National Grid has completed the expansion of its Grain LNG terminal, delivering a 50% increase in capacity. This gives Grain LNG the capacity to supply around 20% of UK demand, or up to 12 million houses per day.
Grain has the largest tank capacity of any terminal in the UK with total LNG storage availability of one million m3, equivalent to more than two days’ worth of average UK gas demand.
National Grid is progressing discussions on a further phase of expansion at the terminal with a number of interested parties through an open season process. Timescales and capacity will depend on final market interest, but additional capacity could be available from winter 2015/16.
Peter Boreham, National Grid’s Director of UK LNG, said: “This latest expansion of our Grain LNG terminal is a real boost for Britain’s ability to secure gas from diverse sources, giving the capacity to bring in another 6.7 billion m3/yr of gas.”
National Grid Grain LNG provides open access to the British gas market, Europe’s largest, as well as the mainland European market and is an independent operator with no gas market interests.
Energy Minister Charles Hendry said, “With the widespread cold hitting the UK, it brings home the importance of secure energy supplies for everyone across the country. ??
“This Government is committed to ensuring we keep the lights on, and having diverse supplies is crucial to this. This expansion of National Grid’s Grain LNG terminal is very welcome news. The UK still has substantial oil and gas resources, but projects like this also give us access to LNG from as far afield as Algeria, Qatar, Trinidad, and even from Australia.”??
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