LNG Desk

Eneco has a dedicated LNG team for optimizing our LNG position

What is LNG?

LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) is natural gas which has been super chilled to minus 161 degrees Celsius to form a cryogenic liquid. In the liquid state the natural gas shrinks to one six hundredth of the volume at atmospheric pressure. In this form, it’s cost-effective to ship to other destinations around the world. The super cold liquid is loaded onto specialist ships for transport to end-user markets in for example Europe and Asia. Once the LNG reaches its destination it is unloaded into on-shore LNG tanks at the LNG import terminal. Subsequently, the LNG can be heated (‘regasified’) to form natural gas which can then be supplied into pipeline systems and on to the final customers, or it can be sold as LNG to customers who use the natural gas in its liquid form (‘small and mid-scale LNG’).

LNG is the fastest growing sources of natural gas imports for many countries. In North West Europe, increased LNG imports are offsetting the declining production of indigenous gas, hence ensuring reliable supplies of natural gas.

Eneco’s LNG Position at the GATE Terminal

LNG allows Eneco to source gas from a very wide range of gas sources in the Atlantic Basin, the Middle East and Asia, thereby enhancing security of supply. Eneco has added LNG to its list of energy activities via its position at the GATE LNG Import Terminal, Rotterdam-Maasvlakte. GATE is the first and only LNG terminal in the Netherlands and became operational in September 2011. Since 2013 Eneco developed the downstream small and mid-scale LNG market and became pioneer in LNG sales from Gate. Eneco has the ambition to further expand this position in the coming years.

Our customers

Eneco has two types for customers for its LNG. Firstly, the grid connected customer base in the Netherlands and Belgium. These customers need gas for heating their homes and tap water or running their industrial installations. In the underground gas grid the regasified LNG and natural pipeline gas from European sources is mixed and delivered to our customers.

Secondly, Eneco sells LNG in its liquid form to customers who are not connected to the gas grid or to customers in the transport sector who use LNG as fuel for their engines. The former group, customers not connected to the gas grid, use LNG/natural gas to substitute more expensive and/or more polluting fuels like gas and fuel oil or LPG. The latter group can use LNG as alternative fuel replacing diesel and maritime oils in trucks, inland vessels, seagoing vessels and ferries. The advantages of LNG as a transport fuel are ample and include lower green house gas, SOx and NOx emissions, noise reductions and lower costs. The LNG is transported from the GATE terminal to its final destination by ship or truck.

LNG - one of the steps to realize sustainable strategy

The addition of LNG to Eneco’s activities is an important step in realizing Eneco’s sustainability strategy, as LNG enables the transport sector and customers who are not connected to the gas grid to use a less polluting energy source.

The LNG Team

Eneco has a specialized LNG desk within the Division of Eneco Energy Trade, which is dedicated to purchase LNG supply (spot, mid and long term contracts), optimize the terminal position, manage marine operations and sell LNG to end customers

For more information

Please contact our operational manager Maurice Vissers at +31 (0)6 29 09 57 83 or at maurice.vissers@eneco.com or our commercial manager Jacques Guldenmundt at +31 (0)6 51 35 55 27 or at jacques.guldenmundt@eneco.com



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