The Gate liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in the Dutch port of Rotterdam has closed the year 2019 with a record number of ship operations.
Gate terminal, owned jointly by Gasunie and Vopak, said it has completed 171 ship operations during the past year, which compares to the previous record of 104 ships in 2018.
The facility unloaded 14.4 million cubic meters of LNG from 111 vessels (of which 8 transshipments), the operator said in its statement.
A total of 16 small vessels unloaded their cargo at the terminal, while it also loaded 1.5 million cubic meters on eight large vessels (all transshipments) and 52 small vessels. Two of the larger vessels unloaded their loaded cargo at Gate again.
Deliveries were made from Algeria, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria, Norway, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Trinidad and Tobago and the United States, the statement reads.
Large vessels were dispatched amongst others to Greece, Italy, Jordan, Singapore, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom, while the smaller vessels went to Finland, Gibraltar, Norway, Spain and Sweden.
Customers nominated a record 7.3 BCM for regasification into the GTS gas grid, almost three times as much as in 2018.
During the year various records were broken on a monthly, daily and hourly basis. During the first three days of 2020 again new records were attained on an hourly (17,084 MWh/h) and daily basis (410 GWh).
Gate terminal also loaded a record 3,466 trucks mainly for distribution all over Europe but also towards China, which represents an increase of roughly 25 percent compared to 2018.