On the Isle of Grain, in Kent, sits the leading liquefied natural gas (LNG) importation terminal in the UK. What appears to be a sleepy peninsula, in the easternmost point of the Hoo Peninsula, is in fact home to one million cubic metre of tank space, two jetties and two cryogenic lines.
And it was this month that saw the 500th ship welcomed at the terminal, which also helps to supply 25 percent of the UK’s natural gas.
Simon Culkin, Importation Terminal Manager at Grain LNG, said: “We’re delighted to confirm that we have welcomed the 500th ship at our LNG importation terminal on the Isle of Grain. The ‘LNG Merak’ berthed delivering cargo from Zeebrugge and is the 22nd ship to arrive at Grain this year, which is the most the Isle of Grain has seen arrive in such a short time.”
LNG imports into the UK increased by approximately 64% in 2019 compared to 2018, which helped to contribute to a decrease in the wholesale (NBP) gas price of around 55%.
The arrival of the 500th ship at the port shows just how high utilisation rates are and it’s the case across all terminals in Europe too. Grain has also experienced a hike in use; on 14 November 2019, it exported the highest ever amount of gas in a single day from any European terminal – 698GWh.
Simon added: “LNG delivers much needed flexibility and energy reliability, enabling the integration of intermittent renewable energy and provides access to affordable energy. We’re very proud that LNG, supported by our extensive infrastructure at Grain, will play a key role in enabling the UK to reach net zero carbon by 2050; by reducing carbon intensity across all segments of the energy system.”