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Smit Lamnalco wins 20-year tug contract for Bahrain LNG terminal

Smit Lamnalco has secured a 20-year contract to supply marine services to the National Oil and Gas Authority of Bahrain (NOGA) at the Bahrain LNG terminal using four LNG terminal compliant 70 ton Bollard Pull (TBP) tugs.

The services include providing escort, berthing and un-berthing of LNG carriers (LNGCs) to the Bahrain LNG FSU import terminal, jointly owned by Nogaholding, the investment and development arm of Bahrain’s National Oil & Gas Authority (NOGA), and a consortium consisting of Teekay LNG Partners, Gulf Investment Corporation (GIC) and Samsung C&T (Samsung). No financial details were disclosed.

The Bahrain LNG import terminal will be located offshore approximately 5km east of the onshore receiving facility at the Khalifa Bin Salman port. The terminal will supplement local gas production in Bahrain and ensure capacity to meet peak seasonal gas demand and industrial growth, according to Bahrain LNG. It is supposed to start operations in early 2019.

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Smit Lamnalco will develop an infrastructure to support the project for the next 20 years employing four 70TBP tugs from its fleet, which will be replaced after five years with four brand new purpose-built tugs for the following 15 years.

“We are looking forward to working in partnership with NOGA and its partners to deliver safe and reliable marine services that exceed expectations, and we would like to thank them for demonstrating their faith in Smit Lamnalco by awarding the marine services contract to our team,” said Smit Lamnalco ceo Stanley Maas.