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Chart LNG storage tanks en route to Klaipeda

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Chart has designed and manufactured three Decinske Giants cryogenic storage tanks for the Klaipeda LNG reloading station in Lithuania.

The storage tanks have been shipped from the Chart Ferox facility in the Czech Republic and are currently en-route to AB Klaipedos Nafta.

River barges will take the tanks to Hamburg, Germany, where they will be reloaded onto a sea cargo carrier and sailed through the Baltic Sea to the port of Klaipeda.

The foundations at the LNG reloading station site have already been prepared by partner company, PPS Pipeline Systems, in anticipation of the first three tanks’ arrival in mid-March. The two remaining tanks are scheduled to arrive from the Czech Republic at the beginning of the summer to provide an initial storage capacity of 5 million litres of LNG.

Marius Pulkauninkas, CEO of AB Klaipedos Nafta, said: “Having followed this complex reloading operation and witnessed that the first LNG tanks were successfully and timely loaded onto a barge, we are convinced that the project is being implemented according to schedule. It is very important that the world’s leading manufacturer of LNG tanks and distribution equipment Chart Ferox a.s is taking part in the project. This means that we are supplied with high quality LNG storage tanks which will be safely shipped to the port of Klaipeda in due time. When the LNG distribution station is put into operation, the port of Klaipeda will become the LNG hub for the Baltic countries and north-eastern Poland.”

The LNG reloading station aims to create small scale LNG operational infrastructure, as well as develop the LNG market in the Baltic Sea region. It will comprise of LNG tanks with a total capacity 5000 m3. Gas from the Independence floating LNG storage and regasification unit will be delivered to the storage tanks by a gas tanker and distributed by road tank trucks or vessels. There are plans to expand the LNG station’s capacities up to 10 000 m3. The LNG station will be equipped with two truck filling stations and will be accommodated for reloading LNG onto gas tankers.

Hans Lonsain, President of Chart Europe, added: “We value the very close cooperation with the customer, an operator of the Klaipeda Oil Terminal based in Klaipeda, Lithuania and project partner covering civil work and local permissions, PPS Pipeline Systems. Collaboration between our respective technical experts has facilitated first class performance in delivering this Lithuanian LNG terminal. Chart’s primary role is preparation and delivery of the cryogenic part of the terminal project, comprising five HT1000 LNG cryogenic storage tanks, two truck loading bays, one LNG bunkering jetty and the regasification plant. First commercial operation is expected in 3Q17. Chart will support the customer in follow up projects and help to create the small scale LNG value chain for power generation, vehicle fuelling and other end-use applications."

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