Skangas, a majority holding of the Finland based Gasum Group, has reportedly announced to have signed a contract with cement manufacturer Finnsementti to supply LNG to its Raahe blast-furnace slag facility for production process usage. As per authentic sources, the LNG would be delivered by road tankers from the Skangas-owned Tornio Manga LNG terminal.
The energy switch from heavy oil to LNG will lower Finnsementti’s carbon emissions and improve the efficiency rate. The company would utilize the LNG in the cement production process to dry aggregates, cite authentic sources.
Speaking on the need to incorporate LNG in the production process, Jussi Puustinen, Production Director at Finnsementti was reportedly quoted stating that sustainable development is a vital component of the firm’s operations and LNG would reduce the carbon dioxide footprint of the overall production along with enhancing process efficiency. The company believes that LNG would be a cleaner, more competitive, and secure fuel from the environmental perspective in comparison with heavy fuel oil, Puustinen added.
Sources familiar with the development claim that the LNG will be regasified on-site before it is used in the production process. According to a press release issued by Skangas, the technical services team from Gasum Group would design and implement the installations and equipment deliveries related to the introduction of LNG at the blast-furnace slag facility.
Commenting on the agreement, Jouni Bedda, Sales Manager at Skangas was reportedly quoted stating that the company is delighted with the fact that Finnsementti chose LNG as the energy form for its production. Bedda further stated that Skangas provides environment friendly LNG from the Tornio Manga LNG terminal in Northern Finland for a range of diverse industrial requirements.
The company has been able to serve heavy-duty road transport, maritime transport, and mining operators throughout the Bothnian Bay area as well as Norway, Sweden, and Northern Finland from the Tornio Manga LNG terminal, Bedda explained.