Port Meridian Project Moves Forward with Onshore Installation Plans

Hoegh LNG

Hoegh LNG has filed a planning application with Barrow Borough council for the onshore installations of the Port Meridian project. This completes the filing of applications for the Port Meridian natural gas import project in the East Irish Sea.

Port Meridian Energy Limited is seeking permission to develop an offshore LNG (liquefied natural gas) facility, located around 35 kilometers offshore the coastline of Fylde, North West England and south-west of Barrow-in-Furness. The facility will consist of one or more Floating Re-gasification Units (FSRU), two unloading buoys, a large diameter subsea pipeline and onshore facilities connecting the system to the UK National Transmissions system (NTS). The annual import capacity of the project is around 8 billion cubic meters, which would represent between 5 and 10% of the UK annual consumption of natural gas.

The onshore installations include the pipeline landfall on Walney Island, the crossing of Walney Island and Piel Channel to connect to the proposed above ground installations (AGI) close to Barrow-in-Furness on the mainland. The primary purpose of the AGI is to ensure that the imported gas is of suitable delivery condition for the (NTS). The proposed AGI is located to the east of the existing South Morecambe Terminal.

The offshore elements of the development are covered by a pipeline Work Authorization application filed with BERR in July 2008.

All consents are expected to be in place by 1st Quarter 2009. According to current plan, first gas can be delivered to the National Grid 4th Quarter 2012.

Sveinung Stohle, President and CEO of Hoegh LNG, said, "We are very pleased to see that the project is progressing according to plan. Port Meridian will offer our customers new LNG import capacity and thus the possibility for them to diversify their sources and increase the security of supply to their consumers in UK. Port Meridian is an integral part of our strategy to provide the market with the complete offshore LNG chain; LNG production, transportation, re-gasification and market access."