• Downstream operator is looking to accelerate the pace of Clean Fuels Project
  • The Clean Fuels Project saw $12bn in contracts awarded over 2012
  • Regasification terminal will include two berths for LNG carriers

State-owned downstream operator Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) has approved a budget of KD1bn ($3.3bn) for the planned liquefied natural gas (LNG) import and regasification terminal due to be constructed near the Mina al-Ahmadi refinery south of Kuwait City.

On 29 March deputy CEO for Projects at KNPC, Hatem al-Awadi, told the state-controlled news agency Kuna.

Al-Awadi also said that KNPC is looking to accelerate the pace of execution of the Clean Fuels Project during the 2015/2016 fiscal year.

The Clean Fuels Project saw $12bn in contracts signed over 2013 and will see Kuwait’s Mina al-Ahmadi and Mina Abdulla refineries overhauled and expanded.

Kuwait’s planned LNG regasification terminal has a capacity of 1,500 billion British thermal units a day (btu/d) and will include two berths for the simultaneous unloading of large LNG carriers.

The terminal will also include four full containment LNG tanks, each with a working capacity of 225,500 cubic metres.

It is due to be constructed on reclaimed land formed by hydraulic filling.

The scope of work includes:

  • Marine facilities for two berths to unload (simultaneously) big-size LNG carriers
  • Regasification plant of 1,500 billion btu/d capacity
  • Pipeline connections between the import and the existing pipeline system
  • Four LNG storage tanks of approximately 225,500-cubic-metre working capacity each
  • Metering system, pig launcher/receiver, NG send-out pipelines, tie-in with KOC Gas Network
  • Start-up, training of plant operators and plant testing leading to provisional acceptance

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