AGA and Eneco enable first small scale LNG reload at the Gate terminal Rotterdam
12 July 2013
Eneco and AGA Gas AB have signed an agreement for small scale LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) vessel reloads which will take place at the Gate terminal in Rotterdam. This marks the start of ‘small scale LNG’, from the largest harbour in the Netherlands and surrounding area, opening up new market opportunities for LNG as f.i. a clean alternative transportation fuel.
The first reload is planned for September/ October 2013. This small scale LNG reload will be the first reload conducted at the Gate terminal. Gate terminal recently completed the additional investments to facilitate their customers to berth small vessels and reload LNG in order to support the small scale market developments.
The LNG will be utilized in the Scandinavian Market for small scale LNG applications. Ship owner and operator Anthony Veder will transport the LNG to AGAs’ terminal in Nynäshamn in Sweden. Anthony Veder is dedicated to the transport of liquefied gasses and is a frontrunner in developing and operating small scale LNG carriers.
Small scale LNG refers to LNG as a fuel for applications, like trucks, maritime vessels and industrial applications. LNG is replacing traditional fuels, like fuel oil or LPG (Liquefied Petrol Gas). LNG provides significant environmental benefits in comparison to traditional maritime fuel; carbon dioxide emissions are reduced by 20-30 per cent, emissions from sulfur are completely removed and nitrogen oxides as well as particle emissions are significantly reduced. Moreover, engines fueled by LNG produce far less noise. In 2015 a new sulfur emission regulation will come into force for the marine sector in the North Sea as well as in the Baltic Sea. Therefore it is expected that small scale LNG markets will grow substantially and enhance a more sustainable transportation sector.