The LNG New Services Inventory provides an overview of the new services offered by the LNG terminal operators to meet the market needs, especially focusing on small scale LNG. A short summary of the five new services is explained below:
• Reloading: Transfer of LNG from the LNG reservoirs of the terminal into a vessel (large and small scale)
• Transshipment: Direct transfer of LNG from one vessel into another (berth to berth or ship to ship)
• Small scale ship loading: LNG is loaded on ships with a maximum capacity up to 30.000 m³ LNG
• Truck loading: LNG is loaded on tank trucks, which transport LNG in smaller quantities
• Rail loading: LNG is loaded on rail tanks, which transport LNG in smaller quantities
The updated 2017 LNG New Services Inventory shows the following developments on the LNG terminal services in the EU:
• A new record in truck loading was broken in 2016: More than 49,000 trucks supplied more than 2.1 million m³ LNG, which is the equivalent of 1.2 billion m³ natural gas. In comparison with the previous year, an increase of 12 % in truck loading was registered.
• The number of reloading, the transfer of LNG from the LNG reservoirs of the terminal into a vessel, tripled in the past six years.
• In several EU countries rail loading is a service under study, whereas in other countries railway connection is already available.
• Zeebrugge and Gate LNG terminals already performed small-scale ship loadings in 2016 and several other LNG terminals are developing the service. E.g. the Klaipeda LNG terminal in Lithuania performed its first small ship loadings in the beginning of 2017.
• The GLE LNG New Services Inventory is accessible at: www.gie.eu/index.php/maps-data/gle-lng-services-inventory
(Source: GIE - Gas Infrastructure Europe)