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KN to provide operations and maintenance services for Brazilian LNG terminal

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AB Klaipedos nafta (KN) has announced that it has signed an agreement with KN Açu Serviços de Terminal de GNL Ltda (the Brazilian SPV) and UTE GNA I Geração de Energia S.A. (GNA) for the provision of operations and maintenance services in connection with GNA’s LNG terminal, located at the Port of Açu in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

According to the statement, KN has been appointed as an operator of the LNG terminal, and will provide safe, reliable and efficient operations, including maintenance of the jetty and its installations, gas pipeline and gas metering stations, as well as supporting the commissioning of the LNG terminal.

The agreement will become effective once GNA receives remaining corporate and lenders approvals. The initial term of the agreement is for a 13-year operational period following the completion of the LNG terminal. This period can be extended upon mutual agreement. The LNG terminal is due to start operations this year.

KN, through its subsidiaries, has established a special purpose company – the Brazilian SPV. Eventually, this company will be responsible for the provision of services.

GNA is a joint venture consisting of Prumo Logística, BP and Siemens, and is dedicated to the development, implementation and operation of sustainable energy and gas projects. The LNG-to-power project, developed by GNA at the Port of Açu, is reportedly the largest of its kind in South America. Currently, the project consists of the development of two natural gas-fired thermoelectric plants (GNA I and GNA II) with a combined capacity of 3 GW, and the LNG terminal with a regasification capacity of 21 million m3/d. The newly built floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) BW Magna has a storage capacity of 170 000 m3, and will be delivered and operated by BW, while the LNG will be supplied by BP, which is also a shareholder of GNA.

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