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Summary Information

  • Ownership: Bahía de Bizkaia Gas
    • Enagas, the Basque Energy Board (Ente Vasco de la Energ a — EVE), and Iberdrola
  • Website:
  • Location: Bilbao, Spain
  • Capacity: million tons/annum
  • Status: In Operation

Brief Description

  • The project consists of an 800 megawatt combined cycle gas turbine power plant, a 2.75 billion cubic meter a year (bcma) regasification facility, LNG import terminal and a total of 300,000 cubic meter storage capacity.

Technical Details

  • Storage capacity: 2 * 150,000 m3
  • Unloading capacity:
    • Initially jetty could accomodate tankers of 135,000 m3 but can now receive LNG carriers up to 270,000 m3
  • Send out capacity: gas delivery rates can be up to 800,000m3 per hour
    • Vaporizers: 4 ORVs of 200,000 Ncu.m/h, 1 SCV of 135,000 Ncu.m/h.
  • Constructor:
    • Sofregaz: Engineering, Procurement, Construction, Commissioning
    • Saipem: Marine Works: LNG offloading jetty with mooring facilities

Ongoing Projects/Project Status

  • There are plans to construct a third tank

Suppliers / Customers

  • Suppliers: When the Bilbao regas and power facility was first conceived, the idea was that it would be supplied with LNG from Trinidad. However it now receives gas from a wide variety of sources
  • Customers: A natural gas powered combined cycle electrical power plant, with a power output of 800 MW was constructed as part of the complex


  • 2000 - The project was sanctioned by the 4 original partners
  • 2003 - First phase of the Terminal with capacity of 3.5bcma of gas was commissioned
  • 2004 - An expansion to double its capacity to 7bcma wA completed
  • 2008 - Permission was granted for larger vessels
  • 2009 - Enagás buys 25% of Bahía de Bizkaia Gas from BP

Other Information

  • When seawater is used for warming the LNG, its temperature is lowered. Conversely, the seawater used to condense the steam in the power plant becomes warmer.
  • Normally these would be on two separate circuits, but in Bilbao there is a common cooling water circuit. In effect the seawater is raised by 5°C in the power plant, then passes to the LNG vaporisers where it is is cooled down by 3°C.
  • This means there is one seawater intake and one seawater discharge, reducing construction costs, and seawater is returned to the ocean with only marginal temperature rise.’

Relevant Links

  1. Bilbao LNG Receiving Terminal
  2. Bilbao LNG Receiving Terminal (Spain)
  3. Bah a de Bizkaia Gas will be able to receive LNG carriers up to 270,000 m3
  4. Iberian energiser
  5. Saipem LNG References
  6. Enagás buys 25% of Bahía de Bizkaia Gas (BBG
  7. BP Amoco and Partners Sanction Major 'Wellhead To Wire' Integrated Energy Project

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