The Furetank owned and operated liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuelled tanker M/T FURE VINGA Tuesday was supplied with liquefied biogas (LBG) as bunker fuel on Tuesday.
The Swedish LBG was delivered to the receiving ship from Skangas’ parent company Gasum’s biogas facility in Lidköping.
The bunkering operation took place at the port of Gothenburg, transferring the fuel directly from a tanker truck to the ship.
LBG is similar to LNG; LBG is a renewable and environmentally friendly fuel made from 100% local feedstocks. Firstly, biogas is produced through the processing of various types of organic waste. Secondly, the gas is purified and upgraded to approximately 97% methane.
“This is the first time we are supplying LBG to a marine customer. However, it will not be the last”, says Tommy Mattila, sales and marketing director in Skangas.
“To be increasingly greener with the renewable biogas is possible because we use the same infrastructure that we’ve built throughout northern Europe. This mean that LNG and LBG will continue to walk hand in hand as the availability of LBG on the market is on the rise.”
LBG has similar or better characteristics compared with LNG as a marine fuel.
Because LNG and LBG mainly consist of methane gas the existing LNG supply infrastructure can be used without any modifications. This means that one will be able to use the same trucks, ships, tanks and marine filling stations for both products.
“Running vessels on liquefied natural gas is our contribution to a more environmentally friendly environment. We will, however, contribute by increasing the sustainability. Using liquefied biogas was a natural step in this direction,” explains Lars Höglund, CEO of Furetank.
“No doubt LBG will be a clear option for us. It is proven by this operation that it can be available from our existing LNG supplier and not at least with the same quality as our current LNG fuel.”
Photo credit: Gothenburg Port Authority
Published: 28 June, 2018
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