France’s Dunkirk LNG terminal receives first cargo

France’s fourth LNG import terminal in the port of Dunkirk received its first commissioning cargo on Friday, July 8.

Teekay’s 135,243-cbm LNG carrier Madrid Spirit brought the cargo from Nigeria’s Bonny liquefaction and export plant.

It is understood a second LNG Carrier is expected during the first half of August, to carry out test runs of the whole system and performance tests

The terminal will be “tested under normal usage conditions during the summer. At the end of September, the terminal should be ready to enter into commercial operations and be made available for EDF and Total

The Dunkirk LNG terminal will have an annual regasification capacity of 13 billion cbm of gas, enough to cover about 20% of France and Belgium’s yearly gas consumption.

Upon commissioning, the LNG terminal will be operated by Gaz-Opale, 51% owned by Dunkerque LNG and 49% by Fluxys.


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