The first ever liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes from the Dominican Republic and Peru have arrived in the UK.
National Grid’s Grain Terminal in Kent, the largest LNG facility in the UK and eighth largest in the world, welcomed the vessels on the 24th of February and the 4th of March respectively.
Simon Culkin, Terminal Manager at Grain LNG, said: “The arrivals we have seen at Grain this week reinforce our belief that we’re the leading LNG import terminal in terms of attracting a diverse mix of gas supplies from all over the world.
“Grain has the most extensive gas blending facility in Europe, which enables the terminal to process LNG which would normally be outside of the UK’s gas specification.”
LNG imports are becoming increasingly vital to the UK’s energy mix, particularly as North Sea production declines.
National Grid states secure and affordable gas supplies from multiple sources are proving more important following the government’s announcement to withdraw from coal fired generation by 2025 and phase out existing nuclear power stations.
The Renewable Energy Association says green gas has the potential to produce the equivalent of more than a quarter of the UK’s LNG imports.