Klaipedos Nafta officially opened its small-scale onshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) reloading station last week.

The company said the trial operations and commissioning works will continue until the end of the year.

The station, in the port of Klaipeda, is intended to supply LNG to customers in the Baltic Sea region as well as promote the use of clean fuel for maritime operations and heavy vehicles, ensuring access to LNG for remote consumers.

The construction of the LNG reloading station commenced in February 2016, upon signature of the contract with the consortium comprising German-Lithuanian PPS Pipeline Systems GmbH and Czech Chart Ferox A.S.

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Source: Chart

Back in September, Chart and PPS Pipeline engineering teams were on-site to witness the successful first LNG delivery at the Klaipedos Nafta terminal. Bunker vessel CARDISSA, owned by Shell Western LNG B.V, offloaded the first product at the Lithuanian terminal and successfully filled two of the five Chart engineered and built ‘Decinske Giant’ cryogenic storage tanks with LNG.

Speaking about the opening, Klaipedos Nafta’s CEO, Mindaugas Jusius, said, “The LNG reloading station is one of the major investment projects included in the company’s strategy for the period until 2020, with the need for and usefulness of it already seen at the time of the station’s commissioning: the first commissioning cargo has been delivered by Shell, and the first LNG trucks already shipped to Poland.”

“We believe that Lithuania will eventually develop the network of LNG regasification stations, its beginning can already be seen in Druskininkai, with the progress and favourable prospects felt in the neighbouring countries.”