Reganosa plans to invest more than 16 million euros in the Mugardos LNG terminal (A Coruña). With this budget, they plan to add a modern system into the complex, maximizing the use of energy and allowing all kinds of logistics services to be provided at any time. This action is part of the adaptation and modernization program of the plant, and will pave the way to set up a reference LNG hub in the northwest of the peninsula.
Within the storage tanks of the regasification units, vapors known as BOG (boil off gas) are generated. Under normal circumstances, at the Mugardos plant, these stocks are recovered as LNG in a piece of equipment called a reliquefier and are later integrated into the stream that is regasified and sent to the high-pressure gas pipeline network. However, at specific moments of low injection to the network due to low demand or shutdown due to maintenance or other circumstances, not all the BOG can be reliquefied, conditioning the operation of the terminal.
Reganosa now intends to install a compression system that is designed to make the handling of these vapors independent of the plant’s regasification level. In other words, in the future, regardless of the volume of injection that is being carried out to the network, the complex will be able to separately offer the entire catalog of services provided for in the regulation: cold storage, loading of large ships, supplies of small boats, among others.
This advanced compressor will not only improve the flexibility and competitiveness of the installations, but also their efficiency and sustainability, by maximizing the use of energy. It is estimated that annual average savings of 26 to 40 GWh could be generated.
Due to its characteristics and advantages, the project is aligned with the objectives that inspire the latest European regulations on gas management within the energy sector, as well as with the national developments. The company has already started the administrative procedures to develop it.