Finland imports Russian gas to fill LNG terminal

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Work on a 30,000 cubic meter gas tank in Hamina has just been completed, intended to reduce Finland’s dependence on Russian gas.

A screenshot from the Marine Traffic website shows the LNG tanker traveling from Vysotsk in Russia to Hamina in Finland. Image: Helena Korpela / Yle

The Dutch-flagged Coral Energy tanker arrived Monday morning at 9 a.m. in the port of Hamina in southeastern Finland, carrying liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Russia.

The tanker’s departure point was Vysotsk in Russia, as confirmed by the Marine Traffic (siirryt toiseen palveluun) tracker website.

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The Finnish state-owned company Gasum confirmed to Yle that the LNG delivered to the port of Hamina had been ordered from them and that the gas came from Russia.

Finland is preparing to open a new LNG terminal in Hamina in an effort to reduce its dependence on gas imports from Russia.

Work on a 30,000 cubic meter gas tank in Hamina has just been completed and the tanker that has arrived in port will start filling it.

File photo of LNG terminal in the port of Hamina. Image: Esa Syväkuru / Yle

LNG is fossil gas that has been cooled to liquid form for the convenience and safety of storage or transportation without pressure.

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Once at a terminal, LNG is returned to its original form through an evaporation process.

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LNG plays an important role

The new LNG terminal in Hamina is currently the only LNG terminal in Finland that is directly connected to the national gas transport network. Once operational, it will be able to supply approximately 3 terawatt hours of gas per year to the transmission grid.

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The Hamina LNG terminal does not own or sell gas itself, but stores and distributes gas on behalf of its customers. From Hamina, LNG can also be transported by trucks to other parts of Finland or by refueling ships calling at the port.

Multiple LNG terminals are expected to be established in ports across Europe in the coming years to feed natural gas into the gas grid in an effort to replace Russian gas. Finland also plans to lease a floating storage and regasification vessel (FSRU) from US-based Excelerate Energy to reduce dependence on Russia’s gas supply.

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