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Coral EnergICE, first Ice Class 1A Super LNG carrier named

Coral EnergICE, the first LNG carrier holding the Ice Class 1A Super, was named today Thursday 25 January by Aino-Maija Luukkonen, Mayor of Pori, Finland. The naming ceremony took place at the Port of Turku, Finland. The 18,000 cbm LNG vessel had been delivered to its owner, Anthony Veder, by Neptun Werft in Rostock, Germany. Coral EnergICE is specially designed and constructed to operate in the Baltic Sea. Skangas operates the vessel in order to bring LNG to Skangas LNG terminal in Pori and the joint venture Manga LNG terminal Tornio in Finland.

The vessel's hull is reinforced to break through one-meter thick ice with the engines and generators designed to give the vessel extra power when sailing through thick ice and harsh winter conditions. Furthermore, this state-of-the art vessel is equipped with a dual fuel engine. It uses LNG boil-off gas as a fuel for its main and auxiliary engines, making the vessel fully compliant with future emission regulations.

On deck innovations also provide for safe operations. One such example is the cap on deck, which protects the equipment and prevents icing outside. The vessel also has additional shelters on deck with warmer platforms for the crew's feet. Heat tracing on the doors ensures that they will always open, no matter how harsh the conditions might be.

Skangas CEO, Kimmo Rahkamo says "Skangas helps its customers reach their environmental and operational targets by offering efficient and stable LNG deliveries. The new vessel supports our goal to develop the Nordic LNG infrastructure and gas market. This way, we can offer the end users in the maritime and industry sectors an even more competitive product."

Anthony Veder CEO, Jan Valkier says: "Coral EnergICE is the third LNG carrier we have delivered to our long-term customer Skangas in the past five years. The high-tech vessel is capable of serving the northern Finnish harbor of Tornio all year around, even when temperatures reach as low as -25 Celsius degrees. To ensure that it's a comfortable and friendly place for our crew to work, we engaged an ergonomic engineer to look closely at the accommodation design. I am extremely proud of the end-result."

Neptun Werft Managing Director, Raimon Strunck says: "Following the successful delivery of Coral Energy in 2012, we were delighted that Anthony Veder awarded us the construction of Coral EnergICE. The new vessel's design is based on Coral Energy, enhanced with technological innovations and construction adaptations for extreme cold weather conditions, thereby giving her the 1A Super ice class classification."

Coral EnergICE's construction was funded with the first sustainable shipping loan, fully certified in accordance with the Clean Shipping Index Guidelines by Bureau Veritas, who also verified the sustainable credentials of the transaction.

Compared to other marine fuels, LNG as a marine fuel drastically cuts both sulphur oxide (SOx) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions. It is recognized by the shipping industry as the most viable alternative fuel for the reduction of emissions. Due to the LNG capabilities of Coral EnergICE, the Business Sector's NOx fund has granted support for the development of this vessel.

Main characteristics Coral EnergICE
Length overall: 164 meters
LNG capacity: 18,000 m³
Service speed: 15.5 knots
Ice Class 1A Super, with cold notation

For further information please contact:
Skangas: Trude Ravndal, Marketing Communication Manager
T +47 91 30 10 13; E trude.ravndal@skangas.com

Anthony Veder: Nynke de Bakker, Communications Advisor
T +31 10 40 04 854; E communications@anthonyveder.com

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About Skangas
LNG Company Skangas is a leading supplier of LNG in the Nordic markets. The company provides customers with LNG for shipping, industrial and heavy-duty land transport needs. Skangas helps customers reach their environmental and operational energy goals by offering efficient and stable LNG deliveries. Skangas is a subsidiary of the Finnish natural energy gas expert, Gasum Ltd (70%) and partly-owned by the Norwegian energy company Lyse (30%). For more information: skangas.com.

About Anthony Veder
Anthony Veder, established in 1937, acquired its first gas tanker in 1969. As an integrated shipping company, it serves long-term customers by offering a safe, reliable and flexible service using a wide range of high quality gas carriers. The group is involved in all segments of gas shipping, from CO2 to ethylene and from LPG to LNG. The company also provides comprehensive and efficient technical and commercial ship management services to third parties. Anthony Veder operates a fleet of more than 30 gas tankers of which seven gas tankers are fueled by LNG. The Rotterdam based shipping company employs over 1000 people. For more information: www.anthonyveder.com.

