The National Oil & Gas Authority of Bahrain (NOGA) has awarded a contract to Smit Lamnalco for the supply of marine services to the Bahrain LNG Terminal. Smit Lamnalco will deploy four LNG terminal compliant, 70 tonnes bollard pull tugs to provide escort, berthing and un-berthing services to LNG carriers serving the new import terminal.
H.E. Shaikh Mohamed bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, the Bahraini Minister of Oil, said: “This contract represents another significant milestone in the implementation of the Bahrain LNG terminal. I welcome the addition of Smit Lamnalco to the growing family of industry leaders that have a presence in Bahrain.”
The Bahrain LNG Import Terminal is a Build, Own, Operate, Transfer (BOOT) project, with ownership of the terminal reverting to NOGA after 20 years of operations. The terminal combines offshore and onshore facilities. The offshore facilities will be sited approximately 5 km east of Khalifa bin Salman port, the location of the main onshore facilities. The terminal has been developed to provide security of supply of gas to the Kingdom of Bahrain, supplementing domestic gas production from ageing reserves.
Smit Lamnalco will develop support infrastructure for the project over the next 20 years, initially employing four tugs from its existing fleet. These will be replaced in year five of the contract with four brand new purpose-built tugs that will operate in Bahrain for the following 15 years.
The LNG terminal is jointly owned by Nogaholding, the investment and development arm of Bahrain’s National Oil & Gas Authority (NOGA), and a consortium consisting of Teekay LNG Partners, Gulf Investment Corporation (GIC) and Samsung C&T (Samsung).