Gasum said the first LNG import terminal in Finland began commercial operations in Pori on Monday.
Deliveries of liquefied natural gas to customers began on the same day, the company said in its statement.
The terminal has enabled LNG deliveries to industrial, maritime and heavy-duty road transport customers outside the gas pipeline network.
“The opening of the Pori LNG terminal will develop and diversify the Finnish energy market. The option of LNG deliveries outside the gas pipeline network lowers the threshold for the utilization of gas throughout the country,” Johanna Lamminen, chair of the Skangas board of directors and CEO of Gasum said.
Earlier in July, the terminal received its commissioning cargo aboard the Skangas-chartered Coral Energy.
The terminal area comprises a 30,000-cbm LNG storage tank, loading docks, process units, flare torch, three loading docks for road tankers, a transformer building and a heat production unit.
The project’s total investment exceeds €80 million and it was supported by €23 million granted for the terminal project by the Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy.
Gasum has also recently opened Finland’s first LNG fueling station for heavy-duty vehicles at Vuosaari Harbour in Helsinki.
The company adds that the construction of the Tornio Manga LNG joint project is progressing with completion expected in 2018.
The Gasum unit and terminal operator, Skangas, supplied a total of 376,700 tons of LNG in Finland, Sweden and Norway in 2015. In addition to the Pori terminal now opened, Skangas has LNG production plants and terminals in Risavika, Norway, and Porvoo, Finland, and LNG terminals in Øra, Norway, and Lysekil, Sweden.
LNG World News Staff