Portuguese energy corporation Galp has completed the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) vessel refuelling carried out at a local port, and the first on any Atlantic island at the port of Funchal, Madeira.
“The refuelling of the AIDAprima, one of the most environmentally friendly cruise ships in the world and the first LNG-powered cruise liner, places Galp as a forefront Atlantic supplier of the cleanest available marine fuels,” said Galp in a statement.
“The LNG supplied to the liner amounted to the average daily consumption of 42,000 households.”
According to Galp, the delivery was conducted through operation partner Gaslink, a Groupo Sousa unit that runs the LNG transportation and supply logistics between Portugal’s mainland and the port of Funchal.
The LNG used in the operation was transported through cryogenic cistern containers. On the Madeira island, this logistical method replicates a virtual pipeline that supplies the thermal power plant of Vitória.
“Through these projects, Galp offers clients and partners innovative energy solutions that significantly reduce their emissions, anticipating trends that will become mainstream in the future,” it says.
“Galp now has the capacity to refuel ships with LNG at any port of mainland Portugal and islands and will soon also provide ship-to-ship refuelling, with added capacity and flexibility.”
Photo credit: Galp
Published: 27 December, 2017
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