LNG Terminal Construction on Track in Wales
by Birmingham Post
August 20, 2007
Building work is on track for the first gas to be pumped into
Britain through a new import terminal in Wales in the fourth quarter
this year, the companies behind the projects said.
The pipeline needed to carry gas from two new liquefied natural
gas (LNG) terminals nearing completion at Milford Haven to the rest
of Britain should be ready by the end of October, a spokeswoman for
network operator National Grid said.
"The pipeline is due for commissioning this autumn, at the end of
October," she said.
But planning objections over part of the project to take gas from
South Wales to the rest of Britain mean it will not be able to flow
gas at full capacity this winter.
But the delay to the pressure reduction station, which is now
being built after the objections were overruled, will not have a
large impact on capacity, the spokeswoman said.
One of the two projects the pipeline is designed to transport gas
for will not be ready until next year anyway.
Two LNG terminals are being built at Milford Haven as gas
companies respond to strong demand for the fuel that keeps most
British homes warm in winter, feeds many of its power stations and
is used to cook its meals.
The Dragon LNG terminal, operated by BG Group together with
Malaysia's Petronas, is expected to open late this year, around the
time the pipeline will be ready, while the South Hook project is not
expected to be ready until 2008.
"Dragon is still on schedule for Q4 2007," a spokesman for BG.L
said, declining to be more specific.
LNG is natural gas cooled in the producing country into a liquid
before being shipped to consumers, where it is warmed to gaseous
form again before being pumped into the gas network.
Because it is transported in tankers rather than fixed subsea
pipelines, supplies can be bought from anywhere in the world, making
it attractive to countries concerned about being over-dependent on
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