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Sachtleben makes deal to replace LPG with LNG

LNG Industry,

Chemicals producer Sachtleben and Gasum have made a deal on the delivery of natural gas to Sachtleben Pigments Oy’s Pori plant.

As part of the deal, Sachtleben will replace liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) with natural gas. The transition will reduce the plant’s carbon dioxide emissions by 12 000 tpa.

Gas pipeline

The gas will be delivered to the plant via a gas pipeline from the Gasum LNG terminal that will be built in Tahkoluoto, Pori. A 12 km gas pipeline will be built for deliveries to the Sachtleben Pigments plant.

When complete, the pipeline will also serve Gasum’s other industrial clients. Gasum is already carrying out similar delivery using its existing gas network, which offers major coverage in southern Finland.

Pori LNG terminal

“We in Pori, especially at our plant, are very happy about Gasum’s decision to build an LNG-terminal in Tahkoluoto, Pori. We trust that we’re able to start using natural gas as scheduled, in 2016. This, of course, depends on the decision the Ministry of Employment and the Economy will make on investment funds applied for the construction of the terminal”, commented Ilpo Harju, CEO of Sachtleben Pigments Oy.

“We believe that in the long term, natural gas will be a more reliable and competitive fuel compared to liquefied petroleum gas and will bring added value to our owner”, added Leena Leppänen, Senior Purchasing Manager at Sachtleben Pigments Oy.

Marine fuel

“The terminal enables the use of LNG as a fuel in ship transport. Our raw material and final products are mostly shipped, so the potential in maritime transport is significant,” Leppänen continued.

Tommy Mattila, Head of LNG at Gasum, added: “We are happy that Sachtleben Pigments has decided to start using natural gas. The use of LNG, especially, will see a major increase in the next years both in Finland and its neighboring regions. LNG is the cleanest fuel available for maritime traffic and will extend the use of natural gas to industries outside the gas grid.”

Application for funds

An investment decision has yet to be made on the construction of the Pori import terminal. Gasum has submitted an application to the Ministry of Employment and the Economy for investment funds for the LNG terminal.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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