Excelerate Energy has announced that, in collaboration with Dubai Supply Authority (DUSUP), it has completed the first commercial gas-up operation at DUSUP’s Jebel Ali liquified natural gas (LNG) import terminal via Excelerate’s floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU), Explorer, LNG Industry reported.

The FSRU gassed-up all five tanks of a 173,000 cubic meter LNG carrier, in a 17-hour period. DUSUP’s ability to utilize the FSRU for these operations will allow LNG vessels departing regional dry docks avoid having to travel significant distances to perform this required step in the LNG cargo cycle, making Dubai a full-service LNG hub, according to PR News Wire.

Following the FSRU’s recent upgrades, the Explorer is now able to provide gas-up, cool down and loading services for LNG carriers. In addition to this, it now includes an LNG bunker port, allowing it to service small scale LNG off-takers.

In 2010, DUSUP completed the construction of the LNG import terminal in the port of Jebel Ali, which allows for the import of LNG via an FSRU. The terminal is located 35km southwest of the city of Dubai and provides natural gas for power generation and other industrial uses.