Onshore Jamaica LNG terminal expected online by mid-2018

02 June 2016 14:57 Source:ICIS

The onshore Jamaica LNG terminal, known as the Old Harbour project, is expected to be completed by mid-2018, according to a statement by the Jamaican government on 1 June.

The island’s information service stated that a supply agreement has been finalised by developer New Fortress Energy and utility Jamaica Public Service.

Agreements have also been reached with Chinese engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) provider China Power, which is building the terminal.

In the short term, New Fortress Energy is providing a floating storage unit (FSU) to Montego Bay. The FSU, which is expected to be the 138,000cbm Golar Arctic, is expected to be installed by the end of the year. Anglo Dutch Shell was named by sources as one of the likely term suppliers for the Jamaica LNG supply, but this could not be immediately confirmed.

New Fortress Energy initially envisioned supplying the Jamaica FSU with small-scale volumes using ISO containers loaded from its peakshaving facility in Florida and trucked to Florida ports on conventional ocean-going vessels. However, sources said infrastructure within Jamaica has not yet been developed.

Requests for comment from New Fortress Energy have not been returned.

According to the US Department of Energy (DOE), New Fortress Energy’s subsidiary American LNG Marketing delivered four ISO containers to the island of Barbados from Haileah, Florida, near Miami, in 2016.

The volumes totaled 4,460 thousand cubic feet, or about 126,000 cubic metres. ruth.liao@icis.com

By Ruth Liao