LNG - the fuel for the energy transition
The energy sector is undergoing a transformation to a lower carbon energy future like never before. Policy attention is given to air quality, global emissions and accelerated energy transition post-COP21. Natural gas is the least emitting air pollution fossil fuel and as well as the best complement to variable renewables (wind, solar) thanks to the high flexibility of the gas fired powerplants. Natural gas produces at least 40% less greenhouse gas emissions than coal when generating electricity. It delivers solutions to address climate change and makes a clean future real.
LNG, the super cooled natural gas, is essential in helping clean energy transitions. Once regasified LNG is also a clean alternative fuel for marine, waterway and road transport (zero sulphur, almost zero fine particles and about 90% less NOx emissions). Rapid developments in this sector are seen in the horizon. According to International Energy Agency, LNG is expected to make almost 90% of additional gas trade by 2040.
GLE members welcomed the Paris Agreement and they are convinced that the LNG industry can help turn words into action and meet the COP21 commitments.
GIE LNG map and database 2018
GIE releases the GIE LNG map and database 2018. This new version shows the main characteristics of all large-scale and small-scale operational LNG terminals in Europe, information on the LNG terminals under construction as well as the planned projects. Additionally, the nearby liquefaction plants are covered.
The map is available for download at http://www.gie.eu/maps-data. Printed versions of the map will be available in January 2018 and can be ordered online.
There are currently 32 LNG terminals in operation in Europe (27 in EU28), spread along the coasts of 15 countries (13 for EU28) and offering a total regasification capacity of 227 bcm/y (210 bcm/y for EU28). In addition, 5 bcm/y are under construction in the EU. There are also several other projects, with however little indication on the progress.
The table below shows the distribution of the LNG terminals by status and type. It should be noted that there are now 4 floating facilities (FSRU and others) in Europe (3 in EU28).
|*including extensions of existing LNG terminals
Note to Editors
Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) is an association representing the interests of European natural gas infrastructure operators active in natural gas transmission, storage and LNG regasification. 16 European LNG terminal operators (LSOs) from 9 countries, operating around 90% of the existing LNG regasification capacity in the European Union are members of GIE. They are committed to promote the development of transparent and non-discriminatory access for LNG within a fully operational European internal market, underpinned by a stable and predictable regulatory framework.
To find out more about GIE’s structure and activities, please visit our website at www.gie.eu.
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