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50 years of LNG – 1987: commissioning of an LNG terminal for Europe at Zeebrugge in Belgium

Located at the point where a number of gas pipelines meet, the Zeebrugge LNG terminal in Belgium plays a key role in Europe's natural gas supplies. It was managed by the Group between the time it was commissioned in 1987 and 2010.

The Zeebrugge LNG terminal in Belgium was commissioned in 1987 and operated by the Belgian company and Tractebel subsidiary Fluxys.

The terminal then had the capacity to deliver 5 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year. It could handle small LNG carriers, but also Q-Max vessels capable of carrying up to 266,000 m³ of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). Another special feature of the terminal was that its facilities gave it the capability to load LNG as well as unload it.

By 2009, the Zeebrugge terminal handled LNG carriers from all over the world, and its delivery capacity had increased to 9 billion cubic meters. 2010 was the last year that the terminal was operated by the Group.

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