Grain LNG sets all-time record for gas send-out from a European terminal
Grain LNG, Europe’s largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal, yesterday exported the highest ever amount of gas in a single day from any European terminal into the UK network.
The terminal, situated on the Isle of Grain in the Thames estuary, exported 698 GWh of gas, beating its previous record by more than 100 GWh. 698 GWh of gas represents around a quarter of UK gas demand, which is enough to supply gas to all of London and the South East.
Grain LNG is a critical part of the UK’s energy infrastructure. The terminal offers market participants direct access to the UK’s NBP (National Balancing Point), one of the world’s leading gas trading hubs. Yesterday’s record is part of a broader trend that has seen rising demand for capacity from key market players at the terminal over the last year.
Nicola Duffin, Commercial Manager for Grain LNG, said: “UK gas demand is actually only slightly higher than what we’d normally see this time of year. The record activity is due to a global LNG oversupply, which has seen significantly more cargos head for North West Europe. As a result, we’ve seen a sharp increase in demand for capacity at the terminal. We expect utilisation will remain high throughout the Winter and beyond. This is good news for UK consumers, who will benefit from more secure and more competitively priced gas supplies.”
Grain LNG recently launched an ‘open season’ process for customers interested in buying capacity from 2025. The terminal is seeking industry feedback on a new service proposal during an initial consultation phase between now and 10 January 2020. The market is invited to place legally binding bids for the capacity by 10 March 2020, and Grain LNG is expecting to allocate capacity by the end of March 2020.
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National Grid Grain LNG
- National Grid Grain LNG, a wholly owned subsidiary of National Grid, owns and operates the UK’s first modern LNG importation terminal, playing an important role in securing UK gas supply.
- Commissioned in July 2005, the terminal is presently able to provide up to 25% of the UK’s gas demand. LNG is essentially the gas used in homes and business, which has been chilled to -161 degrees centigrade into a liquid state.
- In addition to regassification Grain LNG offers add-on services including truck loading bays, reloads, cool-downs and trans shipments.
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