As part of a Lithuanian energy delegation, operator of oil and LNG terminal AB Klaipėdos nafta (KN) visited Fluxys’ Zeebrugge LNG terminal and its small-scale LNG facilities in Belgium. Both companies agreed in a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate closely in the development of small-scale LNG projects and infrastructure in Europe. Members of the Lithuanian delegation were informed about the opportunities of Zeebrugge LNG terminal and visited its facilities, including the recently commissioned second jetty (specifically designed for receiving small carriers with capacities from 2,000 m3 of LNG).
“The memorandum will enable the companies to be more pro-active both in the Baltic Sea Region and beyond. Klaipėda will become an active LNG distribution centre in the LNG supply chain in the Nordic countries and Europe as a whole. It is symbolic that KN is signing the memorandum with one of the European Union’s largest and most dynamic LNG market participants at the time of implementation of the LNG distribution station project,” said Minister of Energy of Lithuania Žygimantas Vaičiūnas.
“The LNG infrastructure established and developed by KN is a driver of an LNG logistic chain in the Baltic Sea Region, and optimal utilization of the infrastructure facilities is very important. We will seek to achieve this jointly with one of Europe’s largest market players, therefore, the memorandum is a highly significant document that enables both parties to comprehensively develop LNG infrastructure and its use in European or Nordic markets,” said Mindaugas Jusius, CEO of KN.
According to Jusius, Belgium is very advanced in the field of LNG and the Zeebrugge LNG terminal has developed into a first-mover LNG distribution hub. Belgium’s experience is very valuable for the implementation of a small-scale terminal in Klaipėda as an efficient LNG hub performing regional functions, as a number of key elements – the port LNG infrastructure, the mainland LNG infrastructure and the market have to be linked together into a cohesive system.