LNG cluster develops a unique platform of knowledge

The activities of the LNG cluster continue to strive for deeper knowledge and valuable exchange. Members of the cluster recently had an opportunity to attend training with a Sven Lataire, SGS global LNG manager – a special guest from Belgium.

Over 50 participants gathered in Klaipėda Science and Technology Park to have an overview about LNG market and get newest information about LNG technologies. Cluster members also discussed about recent researches and development projects.

Currently Lithuanian LNG cluster consists of 9 members: “Klaipėdos Nafta”, “Vakarų laivų gamykla”, Klaipėda University, Lithuanian Maritime Academy, Klaipėda Science and Technology park, Lithuanian Energy Institute, Klaipėda Free Economic Zone, USA company “Emerson” and “SGS” – second international partner of the cluster.

SGS global LNG manager S. Lataire is responsible for the international development of the LNG competence and Technical Center. He travels around the world acting as a technical back-up for the existing LNG terminals and as a technical advisor for the different LNG players. His input during Q&Q disputes is often appreciated and of a high value.

"Our implementation of the LNG terminal, which is based on FSRU technology, Lithuania has become a part of global LNG network. This area is particularly receptive to innovation, more efficient processes and optimal automation systems, reload, regasification and other processes’ searches and solutions, we are glad that Lithuanian LNG cluster makes a platform for this unique expertise and knowledge", - emphasizes Mantas Bartuška, LNG cluster Chairman of the Board and CEO of Klaipedos Nafta.

CEO of “Vakarų laivų gamykla” Arnoldas Šileika added that LNG market of the small-scale is very new, so it demands innovative solutions, which would enable the growth of this market in Europe.

“Here in Klaipėda we have great opportunities: we have big potential to develop LNG market of the small-scale and to become pioneers in this field. Anyway, we need human resources and knowledge – so it is crucial to co-operate with global companies organizing special trainings. Therefore, the role of international experts, who would be able to give relevant information about newest technologies and business models in LNG field, is extremely important in our case”, - said A. Šileika.