Gasunie & Royal Vopak to Expand Gate Terminal for Breakbulk,
Construction to Start This Year and Operations in First Half 2016
The Netherlands’ Gasunie and Royal Vopak said last week that they’ll expand the Gate terminal at Rotterdam to include liquefied natural gas breakbulk infrastructure and services, such as marine fueling, with Shell as the launch customer. updated July 8
Construction is to start this year with operations to commence in the first half of 2016. Gate stands for Gas Access to Europe.
Work is to include an additional harbor basin and jetty for LNG distribution. The “new infrastructure enables distribution of low emission fuel alternative to transporters all over Europe,” states a joint release.
“As launching customer, Shell plays a key role in enabling the project, which creates the conditions for the use of LNG as a transportation fuel to take off in Northern Europe.”
North to Sweden, Inland Waterways Too
According to Shell, Gate’s Rotterdam location offers an “advantaged position for serving customers in both the water and the road transport sector.”
Vopak and Gasunie are also part of a joint venture with Swedegas for a new LNG terminal with LNG bunkering capabilities at Gothenburg, where port authorities have just promised to lower harbor fees by 30% for LNG fueled vessels from 2015 through 2018 (HHP Insight, July 2).
This past spring, the Port of Rotterdam said it would cooperate with the ports of Antwerp, Mannheim, Rotterdam, Strasbourg and Switzerland on LNG fueling for river vessels as part of a Rhine-Main-Danube corridor (HHPi, May 13).
“From Gate in Rotterdam, it will be possible for customers like Shell to supply LNG to bunker stations in the Wadden area, Scandinavia, the Baltics, but also to stations along the Rhine, Main and Danube – thus providing a low emissions fuel alternative to transporters all over Europe,” states the Vopak-Gasunie Gate release.
Operations at the Gasunie-Vopak Gate terminal, located on the Maasvlakte in Rotterdam, commenced in September 2011. In January the partners introduced tank loading for trucks and containers, with a total capacity of 5,000 trucks per year.Contact information is only available to premium subscribers. Click here to purchase a premium subscription.
Source: Shell and Vopak-Gasunie with HHP Insight follow-up