Bahrain LNG (BLNG) started construction this week on a liquified natural gas (LNG) receiving terminal, a regasification unit, and the 5 kilometer undersea pipeline, Gulf Daily News reported.

The project is estimated to cost around $670 million.

The work consists of trenching, pipe laying, testing and backfilling the pipe which connects the BLNG Terminal to offshore facilities.

A no-go zone has been marked around the Khalifa Bin Salman Port (KBSP) and northern Bahraini warters while construction work is ongoing.  Seafarers are warned to avoid the area for the duration of the construction period.

The project is part of numerous current and upcoming oil and gas projects conducted by BLNG worth a total of $6 billion, Gulf Daily News reported in January.

The projects include the Bahrain Petroleum Company’s (BAPCO) modernisation programme, Bahrain National Gas Expansion Company’s third gas plant, and an aromatics facility joint venture between BAPCO and Kuwait’s Petrochemical Industries Corporation, Bahraini oil minister Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa stated.