About Neptun Werft
Neptun Werft is head Neptun Werft is headquartered in Rostock-Warnemünde and was founded in 1850. Since then, Neptun Werft has delivered more than 1.500 new ships and carried out thousands of ship repairs. Today, Neptun Werft is among the market leaders in the river cruise shipbuilding industry. It has approximately 500 experienced employees, trains some 50 trainees in six different professions and is among the most important employers is Rostock. Further information is available at neptunwerft.de.

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Skangas extends agreement with Borregaard

Borregaard continues their co-operation with Skangas for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and extends the current supply agreement. For the next three years Skangas will remain their main LNG supplier and deliver an increased amount of LNG to Borregaard’s production site in Sarpsborg.

“After four years of delivering LNG to Borregaard we are very happy that they will continue our agreement,” says Kimmo Rahkamo, CEO of Skangas. “Security of supply is one of the key elements for us as an energy provider. A continuous relationship with existing customers is a proof of being a reliable supplier”, he concludes.

Borregaard has decided to upgrade their energy supply for the lignin production by changing from waste oil and liquefied propan gas (LPG) to LNG. A new LNG terminal is being built at their production site. Transferring from oil and LPG to LNG will contribute to a cleaner environment and is a safety improvement.

Using LNG provides significant environmental benefits in terms of emissions to air. For Borregaard particularly the CO2 emissions are reduced considerably. By investing in new environmental measures their annual amount of CO2 reduction is estimated to 14500 tons in addition to reduced Nox emissions by up to 50 tons.

For some industry customers LNG is a large part of the energy consumption. It is important with a safe and reliable supply chain where delivered volumes are delivered at agreed time. Skangas has monthly close to 600 truck deliveries to large industrial corporations across the Nordics. Borregaard will receive their LNG by trucks directly from Skangas’ LNG hub at Øra, close to Fredrikstad.

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Skangas signs Letter of Intent with National Grid Grain LNG

Skangas to Source LNG at Import Terminal on Isle of Grain, UK Skangas today announced that it has signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with National Grid Grain LNG. Under the terms of the LoI, Skangas is to source LNG at the Grain LNG import terminal on the Isle of Grain in the UK. Skangas, which produces LNG, struck the deal with Grain LNG to ensure a reliable supply of LNG is available, which is critical to the fast-growing small-scale LNG market.

Suitable for small vessels

As a result of this recent development, Skangas becomes the first small-scale LNG supplier to enter into such an agreement with a UK-based import terminal. Grain LNG, which operates primarily as a large-scale import terminal, is firmly committed to developing an LNG break bulk marine facility to make it possible for small vessels to reload and bunker LNG.

Grain LNG is set to become the first facility in the UK to offer small-scale ship reloading facilities at its import terminal on the Isle of Grain. "We believe the best way to encourage growth in the market is to offer competitive alternatives which ensure security of supply for small scale market participants" said Nicola Duffin, Senior Commercial Manager at Grain LNG, who added "Grain LNG is excited to be at the forefront of developing this market in partnership with progressive companies such as Skangas ". The facility will include an extension to existing jetties to cater for break bulk marine LNG carriers up to 20 000 m3. This will meet the needs of Skangas' fleet of LNG carriers.

"Skangas appreciates the opportunity to source LNG from the Grain LNG terminal," says Dan Hramoff, Director of Business Development and Projects at Skangas. "This will improve supply to the small scale markets thus allowing to source LNG on more flexible and competitive terms. In the end, it will be reflected in improved offerings to our own LNG customers," he concludes.

Skangas is quick to point out that by making LNG more readily available to the small-scale market from a variety of sources, the increased competition will create a more dynamic market, resulting in better, more cost-effective LNG supply for the market at large.

Own LNG sources

Skangas produces LNG at its plant in Risavika, South-Western Norway. However, the small-scale market is rapidly developing, and the plant's annual production capacity of 300 000 tons has already been exceeded. The company requires external LNG sources, and has entered into several contracts with similar large-scale European hubs to source LNG.

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