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Eesti Gaas – the leading LNG supply and bunkering expert in the Baltic region
Eesti Gaas is the first and, as of now in 2018, the only company in the Baltic region that has developed reliable and flexible LNG delivery and truck-to-ship (TTS) bunkering capabilities. Eesti Gaas is responsible of the daily LNG bunkering of Tallink Megastar ship.
We supply LNG from Russia, Poland, Finland and Lithuania with the most technologically advanced semi-trailers. Our trucks are working on a daily basis and they are monitored around the clock to secure that the deliveries stay on schedule. Maintaining the quality of LNG is very important, which means that the logistics must be organised accurately and efficiently.
Our entire team, all driveroperators, have completed thorough theoretical and practical training, including preparation for emergency situations.
We are ready to provide our services to all companies in the region.
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Your personal contact person:
LNG Business Development Manager
+372 5303 9293
We deliver LNG for “Megastar” – the state-of-the-art shuttle ferry of Tallink launched on Tallinn-Helsinki route in January 2017. The bunkering of the vessel takes place in the Old City Harbour, or Vanasadam of Tallinn, using the truck-to-ship method. The semi-trailers produced by the leading German manufacturer Gofa, are equipped with powerful Cryostar 1000 l/min pumps that allow the bunkering to be carried out in 45 minutes. In one month, we conduct an average of 65 bunkering operations, two to four trucks at a time, depending on the vessel’s need. For the first-time use of LNG in the bunkering of ferries in Estonia, Eesti Gaas won the Energy Deed of the Year Prize 2017.
What is LNG?
LNG, or liquefied natural gas, is obtained by cooling down the natural gas to about -160 degrees.
The gas is cooled down, so the volume of LNG is about 1/600 of gas volume under normal conditions. Liquefaction of natural gas makes the transportation and storage of natural gas easy and economical. Hence, the advantage of LNG is the possibility to deliver natural gas to regions and properties which are not connected to the gas pipeline.
LNG is transported by ship, rail or road in cryogenic tanks. At the destination, LNG is pumped into consumer’s container, heated, re-gasified, and used to fuel the ship engine in the form of compressed natural gas. The transition to LNG completely eliminates sulphur oxides’ and fine particles’ and substantially reduces nitrogen oxides’ emissions. CO2 emissions will also be significantly reduced.
When using LNG for heating or in production, the storage and re-gasification costs must be taken into account. Therefore LNG fits better for energy solutions for bigger objects.
EU has set minimum requirements for the LNG refuelling infrastructure for Member States. By 2025, the goal is to cover the EU main road network with an LNG gas station every 400 km as a minimum. The European Union has also adopted a plan of action for the development of a LNG bunkering network by 2025.
LNG is the cleanest fuel
LNG helps to reduce both global carbon dioxide emissions, as well as local air pollution.
Natural gas does not emit any harmful particles like smoke or soot when burning wood or oil. Smoke and soot causes the air pollution that is the most harmful to your health. The research shows that those two alone have caused more then 400 000 premature deaths in European countries during 2012 (www.airclim.org).
When natural gas burns it will not emit sulfur oxide (SOx) which can lead to acid rain when combined to water. It will also emits the very low amount of nitrogen oxide (NOx) which is the main substance for smog, but it can also form dangerous acids and cause respiratory diseases, asthma and heart diseases.
LNG is cost-effective
- The price of LNG is expected to remain stably competitive in the long run, as compared to low-sulphur fuel.
- LNG is high in energy with a lower calorific value (NCV) of 13.7 MWh/t.
- The use of LNG involves relatively low operating and maintenance costs, as well as a cleaner working environment.
- LNG technology is well-proven and safe.