Bouw LNG-distributiefaciliteit Rotterdam begonnen

150331-LNGterminalRotterdam31 maart 2015 – In Rotterdam is Gate terminal (Gasunie en Vopak) op de Maasvlakte begonnen met de bouw van een faciliteit voor kleinschalige distributie van bulkaanvoer LNG.

Gate terminal is (sinds 2005) een gezamenlijk initiatief van Gasunie en Vopak. Het is een LNG-importterminal (buffer tussen aanvoer en continue aanlevering van aardgas, verdamping, afvoer). Op die terminal wordt LNG gasvormig gemaakt en op druk gebracht voor levering aan het Nederlandse gastransportnet. De terminal is dus een op- en overslagbedrijf. De terminal heeft een opslagcapaciteit van 540.000m3. Sinds 2011 is de terminal volledig operationeel.
De nieuw te bouwen faciliteit maakt het mogelijk bulkaanvoer LNG om te zetten naar kleinschalige distributie-eenheden (vooral voor de transportsector).

Uit een persbericht van Gasunie
Gate terminal is van start gegaan met de bouw van de nieuwe LNG-break-bulkinfrastructuur bij haar installaties op de Maasvlakte bij Rotterdam. Het Havenbedrijf Rotterdam is begonnen met graafwerkzaamheden voor een nieuw havenbekken naast Gate terminal. Verwacht wordt dat deze nieuwe faciliteit een impuls zal geven aan het gebruik van vloeibaar aardgas (LG) als schone en betaalbare brandstof voor de transportsector in Nederland en Noordwest-Europa.

Break-bulk is erop gericht grootschalige LNG-aanvoer in kleinere eenheden op te splitsen (‘small-scale LNG’). Dit maakt het mogelijk om LNG te distribueren en gebruiken als een schonere brandstof voor zeeschepen, veerboten, vrachtwagens en industriële toepassingen. Sinds 2011 maakt Gate terminal de import van overzeese LNG in Europa mogelijk. Gate terminal draagt bij aan de diversificatie van de Europese gasvoorziening door toegang te bieden tot LNG vanuit de hele wereld. Gate terminal ontvangt het LNG, slaat het op, laadt het over op andere tankers en maakt het gasvormig voor opname in het Noordwest-Europese gastransportnetwerk. Deze activiteiten hebben de basis gevormd voor de huidige ontwikkeling van small-scale LNG-diensten.

Persbericht Vopak

  • Gate terminal to be expanded with harbour basin for small scale LNG with a maximum capacity of 280 berthing slots per year
  • New infrastructure will enable distribution of LNG as low emission fuel alternative to transporters all over Europe
  • Port of Rotterdam has started ground breaking for new multi-user LNG break bulk facility
  • Full scope of LNG services strengthens position Gate terminal and Port of Rotterdam as leading European LNG hub
  • Shell is launching customer
  • Commissioning and commencement of the first services scheduled towards the end of H1 2016

Gate terminal (main shareholders Gasunie and Royal Vopak) announces the ceremonial start of the construction activities for the new LNG break bulk infrastructure at its site at the Maasvlakte in Rotterdam. The Port of Rotterdam has begun with the excavation of a new harbour basin next to Gate terminal. The new facility is expected to boost the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a cleaner and affordable transportation fuel in the Netherlands and Northwest Europe. Break bulk (or small-scale) services aim to split up large-scale LNG shipments into smaller parcels. This enables the distribution and use of LNG as a cleaner fuel alternative for maritime vessels, ferries, trucks and industrial applications. Since 2011 Gate terminal enables overseas LNG import into Europe. Gate terminal contributes to diversifying the European gas supply by providing access to LNG from around the world. At Gate terminal, LNG is received, stored, reloaded or regasified for the Northwest European gas grid. These activities have formed the basis for the current development of small-scale services. (…)

Dick Meurs, managing director Gate terminal: “Gasunie, Vopak and Gate have jointly developed an innovative LNG break bulk concept upgrading the LNG hub capabilities of Gate terminal and enabling our customers to supply LNG as cleaner fuel for transport, shipping and industrial applications.” Allard Castelein, CEO of Port of Rotterdam Authority: “We are striving to make logistics more sustainable and promote the transition from fuel oil to LNG as fuel for shipping. Furthermore, we want to strengthen our position as the most important European LNG hub.”


The new infrastructure will be located next to Gate terminal. The Port of Rotterdam Authority will build a new harbour basin and quay wall, which is planned to be delivered end of 2015. Gate will construct the LNG installations, including berthing and loading facilities dedicated to bunkerships and smaller tankers enabling LNG bunker operations in the port of Rotterdam and further distribution of LNG in Northwest Europe. The new facilities are based on a multi-user service model, open to all interested parties, and will have a maximum capacity of 280 berthing slots per year. The finalization of the construction, commissioning and first loading operations are planned towards the end of H1 2016.

LNG as fuel for the transport sector

This new facility in the port of Rotterdam will be a boost to the use of LNG as a fuel for the transport sector in the Netherlands and Northwest Europe. The use of LNG as a fuel is expected to grow substantially following the introduction of stringent new emission regulations (SECA) for the marine sector in the North Sea and in the Baltic Sea from 2015. By using LNG as a fuel, barges, coasters, ferries, as well as heavy duty trucks, can reduce their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by up to 20%, their nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by up to 85%, while reducing sulphur and particle emissions to almost zero. For these reasons, the Dutch government and the European Union encourage the development of LNG as a transportation fuel. Surveys by the Dutch ministery of Economic Affairs indicate that the introduction of LNG as a transport fuel could also bring considerable economic growth and employment.

Port of Rotterdam: full scope LNG supply services

The Port of Rotterdam Authority is involved in this project with the design and construction of a dedicated harbour basin for LNG break bulk operations and has already introduced new regulations that allow LNG bunkering for inland barges and ship-to-ship bunkering of seagoing vessels. The final result will put Rotterdam firmly in place as leading European hub for the complete LNG supply chain. The project adds an important step in achieving the goals of the ‘Green Deal Rhine and Wadden’, a partnership between the Dutch government, business and knowledge institutes aimed at promoting green growth. In 2016, a full scope of supply services for LNG will be available in the port of Rotterdam.

Shell launching customer

Shell, as launching customer, has committed to buy capacity from Gate terminal, which has enabled this investment in the terminal expansion. Shell has recently ordered a specialised LNG bunker vessel, to supply LNG-fuelled vessels in Northwest Europe. The new vessel will be based at the port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands, and will load from the new LNG break bulk infrastructure. “The new infrastructure will enable us to further improve our service to customers,” says Dick Benschop, president director of Shell Netherlands. “We expect LNG will form a bigger part of the transport fuel mix in the future.”

European Union’s TEN-T programme

The project is key to facilitate LNG distribution and to secure LNG supply in Northwest European ports, such as Gothenburg. The maritime connection between Rotterdam and this area is regarded as a part of the EU ‘motorways of the sea’ concept and has therefore been selected for co-financing under the European Union’s TEN-T programme.

Persbericht Gasunie, 30 maart 2015: Gate terminal start bouw LNG break-bulkfaciliteit in Rotterdamse haven
Persbericht Vopak, 30 maart 2015: Gate terminal starts construction of LNG break bulk facility at the port of Rotterdam Website Gate terminal

Video van het Havenbedrijf Rotterdam over LNG, 13 oktober 2014 (2’18”)
‘Port of Rotterdam – Ready for the new fuel of the future’

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