Ramboll Oil & Gas has performed a feasibility study investigating the possibilities to construct an LNG import and regasification plant in Finland.
The study involves investigation into novel onshore and offshore techniques for offloading and regasification of LNG with special consideration to navigating in the narrow Finnish archipelago and to the often cold climate.
Background for investigating LNG options
Generally, the European Union advocates for less dependence on the large exporters of piped natural gas from outside the EU. In the framework of the TEN-E and the Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan (BEMIP), and in 2009 the European Commission established a list of priority projects that would address connecting the Baltic states to the energy networks of the region.
Ramboll was assigned to investigate the possibilities for setting up LNG facilities in the Baltic Sea region - so far in Estonia, Finland and Sweden.
Ramboll investigates four sites
The transmission system operator (TSO) of Finland, Gasum has commissioned Ramboll to investigate four sites in Finland for establishment of an LNG import terminal.
The work involved
- site screening
- technology review of traditional and novel techniques onshore and offshore
- development of plant layout
- investigation into navigational issues including fairways in the narrow Finnish archipelago
- harbour and jetty construction
- and use of ice-classed LNG carriers according to defined criteria
Stakeholders and landowners have been contacted
Ramboll's investigations have included contact with landowners and other stakeholders, technology providers and authorities.
Special investigations were made on the possibilities of developing the import terminal in stages and on constructing a separate facility for marine LNG.