A scalable liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering facility operated by gas transmission network owner Swedegas will be fully operational at the port of Gothenburg this year, says the Gothenburg Port Authority (GPA).
Swedegas will join Skangas, which currently supplies vessels with LNG using a ship-to-ship bunkering system, to offer the material to more LNG-fuelled vessels at Gothenburg.
“With both Skangas and Swedegas operating at the Port of Gothenburg, we have two companies that complement each other with different offerings,” said Jill Söderwall, Vice President and Head of Commercial Operations at the Energy Port.
“Shipping lines now have a further incentive to consider switching to LNG.”
According to GPA, the Swedegas facility can be adapted to the needs of the customers.
Gas purchasers will also be able to choose their supplier; LNG will arrive at the facility by trailer or in containers, and will be distributed via a 450-metre vacuum-insulated cryogenic pipeline to the quayside.
The facility also marks the first step in the construction of a broader solution for the gas infrastructure at the Port of Gothenburg, with the potential for connection to the national gas transmission network.
“As is the case with the gas transmission network, in which both natural gas and biogas can be transported, the new facility will be flexible and can also be used for the storage and transport of renewable gas,” said Johan Zettergren, Swedegas Chief Executive.
“Customers with access to the transmission network can already choose biogas, and this is something we are looking to extend to the shipping sector as the next step in their transition to environmentally correct alternatives.”
The EU has assigned the project PCI (Project of Common Interest) status, which means that it is among the most prioritised infrastructure projects in Europe.
The EU, via the INEA (Innovation and Networks Executive Agency), has also confirmed that support measures are in place to ensure the project will reach fruition.
Photo credit: Gothenburg Port Authority
Published: 2 Feb, 2018
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