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Skangas to supply LNG to Finnish industrial park

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LNG Industry,

Skangas has announced that it has reached an agreement to supply LNG to Suomen Teollisuuden Energiapalvelut – STEP Oy.

STEP is an energy company operating in Suurteollisuuspuisto Industrial Park, Harjavalta, Finland. In the future, the company’s power plant will generate approximately 600 GWh/yr of steam energy required by Norilsk Nickel Harjavalta Oy (NNH) and Boliden Harjavalta Oy.

An investment decision was made by STEP in January 2017 to completely replace heavy fuel oil (HFO) from the beginning of 2018 onwards. This decision will decrease emissions from the industrial park. Skangas will deliver the LNG from the Pori LNG terminal.

The CEO of Suomen Teollisuuden Energiapalvelut – STEP Oy, Tomi Ihalainen, said: “We made an investment decision to switch to cleaner energy by replacing all of the heavy fuel oil used by us with LNG. We want to make Suurteollisuuspuisto Industrial Park even more environmentally friendly by switching to a cleaner fuel, LNG, in our energy production.”

Vesa Törölä, Business Development Director, Boliden Harjavalta, added: “It’s important that we’re developing the Industrial Park area as a joint effort. LNG is a versatile fuel and highly suitable for use in industrial processes.”

Joni Hautojärvi, Managing Director, Norilsk Nickel Harjavalta Oy, commented: “Sustainable business is also important for Norilsk Nickel Harjavalta. Responsible operations include taking care of energy efficiency and minimising the burden on the environment. We’ve already previously invested in the introduction of LNG in process gas production and as a supplementary fuel for the biosteam plant. Now we can stop using heavy fuel oil altogether, which means our heat energy production will be based fully on biofuels and LNG.”

Jouni Bedda, Key Account Manager, Skangas, added: “It’s great to be involved in the development of Suurteollisuuspuisto Industrial Park. LNG is a highly energy efficient and versatile fuel, and the Industrial Park is an excellent example of this. The same fuel can be used by industrial facilities in processes and energy production and also processed into raw materials. All this can be based on a single fuel storage facility, which improves safety in the industrial area. In addition to this, LNG is an easy way to reduce emissions from shipping and other transport – particularly heavy-duty road transport. Optimising customers’ energy use is one of our key objectives.”

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