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PGNiG performs first LNG truck loading operation in Lithuania

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Polskie Górnictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo (PGNiG) has announced that it has sold the first two LNG cargoes from the reloading station in Klaipeda.

Since 1 April 2020, the company has been the sole user of the station, located at the entrance to the Klaipeda port, Lithuania.

“Despite the challenging market conditions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, it took us only a week to launch our operations in Klaipeda. On the one hand this attests to our capabilities in smallmscale LNG, while also confirming that the LNG markets in Lithuania and the other Baltic countries have considerable potential,” said Jerzy Kwiecinski, President of the PGNiG Management Board.

The two LNG trucks were loaded on 7 April, and both cargoes were purchased by CRYO Shipping, a Norwegian bunker fuel supplier for LNG fuelled ships. The company is active in the bunkering markets of Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Lithuania.

“We are looking forward [to] cooperating with PGNiG and developing our position as [an] LNG bunker fuel supplier in Port of Klaipeda,” said Nicholai H. Olsen, Managing Director of CRYO Shipping.

The LNG cargoes bought from PGNiG were used to bunker the Greenland, a cement carrier moored at the wharf of the Klaipeda port and owned by Norway’s JT Cement AS.

PGNiG won the tendering procedure for exclusive use of the Klaipeda reloading station in November 2019. The procedure was organised by Klaipedos Nafta, which also operates a floating LNG regasification and storage unit (FSRU) in the Klaipeda port, a few kilometres away from the reloading station. The contract between the two companies came into force on 1 April 2020 and will remain valid for five years.

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