Dutch Gate LNG terminal plans first major maintenance in ten years

Dutch Gate terminal in the Rotterdam port, owned by Gasunie and Vopak, will close in June for its first major maintenance turnaround since the start of operations almost ten years ago.

“After ten years of continuous, safe and successful LNG operations, Gate terminal in Rotterdam will start its major maintenance turnaround to ensure the best in class service for its customers,” Vopak said on Wednesday in its quarterly results report.

The maintenance work would last for about one month starting June 15, the Dutch independent storage tank firm said.

Vopak did not provide any additional information.

Gate is the first and only LNG import terminal in the Netherlands.

Launched in September 2011, it has an annual throughput capacity of 12 billion cbm of gas per year. The terminal features three storage tanks, jetties, and loading sites for trucks.

To remind, the facility saw lower LNG volumes last year as the Covid-19 pandemic disrupted the entire industry.

The Port of Rotterdam said in its 2020 report in February that total LNG throughput in the port reached 6.24 million tonnes, down 12.7 percent when compared to the year before.

Deliveries to the Gate terminal, which is a hub for all LNG volumes in the port, dropped 11.5 percent to 5.76 million tonnes, while outgoing volumes dipped 24.7 percent to 476,000 tonnes, the port said.

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