Another country independent of Russian gas. Previously, 100 percent imports came from the east
Finland and Estonia, in response to Russia’s armed attack on Ukraine, jointly took steps this spring to rent a floating gas terminal to receive LNG. Ultimately, the charter contract between the Finnish Gasgrid and the American Excelerate Energy was concluded for a period of 10 years, with a length of 300 m the terminal ship Exemplar sailed from Argentina at the end of August. It arrived in Inkoo on December 28.
As emphasized in the communication of the Finnish operator, the investment in the floating gas terminal is to ensure the security of gas supplies and cover the domestic demand for this raw material in the near future. It is planned that the transmission of gas collected by the mobile terminal will start in mid-January. Gas carriers are to deliver the raw material several times a month. After regasification, the fuel can be pumped south to the Baltic States and Poland via the Baltic Connector pipeline.
From 100 percent to independence
Earlier up to 100 percent. natural gas consumed in Finland came from Russia. Blue fuel constitutes approx. 5 percent. the general demand for energy in the country, but it is of great importance for various specific technological processes (e.g. in the woodworking, refining, steel industries, or in the food industry, including, for example, in bakeries). Gas in Finland plays a minor role for the inhabitants themselves – only about 30 thousand. households use it.
Accepting such a large terminal ship was also a challenge for the Finnish services, the national Transport Infrastructure Agency reported. The fairway to the port of Inkoo (approx. 60 km west of Helsinki) is approx. 150 m wide. The Exemplar vessel, over 40 m wide, had to be guided by as many as four tugboats, which had not been practiced in Finland before.
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