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GDF Suez wins LNG supply contract with Lactalis Group

LNG Industry,

LNGeneration, a subsidiary of GDF Suez dedicated to transported LNG, has signed a contract with Lactalis Group.

The contract is for a period of 18 months and relates to the supply of LNG to the Bouvron-based cheese company.

LNG package

Selected following a call-to-tender, LNGeneration is offering an overall energy solution, combining transport, storage, regasification and supply of LNG for the Bouvron site in France, which is currently not connected to the natural gas network, and consequently has been consuming heavy fuel oil.

LNGeneration is able to provide Lactalis with short-term access to a more competitive and economical source of energy, prior to a connection to the natural gas network, a project which is envisaged for within the next two years.

Turn-key solution

In less than six months, LNGeneration has put in place an LNG storage and regasification unit on the site of its client. LNG is transported by tanker-trucks, over a distance of approximately 40 km, from the Elengy terminal located in Montoir-de-Bretagne to the industrial site where it is stored.

LNGeneration vaporises the gas as it is needed, and delivers it to Lactalis in gaseous and odourised form. The installation is equipped with sensors, which order resupply automatically.


“We chose LNGeneration after a particularly competitive call-to-tender. Their bid, which was very competitive, fulfils our desire to optimise our energy and environmental balance. LNGeneration autonomously operates the LNG installations to supply natural gas to our production line as we need it,” explained Gérald Delporte, Director of Lactalis.

“With LNGeneration, GDF Suez accelerates its development in France in new uses for liquefied natural gas, helping industrial groups to be more competitive. With complete expertise in the gas chain and a position of first importer of LNG in Europe, the Group aims to become the leader on the transported LNG market in France,” added Dirk Beeuwsaert, GDF Suez Executive Vice President, in charge of the Energy Europe business line.


Unloading area: stabilised and tarmacked area, which receives the tanker trucks when they unload LNG.

Reservoir: cryogenic vat for storing LNG (18 m high, 35 t when empty, 85 t when full).

Vaporisers: coils through which the LNG passes from the liquid to gaseous state on contact with the ambient air (complemented where necessary by an electric heater).

Pressure reducing station: odourisation of the natural gas and regulation of its pressure prior to entry into the Lactalis private network.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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