Photo: Courtesy of Klaipedos Nafta

Klaipėda LNG reloading station reaches two milestones

Klaipėdos Nafta operated Klaipėda LNG reloading station reached the 1000th LNG truck loading operation and the 300th LNG truck loading for the Polish company PGNiG.

Klaipėda LNG station reaches two milestones
Courtesy of Klaipedos Nafta

Providing LNG loading to ships, LNG bunkering, LNG loading to ISO containers services, Klaipėda LNG reloading station started its operation at the end of 2017. Klaipėdos Nafta and Polish oil and gas company Polskie Górnictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo (PGNiG) entered into a five-year strategic partnership agreement in November 2019.

PGNiG has been the sole user of Klaipėda station as of April 2020.

From the beginning of operations, most of LNG were supplied to Poland (about 76 per cent), followed by Lithuania (16 per cent) by delivering to LNG regasification stations in Druskininkai and Viečiūnai, and the rest was exported to Latvia and Estonia.

Both LNG and natural gas are in high demand in Polish market, as it carries great potential for Poland to meet its decarbonisation targets.

The services of Klaipėda LNG reloading station has already been used by 16 different companies, including PGNiG’s subsidiary PGNiG Obrót Detaliczny.

Klaipėdos Nafta chief sales officer Mindaugas Navikas commented: “The operation of the LNG reloading station was definitely the right step to supplement services of the Klaipėda LNG terminal. Both natural gas and LNG will maintain a high demand in the global market for the next 2-3 decades. In the context of decarbonisation, natural gas is a crucial resource that enables the use of renewable resources and the transition to even more sustainable technologies. Balancing renewable (wind and solar) energy, cleaner marine and heavy-duty road transport fuels, blue hydrogen production are the potential directions for the future of natural gas. We are delighted that PGNiG is expanding the range of activities in Lithuania, which proves the synergy of a unified direction and the pursuit of sustainability and market development goals.”

Paweł Majewski, president of PGNiG management board, added: “As we are getting closer to our first full year of use of the LNG realoading station in Klaipeda, we have reached a milestone of total of 300 LNG trucks expedited by PGNiG from the facility. This is for part thanks to excellent cooperation with our Lithuanian partners from KN. Operations from the Klaipeda station have allowed us not only to expand our small-scale LNG offer into Baltic States markets, but also provided us with an opportunity to serve our customers in north-eastern Poland, where most of LNG loads from Klaipeda are heading to – it is delivered not only to business customers, but also ends up being used in LNG regasification stations in areas without pipelines distributing natural gas.”