13 LNG carriers in one month / 3 LNG cargo transshipments in seven days / 10th transshipment since January 2018
Buoyed by a strong international liquefied natural gas (LNG*) market, the Montoir-de-Bretagne LNG terminal received 13 tankers for four unloadings, three reloadings and three transshipments of LNG cargo within a single month – a record for Europe. The week of August 15 included even more noteworthy accomplishments: Elengy’s teams completed three LNG transshipments within seven days, a first for a European LNG terminal. And that same week the terminal completed its tenth LNG transshipment since the beginning of the year, boosting it to first place in Europe in this area.
Performance rooted in team organization and flexible facilities
This success is built on the professionalism and commitment shown by all the terminal teams, as well as the flexible facilities, a result of investments to modernize and update them. Another factor is the close collaboration with all the operators at the Nantes-Saint-Nazaire port, allowing two LNG carriers to moor simultaneously at the Montoir-de-Bretagne terminal’s two berths in order to safely transfer cargo from one to the other.
Montoir-de-Bretagne, a key LNG hub in Northwest Europe
The Montoir-de-Bretagne LNG terminal has gotten busier since 2016, transforming into a true LNG hub to meet new demands from its customers, other suppliers and traders. Originally designed to unload and regasify LNG brought by ship from countries like Algeria, Nigeria, Norway or Qatar, the terminal now offers ship reloading services from its own LNG tanks and direct transshipments of cargo between two vessels. Since 2013, the site also offers an LNG tanker truck loading station to supply industrial sites not connected to the grid. To meet growing demand for LNG – a clean, available energy that can easily replace fuel oil – Elengy regularly expands its daily tanker truck loading capacity (+50% since 2016).
The plan over the months ahead should follow the same trends, solidifying the Montoir-de-Bretagne LNG terminal’s prime position in Northwest Europe to support the booming LNG market year round. LNG is mainly redirected to high-growth countries in Asia or South America, where natural gas replaces oil and coal to help form a cleaner energy mix.
*Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) is natural gas that has been turned into a liquid by cooling it to -160°C. LNG takes up a volume that is about 600 times smaller than its gaseous state for the same quantity of natural gas. By transporting natural gas in liquid form at atmospheric pressure, tankers can carry large quantities of energy: an efficient and competitive means of transportation to diversity supply routes and sources and access remote natural gas reserves.
A pioneer in liquefied natural gas (LNG), Elengy is a subsidiary of GRTgaz within the ENGIE Group. Leader in LNG terminal services in Europe, Elengy is at the service of all energy suppliers wishing to import liquefied natural gas to supply French and European markets. Elengy operates and develops three LNG terminals in France; Montoir-de-Bretagne on the Atlantic coast, Fos Tonkin and Fos Cavaou on the Mediterranean coast. In April 2018, Elengy has celebrated its 9 500 unloading operations on its LNG terminals, operations realized under optimum safety, reliability and performance conditions
Some benchmarks for 2017:
- 370 employees
- Regasification capacity: over 20 billion m3 LNG per year
- Quantity of energy received: more than 22% of French consumption
- 156 port calls made
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