Engie starts LNG deliveries to Gasunie’s Eemshaven terminal

A unit of France’s Engie has started delivering LNG cargoes to Gasunie’s FSRU-based LNG import facility in the Dutch port of Eemshaven as part of a capacity deal it signed last year.

Engie Global Energy Management & Sales contracted 1 billion cubic meters (bcm) out of the total 8 bcm at the Eemshaven terminal which features two chartered FSRUs.

The units include the 26,000-cbm barge-based FSRU Eemshaven LNG and the 170,000-cbm Energos Igloo.

Besides the Engie unit, LNG giant Shell booked 4 bcm and Czech firm ČEZ booked 3 bcm of the regasification capacity at the terminal which launched operations in September last year, while all the planned works were completed in March this year.

Engie Global Energy Management & Sales announced via social media on Thursday that it has completed its first deliveries to the Eemshaven hub, but it did not reveal any additional information.

“With these additional regasification capacities and Engie’s growing activity across European LNG terminals, we are significantly increasing LNG imports into Europe,” the firm said.

Last year, the company also booked long-term regasification capacity at Elengy’s Fos Cavaou terminal near the southern city of Marseille.

US LNG cargoes

A spokeswoman for Gasunie told LNG Prime that Engie has delivered the first LNG shipment to Eemshaven on March 9 and the second shipment on April 11.

The 2021-built 174,000-cbm, Adamastos, delivered both of the shipments, the spokeswoman said.

Engie charters this vessel from New York-listed Capital Product Partners under a long-term deal for a daily rate of $73,636, according to data by the latter.

Adamastos delivered both of the LNG cargoes to Eemshaven from Cheniere’s Corpus Christi LNG export plant in Texas, its AIS data provided by VesselsValue shows.

Last year, Engie amended its long-term deal with Cheniere to buy more volumes from the latter’s Corpus Christi export plant.

Eemshaven capacity boost

Gasunie, which recently signed a deal with compatriot Vopak to sell 50 percent of the Eemshaven LNG terminal, is planning to expand the capacity of the first FSRU-based facility in the Netherlands.

Vopak and Gasunie are already partners in the Gate terminal in the Rotterdam port.

Gasunie previously said that the ambition of its unit EemsEnergyTerminal is to be able to handle 9 bcm of natural gas before the end of this year, and then to grow to 10 bcm.

The company aims to achieve this by ‘technical optimization’ of the existing installations, including debottlenecking.

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