IRVING, Texas -- The world's first offshore LNG terminal arrived at its final location off the Italian coast, according to ExxonMobil. The terminal will be capable of supplying about 10 percent of Italy's natural gas requirements, the company says.
The Adriatic terminal is designed to store and re-gasify LNG to deliver 775 MMcf/d (8 bcm/y) of clean-burning natural gas when it reaches full operational capacity in 2009.
The Adriatic LNG terminal left its construction site in Algeciras, Spain on Aug. 30, for the 1700-mi (3,000-km) trip to its final destination, where it arrived Sept. 15. The terminal has been positioned at about 10 mi (15 km) offshore Porto Levante, Italy in the Adriatic Sea, in approximately 95 ft (28 m) of water and will be connected via pipeline to Italy's natural-gas grid.
The Adriatic LNG project is owned by ExxonMobil Italiana Gas, Qatar Terminal (a Qatar Petroleum 100% owned subsidiary), and Edison and will be part of the world's rapidly expanding natural gas supply network.
The Adriatic LNG terminal will receive natural gas produced from Qatar's North field, which has resources of more than 900 tcf of natural gas, making it the largest non-associated natural gas field in the world.