Polish oil companies Grupa LOTOS and state-controlled PGNiG on Tuesday (19 March) said they have completed two liquefied natural gas (LNG) commercial bunkering operations for seagoing ships.
The LNG marine fuel deliveries were the first such operations carried out at the sea ports of Gdansk and Gdynia.
On 13 March, 54 tonnes (32,000 Nm3) of LNG were pumped into the tanks of Fure Valo, a vessel owned by a Swedish shipping company which plans to increase its LNG-powered fleet to six such vessels by the end of the year.
The second bunkering operation was performed on 18 March, when 18 tonnes (10,800 Nm3) of LNG were loaded into the tanks of the ‘Ireland’ vessel, from a single container.
“I am glad that, in line with our last year's declarations, we completed the first fully commercial LNG bunkering of ships in Poland,” said Henryk Mucha, President of the Management Board of PGNiG Obrót Detaliczny Sp. z o.o.
“It is a milestone in the development of LNG bunkering at Polish sea ports, which will greatly enhance their competitiveness. I would like to emphasise in particular the excellent cooperation in ship bunkering both with the Port of Gdansk and the Port of Gdynia.”
LOTOS and PGNiG will continue cooperation in LNG bunkering to enhance the competitiveness of Polish ports and promote the use of LNG, as an environmentally friendly fuel, in the Baltic Sea.
“LNG bunkering of ships is yet another of the many possible applications of gas imported by PGNiG to Poland from Qatar, Norway and the United States via the Lech Kaczynski LNG Terminal in Swinoujscie,” said Maciej Wozniak, Vice President of the PGNIG Management Board for Trade.
“We are convinced that LNG, due to its environmentally friendly qualities, will be the future of maritime transport in the Baltic.”
“Grupa LOTOS readily engages in projects involving alternative fuels, which is consistent with our Group’s growth strategy for 2017–2022. LOTOS’s ambition is to win leadership in promoting new generation alternative fuels, such as LNG. It is a clean and safe fuel,” said Patryk Demski, Vice President of the Management Board of Grupa LOTOS S.A., Chief Investment and Innovation Officer.
In line with EU Directive on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure, an appropriate number of refuelling points for LNG should be available at maritime ports by the end of 2025 at the latest.
In Poland, such facilities are to be available in Gdansk, Gdynia, Szczecin, and Swinoujscie. From now on, LNG bunkering services are a fixed component of PGNiG’s and LOTOS’s offering and may be provided both at the Port of Gdansk and the Port of Gdynia.
Photo credit: Grupa LOTOS
Published: 21 March, 2019
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