The Gate terminal in the Netherlands has reloaded its maiden LNG cargo on the 7,500 cubic meters (cbm) Coral Methane, the terminal operator confirmed on Tuesday.
The operator said the vessel docked at the terminal on 6 September and was loaded by Dutch utility Eneco from its position of 1 billion cubic metre (bcm)/year capacity at the facility.
Eneco signed an agreement in July to supply LNG to Swedish industrial gas company AGA from its Gate position, and the vessel is expected to berth at its small-scale Nynashamn terminal on Sweden's southeast coast on 11 September, according to ship tracking data.
AGA has said it plans to store the LNG in the facility's 20,000cbm storage tanks before being delivered to customers such as the region's first operational LNG-fuelled passenger ferry, the Viking Grace.
Eneco is planning more small-scale reloads from Gate before the end of the year and is in talks with several other potential customers for small-scale LNG reloads, a company spokesperson said.
Gate has received four conventional-sized cargoes this year, with the last being delivered by the Q-Flex Al Oraiq on 10 August, which boosted stock levels at the terminal.
Inventories currently stand at 73% fullness, according to Gate's terminal data.
However, market sources have noted that the constrained LNG shipping market in the Atlantic Basin and a wide gap between buyers' and sellers' spot price expectations in northeast Asia may give Gate capacity holders a window of opportunity to bring in more LNG cargoes over the ?coming weeks.
Gate's other capacity holders are Denmark's DONG Energy, Austria's EconGas as well as German utilities RWE and E.ON.
Three LNG vessels also arrived at the Gate terminal for DONG in July and August from Norwegian company Skangas' small-scale liquefaction plant, also located at Nynashamn. Ranjana Kaushal
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(Originally published Sept. 10, 2013, in European Spot Gas Markets.)