Shell Is in Business at Rotterdam Gate

September 21, 2016 in Infrastructure, LNG, Marine, Milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Veder LNG Carrier Coral Methane Takes on First LNG Cargo

Shell has commenced operations at the new Gate/Gas Access to Europe terminal at the Port of Rotterdam, loading its chartered liquefied natural gas carrier Coral Methane there for the first time on September 19.

Coral Methane at the Gate – Gas Access to Europe – terminal at the Port of Rotterdam

Coral Methane at the Gate – Gas Access to Europe – terminal at the Port of Rotterdam

“The new terminal will provide security of supply of LNG for marine and road transport customers in northwest Europe,” Shell said today, noting that the first shipment of Gate LNG is for AGA.

“The first LNG loading of the Coral Methane at Gate’s new berth is great news for our customers,” Shell downstream LNG GM Lauran Wetemans said in the Gate announcement.

Rotterdam Gate LNG loading facility

Rotterdam Gate LNG loading facility

‘We Are Ready’

“We are ready to supply Shell LNG fuel to marine customers in northwest Europe,” he said, “providing fuel options to meet the current and future needs of our marine customers.”

“Demand for LNG as a fuel in the shipping industry is increasing,” said Gate terminal managing director Rolf Brouwer. “Gate terminal is playing a leading role in providing the infrastructure and operations to load LNG on behalf of Shell on board of vessels for further distribution.”

“Gate terminal and its shareholders Gasunie and Vopak are excited to be sharing this milestone with Shell,” Brouwer said.

A Bunker Vessel Too…

LNG is supplied to the facilities at Rotterdam via large carrier, stored there, and transferred to the Gate terminal via pipeline. There, smaller ships like Coral Methane are loaded for distribution.

Shell noted today that it took its final investment decision to buy capacity at the Gate terminal in July 2014 (HHP Insight, July 7, 2014), “which enabled the investment in new, dedicated liquefied natural gas fuel infrastructure.”

Shell’s new bunker vessel, now under construction by STX in Korea, will be to carry 6,500 cubic meters of LNG fuel – upwards of 1.7 million gallons.

Shell’s new bunker vessel, now under construction by STX in Korea, will be to carry 6,500 cubic meters of LNG fuel – upwards of 1.7 million gallons.

In addition to Coral Methane, Shell has contracted for a specialized LNG bunker vessel to deliver fuel to LNG-powered vessels in northwest Europe. The steel cutting ceremony for the bunker vessel, which will be based in Rotterdam, took place in Korea this past December.

…and 15 Barges

Further, Shell has signed a time-charter agreement with Plouvier Transport NV and Intertrans Tankschiffahrt AG for 15 new inland dual-fuel barges, which will predominantly run on LNG (HHPi, December 28, 2015). A staggered delivery of the barges is expected to take place between late 2016 and mid-2018.

Coral Methane, which is operated by Anthony Veder, was built by Remontowa in Gdansk, Poland. It is a multipurpose gas carrier with capacity of 7,500 cubic meters – nearly 2 million gallons. The vessel entered service in May 2009 under a 15-year charter with Shell’s Norwegian energy company Gasnor.

Coral Methane is also to deliver Shell LNG to a new electricity plant in Gibraltar, where provision is being made for future LNG bunkering (HHPi, August 26).

Anthony Veder's Coral Methane took on its first LNG cargo at Rotterdam's Gate terminal on Monday.

Anthony Veder’s Coral Methane took on its first LNG cargo at Rotterdam’s Gate terminal on Monday.

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Source: Shell with HHP Insight follow-up

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