LNG throughput in the Dutch port of Rotterdam rose 63.9 percent last year as European countries work to replace Russian pipeline gas supplies.
The port, home to the Gate LNG import terminal, said that total LNG throughput reached 11.49 million tonnes in 2022, compared to 7 million tonnes in the year before.
LNG throughput hit 8.62 million tonnes in the nine-month period, meaning that fourt-quarter throughput volumes reached about 2.87 million tonnes.
Incoming LNG volumes rose 77.6 percent in 2022 to 11.34 million tonnes, while outgoing volumes dropped 76.2 percent to 148,000 tonnes, according to the Rotterdam port’s report.
“There was very strong demand for LNG as an alternative to the natural gas entering Europe by pipeline from Russia. 30 percent of the LNG came from the USA in 2022,” the port said.
The port also mentioned the arrival of one LNG cargo from Australia to the Gate terminal, owned by Gasunie and Vopak.
As previously reported by LNG Prime, Dutch Gate LNG terminal received a record number of LNG cargoes last year on the back of high demand and a surge in US deliveries.
Gate unloaded a total of 183 LNG cargoes, mainly from large LNG carriers, while the facility loaded 84 cargoes, mainly to small vessels.
This compares to 113 unloads and 131 reloads in 2021, meaning that Gate unloaded 70 more vessels last year.