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Enagás subsidiary Scale Gas and Knutsen launch first LNG bunker vessel ship built in Spain

03 Feb 2023

The Enagás subsidiary, Scale Gas, and the Norwegian shipowner Knutsen, on Thursday (2 February) presented the first LNG bunker vessel built in Spain at the Barcelona Regasification Plant. 

The Haugesund Knutsen, chartered by Shell Spain and built by Astilleros Armón Gijón, will be based in the Port of Barcelona.

Arturo Gonzalo, CEO of Enagás, said: “The construction of the ship is progress in meeting the European decarbonisation objectives with the promotion of LNG as a sustainable fuel in maritime transport”. 

“This initiative is part of a European project coordinated by Enagás within the LNGhive2 strategy led by Puertos del Estado, with the aim of promoting the development of the LNG market as a sustainable maritime fuel, and guaranteeing the supply in ports, in line with the European Directive on alternative fuels”.

Founder and Owner of Knutsen, Trygve Seglem, said: “Haugesund Knutsen confirms Knutsen’s strategic line, started 15 years ago with Pioneer Knutsen, to bet on Small scale LNG as a tool to reinforce the use of LNG as fuel and thus help in the objective of decarbonisation and improvement of the environment in Europe and the Mediterranean”.

During the presentation ceremony, the President of Shell Spain, Óscar Fernández, said: “The Haugesund Knutsen ship, which today joins our global bunkering network, is a magnificent example of how collaboration between the different players in the sector together with the support of the public administrations, it will make it possible to jointly achieve the decarbonisation objectives”.

he President of the Port of Barcelona, ​​Lluís Salvadó, said: “Having a ship like the Haugesund Knutsen and the accumulated experience as partners in its design and construction further reinforces the position of the Port of Barcelona as a alternative fuel supply port and achieve the goal of reducing our carbon emissions by 50% by 2030”.

Prior to the presentation of the ship, Arturo Gonzalo, CEO of Enagás, and Lluís Salvadó, President of the Port of Barcelona, ​​signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly promote renewable hydrogen projects in the area, in line with the objective of the H2MED project to develop the first green hydrogen corridor in the European Union, where Barcelona will be a fundamental enclave.

The entry into operation of H2MED will allow the connection of the Port of Barcelona with the Spanish Hydrogen Trunk Network, which will continue to reinforce the role of the port as a key energy hub in Europe to achieve decarbonisation objectives.


Photo credit: Enagás
Published: 3 February, 2023

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