Belgian construction company Besix has completed the construction of a major LNG import terminal offshore on Bahrain’s Muharraq Island, Trade Arabia reported.

The terminal will help Bahrain secure a supply of LNG to meet its growing fuel demand for large industrial projects, the generation of power and water, and for enhanced oil recovery.

The work undertaken by Besix included the construction of an LNG jetty on drilled and grouted pin piles, each with a maximum length of 55 m, located 5 km offshore with a seabed level of -18 m, a Besix statement revealed.

“Many aspects of the project have been quite challenging, such as completing the offshore works in the open sea, including the specialized equipment and offshore teams required to complete the ultra-optimized design,” Bahraini Resident Manager for Besix, Yasser Laroussi stated.

“Unfortunately, we also had excessive delays due to bad weather. This, coupled with challenging logistics and the tight schedule, added additional pressure to the team, but we tackled those challenges successfully and completed all the contractual milestones on time,” he added.

Construction on the terminal began in November 2016, and the first permanent pile was completed in May 2017, the statement read.

Besix completed all permanent works within the space of 14 months, with the project being handed over earlier this month.