Shell on Thursday (4 March) announced a significant milestone for its liquefied natural gas (LNG) marine fuels business with the charter of a new LNG bunkering supply vessel being constructed in Spain that will add further flexibility to customers on key trade routes.
“Shell plans to double its existing LNG bunkering infrastructure on key international trade routes by the mid-2020s and this vessel will play an important role in that journey as we serve more customers across our global network with LNG,” said Tahir Faruqui, General Manager, Shell Global Downstream LNG.
“In 2019 we completed the first LNG ship to ship bunkering in Barcelona and look forward to working with our partners in this project on the delivery of this vessel, demonstrating our ability and commitment to providing safe, reliable supplies to meet the growing need for cleaner-burning fuels.”
Shell has closed the primary gaps that existed in the global LNG bunkering network with the recent arrival of bunker vessels in Singapore (FueLNG Bellina) and the east coast of North America (Q4000), meaning that customers can be served by Shell across the world through six LNG bunker vessels in service.
Shell said it has completed more than 400 ship to ship LNG bunkering operations across a broad range of segments in seven countries and eight ports, including Rotterdam, Barcelona, Tenerife, La Spezia, Gothenburg and most recently Jacksonville. Shell will be performing its first LNG bunkering operations in Singapore in early 2021 and will begin operating in Port Canaveral soon.
LNG bunkering licences have been granted to Shell in several locations, including most recently in Gibraltar.
The new bunker vessel being constructed in Spain will be operated by Knutsen OAS Shipping AS and will use the Enagás LNG terminal in Barcelona for the loading and supply of LNG. The cargo capacity will be 5,000 cubic metres of LNG.
In January Shell announced that the first offshore LNG bunkering articulated tug and barge (ATB) in the United States, the Q-LNG 4000 is ready for operations. The ATB is an integral part of the LNG infrastructure along the southeast U.S. coast and performed her first operation with a Siem car Carrier vessel.
Shell has the largest portfolio of LNG bunker vessels today and is aiming to double its LNG bunkering network by the mid-2020s, to around 15 major ports on key international trading routes.
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Published: 5 March, 2021
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