Middle East - Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)

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No LNG regasification marine terminals currently exist in the Middle East, however, four are proposed including one each in the State of Israel (also known as Medinant Yisra'el and Dawlat Isra'il), the Republic of Lebanon (also known as Al Jumhuriyyah al Lubnaniyyah), the State of Kuwait (also known as Dawlat al Kuwayt), and the Emirate of Dubai (also known as Dubayy), of the United Arab Emirates (also known as Al Imarat al-Arabiyah al-Muttahidah) .

Six LNG liquefaction marine terminal sites are in operation, two in the Sultanate of Oman (also known as Saltanat Uman), three in the State of Qatar (also known as Dawlat Qatar), and one in the United Arab Emirates (also known as Al Imarat al-Arabiyah al-Muttahidah).

In this region of the world, the Islamic Republic of Iran (also known as Jomhuri-ye Eslami-ye Iran), Republic of Iraq (also known as Al Jumhuriyah al Iraqiyah), State of Kuwait (also known as Dawlat al-Kuwayt), State of Qatar (also known as Dawlat Qatar), United Arab Emirates (also known as Al Imarat al-Arabiyah al-Muttahidah), and Republic of Yemen (also known as Al Jumhuriyyah al-Yamanlyyah) possess some of the largest proven natural gas reserves in the world.

Twelve additional LNG liquefaction terminals projects are proposed or under construction in this region. The State of Qatar (also known as Dawlat Qatar) government issued a moratorium on further expansion of LNG and other gas products in 2005. This moratorium may be continued pending the completion, and subsequent results, of a comprehensive geological assessment of the North Field due in 2010.

In addition to an LNG regasification terminal, a storage hub, used to make deposits and withdrawals of LNG, has also been proposed to construct in the Emirate of Dubai (also known as Dubayy), of the United Arab Emirates (also known as Al Imarat al-Arabiyah al-Muttahidah). Construction is expected to be completed in the year 2011 and will provide a total storage capacity of 40-65 billion cubic feet. However, due to investor's concerns over security, other locations outside of the Emirate are being considered for this project as well.

Most recently, the State of Qatar (also known as Dawlat Qatar) is considering a way around piping gas through the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (also known as Arabiya as Sa'udiya) due to ongoing political differences. One possible way around the pipeline is to export Qatar's natural gas as LNG to destinations such as the State of Kuwait (also known as Dawlat al-Kuwayt).


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