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Summary Information

  • Ownership: National Grid
  • Website:
  • Location: Isle of Grain, Thames Estuary, Near London, UK
  • Capacity: 14.8 million tons/annum
  • Status: In Operation

Brief Description

  • A very large regasification terminal capable of supplying 20% of the UK's gas needs

Technical Details

  • Storage capacity:
    • Phase 1: four existing LNG storage tanks with a total storage capacity of 200,000 cubic metres
    • Phase 2: three full containment 190,000 cubic metres LNG storage tanks.
    • Phase 3: One 190,000 cubic metres LNG storage tank
  • Unloading capacity: Capable of berthing and unloading Q-Max vessels, the largest available LNG carriers in the world
  • Send out capacity: 19.7 billion cubic metres of gas per year
  • Constructor:
    • CB&I: Complete engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) for phase 2&3
    • Freyssinet: LNG Tank post-tensioning

Ongoing Projects/Project Status

  • The 3rd phase of the terminal is currently underway to provide an additional five million tonnes of capacity in time for winter 2010/11.
  • Construction work includes a second jetty, able to take the world's largest LNG carriers - the Q-Max - and an additional full containment LNG storage tank of 190,000m3. The capacity owners for this phase are Centrica, E.ON and Iberdrola.
  • A fourth phase is in the planning stage

Suppliers / Customers

  • Suppliers:
    • A 20-year contract is in place with BP/Sonatrach for the first phase of capacity to enable them to import LNG into the UK from other countries.
    • E.ON and RasGas have a contract to supply 2 Billion cubic metres per year
  • Customers: The expanded capacity has been contracted to three customers, Sonatrach, Centrica and Gaz de France Suez.


  • 2005 - The terminal was commissioned with 3.3 million tons / annum capacity
  • 2010 - The third phase was completed

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Relevant Links

  1. Terminal Webpage
  2. Freyssinet LNG Tank References
  3. CB&I helps the UK build up LNG import network and storage capacity
  4. £310m expansion of National Grid’s Grain LNG terminal complete
  5. Air Products Supplies Nitrogen For Landmark Gas Project
  6. E.ON and RasGas sign medium-term flexible contract for the supply of LNG

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