The Bahrain LNG import terminal

The Bahrain LNG import terminal will be located offshore approximately 4km east of Khalifa Bin Salman Port (KBSP). The terminal location has been identified by the Urban Planning Authority and included in the development plan of the Hidd industrial area. LNG will be delivered to the import terminal by LNG Carrier ships, where it will be stored in a Floating Storage Unit (FSU). The LNG will be turned back into natural gas using sea water to warm the LNG. The natural gas will then be transferred in a buried pipeline to shore where it will supply the existing natural gas pipeline network operated by BAPCO.

Construction will start at the end of 2016, and the terminal will be ready to begin importing LNG in 2019.

For more information, please see our Frequently Asked Questions and detailed Project Description.

Project Status

The project comprises of a floating storage unit (FSU), an offshore LNG receiving jetty and breakwater, an adjacent regasification platform, subsea gas pipelines from the platform to shore, an onshore gas receiving facility, and an onshore nitrogen production facility.

Overall Progress to end December 2017 is 58%. Engineering activities are complete, Procurement is 70% and Construction is 44%.

The following provides a summary of the status of key Project activities.


Plan of OnShore receiving facility


ORF Facility – progressing as scheduled, ground work and civil foundations are well progressed, key packaged equipment is now arriving on site. Nitrogen Production Facility is under construction. Substation buildings ongoing and as planned with major electrical equipment undergoing the necessary factory acceptance tests. Interface for electrical supply and utility connections progressing in coordination with relevant providers.

Onshore Pipeline – this involves a 24” pipeline running 2.9 km from the ORF to the Hidd metering station for tie-in to the general distribution Gas network. The 2.8 km pipeline from the ORF to the onshore pipeline runs across the road to the operational Khalifa Bin Salman Port, the crossing is by Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD). The initial pilot hole is complete, and preparation is ongoing for the installation work associated with the main pipeline and communication cables. Additional HDD works are required for road crossings along the onshore pipeline route.


The following model image shows the offshore facilities including the Regas platform, the Jetty, the FSU, a moored LNG carrier and the completed breakwater.

Breakwater – construction ongoing of the 600mtr breakwater, core rock placing is 90% and pre-cast concrete units (accropodes) installation at approximately 25% complete.

Jetty – Offshore civil activities, piling is ongoing and scheduled completion is as planned. Approximately 50% of the base (piling and concrete) of the loading platform and access trestle is complete. Fabrication in Bahrain of steel topside and pipe rack is ongoing, erection scheduled to commence during the 1st quarter of 2018. Dredging activities of access channel to achieve required water depth is around 90% complete.

Regas Platform – currently under fabrication at Thailand yard, scheduled sail away June 2018. Planned installation by “float over” method scheduled for July 2018.
Jacket – fabrication in South Korea progressing, scheduled completion and sail away date March 2018 with arrival in Bahrain in April 2018.

Subsea Gas Pipeline – fabrication in South Korea is approaching completion, trenching in Bahrain for pipe laying is scheduled to commence in January with Pipelaying scheduled to commence in March 2018. The Offshore subsea pipeline and associated cabling requires HDD from the ORF, goes under the main access road towards KBSP, and out the East side of the road that will be connected to the subsea pipeline from the terminal which is scheduled to commence during early 2018.
All activities being coordinated with local authorities to ensure stakeholder engagement and compliance with all environmental and safety requirements.

FSU “Bahrain Spirit” – being built in South Korea and planned arrival to Bahrain December 2018 as required.

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