Polish Oil and Gas Company PGNiG has received the first supply of liquefied natural gas delivered by the sea at the LNG reloading station located in the seaport of Klaipėda, in Lithuania. Since the beginning of April, when PGNiG became the sole user of the station, as many as over 50 LNG road tankers carrying a total volume of almost 1,000 tonnes of LNG have been dispatched from the station.
“Foreign expansion is extremely important to any business,” said Jerzy Kwieciński, PGNiG’s CEO. “In Poland, we are the leader in the development of the small scale LNG market and the use of the Klaipėda terminal allows us to join in the development of this segment on the promising local market. We have serious plans to develop sales of liquefied natural gas in the Baltic States, all the more so that our cooperation with Lithuanian partner, Klaipėdos Nafta, the owner of the station we operate in Klaipėda, can be described as exemplary.”
PGNiG has been the user of the Klaipėda station since the beginning of April 2020. The facility belongs to Klaipėdos Nafta and in November 2019 the Polish company won the tender for five-year use of 100 per cent of its technical capabilities.
“The small scale LNG market in the region shows positive signs of potential growth as new LNG facilities are planned and launched in the Baltic countries and network of LNG filling stations for heavy-duty vehicles are foreseen to be subsidised in Lithuania,” commented Darius Šilenskis, CEO of Klaipėdos Nafta. “Klaipėda LNG reloading station is of significant importance to contribute to the LNG availability in the market.”
The LNG reloading station in Klaipėda features five storage tanks with a total capacity of 2,250 tonnes of liquefied natural gas. It has two loading bays for LNG trucks and ISO containers, which can be used simultaneously. The wharf of the station makes it possible not only to receive LNG from vessels but also to load LNG from the terminal.