Trial runs have begun at the Arab Petroleum Pipelines Company (SUMED)’s USD 415 mn LNG pier at Ain Sokhna port, Ahram Gate reports. The project — which aims to receive LNG and pump it through the national grid, in addition to receiving, storing and transporting fuel to the domestic or export — is a crucial component of the Oil Ministry’s strategy to turn Egypt into a regional energy hub. Structural work for the FSRU unit anchorage was completed in June, with the facility having begun receiving natural gas shipments, which was connected to the national grid.
The port should begin receiving and connecting butane in early 2018, said Oil Minister Tarek El Molla, who added that storing and treating Mazut will begin early 2019. The facility will become especially important once the executive regulations of the Natural Gas Act pass and we can see the private sector begin making deliveries.
Ain Sukhna terminal consists of 24 floating roof storage tanks of 2.95 million cubic meters total capacity :
- 15 tanks of 103,000 cubic meters each.
- 3 tanks of 117,000 cubic meters each.
- 6 tanks of 175,000 cubic meters each.
Crude oil is dispatched into the main pipelines by two booster stations consisting of 10 pumps and two main pumping stations also consisting of ten pumps. At Ain Sukhna, crude oil can be discharged simultaneously from tankers through 4 SBMs capable of accommodating vessels up to 500,000 dead weight tons :
- 1 buoy up to 500,000 dead weight tons.
- 2 buoys up to 350,000 dead weight tons.
- 1 buoy up to 150,000 dead weight tons.