ADNOC L&S expands its LNG operations at AG&P Philippines Import Terminal

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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ADNOC L&S Ish carrier at AG&P Philippines
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ADNOC Logistics & Services (ADNOC L&S), the shipping and maritime logistics arm of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), has berthed LNG carrier, Ish, at the AG&P Philippines LNG (PHLNG) Import Terminal in Batangas Bay, as it continues expanding its operations globally.

Following her arrival, Ish will be commissioned as a Floating Storage Unit (FSU) at PHLNG, the first LNG import terminal in the Philippines. AG&P subsidiary, GasEntec, converted the vessel, which has a capacity of 137,500 cubic meters, to an FSU in five months. The supply, operations and maintenance of the FSU will be undertaken by ADNOC L&S.

The agreement to charter Ish to AG&P, was signed in 2022 and spans 11 years with the option to extend a further four years. This arrangement bolsters ADNOC L&S’ FSU revenue stream and extends the life of the vessel while securing PHLNG’s resilience of LNG supply. The agreement builds on an existing long-term charter signed between ADNOC L&S and AG&P to provide another FSU in India.

Captain Abdulkareem Al Masabi_ADNOC L&S operations at AG&P
Captain Abdulkareem Al Masabi

“Successful partnerships create new value collaboratively, and the repurposing of vessels provides a blueprint for sustainable value creation. For ADNOC L&S, this translates to extending the operational life of our vessel and unlocking new revenue streams and opportunities for growth. For AG&P, this means availing a flexible storage solution for their new LNG terminal, which will catalyze wider economic and social prosperity.”

The partnership between ADNOC L&S and AG&P highlights the importance of collaboration and innovation in the energy sector. Through this agreement, the companies are working together to bring affordable and reliable energy to the Philippines and beyond, while setting new standards for safety and efficiency in the industry.

Mr. Joseph Sigelman, Chairman and CEO of AG&P said that “AG&P prizes its growing partnership with ADNOC L&S. With the Ish docking at PHLNG for the next decade or longer, AG&P is proudly set to open the first LNG terminal in the Philippines, one with both floating and, shortly, almost equal onshore tank storage, providing near 100 percent availability. As the first cargo of fuel originated in Abu Dhabi and with the long-term presence of the Ish, ADNOC L&S is playing a pivotal role alongside AG&P and San Miguel, our anchor customer, in bringing clean energy to the Philippines. We are proud to see the relationship between the UAE and the Philippines grow in this way, with PHLNG as a prime case study.”

The vessel is part of ADNOC L&S’ diverse fleet of close to 245 owned vessels and approximately 600 operated and charted vessels per year. Combined with its 1.5 million square meter logistics base in Abu Dhabi and its integrated logistics capabilities, ADNOC L&S is one of the region’s largest shipping and integrated logistics companies.

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