EXCLUSIVE: Sharjah extends LNG terminal bid deadline

11 July 2018
Feed work on Sharjah LNG import terminal project nears completion

The state-owned Sharjah National Oil Company (SNOC) has extended the bid submission deadline for the main contract to build Sharjah’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal to 23 July.

The previous closing date was 29 June.

The companies that have been prequalified to bid include:

  • National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC, UAE)
  • Sapura Energy (Malaysia)
  • STFA Group (Turkey)
  • Archirodon (Greece)
  • Royal Boskalis Westminster (The Netherlands)

SNOC is building the project off the emirate’s Hamriyah port in a joint venture (JV) with German energy company Uniper.

“The procurement process of several major contracts relating to Sharjah LNG Project is running within schedule,” says a source close to the project.

The front-end engineering and design (Feed) work on the project is nearly complete, the source says. The Feed work is being done by the JV operators.

The final investment decision on the project will be taken by the JV this quarter, says the source.

Another source close to SNOC says the project is likely to be commissioned in the second quarter of 2020, with operations set to commence in 2021.

The Sharjah LNG terminal will have an import capacity of three to four million tonnes a year of LNG, and a distribution capacity of 500 to 1,000 million cubic feet of gas a-day (cf/d).

The project will require SNOC to increase its gas storage capacity to store excess gas in the off-peak demand months for its production in the summer to satisfy summer peak demand.

The project is based on the concept of Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU), and will become the UAE’s fourth such project.

The FSRU shall be moored in a water depth of approximately 25 metres, and connected to the shore via a 26-inch subsea pipeline.

The FSRU will have a capacity to store up to 180,000 cubic metres of LNG and a gas send-out potential of up to one billion cf/d.

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