Europe’s largest LNG terminal, Grain LNG, set its highest ever utilisation rates in April, supplying 15.1% of UK gas demand
Located on the Isle of Grain in Kent, Grain LNG had an average daily send out over April of 412.2 GWh, eclipsing the previous record of 406.05 GWh in November 2019, according to operator National Grid.
The import facility is currently able to store and deliver enough gas to meet at least 25% of UK gas demand. Increasing LNG imports helps contribute to lower wholesale gas prices by increasing ‘gas-on-gas’ competition.
Grain LNG also recently surpassed its record for the number of trucks loaded with LNG at the facility. Utilisation of the truck loading facility during April 2021 was 75% higher than the previous year.
In 2020, Grain LNG announced it would be expanding the facility to accommodate a new capacity contract with Qatar Terminal Limited. From mid-2025 the storage will increase from 1,000,000 m3 to 1,200,000 m3 with the facility’s capacity already fully booked until January 2029.
The site’s importation terminal manager Simon Culkin said “We are very proud that we have managed to consistently deliver our customer’s nominations despite the challenges of Covid-19. Grain has the ability to swing from minimum to maximum flows within a short period of time, which means we play a critical role in meeting the UK’s gas demand.”
Grain LNG is the largest LNG import terminal in Europe and eighth largest in the world by tank capacity with a site that spans over 600 acres.
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