Elengy, a company of ENGIE, and Gate terminal B.V. have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at developing the cooperation in the field of LNG related services such as truck loading and bunkering.
This MoU, signed on September 21 2016 by Stefaan Adriaens and Pierre Cotin, Commercial Directors of Gate terminal and Elengy respectively, demonstrates the two companies’ ambition to cooperate in enhancing several LNG services to the benefit of their customers.
Gate terminal and Elengy share the vision that European gas markets are becoming more interconnected, LNG terminal services can strengthen this trend by progressively developing multi-site features.
The MoU involves exploring the development for several types of services, for example:
- Truck loading service: As a more robust LNG chain is key for the development of this new market, Gate terminal and Elengy will actively look forward to standardizing their practices to make truck loading a safer, simpler and more efficient service;
- Bunkering services: Gate terminal and Elengy will study plans to support the rise of the LNG logistics by small carriers, notably for new LNG uses such as LNG as a marine fuel;
Gate terminal and Elengy want to contribute to enhance the European LNG market by developing innovative solutions.
Pierre Cotin and Stefaan Adriaens, Commercial Directors of Elengy and Gate terminal respectivelywhen signing the MoU
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Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) is natural gas that has been liquefied by cooling it to minus 160°C. Natural gas in its liquefied form takes up 600 times less space than in its gaseous form. The transportation of natural gas in its liquid form at atmospheric pressure means tankers can ship large volumes of energy, providing an efficient and competitive means of transport with more diversified sources and supply routes, as well as access to remote gas reserves. LNG is the cleanest of all fossil fuels. Indeed, it allows to eliminate almost all sulfur oxides and fine particles, almost all nitrogen oxides and significantly reduce CO2 emissions. Which means it complies with the most stringent environmental standards.
As Europe's first terminalling services seller, Elengy, a company of ENGIE, serves all operators wishing to import liquefied natural gas (LNG) to supply the French and European markets. Elengy operates France's three LNG terminals: Montoir-de-Bretagne on the French Atlantic coast and Fos Tonkin and Fos Cavaou on the shores of the Mediterranean. Elengy has a stake of 72.5% in Fosmax LNG and has full ownership of the other two terminals. At an international level, Elengy also offers its expertise in asset management and terminal operation as a partner in any LNG terminal projects.
Since 1965, Elengy’s terminals received safely and securely more than 9 200 LNG carriers, including 160 different ones, i.e. one third of the world fleet. In terms of safety, in 2009, the Montoir-de-Bretagne terminal was the first industrial site in France and the first LNG terminal in the world to achieve ISRS8© level 7 awarded by DNV (International Safety Rating System), a level that was reconfirmed in 2014. The Fos Tonkin and Fos Cavaou sites were awarded ISRS8© level 7 in 2011.
Key figures for 2015:
Regasification capacity: 17 MTPA
Quantity of energy received: 71.3 TWh,
Activity: 113 unloadings / 8 reloadings, /+1 500 tanker trucks loading operations
Customers: 33 for Elengy and Fosmax LNG
Workforce: 376 employees
About Gate terminal B.V.:
Gate terminal BV, a joint venture between Gasunie and Vopak, supports its customers with logistics services for storage and transfer of LNG (Liquid Natural Gas, LNG). Large ships transport LNG to Gate terminal and pump the LNG to three large storage tanks for temporary storage. At the request of its customers, Gate terminal vaporates LNG into gas for the distribution network for the European gas markets for industrial and domestic users .The terminal has been operational since 2011 and has a throughput capacity of 12 billion cubic meters per year (bcma) which can be extended to 16 bcma in the future. In addition, Gate terminal has the ability to load LNG into smaller vessels and tankers, so called “small scale" loading. These vehicles supply LNG as a clean fuel to ships and truck service stations.