On 1 January 2017, commercial operations started up at the Dunkirk regasification terminal. This commissioning draws a line under one of the largest industrial construction sites in France. This terminal is used to import, store and regasify LNG before delivery with the transmission systems to the places of consumption.
The Dunkirk regasification terminal is the second largest in mainland Europe and is the only one in Europe to be directly connected to two consumption markets: France and Belgium. Its annual regasification capacity of 13 billion m3 accounts for more than 20% of French and Belgian natural gas consumption. Its location in Dunkirk is the ideal position at the crossroads of the seaways between the Channel and the North Sea close to natural gas consumption markets in France and North-Western Europe.
The terminal is located within the enclosure of the Dunkirk harbor on a site of 56 hectares and is composed of: a jetty that can receive up to 150 LNG tankers per year (from the largest LNG tankers in the world to low-capacity tankers for the regional markets); three isothermal LNG storage tanks, that can each contain 200,000 m3; and a regasification unit made up of 10 heat exchangers, supplied with tepid water by the neighboring nuclear power plant in Gravelines with an underwater tunnel 5 km long.
Marc Benayoun, Executive Director of the EDF Group, in charge of the Gas Sector and Italy, stated: “I am delighted that commercial operations have started up at the Dunkirk regasification terminal, thus creating a new point of gas importation in France and strengthening security of supply in Europe. It also contributes to the development of the gas supply market, on which the Group already operates with its Italian subsidiary, Edison, and wishes to further strengthen its share.”
Pascal De Buck, CEO of Fluxys, said: “At Fluxys, we are especially proud to have been able to contribute by bringing our 30 years of expertise in the field of LNG to the construction of this terminal. In addition, direct connection of the Dunkirk LNG terminal to our Belgian network provides users with easy and flexible access to the natural gas consumption markets in North-Western Europe.”
Source: EDF Group