In full force there has been worked on the realization of the new LNG terminal. The terminal was completed in record time. About 500 employees from all kinds of parties in the Netherlands and abroad were involved. Within the space of a few days, two FSRUs (Floating Storage Regasification Units) - the ‘Golar Igloo’ and the ‘Eemshaven LNG’ – were moored in the port in September under the agency of Wagenborg and with the help of Wagenborg tugs. Together, both FSRUs form the terminal where liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplied by tanker is turned into gaseous gas.
"The EemsEnergyTerminal makes an important contribution to security of supply and helps the Netherlands and Europe to reduce their dependence on Russian gas."
The FSRUs: the ‘Eemshaven LNG’ (Exmar) and the ‘Golar Igloo’ (New Fortress Energy) are located in one of the port basins of Eemshaven for an initial period of five years. The incoming tankers transporting LNG in turn moor ship-to-ship against the Golar Igloo to unload. From there it can be transferred to the Eemshaven LNG. Both FSRUs can ‘regasify’ and inject gas into Gasunie’s gas pipeline network. A natural gas pipeline and a hot water pipeline have been laid on the quay. Furthermore, there are connecting pipes between the FSRUs for the aforementioned transport of LNG between the FSRUs. Many Wagenborg cranes assisted in the construction of all new pipelines. A new gas pipeline has been laid from the quay to Gasunie’s existing network. The gas pipe is completely underground outside the terminal. And although there are physically two FSRUs, EemsEnergyTerminal will provide the services to the users as one terminal.
After processing the supplied LNG, the EemsEnergyTerminal can make a total of 8 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year available for the national natural gas network. Until this year, the Netherlands only had an LNG terminal in the port of Rotterdam. With the expansion in Eemshaven and the optimization of the terminal in Rotterdam, the import capacity for LNG will double. In the period up to December 31, 2022, Wagenborg expects to be able to receive, guide and moor multiple LNG tankers at the EemsEnergy Terminal.
"It is good news that all parties involved at home and abroad were able to realize the new LNG terminal so quickly."