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A 12,190 tonne cylinder-shaped concrete tank in the small port town of Nynäshamn put Sweden on the world map of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in 2011. Next year, COWI can add one more pin to the map, when a new terminal will be completed in Lysekil, and three more are to follow.
"It's like a domino effect," says Kenth Arvidsson, Senior Vice President of Industry, COWI Sweden.
Recently, COWI won the management of the authority process in two similar projects in Sweden, and another one is already planned. And after the first round of victory, Anna Berggren, Chief Specialist of Industry, expects to win the construction and design contracts as well.
"We have a really good starting point for the coming projects, mainly because of the good reference in Nynäshamn, where COWI provided around 80 per cent of the resources in all disciplines," she says, adding that COWI’s unique selling point is the ability to provide all disciplines for the whole project.
With two new projects under the wings, COWI has made a clean sweep in the Swedish LNG market.
"We have put a lot of extra efforts into LNG the last year to cement our position as market leader. It has become a big focus area for COWI Sweden," says Kenth Arvidsson.
LNG is natural gas that is cooled to minus 161 degrees Celsius. This reduces its size by 600 times, significantly reducing the need for storage space.
The market for LNG in Sweden is growing, where the industry wants to lower the consumption of oil. And that is particularly true for the shipping industry.
Starting 1 January 2015, fuel used to propel ships in the North Sea, the Baltic Sea and the English Channel will only be allowed to have a 0.1 per cent sulphur content. It is a strong incentive to use liquefied natural gas as fuel, says Kenth Arvidsson.
"It's not just in Sweden. All over Europe, companies asks us if we can help them get cleaner ships. So many more project lie ahead," says Kenth Arvidsson with a smile.
By Steffen de Vries