New LNG plant opened

On Tuesday, Minister of Trade and Industry Trond Giske officially opened the new Skangass LNG plant at Risavika, near Stavanger. Gas driven ships may fuel at the new plant.

Skangass will be responsible for the operation of the LNG plant at Risavika in Sola. The plant will have an annual production of 300,000 tonnes of LNG, equivalent to the energy consumption of two cities the size of Stavanger.

More than two billion Norwegian kroner are being invested in the logistics chain and one of Europe's largest LNG plants.

Lyse has built a 50 km high pressure gas pipeline from Kårstø to Risavika. Gas from this pipeline is included in the Skangass production.

LNG is marketed and sold to the wider Norwegian, Nordic and international markets through Skangass subsidiary Nordic LNG, 100 % owned by Skangass. Approximately 25 persons are employed at Skangass.

On 5 October 2011, Skangass and Statoil signed a contract for delivery of LNG as fuel for the vessel Bit Viking.

The contract runs to 1 January 2014 with the option for a further 2.5 years. Bunkering will take place direct to the ship via the jetty at the LNG facility.

Bit Viking is a product tanker, which was built in 2007. The vessel operates for Statoil along the Norwegian coast, carrying light products such as petrol and diesel.

Originally, Bit Viking was built to be fuelled by heavy oil, but was subsequently converted to dual fuel engines at the Wärtsila yard in September 2011. Two LNG tanks with a capacity of 1,000 cubic metres were also installed on deck.

Bit Viking will be the first non-LNG carrier in the world to bunker LNG directly via a loading arm at an LNG facility.

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