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EU LNG terminals still hardly used – GIE data

Official data shows Europe’s LNG terminals are almost idle, raising questions about whether new investment is really needed Official data shows Europe’s LNG terminals are almost idle, raising questions about whether new investment is really needed.
By Andreas Walstad 19 May 2016 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation 0 20360
The Netherlands’ Gate LNG terminal. Many of Europe’s terminals are operating well below capacity. (Gate)

Europe’s LNG terminals are almost idle, new data shows, causing some to raise questions about whether new capacity is necessary.

The average usage rate at terminals in eight EU member states has been less than 18% since the start of the year – around 3% lower than the same period last year, according to Gas Infrastructure Europe

Although LNG imports are seen as key to strengthening Europe’s security of supply, some are questioning whether new investment in import capacity is needed. 

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