I forgot my password

Turkey to Add Highest Regasification Capacity in Europe

Turkey will have the highest regasification capacity in Europe by 2019, according to Gas Infrastructure Europe's (GIE) LNG Map and Database 2018 on Tuesday.

The report showed that there are currently 32 LNG terminals in operation in Europe out of which 27 are located in the EU-28 area. These terminals are spread along the coasts of 15 countries.

GIE statistics show that these terminals offer a total regasification capacity of 228 billion cubic meters annually (bcm/y) and 211 bcm/y for EU-28.

In addition, 5 bcm/y are under construction in Europe while several other projects are planned, however with little indication on their progression, the GIE noted.

The statistics revealed that Turkey, which has a current regasification capacity of 17 bcm/y, will add 21 bcm/y of regasification capacity by 2019 with the Floating Storage Regasification Units (FSRU) projects in Iskenderun and Saros Bay.

Thanks to these projects, which are planned to become operational by 2019, Turkey will become the country, which adds the highest regasification capacity in Europe.

Turkey will be followed by the U.K. with 17 bcm/y of additional capacity, to add to the current 48 bcm/y of current regasification capacity.

Lastly, Poland and France will follow the U.K. with a combined total of 11 bcm/y of additional capacity, 5 bcm/y and 34 bcm/y, respectively.

- LNG to represent almost 90% of additional gas trade by 2040

"The energy sector is undergoing a transformation to a lower carbon energy future like never before. Policy attention is given to air quality, global emissions and accelerated energy transition post-COP21. Natural gas is the least emitting air pollution fossil fuel and as well as the best complement to variable renewables (wind, solar) thanks to the high flexibility of the gas-fired power plants," GIE said in a statement on Nov. 12.

Natural gas can deliver solutions to address climate change and make a clean future a reality as it produces at least 40 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than coal when generating electricity, the GIE noted.

LNG, the super cooled natural gas, is essential in helping clean energy transitions and once regasified, LNG is also a clean alternative fuel for marine, waterway and road transport, the association underlined.

The GIE noted that LNG has zero sulphur almost zero fine particles and about 90 percent less nitrogen oxide emissions.

"Rapid developments in this sector are seen on the horizon. According to International Energy Agency, LNG is expected to make up almost 90 percent of additional gas trade by 2040. Gas LNG Europe (GLE) members welcomed the Paris Agreement and they are convinced that the LNG industry can help turn words into action and meet the COP21 commitments," the organization concluded.

At the Paris climate conference (COP21) in December 2015, 195 countries adopted the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate deal.

The agreement sets out a global action plan to put the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius.

Annual regasification capacity of LNG import terminals (bcm/year)

Country

Operational

Under construction

Planned


Belgium

9




Croatia



6


Estonia



5


Finland





France

34


11


Germany



4


Greece

5

2

6


Ireland



3


Italy

15


8


Latvia



5


Lithuania

4




Malta

1


2


Netherlands

12


4


Poland

5


11


Portugal

8




Spain

69

3

5


Sweden

1


1


UK

48


17


EU-28

211

5

88


Albania



8


Norway





Russia



3


Turkey

17


21


Ukraine



10


Europe

228

5

130


(Anadolu Agency)

IENE EVENTS 3rd SEE Hydrocarbons Upstream Workshop

PUBLICATIONS SEEEO 2016-2017 SEEED More

COOPERATING ORGANISATIONS IEA WEC Energy Community BBSPA EPG AERS ROEC BPIE RCEN Geothermal Finance and Awareness in European Regions