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Excelerate and DUSUP complete first gas-up operation at Jebel Ali LNG import terminal

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Excelerate Energy has announced that, in collaboration with Dubai Supply Authority (DUSUP), it has completed the first commercial gas-up operation at DUSUP’s Jebel Ali LNG import terminal via Excelerate’s floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU), Explorer. LNG carriers must perform gas-up operations to make their cargo tanks ready to receive LNG after leaving the dry dock.

Over the course of a 17 hour period, Explorer gassed-up all five tanks of a 173 000 m3 LNG carrier. Excelerate claims that a second similar operation was executed just a few days later on a different vessel.

Utilising the FSRU for these operations will enable LNG ships departing regional dry docks to avoid having to travel significant distances to perform this necessary step in the LNG cargo cycle. This makes Dubai a full-service LNG hub.

Following the FSRU’s recent upgrades, the Explorer is now able to provide gas-up, cool down and loading services for LNG carriers. In addition to this, it now includes an LNG bunker port, allowing it to service small scale LNG offtakers.

Rob Bryngelson, CEO, said: “We are pleased to support DUSUP in its ability to be a full-service LNG provider in the region.

"With the added capabilities of Explorer, Jebel Ali LNG Terminal is more than just an import terminal. We are committed to offering safe, efficient, and customised solutions to our customers."

Edited from press release by David Rowlands

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