LOTOS’ small-scale LNG terminal enters next stage
Published by Tom Mostyn,
The feasibility study for the small-scale LNG terminal in Gdansk has been completed. As a next step, the decision will be made whether to proceed with the project. The terminal would be the first such facility in Poland, which could help increase the use of LNG as a fuel in both maritime and road transport and thus strengthen the LOTOS Group’s position.
The project to construct the small-scale LNG terminal in Gdansk is a joint initiative of Grupa LOTOS and operator Gazociagów Przemyslowych GAZ-SYSTEM working together as a consortium. The terminal is designed to serve as an LNG handling and logistics depot supplying service stations, vessels (bunkering) and off-grid facilities, among others. To ensure that it maintains its characteristics, LNG will be transported using dedicated tankers and cryogenic containers.
The project is also related to the planned expansion of the capacities of the LNG terminal in Swinoujscie and the project to construct a floating storage regasification unit (FSRU), i.e. an off-shore terminal with on-board LNG regasification facilities, in the Gdansk Bay.
"We want to continue our strong leadership in alternative fuels. Gdansk is a perfect location for an LNG depot given that Poland’s two largest seaports, i.e. the Gdansk and Gdynia ports, are located in its immediate vicinity and would likely become key buyers of LNG for bunkering gas-powered vessels. The feasibility study for the project has been completed. Now, we need to take the investment decisions,” said Pawel Jan Majewski, President of the Management Board of Grupa LOTOS.
The project involves construction of an LNG storage tank, a loading and unloading system for the vessel station, pumping facilities for ships, and pumping facilities for road tankers and containers. The terminal’s target storage capacity may exceed 3000 m3. The purpose of the project is to tap the potential of the promising LNG handling and bunkering market. The expansion of Poland’s import capacities opens up an opportunity to create an LNG handling and distribution market in Poland and the wider region, with the LNG depot in Gdansk as an important component of the logistics chain.
Located within the Baltic-Adriatic Corridor of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T), Gdansk may become a significant logistics hub for LNG supplies along the entire corridor, enhancing the chances for increased use of LNG as an attractive alternative fuel in transport. The LNG depot in Gdansk could also successfully supply LNG to areas in Poland without access to the gas grid.
The project is co-financed under the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility, which has been established to support the development of the trans-European transport, energy and telecommunications networks. Investment in the infrastructure is expected to bring such benefits as increased competitiveness and greater economic, social and territorial cohesion.
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