Belgium based gas infrastructure group Fluxys and liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker supplier Titan LNG on Tuesday (5 February) joined forces to build the FlexFueler 002, a bunkering pontoon to make LNG more widely available as shipping fuel at Antwerp port and in the region.
The pontoon will be commissioned by mid-2020 and Titan LNG will be the long-term operator of the pontoon.
The FlexFueler 002 LNG bunkering pontoon will have as its home location Quay 526/528 in the port of Antwerp. Fluxys at Quay 526/528 has a concession to provide LNG bunkering services and currently accommodates truck-to-ship bunkering on the site.
From its home location at Quay 526/528, FlexFueler 002 will provide bunkering services throughout the Antwerp port and region to inland waterway vessels and small coasters.
“Our investment in the Antwerp LNG bunkering pontoon marks our commitment to offer concrete solutions to bring the energy transition forward and improve air quality,” commented Pascal de Buck, CEO of Fluxys.
“The pontoon is yet another link we are adding to the logistics chain in Belgium to make LNG more widely available as alternative fuel for ships.
“We are pleased to work with Titan LNG and combining Fluxys’ LNG experience of decades with Titan’s operational experience to contribute to the adoption of LNG in transportation fuel markets.”
FlexFueler 002 is the second Titan LNG developed pontoon of its sort and identical to FlexFueler 001, which will come into service in Amsterdam in approximately 3 months.
“The use of LNG as a marine fuel is rapidly growing. We are convinced that the Titan LNG FlexFuelers are the missing link to safe, economical, and speedy LNG delivery in the ARA region,” adds Niels den Nijs, CEO of Titan LNG.
“We feel strengthened by our Fluxys partnership and have identified ample opportunities to expand the cooperation in other geographies. With FlexFueler001 and 002 providing back-up for each other, we can provide the operational certainty that ship owners require.”
Photo credit: Titan LNG
Published: 7 February, 2019
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