Australian Industrial Energy is seeking to increase the amount of annual LNG cargos received at its Port Kembla Gas Terminal as a result of fluctuating demand.
AIE has lodged a modification to its existing development consent to meet higher demand for natural gas during the peak periods between April and September. Currently, AIE's customers gas demands during peak season exceed the volume approved in the current consent granted by NSW Department of Planning.
AIE wants to increase the cargoes received from 26 shipments of standard-sized vessels (170,000 m3) up to 46 shipments of variable sized vessels to reflect the variability in demand. The increase of up to 20 shipments represents a 2% increase in the number of vessels that visit Port Kembla each year. The projects FSRU, which remains moored at Port Kembla's berth 101 to receive, store and send out natural gas, will not need to be modified as it has the capacity to handle the extra throughput.
AIE says the request for additional volume reinforces the project's critical importance as a solution to the nation's near-term gas supply challenges.