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Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Gothenburg starts works for LNG terminal

The port of Gothenburg, Sweden The port of Gothenburg, Sweden Göteborgs Hamn

The Port of Gothenburg, in Sweden, aims to offer liquefied natural gas (LNG) by 2015 as its plan to build an LNG terminal is moving forward.

Demolition activities have now commenced to make way for the LNG terminal, the Swedish port reported, after the City of Gothenburg approved the detailed plans for the facility.

The Swedish gas infrastructure company Swedegas and the Dutch company Vopak have set up a joint company to construct and operate the terminal. The project is being run in collaboration with the Port of Gothenburg, which will invest in the necessary port infrastructure.

The terminal will be built at Skarvik, which is located at the Port of Gothenburg Energy Port. Tankers carrying LNG will discharge at the quayside and the gas will be stored temporarily at the terminal. It can be used to load LNG bunker vessels and it can be transferred to road tankers or rail trucks for onward distribution throughout Sweden. The location also provides for a potential future connection to the national gas grid.

The port authority says that from 2015 it will reward vessels that use LNG in the form of reduced port charges.

The Gothenburg project is part of a collaborative venture with the Dutch port of Rotterdam. A new storing terminal will be constructed in Rotterdam, from which smaller facilities will be supplied with LNG. The LNG terminal in Gothenburg will be the first satellite terminal to be supplied directly from Rotterdam. It will serve as a means to supply the Scandinavian LNG bunkering market. From the Swedish facility, in fact, the fuel will be distributed throughout Scandinavia and the broader North Sea area.

The European Commission is supporting the Rotterdam/Gothenburg LNG project financially with a grant of €34 million.

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