Rotterdam port gets first LNG shipment

12th June 2011, Comments 0 comments

Europe's largest port Rotterdam will Monday see the first docking of a tanker carrying liquefied natural gas (LNG), to be off-loaded at its new multi-million-euro Gate terminal, a port spokesman said Sunday.

"The British Trader, a tanker belonging to BP and carrying some 130,000 cubic metres (4,5 million cubic feet) of LNG on board, is to enter and dock at the port's new Gate terminal between midnight and 4:00 am (0200 GMT)," port spokesman Tie Schellekens told AFP.

The load of LNG is the first to be delivered to the terminal -- situated in the world's fourth-largest port -- and which has a 12 billion cubic metres storage capacity. The terminal is expected to be fully operational by September this year.

The Gate terminal is a combined project between Rotterdam-based gas storage company Vopak and Dutch gas distributor Gasunie and was built at a cost of around 800 million euros (1,1 billion US dollars).

The consortium has so far concluded contracts with five large European energy firms which would be sufficient to supply seven million Dutch households per year with gas, Dutch news agency ANP said.

© 2011 AFP

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