The invaluable experience gained during the construction of the LNG terminal, its operation during over two years, and the expansion of the LNG market have created the need to pool business with science in order to share the experience, develop new competences, and introduce innovation.
In this context the idea to establish a cluster was born. The aim of the cluster is collaboration in the fields of energy, education, science and business thus increasing scientific, technological and economic competitiveness and promoting the LNG business and investments.
The LNG cluster consists of Klaipėdos Nafta AB, Vakarų laivų remonto gamykla AB, Klaipėda University, Klaipėda Science and Technology Park, Lithuanian Maritime Academy, Klaipėda FEZ, Emerson Process Management UAB, and SGS Klaipėda LTD. Acting under a joint venture agreement, the participants in the cluster join their business and scientific experience, competences, opportunities and ideas for the LNG technology development and successful competition.
Activities of the cluster are managed by Klaipėda Science and Technology Park. For more information about the cluster please visit http://www.lngcluster.eu/en/about/
KN has accumulated the largest amount of LNG know-know in the region, therefore, through its use in the development of products and services we hope to provide one more sustainable source of export for Lithuania.
Klaipėda will strive to become an LNG centre of excellence on both regional and international level.
We believe that this field will become a competitive advantage for both Lithuania and the Baltic Sea Region, and our specialists will be in high demand globally.
The LNG terminal and the putting into operation, from mid-2017, of an LNG distribution station currently under construction in the territory of KN will open wide opportunities for the science – business partnership in the development of the regional maritime LNG business. The new cluster will become a driver of development of advanced LNG technologies, along with the saving of natural resources and controlling environmental pollution.
LNG is a novelty in the Baltic Sea Region both as a fuel and a technology. It is interesting for scientists as an area of work and as an opportunity for the further development of the infrastructure base provided by the LNG terminal.
As well as establishing an alternative gas supply channel, in the future the LNG terminal will enable the development of the LNG market in Klaipėda, Lithuania, and the Baltic Sea Region.
The LNG terminal provides opportunities for the rendering of services with high value added, which is particularly relevant to the maritime shipping sector.
In response to market changes and emerging new technologies, KN and Klaipėda University introduced a new study programme ‘LNG Terminal Engineering’, which is considered as having prospects for the future.
We are in a new and challenging phase of innovation development in the maritime sector, which provides great opportunities for the maritime states. Lithuania will utilise the emerging opportunities in full if it manages to train specialists in time, conducts research in the areas relevant to the maritime industry and transport, and promotes energy efficiency.
In the process of implementation of the LNG terminal project, KN has formed a team of specialists with strong competences that now can share experience with foreign partners. KN‘s engineers and other specialists provide consulting to the builders of Cartagena (Columbia) terminal and are often invited to take part in international conferences on LNG.
The advance of LNG technologies generates new investments in the infrastructure development and innovative technologies, which will be useful for Lithuania’s engineering industry and science in the creation, development and commercialisation of new products and technologies, creating new jobs with high value added, introducing new study programmes and training specialists.