Gran Canaria LNG Terminal

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Gran Canaria LNG Terminal is an LNG terminal under construction in Las Palmas, Spain.[1]


It is located in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Las Palmas, Spain.

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Project Details

  • Parent: DISA; Enagas
  • Location: Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Las Palmas, Spain
  • Coordinates: 28.15, -15.416667 (approximate)
  • Capacity: 1.3 bcm/y[2][3], 1 mtpa
  • Status: Construction[1]
  • Type: Import
  • Start Year: 2027[4]

Note: mtpa = million tonnes per year; bcfd = billion cubic feet per day; bcm/y = billion cubic meters per year


In December 2008, project developer Gascan awarded a consortium formed by Tecnicas Reunidas and Acciona a contract on a "lump sum turnkey" basis for the construction of the Gran Canaria LNG Terminal and the Tenerife LNG Terminal.[5]

The Gran Canaria LNG Terminal is technically identical to the Tenerife LNG Terminal.[6] It is planned to include a storage tank with a capacity of 150,000 m3, three low pressure pumps, three high pressure pumps, two lines of Open Rack Vaporizers and a back-up submerged combustion vaporizer, a flare for emergency discharges, buildings, and a jetty capable to receive LNG carriers with a capacity up to 145,000 m3.[6] Both will have a nominal capacity of 1.3 bcm/ year, with plans to increase capacity to 2 bcm/year in the future.[1]

In September 2018 Spanish companies DISA group and Enagás submitted a joint bid to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in the La Esfinge dock at Las Palmas port.[7]

Due to significant delays, the terminal's new expected operational date is 2027.[8]


Opposition groups have cited the low utilization rates among Spain's LNG terminals to call into question the necessity of such extensive LNG infrastructure. According to Food and Water Europe, "Since 2008, all LNG terminals (except for Mugardos) have been expanded and the total regasification capacity has increased by 8%, despite a decline in gas demand...even though the utilisation rate of Spain’s LNG regasification capacity was at only ~23% on average between January 2012 and March 2019, same as the low EU average during the same time period! The need to have so much LNG regasification capacity is questionable and best illustrated with the El Musel LNG Terminal (7bcm/y and a 300,000m³ storage capacity) which was completed in 2012 and then directly put into 'hibernation', 'until demand picks up'. The terminal has not been used since then. Despite large underutilization, Spain was the 5th biggest LNG importer with the 5th biggest liquefaction capacities worldwide in 2018, and for both cases number 1 in Europe (followed by France). Since at least 2016, Spain repeatedly imported cargoes of fracked US gas through its LNG terminals."[9]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 LNG IN EUROPE 2018 An Overview of LNG Import Terminals in Europe, King and Spalding, accessed November 27, 2019
  2. LNG Investment Database Gas Infrastructure Europe, October 2019
  3. TYNDP 2020 - Annex A - Projects Tables ENTSOG, 5 Nov 2019
  4. LNG Database Gas Infrastructure Europe, accessed December 6, 2019
  5. The consortium formed by TECNICAS REUNIDAS-ACCIONA has been awarded two LNG terminal projects in Gran Canaria and Tenerife, Tecnicas Reunidas, December 17, 2008
  6. 6.0 6.1 Projects, Gascan, accessed August 2017
  7. Spain’s DISA, Enagás submit joint bid for LNG plant at Las Palmas port, Ports Europe, Sep. 4, 2018
  8. LNG Database Gas Infrastructure Europe, accessed December 6, 2019
  9. Spain Food and Water Europe, accessed December 6, 2019

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