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Dunkirk regasification terminal starts commercial operations

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EDF has announced that commercial operations have started up at the Dunkirk regasification terminal in France.

The terminal is the second largest in mainland Europe, and is the only one that is directly connected to two consumption markets (France and Belgium). It has a regasification capacity of 13 billion m3/yr, which accounts for over 20% of French and Belgian natural gas consumption.

The terminal is composed of a jetty, three 200 000 m3 isothermal LNG storage tanks, and a regasification unit. The jetty is capable of receiving up to 150 tankers per year, from low-capacity tankers (65 000 m3) to the largest LNG tankers in the world (Qmax tankers with a capacity of 267 000 m3). Five articulated arms are installed to unload the ships at a maximum flowrate of 14 000 m3/hr. The regasification unit consists of 10 heat exchangers, supplied with tepid water by the neighbouring nuclear power plant in Gravelines with an underwater 5 km tunnel.

The Executive Director of the EDF Group, in charge of the Gas Sector and Italy, Marc Benayoun, said: “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. I would especially like to thank the EDF, partners and contractors teams who have worked together since 2012 to complete this strategic asset.”

The CEO of Fluxys, Pascal de Buck, said: “I would like to congratulate and thank all the teams who have contributed to the success of this extensive infrastructure project. 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.”

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