Dutch Gate terminal gets first carbon-neutral LNG cargo

Dutch Gate terminal, a joint venture of Vopak and Gasunie, said it has received its first carbon-neutral LNG cargo. France’s TotalEnergies and Austria’s OMV delivered the LNG shipment last month.

Gate’s commercial manager Stefaan Adriaens told LNG Prime on Wednesday that Sovcomflot’s 174,000-cbm SCF La Perouse had delivered the carbon-neutral shipment from Cheniere’s Sabine Pass terminal in Louisiana. The TotalEnergies-chartered vessel arrived on May 5.

The term carbon-neutral indicates that TotalEnergies and OMV have offset the emissions of the entire carbon footprint of the LNG cargo, including production and end-use, through the purchase of carbon offsets.

Adriaens also confirmed that Gate has started a planned maintenance turnaround on June 15. The terminal’s first major maintenance turnaround since the start of operations almost ten years ago would last for 26 days.

Dutch Gate terminal gets first carbon-neutral LNG cargo
SCF La Perouse at Gate (Image: Gate)

The carbon-neutral cargo comes at times when Gate is looking at several ways to slash its emissions.

The terminal located in the Port of Rotterdam said earlier this month it had secured certification from the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC).

This will allow Gate’s customers to import certified bio-LNG and distribute it towards shipping or trucks.

Adriaens also said earlier this month the facility has several plans for bio-LNG due to an increasing interest from the market.

“The next step we are working on is to produce bio-LNG ourselves. This is possible by smartly using our existing liquefaction unit,” Adriaens said then.

Launched in September 2011, Gate has an annual throughput capacity of 12 billion cbm of gas per year.

The terminal features three storage tanks, jetties, and loading sites for trucks.

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