Excelerate Energy’s Northeast Gateway Deepwater Terminal (Northeast Gateway), off Boston, achieved a peak send-out flow rate of over 800,000 MMBTU per day of natural gas on February 1, 2019, a first for the terminal.
The operation was conducted by two of Excelerate’s floating storage regasification units (FSRUs), Exemplar and Express discharging at the same time through Excelerate’s proprietary offshore buoys.
The terminal is designed to respond to local market conditions and can increase service to ensure energy providers meet customer demand. At a flow rate of 800,000 MMBTU per day, this represents about the average gas demand of power generators during recent January-February periods.
Located 13 miles offshore Boston, Excelerate commissioned Northeast Gateway in 2008. The terminal has a dual submerged turret-loading buoy system which allows for the connection of FSRUs that have been designed to meet the challenging conditions of the North Atlantic.
FSRUs act similar to a land-based terminal and have the onboard capability to vaporize LNG and deliver natural gas directly into the existing subsea HubLine pipeline operated by Enbridge’s Algonquin Gas Transmission.
Excelerate’s Managing Director Steven Kobos, mentioned:
Excelerate’s Northeast Gateway has helped New England prepare for the winter months by supplying natural gas to meet the increased energy demand of the region. Deliveries of LNG directly into the Algonquin system helps to bring much-needed market stability and fuel security to the Northeast, an added benefit for consumers