Czech energy company ČEZ and Shell Western LNG have jointly contracted 7 billion m3 of capacity at Gasunie’s new LNG import terminal in Eemshaven, the Netherlands.
ČEZ and Shell Western LNG are the first suppliers to sign up for capacity at the terminal, marking an important moment as European countries seek to reduce dependence on Russian gas. EemsEnergyTerminal, the Gasunie subsidiary running the terminal, says that it expects the remaining 1 billion m3 of capacity to be sold in the next few months. Previously, the Netherlands only had one LNG terminal in Rotterdam, and the new terminal doubles the country’s import capacity.
The terminal has contracted two floating storage and regasification units (FSRUs). The first of these, the Golar Igloo, will be connected Dutch gas grid first, followed by the second, the Exmar S188. Both FSRUs expected to arrive at the end of August 2022 and will have a combined annual throughput capacity of 8 billion m3.