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What is LNG?

LNG is liquefied natural gas, a clear, colourless, non-toxic liquid that forms when natural gas is cooled to -162ºC (-260ºF). This shrinks the volume of the gas 600 times, making it easier to store and ship to markets and regions that are not linked to gas network.

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19.06.2018

Skangas delivers LNG to Porin Prosessivoima for energy production in Kaanaa industrial park

The LNG company Skangas and the energy company Porin Prosessivoima Oy have entered into an agreement on the supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for the production of steam and heat in Kaanaa Industrial Park, Pori, Finland. The LNG will be delivered in the gaseous form to the energy company via a Skangas connection pipeline from the Pori LNG terminal.

”Our aim is to be a frontrunner in energy solutions. We take the impacts on the surrounding natural environment into account in all of our activities and develop measures on the basis of the principle of continuous improvement. Porin Prosessivoima is committed to the continuous improvement of its operations in energy-efficiency issues. Liquefied natural gas is a competitive and clean fuel from the environmental perspective. Compared with other fuels, gas is easy to use and we make savings in operational costs,” says Porin Prosessivoima Managing Director Timo Mäki.

”It’s great to develop our cooperation with Porin Prosessivoima. We offer environmentally friendly LNG conveniently from the Pori LNG terminal via a direct connection pipeline to the energy company. Liquefied natural gas is a very low-emission and flexible fuel in energy production. It’s an excellent alternative for energy production and industrial needs but also as a maritime transport and heavy-duty road vehicle fuel,” says Skangas Sales Manager Jouni Bedda.

LNG is an environmentally friendly fuel that does not contain any sulfur. LNG can replace the use of fuels such as coal and oil-based fuels in industry, energy production as well as maritime and road transport. LNG is an easy and flexible way to achieve considerable reductions in fine particulate, sulfur dioxide, carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions from energy production.

For further information please contact:
Timo Mäki, Managing Director, Porin Prosessivoima Oy
Phone: +358 44 701 2170
firstname.surname(a)porienergia.fi

Jouni Bedda, Key Account Manager, Skangas
Phone: +358 40 744 2870
firstname.surname(a)skangas.com

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29.05.2018

Skangas delivers liquefied biogas (LBG) to Uddeholm for production use

The world’s leading manufacturer of tool steel for industrial tools, Uddeholm is testing liquefied biogas (LBG) in Sweden as part of its efforts to find sustainable ways for the production of steel. Skangas delivers Swedish LBG to the Uddeholm production plant from the parent company Gasum Group’s Lidköping biogas facility.

Uddeholm is now testing liquefied biogas (LBG) in its production. The company replaced heavy fuel oil with liquefied natural gas (LNG) in four years ago. LBG can replace LNG and can be used directly into the same processes. The reason is that both gases consist mainly of methane, they are interchangeable and thus the same LNG supply chain can be used. By replacing natural gas with biogas, Uddeholm will reduce CO2 emissions from production even further.

“As part of our efforts to find new suitable fuels that are renewable, we are looking for flexible alternatives to achieve a sustainable society as part of our steel business. By replacing natural gas with biogas, we will reduce CO2 emissions from our production even further. Our customer promise is to always produce steel that is as environmentally friendly as possible. This is our first-ever delivery of liquefied biogas. LBG currently plays a small, but nevertheless important, role in Uddeholm’s heat production,” says Johnny Sjöström, Managing Director, from Uddeholm.

“The fact that Uddeholm wants to test LBG directly in its production shows that investment in infrastructure linked to natural gas and biogas is the right way to go green. The same infrastructure can be used without any modifications for the most environmentally friendly of the fossil fuels, that is, natural gas, as well as for biogas, which is 100% renewable,” says Tommy Mattila, Director, Sales and Marketing, from Skangas.

Liquefied biogas (LBG) is similar to liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a product. LBG is produced through the processing of various types of organic waste. It is a renewable and environmentally friendly fuel made from 100% local feedstocks. Biogas is produced in digester tanks (bioreactors) where methane gas is generated. By passing this gas through a purification process, the product is upgraded to 97% (±1%) methane. The gas is liquefied by cooling it to a temperature of minus 150–170 °C for delivery as LBG from the Skangas parent company Gasum’s biogas facility in Lidköping.

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19.03.2018

Skangas celebrates milestone with 1,000 LNG bunkering operations in 2017

Demand for LNG on the rise in Nordics Marine Market. Skangas today announced that it completed 1,000 liquid natural gas (LNG) bunkering operations in 2017, representing more than 60% increase over previous years.

Quest for clean fuel triggers demand

Why the increase? According to Skangas, the driving force behind this rise rests in supply to new vessels both in regular routes and in tramp/spot market. The market has been waiting for the LNG bunkering vessels, which is the practice of delivering LNG to ships to use as fuel for their own consumption.

“As more and more operators convert their ships to clean fuel with LNG and dual-fuelled engines to power them, demand has risen significantly,” said Gunnar Helmen, Sales Manager - Marine for Skangas. “This is particularly true in European waters where, until recently, most of the traffic consisted of ferries and RoPax cruise ferries routinely traveling set routes. Today, the supply pattern is more diverse due to the use of a greater variety of vessels, that require different types of bunkering solutions. And we are responding directly by offering a number of solutions for this market.”

LNG is the cleanest available marine fuel; one that is rapidly becoming more commonly used as a cost-effective alternative. LNG is suitable for all vessel types, including ferries, passenger ships, tankers, bulk, supply and containerships. LNG offers several benefits by reducing local and global pollution. Switching to LNG completely removes SOx and particulates, and reduces NOx emissions by up to 85%. In addition, LNG reduces CO2 emissions by at least 20%. Use of LNG as marine fuel result in compliance with current and forthcoming IMO and EU regulations.

Custom bunker vessel Coralius ushers in ship-to-ship bunkering

Anticipating the marine market’s desire to convert to cleaner fuels, Skangas has made a concerted effort to make LNG more accessible. In addition to expanding infrastructure and improving bunkering techniques, the company put its new customized bunker-feeder vessel Coralius into operation in 2017, ushering in a new era of efficiency in LNG bunkering.

The Coralius, which delivers LNG through ship-to-ship bunkering at sea, has improved the company’s ability to be more flexible and responsive to vessels that require LNG without visiting a terminal or port. Ship-to-ship bunkering is just one of the ways that Skangas supplies LNG. Vessels also easily access LNG directly from the Skangas network of terminals, its production facility near Stavanger, and via truck-to-ship bunkering at seaports throughout the Nordics.

Truck-to-ship bunkering tops list

During 2017, the 1,000 LNG bunkering operations were carried out as follows:

  • Truck-to-ship in port: 60%
  • Terminal-to-ship: 38% (Including the Skangas LNG production facility)
  • Ship-to-ship in port or at sea: 2%

As responsible marine transport and shipping companies seek cleaner fuel alternatives to power their fleets, Skangas expects demand for LNG by the marine market to increase significantly during the coming years. “Already, the number of bunkering operations we’ve executed for the marine market is higher than in Q1 2017,” said Helmen. “Clearly, 2018 is set to be another exciting year for Skangas, as we continue to provide readily accessible LNG to industries that operate at sea and onshore throughout the Nordics.”

For further information, contact:

Gunnar Helmen, Sales Manager Marine, Skangas, Tananger, Norway
M: +47 475 09 048, E: Gunnar.Helmen@skangas.com

Trude Ravndal, Marketing Communication Manager, Skangas, Tananger, Norway
M: +47 913 01 013, E: Trude.Ravndal@skangas.com 

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