As Dubai grows, so the demand for energy grows. DUSUP supports the growth of Dubai by ensuring that it buys sufficient reliable energy at competitive prices to help support the future requirements of the Emirate. Whilst today DUSUP buys the majority of its gas requirements as pipeline gas from Abu Dhabi and Qatar, the development of the DUSUP LNG terminal has been important in diversifying overall gas supply.
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 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 under long term contract, and where necessary can supplement that with short term or spot purchases. The combination of DUSUP’s FSRU terminal and Margham gas storage facility makes it possible for DUSUP to be flexible in terms of the timing, scale and specification of LNG cargoes. 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.
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 Q-Max class.
DUSUP supplies the energy needs of a number of key utility and industrial companies in Dubai, supplying natural gas to DEWA, Dubal, Dugas, ENOC and Dubai Petroleum for their power generation, desalination and other industrial needs. Today, DUSUP buys natural gas from Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and Dolphin Energy under long term contracts.
The Margham Gas Plant and Field is located approximately 55 Km from Dubai on the Dubai / Hatta road. It is the largest gas field onshore Dubai. The field contains three gas-bearing geological formations located more than 10,000 feet below the ground surface.
The Pipeline Department designs, operates and maintains DUSUP's onshore pipelines and related facilities to International Standards