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LNG Break Bulk project

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Who took the initiative for this project?

As with the development of Gate terminal, Vopak and Gasunie took the initiative. Jointly, Vopak and Gasunie hold 100% of the shares in Gate terminal.

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What interests do Vopak and Gasunie have in an LNG Break Bulk?

They are both major shareholders in Gate terminal and see a future for LNG as fuel for ships and trucks.

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What is Gate terminal’s involvement in all this?

Gate terminal is a large-scale import and transit terminal for natural gas and is now extending its services to include transfer to distributors for small-scale LNG use.

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What is the LNG Beak Bulk project of Gate terminal??

The LNG Break Bulk project of Gate terminal is a handling facility by means of which smaller quantities of liquid natural gas can be pumped into bunker vessels and smaller tankers for inland shipping and short sea. These can then supply vessels which use LNG as fuel (this is done by the bunker vessels) or take LNG to other areas in Northwest Europe or the European interior where they supply industry or bunker stations for inland vessels (this is done by the inland tankers which are loaded at Gate terminal).
In this connection, we are building a new quay with a loading point for smaller tankers and bunker vessels to facilitate the small-scale distribution (up to approx. 20,000 m3 per ship) of liquid natural gas. We are starting construction work by the end of 2014 and this will be completed by the end of 2016.

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What is Gate terminal?

Gate terminal is the first Dutch LNG import terminal. Liquefied natural gas (LNG) can be discharged here by ships and then converted back into gas form at the terminal so that it can be carried through the natural gas network. Every year, Gate terminal can receive, convert back to gas and supply to the gas network approximately a third of all the natural gas consumed by Dutch households.

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Why is Gate terminal becoming involved in the LNG Break Bulk project?

From 2015, more stringent emission requirements will apply for shipping and the rules for trucks will also become increasingly strict. LNG is the only fossil fuel that complies with these environmental requirements without any additional processing. LNG produces much lower emissions than fuel based on crude oil, and virtually no fine dust. LNG is therefore a very suitable fuel for trucks and ships, particularly in areas where the environmental standards are or will become more stringent. But this fuel does have to be distributed to filling stations (trucks) and bunker stations (ships). Gate terminal already has a loading point for LNG tankers which supply filling stations. This facility can load 5,000 tankers a year with LNG. So that it can also load ships with LNG, Gate terminal is building a separate handling facility. There, bunker vessels will be able to take on board LNG for further distribution.

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Are there already any LNG Break Bulk terminals in Europe?

No, there are not. Gate terminal, controlled by Vopak and Gasunie, is the first terminal in Europe where LNG will be transferred to bunker vessels and smaller tankers for further distribution as fuel. Up to now, LNG as fuel has been brought into Europe via tankers, which are also loaded at Gate terminal.

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Why was a location next to Gate terminal chosen?

LNG comes in at Gate terminal on the Maasvlakte Rotterdam. It is therefore the most efficient option, in all respects, to build a handling facility right next door.

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What will change at the Gate terminal site?

The new facility will be on a new site, next to the existing Gate terminal. On the new site, a dock will first be dug. A quay will then be constructed where ships can moor. Pipelines will subsequently be laid to provide a connection to the existing terminal. The LNG will then be transported from the tanks to the new quay via these pipelines.

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    What will the facility look like?

    • Maximum length of ship: App. 160 metres
    • Maximum width: 25 metres
    • Maximum draught (loaded):  7.5 metres
    • Number of loading arms: 3
    • Maximum capacity: 20.000 m3
    • Number of ships per annum: 280 (maximum, depending on size)
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    When will the handling facility be ready?

    According to our schedule, the project will be fully completed in Q4 2016.

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    When and where can we get hold of more information?

    We will keep track of how the work is progressing on our website