The Dunkirk LNG terminal has officially started commercial operations.
The regasification facility is one of the largest industrial construction sites in France and it is used to import, store and regasify LNG before delivery with the transmission systems to the places of consumption.
The terminal is the second largest in mainland Europe and is the only one in Europe to be directed to two consumption markets: France and Belgium. Its annual regasification capacity of 13 billion m3 accounts for more than 20% of French and Belgian natural gas consumption.
The facility comprises a jetty that can receive up to 150 LNG tankers per year, three isothermal LNG storage tanks – each with a capacity of 200,000 m3 and a regasification unit made up of 10 heat exchangers.
Marc Benayoun, executive director of the EDF Group, in charge of the gas sector and Italy, says: ‘I am delighted that commercial operations have started up at the Dunkirk regasification terminal, thus creating a new point of gas importation in France and strengthening security of supply in Europe. It also contributes to the development of the gas supply market, on which the group already operates with its Italian subsidiary, Edison, and wishes to further strengthen its share.’