The details of a project for construction of an LNG terminal in the Reni seaport were announced at Ukrainian Ports Forum 2019, which took place in Odesa, the CFTS correspondent reports.
The European Union funded the development of a so-called master plan for development and design of terminals in the Rhine-Main-Danube section area in 2015. In accordance with the master plan, decisions on ship engines, conversion of ships, and construction of six LNG terminals were made.
“The idea of building an LNG terminal on the territory of the Reni seaport involves using the infrastructure that exists around the port today,” said Yurii Pischalo, the Reni seaport’s director of port development and logistics.
According to him, the route of the Orlivka-Isaccea gas pipeline is located 30 kilometers from the port. Three high-pressure gas pipelines, two of which are privately and one state owned, extend to the Orlivka gas compressor station. A 55-bar high-pressure pipeline with a diameter of 220 millimeters extends to the city. A 75-bar high-pressure pipeline with a diameter of 1220 millimeters is located at a distance of 25 kilometers.
“As one of the options, we envisage that gas can be supplied to the gas terminal by a pipeline. It will be necessary to build a terminal for liquefying this gas at the terminal for subsequent bunkering onto vessels,” Pischalo said.
According to him, it is also possible to use the terminal for receiving ships carrying gas from the Caspian region. The E87 international highway, which is an extension of the Odesa-Konstanz-Izmir-Antalya corridor, passes near the port. Therefore, according to him, a filling station for cars can be built nearby.
"A special economic zone regime applies in the port. This allows the port to allocate territory for implementation of investment projects today... This terminal can be built on a total area of about 4 hectares on the territory of the port. A cargo area that is currently not being used is located nearby, which can add up to 6 hectares," he said.
As the CFTS portal reported earlier, the Reni Port Authority is considering the possibility of attracting investors to implement a project involving creation of a terminal for reception, accumulation, storage, and bunkering of vessels with liquefied natural gas at the port on PPP terms. The project envisages construction of an LNG terminal and a floating berth for bunkering vessels on the territory of the Reni seaport’s “Maintenance Base.” The project is expected to be implemented in the period of 2020-2025.