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First LNG cargo arrives at new Dutch floating terminal

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AMSTERDAM, Sept 8 (Reuters) – The first ship to bring a liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo to a new terminal at the Dutch port of Eemshaven has docked and started the unloading process, the network operator said on Thursday. gas. Europe’s attempt to reduce its dependence on Russian gas.

The LNG carrier Murex has berthed alongside the regasification unit of the new EemsEnergyTerminal, which can process 8 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas per year, a Gasunie spokesman said.

“Everything is going perfectly,” said Marie-Lou Grégoire de Gasunie.

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The terminal, near Groningen, has two floating storage and regasification units (FSRUs) which Gasunie has leased at the request of the Dutch government.

Capacity has been booked by Shell (SHEL.L), France’s Engie SA (ENGIE.PA) and Czech CEZ.

Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala and Dutch Energy Minister Rob Jetten will officially declare the facility open in a ceremony on Thursday evening. Read more

Gas from the terminal is expected to start entering the Dutch network for the first time next week, although the station will not operate at full capacity until November or December.

The capacity at Eemshaven will complement Rotterdam’s larger Gate Terminal, which now operates at a capacity of 16 bcm and plans a further expansion of 4 bcm by 2025.

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Reporting by Toby Sterling; Editing by Edmund Blair

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