In July, Klaipeda LNG terminal reliably assured the total demand for gas of Lithuania

9 August 2019

In July, Klaipeda LNG terminal ensured reliable natural gas supply to consumers of Lithuania and neighbouring countries, when gas supply from Belarus was cut off due to planned gas pipeline repairs for three weeks in the neighbouring country. This and favourable situation on international gas markets determine highly intense and effective operation of the terminals in Klaipeda managed by KN operator of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) and oil terminals.

The regasification at the LNG terminal in July amounted to 2.2 TWh gas, i.e. 2.7 times more than in the same period last year. The LNG terminal was highly productive in stevedoring as well - in July, the terminal received three large-scale gas carriers, which brought approximately 411 thousand cubic meter LNG and 4 small-scale gas carriers, which brought approximately 38 thousand cubic meter LNG. In July, two LNG reloading operations of approximately 7 400 cubic meter LNG were carried out.

Same as in previous months, not only Lithuanian consumers but also other Baltic States were provided with gas, since the terminal degasified 1.5 times more gas than needed for Lithuania in July. Great majority of gas, i.e. 91 per cent was brought to Klaipeda LNG terminal from the gas liquefaction plant in Norway.

'Favourable situation on international markets gives growth to demand for services of Klaipeda LNG terminal. The terminal operating reliably, intensely and effectively in July not only ensured energy security of Lithuania but also raised the interest of potential terminal users in potential new business opportunities. We hope to sustain the good indicators until the end of this year terminal users are actively making reservations of capacities of the terminal for next gas year arrivals of large-scale gas tankers for all winter months are already approved', said Head of Klaipeda LNG Service of KN Arunas Molis.

The LNG terminal is planning to receive one large-scale and three small-scale gas tankers in July, and two LNG reloading operations are planned.

Besides, the world's largest LNG feeder and bunker vessel Kairos is planned to arrive to Klaipeda for the sixth time, 10 per cent of shares held by KN in the freight agreement of Kairos will be transferred to German company Nauticor from 30 September under the agreement reached in the beginning of April. Around that time, ship-to-ship LNG reload operation will be carried out at Klaipeda LNG terminal for 100th time.

In the first half of 2019, LNG regasification and reload of KN at Klaipeda LNG terminal was 6.4 million MWh (4.7 million MWh in July -December 2018; 4.5 million MWh in the first half of 2018).

Clients of degasification services of Klaipeda LNG terminal include Lietuvos energijos tiekimas UAB, Achema AB, from May Imlitex UAB.

KN, press release