The Linde Group has been commissioned by Norwegian-based Skangass AS to build a mid-scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal at the west coast of Sweden, in Lysekil, 100km north of Gothenburg.

The corresponding engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contract is worth around €44m. The works include the integration of the cryogenic tank structures to be erected by a third party.

It represents the second announcement of an LNG project in a month by Linde, following news of its intentions to implement an LNG infrastructure in the Port of Hamburg, under its joint venture company Bomin Linde LNG (BLLNG).

The new LNG terminal in Sweden is planned to start operations in spring 2014 and will supply natural gas to the nearby Preem refinery, as well as LNG for industrial and transportation applications. It will have a storage capacity of 30,000 cubic metres (m3) of LNG, compared to 20,000m3 at Nynäshamn, and will include a truck filling station.

“With this project we confirm our leading position in the growing small-to-mid-scale LNG market,” said Professor Dr Aldo Belloni, Member of the Executive Board of Linde AG.

“Also taking into account Sweden’s first LNG terminal we completed last year in Nynäshamn, we see ourselves on the right course to strongly benefit from the trend towards LNG as a low-emission fuel and petroleum substitute.”

Linde Engineering has performed the basic engineering and will support with the procurement of rotating equipment, commissioning and start-up. LNG for both terminals – Nynäshamn and Lysekil – comes from the mid-scale LNG plant at Risavika near Stavanger, Norway. This plant – also built for Skangass by Linde – started operations in 2010.