Gasunie’s Eemshaven LNG hub to resume gas supplies to Dutch grid on February 6

Dutch natural gas firm Gasunie is now planning to resume sendout to the grid from its LNG import hub in the port of Eemshaven on February 6.

A Gasunie spokeswoman told LNG Prime last week that the work on the heat connection would take longer than expected and the firm planned to resume sendout to the grid by the end of this week.

Gasunie previously said it would not be able to send natural gas from the terminal to the grid during January 13-30 due to an outage at RWE.

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

“We have been informed by RWE that additional time is needed to carry out the technical work for the connection of the heat pipeline,” the spokeswoman said in emailed comment on Wednesday.

“This changes the planning. We now expect to start up this Friday, February 3, after which the first gas can be sent out again on Monday, February 6,” the spokeswoman said.

Full capacity on March 1

Gasunie expects to reach full operations at the LNG hub on March 1.

However, both of these schedules depend on the completion of the work, the spokeswoman noted.

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 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.

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.

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