Regasification plants

Barcelona Plant

Located in the Energy dock in Barcelona Port, it is the oldest regasification plant in Spain and continental Europe.

Barcelona Plant

This facility was commissioned in 1969. It currently has six tanks, is equipped with the technology needed to load and offload tankers, and boasts a total LNG storage capacity of 760,000 m3 and an emission capacity of 1,950,000 m3 (n)/h.


Number of LNG tanks 6
Tank capacity 760,000 m3 LNG
5,206 GWh
Emission capacity 1.950,000 m3(n)/h
544.3 GWh/ day
Min. and max. Docking capacity 80,000 m3 LNG
266,000 m3 LNG
1 LS 1 SS: 2,000
LNG Trucks Loading 15 GWh/day
(3 bays, 50 trucks/ day)
LNG Ship Unloading Small vessel ˜ 3,000 m3 LNG/h
Medium vessel ˜ 8,000 m3 LNG/h
Large vessel ˜ 10 a 12,000 m3 LNG/h
LNG Ship Loading Max. 4,200 m3/h
Pressure Minimum: 30 bar
Maximum: 72 bar
Transshipment Available

Click on More information, if you would like to find out more about the history of this regasification plant.

The initial facilities consisted of two tanks, each one with a storage capacity of 40,000 m3, to receive so-called “heavy” liquid natural gas from Libya.

This kind of LNG requires treatment prior to its use which consists in fractioning and separation of the heaviest components. The plant was initially equipped with the necessary facilities to apply said treatment.

Between 1975 and 1976, the plant was enlarged, and a third tank (capacity 80,000 m3) was added. A second enlargement was performed between 1978 and 1981, during which another tank (also 80,000 m3) was added.

In 2005, LNG storage capacity was increased with a fifth 150,000 m3 tank, and another similar tank was added in 2006.

In 2010 and 2011, Barcelona LNG storage capacity was expanded again with the construction of two new tanks of 150,000 m3each. The seventh tank was finished in October 2010 and the eighth tank in the first Quarter of 2011.

In November 2013, The General Directorate of Energy Policy and Mines approved to dismantle the two first tanks of the plant, with a capacity of 40,000 m3 of LNG each one.

The plant’s emission capacity has been increased at the same time. Accordingly, in 2006 emission capacity increased to 1,650,000 m3(n)/h and during the first semester of 2009, 1,800,000 m3(n)/h were reached in an initial phase and to 1,950,000 m3(n)/h in a later phase.

Furthermore, since the end of 2003, Barcelona’s regasification plant has a docking capacity for methane tankers of up to 140,000 m3, increased in 266.000 m3 in December 2010. This berth is additional to the 80.000 m3 dock with which this LNG terminal commenced its operations.

During 2008 second semester, the underwater pipeline linking the plant to Sant Adriá del Besós was put into operation, increasing line operation pressure from 45 bars to 51 bars.

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