Chart ships LNG storage tanks for Lithuanian reloading station
Chart Ferox shipped three of five LNG storage tanks for the liquefied natural gas reloading station being developed at the port of Klaipeda by Klaipedos Nafta.
Each of the tanks has been dispatched separately from the Chart Ferox facility in the Czech Republic to a barge at the Elbe River. The transportation of the three tanks took about three days Klaipedos Nafta, the operator of Lithuanian LNG terminal, said in its statement.
The three tanks are currently being transported to the port of Hamburg, where they will be loaded onto a sea cargo carrier and sailed through the Baltic Sea to the port of Klaipėda.
It is planned for the three of five LNG tanks to arrive at the port of Klaipėda in mid-March. The two remaining tanks, which will be transported via the same route, will arrive from the Czech Republic at the beginning of the summer.
Speaking of the event, acting CEO of KN Marius Pulkauninkas, said the project implementation is progressing according to schedule.
“When the LNG distribution station is put into operation, the port of Klaipėda will become the LNG hub for the Baltic countries and north-eastern Poland,” Pulkauninkas said.
About 250 tons of steel was cut into pieces and used for the manufacturing of a single LNG tank. Some of the technological equipment has already been installed on the LNG tanks, which underwent special hydraulic and technological tests before transportation.
The LNG reloading station is aimed at creating a small-scale LNG operational infrastructure and developing the LNG market in the Baltic Sea region. The station will be comprised of LNG tanks with a total capacity 5 000 cubic meters.
Gas from the FSRU Independence will be delivered to the storage tanks by a gas tanker and distributed by road tank trucks or vessels. There are plans to expand the LNG station’s capacities up to 10 000 cubic meters.
The LNG station will be equipped with two truck filling stations and will be accommodated for reloading liquefied natural gas onto LNG carriers.