Industry and transport powered by liquefied natural gas
Eesti Gaas – the leading LNG supply and bunkering expert in the Baltic region
Eesti Gaas is the first and today 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 which sails between Tallinn and Helsinki 6 times a day.
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 drivers-operators, 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.
Do not hesitate to contact us!
Your personal contact person:
Head of LNG Supply and Logistics
+372 506 9127
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 produced by cooling ordinary natural gas to about -160 degrees centigrade.
Once liquefied natural gas needs only 1/600 the storage space it does in its gaseous state. Liquefaction of natural gas makes transportation and storage easy and economical. That means it is possible to supply natural gas to areas and properties that are not served by gas pipelines.
Liquefied natural gas is transported by ship, rail or road in cryogenic tanks. At the destination it is re-gasified. The obtained gas is even cleaner than conventional natural gas because prior to liquefaction process, water, CO2, H2S and hydrocarbons are removed.
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 LNG refuelling infrastructure for Member States. The goal is, by 2025, to cover the EU main road network with liquefied natural gas filling stations at least every 400 km. The European Union has also adopted a plan of action for the development of LNG bunkering network by 2025.
LNG is the cleanest fuel
Using liquefied natural gas in energy production and transport 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 is expected to remain stably competitive in the long run, as compared to low-sulphur fuel. There are 15 big LNG plants under construction in the world with total capacity of 150 bn m3. In comparison the gas consumption of Estonia is ca 0,5 bn m3 per year.
- It is high in energy with a lower calorific value (NCV) of 13.7 MWh/t.
- The usage involves relatively low operating and maintenance costs, as well as a cleaner working environment.
- The technology is well-proven and safe.
The price of liquefied natural gas in NWE (north-west Europe) region typically depends on gas exchange (TTF, NBP) or oil (Brent) price.