Finland Inaugurates Biggest LNG Terminal in the Nordics
The biggest liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in the Nordics was opened in Röyttä Harbour, Tornio, Finland, on June 11.
Tornio Manga LNG receiving terminal answers to the growing demand for low emission LNG and strengthens LNG’s security of supply in the Northern Nordics.
As explained, the deployment of the new facility will ensure shipments to Northern Finland and Sweden.
“Tornio’s LNG terminal is the biggest in the Nordics. Previously, the only LNG terminal in Finland was in Pori – some 600 kilometres to the south. The Tornio terminal is equipped with bunkering stations for LNG vessels, regasification equipment for liquefied natural gas, as well as a storage unit that is 50,000 m3 in volume,” Mika Kolehmainen, Chief Executive Officer, Manga LNG Oy, said.
The terminal is the result of multiple companies working together for several years through Manga LNG, a joint venture consisting of Outokumpu, SSAB, EPV Energy and Gasum. Wärtsilä was selected as the main contractor.
“Tornio terminal is a ground-breaking collaboration between several companies and its opening is a long-awaited milestone for all of us. The deployment of the new LNG terminal significantly supports the emission goals of Finland, as well as the entire Nordics,” Kimmo Rahkamo, Vice President, Natural gas and LNG, Gasum, commented.
“The shift to cleaner fuel solutions is a worldwide trend that needs to be accelerated in every way possible. With the use of LNG, we reduce the local pollutant emissions of maritime and heavy-duty traffic, while keeping the industry of Northern Finland competitive,” Rahkamo added.
The number of vessels that use LNG as a fuel in maritime traffic is growing globally. Rahkamo believes that the new terminal will attract even more operators to utilize LNG.
“Building distribution infrastructure will make it easier for new operators to start using LNG. In the future, the same gas infrastructure can be used to shift to the use of liquefied biogas (LBG), which will further reduce emissions,” Rahkamo explained.
With the use of LNG, greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced by as much as 20% compared to traditional fuels. In addition, LNG produces no local pollutants and with its use, maritime traffic can reach the ambitious emissions goals set within and outside of the EU. With the use of renewable and domestic biogas, greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced by as much as 85%.