Gas specialists Achema Gas Trade and Avenir LNG have collaborated on the first LNG ship delivery to the new LNG terminal at the port of Klaipeda, Lithuania.
The delivery marks the first step in the scale up of bunkering services at the port and saw the Avenir Aspiration transfer its first fuel on behalf of the FSRU Independence for delivery to the LNG reloading station.
Mindaugas Navikas, Chief Commercial Officer of KN, which operates the FSRU Independence and the Klaipėda LNG reloading station, praised the collaboration, congratulating Avenir LNG on the start of operations in the region and thanking them “for their professionalism and smooth execution of the reloading operation.”
The Avenir Aspiration features capacity for 7,500 cubic metres of LNG and will provide LNG and LBG to various marine bunker customers in the region. The fuel transfer at Klaipeda marked the first operation for the vessel in Northwest Europe.
“We are happy to see the start of operations for our vessel in Northwest Europe and are looking forward to provide our services in a variety of countries and ports along the North and Baltic Sea coast,” Peter Mackey, CEO of Avenir LNG, said.
Headquartered in the London, Avenir LNG is a fully integrated small-scale LNG supplier and distributor.
LNG operations at the port of Klaipėda have grown steadily since the first test load was handled in 2017 and today the terminal is at the centre of regional plans to expand the use of low-emission LNG for transport. The FSRU Independence was delivered in 2014 and can store 170,000 cubic metres of natural gas, enough to supply all of Lithuania's need for natural gas.
“Klaipėda LNG reloading station is designed to supply Baltic and Poland off-grid consumers and LNG fuel stations with energy resources. We believe that Avenir LNG, a growing leader in the integrated small-scale LNG distribution market, which has implemented its first small-scale LNG operation in Klaipėda, will together contribute to the common goal of creating value in the growing small-scale regional LNG market,” Navikas commented.
The importance of the Klaipėda LNG distribution facility has been highlighted in recent weeks as Russia has cut-off pipeline supplies to Poland and Bulgaria, reinforcing the importance of LNG deliveries for Baltic states. The Klaipėda LNG distribution facility was backed by a €20 million credit agreement from Nordic Investment Bank and is connected to the country’s natural gas system operator, Amber Grid.
“As small-scale LNG business is one of UAB Achema Gas Trade future strategic develop-ments, we are very glad we could start this business along with strong partners such as Avenir LNG and PGNiG,” Gediminas Vasauskas, CEO of UAB Achema Gas Trade, said.