September 23, 2022

Gasunie’s Eemshaven LNG hub will receive the first cargo upon arrival of the two FSRUs

Gasunie’s new LNG import hub in the Dutch port of Eemshaven will soon receive its first shipment of liquefied natural gas following the arrival of chartered floating storage and regasification units.

As a reminder, New Fortress Energy’s 170,000 m3 Golar Igloo entered the port of Eemshaven, operated by Groningen Seaports, on Sunday afternoon.

This large unit has now been joined by Exmar’s FSRU Eemshaven LNG based on a 26,000 m3 barge.

The little FSRU arrived in Eemshaven under tow on Tuesday.

A Gasunie spokeswoman told LNG Prime that the 173,000 m3 LNG carrier Murex would deliver the first cargo to EemsEnergyTerminal on Thursday.

The LNG carrier, owned by Seapeak and chartered by Shell, should arrive Thursday morning in Eemshaven.

According to its AIS data provided by VesselsValue, the LNG carrier previously picked up the cargo at the Sabine Pass LNG plant in Cheniere, Texas.

Eemshaven LNG (Image: Gasunie)

Dutch LNG imports will surge

Gasunie had previously announced that it would hold an official ceremony to welcome the two FSRUs and the first shipment of LNG on September 8, attended by Gasunie officials, the Czech Prime Minister and others.

The state-owned company expects the new hub to receive up to 18 LNG shipments by December 31, while regasified LNG from Eemshaven is expected to start flowing through its gas network in mid-September.

EemsEnergyTerminal, the first FSRU-based facility in the Netherlands, is being prepared in record time as the Netherlands and other European countries such as Germany seek to reduce their dependence on the Russian gas pipeline and enhance energy security.

LNG giant Shell has reserved 4 billion m3 while Czech company ČEZ has taken 3 billion m3 of the terminal’s total capacity. The French Engie obtained the remaining 1 billion cubic meters of capacity.

The Eemshaven hub is the second largest LNG import facility in the Netherlands after the Gate terminal in Rotterdam, which is owned by Gasunie and Vopak.

With an extension to the Gate terminal and the Eemshaven project, Dutch capacity will double from the current 12 billion m3 to 24 billion m3.