Spanish natural gas and electrical energy utilities company Gas Natural Fenosa (GNF) and ferry company Baleària Saturday conducted the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering operation at the Port of Valencia on 9 June, 2018.
The Abel Matutes ferry received LNG fuel for its auxiliary generator unit which powers the electrical systems of the vessel when in port.
The vessel has a length of 190 meters, and capacity of 900 people and 2,235 linear meters of ro-ro cargo.
The President of Baleària, Adolfo Utor, points out the company's commitment to the environment “is a strategic determination, based on the use of liquefied natural gas, as well as other clean energies, and the eco-efficiency of the fleet.”
He explains LNG can reduce carbon emissions (CO2) by 30%, nitrogen oxide (NOx) by 85% and totally eliminate sulphur and particulate emissions.
“The use of this respectful fuel has an immediate impact on air quality and the greenhouse effect.”
Federico Torres, Director of Security, Environment and Facilities of the Port Authority of Valencia, says the development is a milestone for the port.
“We are facing the demonstration of a success and a sample of Valenciaport's decision to cut emissions; all of these actions, in which Valenciaport participates actively, are aimed at reducing pollutants from port activities, as evidenced by the reduction of particles, sulphur oxides and nitrogen oxides produced by the replacement of traditional fuels for LNG.”
GNF in January entered into a ten-year exclusive LNG marine fuel supply agreement with Spanish ferry company Baleària Eurolínias Marítimas.
Photo credit: Valenciaport
Published: 14 June, 2018
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