun receiving prequalification bids for an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract on the scheme, it subsequently stalled following the Arab Uprisings in 2011.

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