First methane carrier with LNG cargo on its way to Świnoujście

4 December 2015

December 11th, 2015 will be a moment in history for the LNG Terminal in Świnoujście. An impressive Q-Flex methane carrier will deliver a cargo of 200 thousand cubic meters of liquefied natural gas. The blue fuel will be used for technical commissioning and start-up of LNG terminal’s installation, and after regasification it will reach Polish end-users. This is a historic moment for the entire state, as the first LNG terminal in this part of Europe will enhance our energy independence. The plant in Świnoujscie will allow Poland to receive gas delivered by sea from any direction in the world.

Al Nauman, a gigantic Q-Flex methane carrier departed from Ras Laffan port in Qatar on Friday, November 20th. The capacity of the vessel – 216 thousand cubic meters – may be compared to 72 Olympic-size pools, its draught of 12.5 m is equal to 4-storey building, while its dimensions – 50 m in width and 315 m in length may be compared with a 13-lane motorway and three times the size of National Stadium’s pitch respectively.

For more information on methane carriers – marine giants – see: http://lng.edu.pl/pl/centrum-edukacji/metanowce-plywajace-giganty/

The voyage from Qatar to Poland takes approximately three weeks. Current location of the methane carrier may be tracked on marine-traffic.com website, upon providing the name of the vessel.

During the voyage, the tanks on-board the methane carrier operate like huge flasks in which LNG is stored at its boiling point (-162°C). LNG storage tanks are made from the highest-quality steel and are shielded from top to bottom with a complex insulation layer. Currently, over 350 methane carriers operate on waters all over the world. They are manned by highly competent maritime personnel, including numerous naval officers qualified in the field of transport safety.

When the vessel arrives at its destination, it will be moored at a special structure which is permanently connected to the breakwater. This newly built breakwater in Świnoujście is three kilometres long, which makes it the longest breakwater in Europe. The gas cargo will be injected into transmission pipelines supported on a special flyover construction and further discharged into two onshore tanks. The capacity of the tanks in Świnoujście terminal is 160 thousand cubic meters which means that they may store the entire cargo delivered by one Q-Flex vessel and half of the second vessel’s load. Subsequently, the LNG is vaporised i.e. it is reconverted into gaseous state in the process of regasification consisting in heating the liquefied fuel. Ultimately, the gas is delivered to end-users by transmission pipelines…and thus we can all enjoy hot tea or bath and pleasant warmth at home…

The first gas cargo will be used for technical commissioning and start-up of the terminal.