By Courtney Trenwith
With 160% more capacity than the existing plant, the new facility is expected to meet domestic needs until 2030
A $180m new gas plant has begun operations in Kuwait with 160 percent more capacity than the existing Al Shuaiba plant, state news agency KUNA said.
The liquefied gas plant covers 150,000sqm, including six underground tanks, with a productivity capacity of 15m cylinders per year.
Located in Umm Al Aish, in northern Kuwait, it was designed and constructed by South Korean Hanwha Corporation for KD 54.6 million.
The plant was commissioned by the Kuwait Oil Tanker Company in 2010 to help meet mounting domestic demand for gas, in light of population growth, KUNA said.
It is expected to meet local gas needs until 2030.