Gasrec collects 10,000th tanker load from Grain LNG

Gasrec is celebrating a milestone achievement after collecting the 10,000th tanker load of LNG from the National Grid facility on the Isle of Grain (Grain LNG), east of London.

Demand for LNG in the road transport sector has rocketed in recent years as operators continue to seek out environmentally-friendly alternatives to diesel. The off-grid industrial sector has also seen strong growth for LNG as a cleaner substitute to fuel oil.

In March, Grain LNG, a major LNG importation terminal, broke its previous monthly loading record, filling 310 cryogenic tankers with the fuel. In total, 2,149 tankers filled up at the facility in 2020 and National Grid expects utilisation to increase by as much as 80% this year.

Grain LNG is the largest LNG terminal in Europe and can store one million Nm3 of LNG.  In 2020, the team announced it would be expanding the facility to accommodate a new contract with Qatar Terminal. From mid-2025, the storage will increase to 1,200,000 m3, with the facility’s capacity already fully booked until January 2029.

The terminal has two jetties, one of which can accommodate the world’s largest QMAX ships – each the length of five football pitches. Cargoes currently arrive at Grain LNG from all over the world, including Russia, Qatar, Trinidad, Algeria, and the US.

“Helping society decarbonise is a strategic priority for National Grid,” said Nicola Duffin, commercial director at Grain LNG.

“Grain LNG was, therefore, delighted to welcome the Gasrec vehicle that collected the 10,000th load of LNG from the terminal. This signified another milestone in the terminal’s contribution to both the security of the UK’s energy supply and Grain LNG’s role in the country’s transition to using cleaner sources of energy.

“We are confident that Grain LNG and its customers have many more milestones ahead as demand continues to grow with the increasing use of cleaner transportation fuels.”

Gasrec has also seen huge growth in recent years, with the company now supplying approximately seven times more gas to fleets than at the start of 2019.

Rob Wood, chief executive of Gasrec, commented: “This landmark loading at Grain LNG marks another significant milestone for us in the continued expansion of the sector.

“Bio-LNG is proven to be the most environmentally-friendly fuel currently on the market for long-haul operators and will continue to be so for the foreseeable future.”

To keep up with demand, Gasrec recently invested in four additional tri-axle tankers to take its delivery fleet up to seven, with another two currently in build and due to be on the road later this year. Each tanker can carry up to 20 tonnes of bio-LNG.

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