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Gasunie, Vopak commence construction of fourth LNG tank at Port of Rotterdam

Posted on August 28, 2023

Gate Terminal and its shareholders, Gasunie and Vopak, have announced that the final investment decision to enhance Gate Terminal’s storage and regasification capacity has been made.

The expansion consists of a new LNG storage tank of 180,000 cubic metres and additional regasification capacity of 4 billion cubic metres (BCM) per year.

The new capacity is already rented out under long term commercial agreements and is expected to be ready for operation by the second half of 2026.

Vopak and Gasunie are the founders of Rotterdam’s Gate Terminal, which has been in operation since 2011. The terminal is critical to gas supply and availability in the Netherlands and neighbouring countries.

When all of the planned improvements at Gate Terminal are finished, the terminal will have a total regas capacity of 20 BCM per year.

Hans Coenen, on behalf of the Board of Directors of Gasunie, said: “The investment in this new tank is part of a broader package of proposed and already realised measures to increase LNG import capacity in the Netherlands.

“This is necessary to compensate for the loss of Russian natural gas and to reduce the scarcity of natural gas on the European gas market. In addition to expanding LNG import capacity, Gasunie is continuing to accelerate the energy transition.

“For example, through the construction of a national hydrogen network and the conversion of import terminals. We will also continue to focus on green gas, transport of heat and CO2 capture and storage.”

Dick Richelle, CEO at Vopak, stated: “We are excited to build upon our successful partnership with Gasunie. This investment fits well with Vopak’s strategy to grow in LNG infrastructure. We are proud to develop and operate reliable and open access infrastructure as this plays an important role in the security of supply of energy.”

Jarmo Stoopman, Managing Director at Gate Terminal, added: “Now that all elements are in place, we are happy that today we can start with the construction of this important expansion. We look forward to working with our contractors and ensuring a safe and timely construction of this 4th tank.”

In January 2023, Vopak embarked on a joint venture with German hydrogen company, Hydrogenious, for the storage, transport, and supply of hydrogen via hydrogen carrier, benzyltoluene.


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