As Dubai grows, so the demand for energy grows. DUSUP supports the growth of Dubai by ensuring that it buys sufficient energy at competitive price to secure the future of the Emirate. Whilst today DUSUP buys the majority of its pipeline gas from Abu Dhabi and Qatar, for the future DUSUP continues to seek out new sources of energy from around the world; to diversify its supply and to manage the growth in energy demand especially during the peak summer period. The development of the DUSUP LNG terminal has been a key element of that diversification goal.
In 2010 DUSUP completed the construction of a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Import Terminal in Jebel Ali port which allows the import of LNG via a Floating Storage Regasification Unit (FSRU). The FSRU is an LNG tanker specially converted into an FSRU for this purpose and it is permanently moored at the Terminal. LNG tankers berth alongside the FSRU and discharge LNG into the FSRU. The FSRU warms the liquefied gas back to its gaseous state using seawater through a heat exchanger, and then flows the gas into the onshore pipeline network.
DUSUP buys LNG both on the basis of a long term agreement for supply and by purchasing LNG spot cargoes to support changes in demand. The combination of DUSUP's FSRU terminal and Margham gas storage facility makes it possible for DUSUP's LNG trading team to respond to spot market opportunities at short notice. DUSUP has received a wide range of LNG specifications and has sourced the gas from all the major LNG exporting countries taking delivery from as far away as Trinidad and Australia.
In 2015 began a programme of upgrading the capacity of the FSRU terminal to meet Dubai's increasing energy needs. A newer and higher capacity FSRU designed to meet the future operational requirements of the terminal replaced the original FSRU. This means that the Import Terminal will be able to receive twice the number of cargoes than the original design.
DUSUP conducts regular programme Ship terminal compatability reviews and has a wide range of LNG carriers approved for the terminal including a good safe track record of deliveries of different carrier sizes up to and including the Q-Max class.