Zahrani FSRU Terminal
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Zahrani FSRU Terminal is a proposed LNG terminal in Zahrani, Lebanon.
The terminal will be located in Zahrani, Lebanon.
- Location: Zahrani, Lebanon
- Coordinates:33.508047, 35.3422655 (approximate)
- Type: Import
- Status: Proposed
- Start Year:
Note: mtpa = million tonnes per year; bcfd = billion cubic feet per day; bcm/y = billion cubic meters per year
In 2019, the Lebanese Ministry of Energy and Water (MoEW) closed an international tender for the import of liquefied natural gas (LNG) via import terminals. The terminals will provide natural gas to current and future power plants in Lebanon, switching electricity generation from oil to gas.
MoEW selected three sites for the offshore LNG import terminals, namely Beddawi, Zahrani and Selaata. Beddawi FSRU Terminal, and Zahrani FSRU Terminal will feed the existing power plants, whereas Selaata FSRU Terminal is planned to serve the proposed Selaata Power Plant. There is an additional power plant proposed in Zahrani. Each of these two new thermal power plants will have a generating capacity ranging between 500 and 600 MW.
In 2018, Beddawi had 465mw of power generation capacity, with plans for an additional 569mw and 425mw via a barge. In 2018, Selaata had 194mw of generation capacity at the Zouk power plant and an additional 180mw from a barge. There are plans to build another 1,000mw to 1,200mw facility. In 2018, Zahrani had 465mw of power generation capacity but also had plans for a barge to generate 425mw plus an additional 500mw to 600mw.
According to a 2020 article from Riviera, there are still plans for three FSRUs in Lebanon, though developments have been slow due to the Lebanese Government’s efforts to resolve bailout issues with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). QP and Italy’s Eni have already been selected to develop the FSRUs, which will be placed at three different locations: Selaata, Zahrani and Deir Amar.
Articles and resources
- John Snyder, Global LNG-to-power projects will underpin FSRU growth, Riviera, July 31, 2020
- Abboud Zahr, Saving grace to the Lebanese electricity problem: LNG Import and better projects’ structure., LinkedIn, January 20, 2019
- Jose Barrok, Petronas shortlisted for US$1.2 bil Lebanon FSRU job, The Edge Markets, June 3, 2018