The Netherlands has increased its energy security following a deal signed by Gasunie subsidiary EemsEnergyTerminal to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the Netherlands’ LNG terminal at Eemshaven.

With a total capacity of 8 billion cubic metres (bcm), CEZ a.s. and Shell Western LNG B.V have already jointly contracted 7 bcm of capacity, with the remaining 1 bcm to be sold in the next few months. 

Eemshaven’s LNG terminal consists of two floating storage and regasification units (FSRUs), the Exmar S188 and the Golar Igloo. 

By doubling Netherlands’ import capacity for LNG, the expansion at Eemshaven and the optimisation of the Rotterdam terminal will accelerate the country’s drive to increase energy security. 

The S188 arriving at the Port of Rotterdam

The S188 arriving at the Port of Rotterdam

Source: Gasunie

Commenting on the deal, Rob Jetten, Dutch Minister for Climate and Energy Policy, said, “That is an important part of our approach to becoming less dependent on Russian gas as soon as possible, but also to preparing for the coming winter.” 

“I am pleased that there is considerable market interest in making use of this infrastructure and importing for liquid gas.” 

With the S188 undergoing preparation for the purposes it will serve at Eemshaven, both FSRUs are expected to arrive at the port of Eemshaven at the end of August. 

Generating a cumulative total of around 8 bcm per year, the two FSRUs will be connected to the Dutch natural gas grid in turn. 

“We welcome the first customers of EemsEnergyTerminal and are very happy with their support and cooperative attitude,” added Ulco Vermeulen, Member of Gasunie’s Executive Board. 

The FSRUs will be converting LNG back into its gaseous form over the next five years and will also have the ability to store LNG.