Progress made in LNG terminal construction in Tornio, Finland

Progress is being made in the construction of the Manga LNG terminal in Tornio, Finland, and the terminal is technically ready to use.

The technology group Wärtsilä has been responsible for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract delivery for the terminal. The Manga LNG terminal project is a joint venture of Skangas, Outokumpu, SSAB and EPV Energy that is due for completion in early 2018. Once completed, the terminal will be the largest LNG import terminal in the Nordic countries.

Wärtsilä has been responsible for construction delivery for the liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal project. With a volume of 50,000 m3, the storage tank of the LNG terminal. Wärtsilä's turnkey solution for the terminal also includes systems for LNG ship unloading, LNG storage, ship bunkering, LNG truck loading, and LNG regasification and injection into the local natural gas network.

The next major step of the project is expected to take place in November 2017 when the first shipment of LNG is scheduled for arrival at the terminal.

"We're very satisfied with achieving this significant project milestone on schedule despite severe weather conditions. We're now looking forward to moving towards the commissioning and start-up phase in order to start LNG deliveries to our customers," says Mika Kolehmainen, CEO, Manga LNG Oy.

"This investment gives a boost to the entire regional economy of Northern Finland and Northern Sweden as well as to the vitality of the regions. There is interest in LNG in industry, maritime transport and heavy-duty road transport alike. By 2020, there will already be almost 200 ships powered by LNG. The number is anticipated to increase considerably because the maritime industry regards LNG as the most cost-effective choice for reducing emissions," says joint venture partner and Skangas CEO Kimmo Rahkamo.

The LNG terminal is due for completion in early 2018, which is when it will deliver natural gas to a local steel mill and LNG to other local industrial operators and consumers in the region and marine. The terminal will support the growth of industrial enterprises in the region and help reduce their carbon footprint. The terminal will employ around 7 people directly and around 30 other people indirectly. The project provided around 260 full-time equivalent years of employment.

LNG marine fuel meets all current and planned environmental requirements. Its use in vessels also reduces particulate emissions and significantly reduces carbon dioxide emissions.