LNG terminals are facilities that receive liquefied natural gas transported by ship, subsequently regasifying it and pumping it into the transport network as per demand. Specialised in importing gas, these carrier terminals also offer the opportunity to regulate the gas transport network of the receiving country. The world’s leader in LNG, ENGIE is the number two LNG terminal operator in Europe.
LNG, a major strategic advantage in gas supply
LNG constitutes a real strategic advantage for the Group, as it does for all energy players around the globe: it is the ideal solution for transporting natural gas that comes from deposits located in faraway areas where it has proven impossible to build gas pipelines. LNG thus contributes to natural gas supply diversification and securement in Europe.
Elengy, a ENGIE subsidiary company and the expert in terminals for LNG Carriers
Since December 2008, ENGIE LNG carrier terminals in France have been the responsibility of a new subsidiary company: Elengy, which makes three facilities available to international energy providers.
- the LNG terminal at Fos-Tonkin, with an LNG receiving capacity of 5.5 Gm3/year
- the Montoir-de-Bretagne LNG terminal with an LNG capacity of 10 Gm3/year
- the gas terminal at Fos Cavaou, which has been operating at full capacity since 2010, with a capacity of 8.25 billion m3. and received more that 200 gas carriers
Elengy has developed and operates these three LNG terminals and markets services for LNG carrier shore operations. This specialist company provides its LNG expertise to support the development of LNG carrier terminals projects worldwide.
The Fos Cavaou LNG terminal and the CAPMAX project
Around 50 kilometers from Marseille, the Fos Cavaou LNG terminal entered commercial service in 2010. Owned by Fosmax LNG and operated by Elengy, this terminal with its 3 massive storage tanks boasts a regasification capacity of 8.25 billion cubic meters per year (Gm3/yr), which is around 20% of annual gas consumption in France. Since 2010, this terminal has served nearly 200 LNG carriers, including one of the largest in the world: a Qatari Q-max with an overall length of 345 meters. Elengy is currently preparing for the possibility of expanding its capacity in response to customer demand between now and 2020, and to provide security of natural gas supplies in Western Europe. Known as CAPMAX, this project will require the construction of one or two additional tanks to increase the regasification capacity to 16.5 Gm3/yr.
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