Belgian Port to Get Second LNG Jetty

5 May 2009 (Last Updated May 5th, 2009 18:30)

Belgium’s Zeebrugge terminal may get a second jetty to moor regasification ships following an agreement with shipping group Exmar. Port operator Fluxys LNG and Exmar will study the technical and economic feasibility of the project, which would make Zeebrugge the first LNG terminal in th

Belgium’s Zeebrugge terminal may get a second jetty to moor regasification ships following an agreement with shipping group Exmar.

Port operator Fluxys LNG and Exmar will study the technical and economic feasibility of the project, which would make Zeebrugge the first LNG terminal in the world to allow both standard LNG and regasification ships to moor.

Along with the second jetty, receiving regasification ships at the LNG terminal will also require a pipeline and ancillary infrastructure, which will be built in multiple phases.

Fluxys executive board member and commercial director Pascal De Buck said building the jetty would: "further strengthen the role of Zeebrugge as a crossroads for Western European natural gas flows and contribute to diversification of sources, security of supply and liquidity of the natural gas market."

Apart from Exmar, which is prepared to book long-term capacity, Fluxys is also talking to other players who have shown non-binding interest in its additional capacity.

By staff writer