New UK LNG Terminal Planned for River Medway

Mersey Docks & Harbour will submit plans for a major liquid natural gas terminal and production plant on the River Medway. The Port Authority, which is part of the Mersey Docks, has agreed to transfer a 10-hectare stretch of the river bed to Lattice Group PLC, which will develop the site.

Pending approval by the Medwya Borough Council, plans call for the construction of a new jetty, vaporisers and a pipeline running from the Medway to the nearby existing LNG storage and re-gasification plant. The deepwater jetty would be capable of handling the first of the giant specialist carriers by the end of 2004. This would substantially increase shipping and cargo volumes on the river. ''With government predictions that Britain's gas market will become increasingly dependent on imports, shipments to this deepwater terminal from sources such as the Middle East and Nigeria will play an increasingly important role in maintaining supplies of gas to both domestic and industrial users in the UK,'' said Port Operations Director Des Crampton.