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Second jetty opens at Zeebrugge LNG terminal

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Fluxys has announced that the second jetty at the Zeebrugge LNG terminal has officially opened, with the 15 000 m3 Coral Energy becoming the first LNG carrier to berth at the jetty for a commercial loading.

The jetty was commissioned in late December 2016, following operational tests carried out over recent months. It is designed to receive the smallest LNG carriers (with a capacity of 2000 m3) up to carriers with a capacity of 217 000 m3. Approximately 200 loadings have already been booked at the jetty for small LNG carriers under long-term contracts.

As the second jetty is capable of accommodating the smallest LNG vessels, LNG bunkering vessels are now able to berth at the terminal. In addition to this, the second jetty will allow the terminal to flexibly respond to demand for simultaneous or successive berthings, as using both jetties allows two LNG carriers to be unloaded and/or loaded at the same time.

UECC recently began operating its first LNG-powered car carrier in Zeebrugge, with a second reportedly set to follow soon. UECC vessels will be refuelled with LNG by a purpose-built LNG bunkering vessel, which will use Zeebrugge as its home port, and in which Fluxys is a partner alongside Engie, Mitsubishi Corp. and NYK Line.

Fluxys Belgium constructed the superstructure and LNG facilities, whilst the Zeebrugge Port Authority was responsible for the underwater structure of the jetty. The European Commission co-financed the preliminary studies for the second jetty within the framework of the Trans-European Energy Networks (TEN-E) programme, whilst a grant was awarded for the construction works through the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) programme. The initiative to construct the second jetty also proactively responded to the spirit of the European Directive on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure for transport launched in late 2014.

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