Finland’s Hamina LNG terminal starts commercial ops

Hamina LNG has launched commercial operations at its liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal in Finland’s Hamina port.

The LNG terminal owner, a joint venture consisting of Finland’s Hamina Energy, tech firm Wartsila, and Estonia’s energy company Alexela, revealed this in a statement on Thursday.

Last month, the first LNG import terminal in Finland connected to the transmission network achieved mechanical completion and started the commissioning phase.

“Commissioning of Hamina LNG’s terminal has been completed and Hamina LNG has started to provide services to terminal users,” it said in the statement.

Hamina LNG provides storage services from one 30,000-cbm LNG tank as well as regasification and injection services into the Finnish gas transmission network with a daily capacity of 4,800 MWh.

With the current regasification capacity, the terminal can inject about 1,7 TWh of natural gas into the transmission network annually, according to Hamina LNG.

Other services include LNG truck loading, vessel unloading and loading, and vessel bunkering.

Besides this small facility, Finland is also building the FSRU-based terminal in Inkoo as part of plans to boost energy security.

Finnish state-owned natural gas transmission system operator, Gasgrid, is expecting the first commissioning cargo to arrive at Excelerate Energy’s FSRU in Inkoo or Estonia’s Paldiski in mid-December this year.

Excelerate’s 150,900-cbm Exemplar will serve Finland, Estonia, as well as other Baltic states under a 10-year charter deal Gasgrid signed with the US LNG firm in May.

The FSRU, which can supply more than 5 billion cubic meters per year of regasification capacity, arrived at Navantia’s yard in El Ferrol, Spain, from Argentina last month for maintenance and winterization prior to starting operations in the Baltic Sea.

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