Liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker supplier Swedegas on Monday (3 June) entered an agreement with FordonsGas, part of the Air Liquide Group, for the procurement of liquefied biogas (LBG) as marine fuel at the Port of Gothenburg.
The supply will support LNG bunkering operations at a permanent bunkering facility for liquefied gas at the Port of Gothenburg, owned and operated by Swedegas which has been operating since 2018.
“We deliver solutions for sustainable mobility and we are looking forward to being part of the investment in LBG for the maritime sector,” said Emil Glimaker, Director Nordic Countries, Air Liquide Advanced Business & Technology.
“Making LBG available to shipping is a natural development for us, and through the agreement with Swedegas we have made a firm, long-term commitment.
“Thanks to our high-tech solutions, we can produce liquefied biogas at our facility in Lidkoping, just 130 km from Gothenburg. Such a short transport distance generates both environmental and climate benefits.”
For Swedegas, the agreement means yet another supplier is in a position to offer liquefied gas, raising the proportion of renewables even more. This is welcomed by both shipping companies and transport purchasers.
“We are pleased that we can present Swedish shipping with the opportunity to not only make the transition to liquefied natural gas, but also to gradually increase the proportion of renewable gas,” said Johan Zettergren, Swedegas chief executive.
“Emissions from shipping have an impact on the marine and air environment, both out at sea and in port, and in particular the work environment on board the vessels.
“With LNG as a fuel, emissions can be cut significantly compared with the most common marine fuels currently in use. And with LBG there is the added benefit of net-zero carbon emissions.”
Photo credit: Port of Gothenburg
Published: 4 June, 2019
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