LNG: import, export and bunkering

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, a joint venture of Gasunie and Vopak, 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

  • 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 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.


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

Maud Eijgendaal
Business manager Renewable Fuels & Chemicals

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