Gibraltar has officially opened its liquefied natural gas (LNG) regasification terminal, which was recently built by Shell and Gasnor (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Shell), which will allow the switch from diesel to natural gas generation. using the 80-megawatt gas-powered plant recently put into service.
The construction of the terminal has had an LNG supply agreement signed in 2016 between Shell and the Government of Gibraltar. Gasnor, which has more than 15 years of operational experience in small-scale LNG in north-western Europe, operates the Gibraltar regasification terminal.
A small scale LNG carrier will bring the LNG to the Gibraltar Port. This will be done approximately twice a month at night, when other port and airport activities are minimal.
The LNG will be stored in five double wall stainless steel tanks, from where it will gradually be warmed with existing heat from the powerplant and returned to gas. From here the gas will travel along a short pipeline to the power plant, which will ultimately provide electricity to the homes and businesses of Gibraltar.