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Tests commence for Klaipeda's onshore LNG reloading station

Publication date: 2017-09-27

Tags: maritime, energy, world, logistics, lithuania, lng

Tests commence for Klaipeda's onshore LNG reloading station

Klaipedos nafta has started testing its 5,000 m3 of capacity EUR 27.7 mln worth Liquefied Natural Gas reloading station recently erected in the Port of Klaipeda.

On September 17th, Shell's tanker Cardissa took 1,000 m3 of LNG from the Floating Storage and Regasification Unit Independence, located in the southern part of the Klaipeda port, and brought it to the reloading station in the north of the port. The load was then put into two out of the station's five tanks.

Test and adjustments will continue throughout the autumn. Commercial operations are to begin in 2018's first half.

"The commissioning works enable us to test the entire infrastructure for the LNG logistics in the Klaip?da Seaport. First, the reloading of LNG from the large terminal to a small-scale LNG carrier, then from the carrier to the LNG reloading station, and finally to LNG tank trucks. Such testing of the process for the first time is highly important for both our service users and us. The success of the test will be a signal to the market that distribution of LNG in Klaipeda has been launched," Mindaugas Jusius, CEO, Klaipedos nafta, explained.

He also said, "Our LNG acceptance process operators have already completed special-purpose training. All this means that we are quickly approaching a new phase of KN's operations, namely, a small-scale LNG distribution. The new reloading station, as well as the large scale LNG terminal, will be open to all LNG suppliers, already this autumn they will be able to book capacities and to supply, upon start of commercial operations, LNG to customers in the Baltic region by means of both sea and land transport."

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