France’s Dunkirk LNG to get Qatari cargo

Dunkirk LNG terminal (Image courtesy of EDF)

The newly commissioned Dunkirk LNG terminal in France, operated by EDF, is to receive a cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the world’s top producer, Qatar.

This will be the fourth ever tanker to dock a the LNG import terminal located within the Dunkirk port and the first since the facility officially started commercial operations on January 1.

Shipping data released by the Port of Dunkirk shows that the 210,175-cbm Q-Flex carrier Murwab, chartered by RasGas, is expected to arrive at the Dunkirk LNG terminal on January 22.

Qatari LNG prodcuer RasGas also delivered the third commissioning cargo to the terminal at the end of November 2016.

RasGas and French utility EDF signed in June last year an LNG supply deal under which the Qatari company will deliver up to 2 mtpa of the chilled fuel to the Dunkirk LNG terminal, starting in 2017.

According to EDF, the Dunkirk LNG facility is the second largest in mainland Europe and is the only one in Europe connected directly to two markets, France and Belgium.

The operational data posted on EDF’s website currently shows that the Dunkirk LNG terminal is scheduled to receive in total 115 LNG tankers in 2017 or about 10 shipments per month.

The terminal is expected to be able to regasify 13 billion cubic metrrs of gas per year, enough to cover about 20 percent of France and Belgium’s yearly gas consumption.

Dunkirk LNG is 65 percent owned by EDF, 25 percent by Fluxys and 10 percent by Total.


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