In most European countries small scale LNG distribution is still in its infancy, but developing rapidly. Key markets for distributed LNG in Europe are ship bunkering, off-grid industry, remote power generation and road transportation.
Small scale LNG infrastructure
LNG is primarily sourced at large scale LNG import terminals. The LNG is loaded at the terminal in LNG trailers or in cryogenic tank containers. The number of LNG import terminals in Europe with truck‑loading facilities is still growing. Historically, all LNG truck loading facilities were found in Spain and Portugal. As a consequence, a significant LNG distribution has been developed in those countries.
Over the last few years publicly accessible LNG truck loading facilities have also opened throughout Europe, for example Belgium, The Netherlands, France, Poland, Lithuania, Russia, Scandinavia and the UK currently all have loading facilities. As a result, the number of truck loadings in these countries has increased rapidly over the last years. In parallel, the number of options for break bulk ship loading and ship bunkering is also increasing.
Largest European LNG distributor
We are active in LNG distribution in more than 10 different countries. Molgas serves customers in Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Belgium, The Netherlands, UK and Ireland. At the same time, Barents Naturgass is serving customers in Norway, Sweden and Finland. Together we are the largest distributor of LNG in Europe with over 100 LNG trailers in our fleet. Moreover, our group serves industrial customers in many different sectors, including for instance food production (dairy, meat, fish, breweries), packaging industry, metals and mining.
LNG storage and regasification
The in-house engineering departments of Molgas and Barents Naturgass have designed and installed hundreds of LNG storage and regas installations. Together, Molgas and Barents manage and supply industrial sites from as far North as the polar circle to as far South as the Canary Islands.