Gasunie expects to resume Eemshaven LNG sendout next week

Dutch gas grid and LNG terminal operator, Gasunie, is expecting to resume natural gas sendout to the grid from its import hub in the port of Eemshaven next week.

“We expect next week(end) to have again sendout to the grid,” a Gasunie spokeswoman told LNG Prime on Wednesday, adding that RWE is working to bring the heat connection online.

RWE operates a power plant in the port of Eemshaven which supplies heat to the terminal.

The facility operated by Gasunie’s EemsEnergyTerminal features two chartered FSRUs and they include the 26,000-cbm barge-based FSRU Eemshaven LNG and the 170,000-cbm Energos Igloo.

The spokeswoman told this publication earlier this month that Gasunie would not be able to send natural gas from the terminal to the grid during January 13-30 due to an outage at RWE.

This means that the work on the heat connection would take longer than expected.

The heat connection is needed as sea water is too cold during this time of the year to be used for the regasification process.

Gasunie’s new terminal with a capacity of about 8 bcm per year started delivering regasified LNG to the Dutch grid in September and has up to date received eleven cargoes.

Following the September launch, EemsEnergyTerminal, performed maintenance work at the facility during November and December.

During the first shutdown, the company completed the connection between the two chartered FSRUs and finalized laying of the heat connection.

Shell previously booked 4 bcm while Czech utility CEZ took 3 bcm of the Eemshaven terminal’s total capacity. France’s Engie secured the remaining 1 bcm of capacity.

Gasunie is still expecting the terminal to reach full capacity by the end of February.

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