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27
Jun
2015

50 years of LNG – 2010: commercial startup of a new LNG terminal operated by ENGIE at Fos Cavaou

The Fos Cavaou LNG terminal at Fos-sur-Mer in the South of France came on stream in 2010 and is one of Europe's busiest Liquefied Natural Gas terminals. Its tanks can store up to 330,000 m3 of liquefied gas and supply 8.25 billion m3 of gas per year.

The Fos Cavaou LNG terminal, which came on stream in 2010, is a major gateway to the French and European markets for Liquefied Natural Gas carriers.

View the dedicated 50 Years of LNG website.

  • Aerial view of the Elengy LNG terminal at Fos Cavaou. © ENGIE/ BESTIMAGE/SACCOMANO LAURENT
  • The Q-max Al Mafyar - one of the world's largest LNG carriers - arrives at the Elengy Fos Cavaou LNG terminal on August 13, 2013. © ENGIE/ BESTIMAGE/SACCOMANO LAURENT
  • The Q-max Al Mafyar moored to the landing stage at the Elengy Fos Cavaou LNG terminal on August 13, 2013. © ENGIE/ BESTIMAGE/SACCOMANO LAURENT
  • The arms of the LNG offloading rig are connected by personnel of Elengy, an ENGIE subsidiary. © ENGIE/ BESTIMAGE/SACCOMANO LAURENT

The Fos Tonkin LNG terminal at Fos-sur-Mer in the Bouches-du-Rhône region of France, 50 kilometers west of Marseille, was joined in 2010 by the Fos Cavaou terminal, which came on stream that year to receive Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) from Qatar.

The Fos Cavaou LNG terminal has a regasification capacity of 8.25 billion m3 per year; a volume equivalent to around 20% of annual gas consumption in France. Owned by Fosmax LNG and operated by ENGIE subsidiary Elengy, this 80-hectare facility has three 110,000 m3 storage tanks.

The Fos Cavaou terminal came on stream in April 2010 and can be accessed directly from the Mediterranean by the latest generations of very large LNG carriers, like the 345-meter long Q-Max 345 vessels capable of carrying up to 266,000 m3 of LNG. Since 2010, this terminal has served nearly 250 LNG carriers, including a Qatari Q-Max in August 2013.

At the cutting edge of innovation, Fos Cavaou delivers high performance and modularity. Its facilities can now offer high-capacity LNG carrier reloading at the rate of 4,250 m3 per hour.

Planned capacity expansion at the Fos Cavaou terminal

Given the strategic position of Fos Cavaou as a supply point for Europe, Elengy is planning to expand the capacity of the terminal to meet new levels of market demand.

So in close consultation with local authorities and communities, the CAPMAX project will double the current capacity of the terminal to 16.5 billion m3 of natural gas per year. The project includes the construction of one or two more LNG storage tanks, new regasification plants and gas supply systems.

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