On 12th March, Grain LNG welcomed its 500th LNGC since it opened for business 14 years ago.
The vessel involved was the ‘LNG Merak’, which berthed at the River Medway facility in Kent, UK.
Simon Culkin, National Grid Grain LNG Importation Terminal Manager, said: “We’re delighted to confirm that on Thursday 12th March, 2020, we welcomed the 500th ship at our LNG importation terminal on the Isle of Grain.
“The ‘LNG Merak’ berthed today delivering cargo from Zeebrugge, and is the 22nd ship to arrive at Grain this year.
“Since commissioning our terminal in 2005, we have taken delivery of LNG from 13 countries, further strengthening the diversity and security of UK gas supplies.
“LNG imports into the UK increased by about 64% in 2019 versus 2018, contributing to a decrease in the wholelsale (NBP) gas price of approximately 55%.
“LNG delivers much needed flexibility and energy reliability, enabling the integration of intermittent renewable energy and provides access to affordable energy.
“We’re very proud that LNG, supported by our extensive infrastructure at Grain, will play a key role in enabling the UK to reach net zero carbon by 2050 by reducing carbon intensity across all segments of the energy system,” he concluded.