Nederlandse Gasunie and Royal Vopak are the initiators and partners in Gate terminal. The terminal is operational since September 2011. The imported LNG is unloaded at the terminal, stored and evaporated to natural gas before it is delivered to the transmission network for the European markets. The terminal has an initial throughput capacity of 12 billion cubic meters per year (bcma), which in the future can be extended to 16 bcma. Gate terminal is also well positioned to support its customers to sell LNG into the fuel market with 3 loading bays for trucks and a dedicated jetty for smaller (bunker) vessels.