Bangladesh's 2nd LNG Terminal Begins Operations
Bangladesh has employed its second liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal with the beginning of operations of floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) 'Summit LNG' offshore Moheshkhali Island in the Bay of Bengal.
According to Excelerate Energy, the FSRU completed commissioning of the LNG terminal, owned by Summit LNG Terminal, on April 29, 2019. The terminal has a send-out capacity of 500 million standard cubic feet per day (MMscf/d) of natural gas.
In August 2017, Summit entered into a 15-year charter agreement with Excelerate for the FSRU Summit LNG. In addition to providing the FSRU, Excelerate acted as the Owner's Engineer for Summit in regards to the fixed infrastructure components of the terminal, which included a subsea plug, mooring system, and subsea pipeline.
"The successful completion of the Summit LNG Terminal represents a significant positive change to Bangladesh's energy supply – helping bolster local industry while benefitting the citizens of the country," stated Excelerate's Managing Director Steven Kobos.
"We are pleased to have partnered with Summit on this very important project and are confident our experience and expertise in FSRUs will ensure an efficient and reliable service for Bangladesh for the years to come," Steven said.
Founder Chairman of Summit Group Muhammed Aziz Khan remarked, "Summit is most pleased to receive the opportunity to provide much needed RLNG (regasified liquified natural gas) to Bangladesh's national gas grid. Excelerate's in-depth understanding and leadership in the FSRU market has contributed immensely to the implementation of this project."
Muhammed added: "With this additional 500 MMscf/d to current 3,200 MMscf/d, Bangladesh will be able to provide necessary primary energy to Bangladesh. This natural gas will provide huge impetus to growth and development of Bangladesh. Summit will continue its endeavor to provide low cost environmentally friendly energy solutions to Bangladesh."
In August 2018, Excelerate commissioned its Moheshkhali Floating LNG (MLNG) terminal – Bangladesh's first LNG import facility. Since beginning operations, MLNG has successfully imported 27 cargoes of LNG and delivered in excess of 70 million MMBtus of natural gas into the Bangladeshi market, which represents an increase in gas supply of over 10% during this period.