Gate terminal


On Maasvlakte in Rotterdam, Gate terminal has build the first LNG import terminal in the Netherlands. The terminal will have an initial throughput capacity of 12 billion m3 (bcm) per annum and will consist of three storage tanks, two jetty's and a process area where the LNG will be regassified. Annual throughput capacity can be increased to 16 bcm in the future. The terminal dovetails with Dutch and European energy policies, built on the pillars of strategic diversification of LNG supplies, sustainability, safety and environmental awareness. The initiators and partners in Gate terminal are N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie (Gasunie) and Koninklijke Vopak N.V. (Vopak).

Why an LNG import terminal?

Production of natural gas in northwest Europe, including the Netherlands, is declining yet demand is continuing to rise. Gas will have to be imported from other regions, mainly by pipeline from Russia and in the form of liquefied natural gas (LNG). Both options will be necessary to meet the projected demand. The initiators of the proposed open (i.e. independent) LNG terminal believe Gate terminal will be an important factor in importing gas from other countries and sources into Europe. It will increase the security of supplies and also enable new players to enter the European gas market. Moreover, the terminal’s direct connection to the national natural gas transmission network will consolidate the Netherlands’ position as a major European hub for gas trade and distribution.