On Friday 27 May AGA´s first LNG (liquefied natural gas) terminal was officially opened in Nynäshamn, Sweden.
”The opening of the LNG terminal is a very important step for AGA and for the entire Linde Group,” said Jan Bäckvall. ”It marks the turning point from being an industrial gases company to also being an energy gas company.”
Instead of the traditional ribbon cutting ceremony, about 800 red and white environmentally-friendly balloons were released into the air. The attendees were then given a guided tour of the terminal facility, which included the storage tank, the reliquefication and gasification plant and the harbour. Afterwards they were served a Scandinavian buffet.
The demand for environmentally friendly fuel continues to increase and LNG is one of them. LNG mixed with air has been used since the beginning of the year in Stockholm’s city gas network which is expected to result in a reduction of carbon emissions by 50,000 tonnes per year. Nynas Raffinaderi will replace the naphtha with natural gas in the production. This will also provide a reduction in carbon emissions by 20,000 tonnes per year.
”AGA’s investment in LNG is the largest investment in gas power in Sweden in a quarter century. We are confident that our terminal in Nynäshamn will make a big difference for Swedish industry and the environment,” added Jan Bäckvall.