The largest liquefied natural gas terminal in the Nordic countries was completed at the Port of Röyttä in Tornio in 2018. This terminal is being operated by Manga LNG Oy. The terminal has a 50,000 cubic metre storage tank for liquefied natural gas. Manga LNG is jointly owned by Outokumpu Oyj, SSAB Europe Oy, EPV Energia Oy and Gasum Oy.
An ERP was developed while the terminal was under construction, and was then deployed as soon as the facility opened. Digia was involved in implementing Manga’s ERP system, which was integrated into the terminal’s physical equipment and automation systems. The ERP is based on MS Dynamics NAV.
“We wanted a modern system that would stand the test of time and be easy to use with regard to the company’s business. And in that respect we have definitely achieved our objective,” says Manga LNG’s CFO Tarmo Peltokangas.
Accurate control and monitoring
Liquefied natural gas arrives at the terminal in large tankers, and is then unloaded into a large storage tank. The gas is delivered to buyers as either a liquid or a gas. Customers include industry, heavy goods vehicle traffic, and ships. The ERP enables Manga to manage its demanding mix of operations and to get a good overview of the company’s business as a whole.
It includes financial administration, deliveries, arrivals, purchases, inventory management, pricing, invoices, accounting items, and reporting.
“Inventory management is particularly important for us, as we monitor incoming and outgoing deliveries in great detail,” says Peltokangas.
“In the energy sector, tax regulations vary greatly between different countries, which means that load-specific supervision and reporting is absolutely necessary.”
“We are extremely satisfied with the system’s usability. There is also a mobile version that can be used on a variety of devices. If something needs to be done at the terminal during the evening, you can handle it from a store or even from abroad, just as long as you have an internet connection.”
Interest in low-emission energy sources
The use of LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) is expected to rise significantly over the coming years, revolutionising energy and transport markets all across the globe. Peltokangas says that its use is continually rising, particularly in Finland, Sweden and Norway, which form Manga’s primary market area.
The popularity of liquefied natural gas is rising as companies seek to meet increasing environmental requirements.
“This is a good energy source for heavy goods vehicles, maritime transport and industry in particular, as it has lower environmental values than many other energy sources,” explains Peltokangas.
“Interest in LNG is rising in line with increasing requirements to reduce emissions.”
Tarmo Peltokangas has plenty of praise for Manga’s cooperation with Digia.
“Everything went smoothly. We’ve always received assistance when we’ve needed it, and support is always available. Our collaboration has been highly interactive – ideas for development and improvements are positively received.”
The specification and planning phase was evidently also highly successful, as Peltokangas says that nothing has been built incorrectly or unnecessarily.
“The system has been well designed to meet our needs and has served our business well from the outset. We will add a little more automation in some areas. And when our business grows as forecast the systems will really be put to the test.