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A fully-fledged fea­si­bil­ity study has been com­pleted and plans are now go­ing ahead for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Float­ing Stor­age and Re­gasi­fi­ca­tion Unit (FSRU) at a lo­ca­tion off­shore of Ham­riyah Port in the Emi­rate of Shar­jah. The FSRU will have a size of ap­prox­i­mately 180,000 cu­bic me­ter (m³) LNG stor­age vol­ume and a gas send-out ca­pac­ity of up to 1.0 bil­lion cu­bic feet per day (bcfd). Af­ter the LNG has been re-gasi­fied on board the FSRU, the gas will be routed to on­shore through a sub­sea pipe­line and tied-in to the ex­ist­ing lo­cal and Emarat pipe­line gas grid.

The Project is now start­ing the re­quired front-end en­gi­neer­ing and de­sign (FEED) work for the pro­posed LNG im­port fa­cil­ity. The FEED will be car­ried out by Uniper’s Tech­nol­ogy Group (UTG) in Ger­many. In due course, UTG will man­age the In­vi­ta­tion To Ten­der (ITT) process for the En­gi­neer­ing Pro­cure­ment and Con­struc­tion (EPC) con­tract(s). In 2016, in or­der to im­ple­ment this strate­gic project, SNOC, Shar­jah’s state owned oil and gas com­pany, ex­pe­ri­enced in the man­age­ment and de­vel­op­ment of gas fields and gas in­fra­struc­ture, signed an MOU to form a Joint Ven­ture with Uniper, a global en­ergy com­pany, ex­pe­ri­enced in build­ing, own­ing and man­ag­ing LNG, Power Gen­er­a­tion and Gas Stor­age as­sets, as well as a global sup­plier of LNG and pipe­line gas.

The project will pro­vide Shar­jah and the UAE with a new in­de­pen­dent point of en­try for gas and is con­sid­ered as a strate­gic en­ergy project. The project sup­ports the ef­forts of the UAE to close the cur­rent gas sup­ply short­age and to pro­vide a ro­bust so­lu­tion for the UAE’s fu­ture en­ergy se­cu­rity. A bind­ing ten-year Gas Sales Agree­ment was signed with Shar­jah Elec­tric­ity & Wa­ter Au­thor­ity (SEWA) in May 2017 and the project is also in de­tailed dis­cus­sions for ad­di­tional In­dus­trial-use gas off-take.

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