Work progresses on Gasunie’s Eemshaven LNG import hub

Dutch gas grid and LNG terminal operator, Gasunie, is moving forward with the construction works at its LNG import hub in Eemshaven in order to receive the first shipment in September.

The terminal is being prepared in record time so it can welcome two floating storage and regasification units next month, according to Gasunie.

Gasunie is currently laying the connecting pipeline in the Eemshaven port, operated by Groningen Seaports, it said in an update on Wednesday.

To remind, Belgium’s Exmar and Gasunie signed a five-year charter deal for the 120 meters long FSRU S188 in March.

Following a trip from Singapore, this barge-based FSRU arrived in Rotterdam in June for modification works at the Damen yard.

In the meantime, Exmar also renamed this unit Eeemshaven LNG.

Work progresses on Gasunie’s Eemshaven LNG import hub
Image: Gasunie

Besides this FSRU, Gasunie also signed a charter deal for a larger FSRU with US LNG player New Fortress Energy. The vessel in question is the 170,000-cbm Golar Igloo.

This FSRU was on Wednesday located in Denmark, its AIS data shows.

Gasunie said in a statement earlier this month it expects the two FSRUs to arrive in Eemshaven in early September.

The firms expects first delivery of LNG through the terminal to take place as early as mid-September.

LNG giant Shell booked 4 bcm while Czech firm ČEZ took 3 bcm of the terminal’s total capacity. France’s Engie secured the remaining 1 bcm of capacity.

The Eemshaven hub is the second LNG import facility in the Netherlands after the Gate terminal in Rotterdam, which is owned by Gasunie and Vopak.

With an expansion at the Gate terminal in Rotterdam and the Eemshaven project, Dutch capacity would double from current 12 bcm to 24 bcm.

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