Kuwait’s 5.4mn t/y (725mn cfd) Golar Igloo floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) is currently moored offshore Dubai as it awaits routine maintenance during its scheduled downtime. It’s in need of a thorough checkup after being put through its most rigorous year-to-date in 2017, when it was maxed out over the peak demand summer months (MEES, 19 January).

This is indicative of a growing trend in the Gulf where development of immense gas reserves has traditionally been...