The United Arab Emirates will import LNG for their internal market. In fact, for year Abu Dhabi has been exporting LNG through the Das Island plant but the national energy scenario and the development of new plants in the area require an amount of energy that the country will be forces to import. To receive LNG, therefore, the United Arab Emirates will use the Floating Storage Regasification Unit (FSRU) in Ruwais, along the coastline – about 200 km from Abu Dhabi City. The FSRU is managed by the Abu Dhabi Gas Industries (Gasco), a joint venture between Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (Adnoc), which owns 68%, Shell (15%), Total (15%) and Portnex (2%).
Moreover, according to the project, the FSRU will bring 14 mcm/day of gas into the internal network which will supply the ever increasing energy demand of the national infrastructure. Abu Dhabi, in fact, will have next year an installed capacity of 17 GW thanks to gas production (without taking nuclear energy into consideration), while total gas consumption by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will increase to 69.1 mcm, circumstances will call for an increase in LNG production.