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LNG: import, export and bunkering

Rotterdam is the port in Europe for the import, export and bunkering of Liquefied Natural Gas

In the port of Rotterdam, import and export of LNG for use in Europe takes place on a large scale. This makes Rotterdam the ideal LNG hub. Through the Gate terminal on the Maasvlakte, the liquefied natural gas arrives by LNG carriers from the Middle East, Australia and Asia and other locations in the world. Gate serves as a hub: from here, LNG is reloaded into smaller LNG tankers for re-export, or is transported in gaseous form to the gas network in Europe by pipelines. The port of Rotterdam also plays a leading role in the introduction of LNG as a fuel for shipping and road transport.

Liquefied natural gas in the port of Rotterdam

  • LNG terminal with a capacity of 12 billion m3 for import and re-export
  • The adjacent LNG break bulk terminal will be operational from mid-2016
  • Large investments in LNG infrastructure
  • LNG as a cleaner fuel for shipping and road transport
  • Bunkering of LNG is permitted, facilitated and encouraged

LNG in Rotterdam

Rotterdam is ready for the clean fuel of the future: LNG. At various locations in the port, LNG-faciities can be found for both trucking and shipping. From an LNG gas station to an LNG bunker spot, you find it all, here on this map.

LNG storage and transportation

LNG stands for Liquefied Natural Gas. It is natural gas that is liquefied by cooling it to a temperature of -162 degrees Celsius. This decreases the volume by a factor of 600 and allows it to be stored and transported very efficiently and safely.

The port in figures

The eighth edition of Facts & Figures offers information about developments in the port of Rotterdam between 2009 and 2015. One of the key developments in recent years was the opening of Maasvlakte 2. This land reclamation provides room for new developments in the chemical, renewable energy, container and distribution sectors.

Facts & Figures Rotterdam Energy Port and Petrochemical Cluster


Would you like to know more about LNG in the port of Rotterdam? Please contact:

Ankie Janssen

Business Developer Gas and Power

Sander Rijsdijk

Business Manager Independent Tankstorage

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