LNG bunkering in the Port of Gothenburg
In just a few months, vessels will for the first time be able to bunker liquefied natural gas (LNG) at a permanent facility at the Port of Gothenburg. The infrastructure company Swedegas, which will own and operate the facility, and the Norwegian company Barents NaturGass, which can supply the LNG with ISO-containers from main European terminals, have entered into an agreement. The shipping sector can now purchase marine fuel complying with the tightening emissions regulations based on a one-stop-shop concept.
LNG is the cleanest marine fuel available for large-scale shipping and is gradually replacing oil-based products. As a fuel, LNG reduces emissions of sulphur and particles nearly to zero. In addition, nitrogen oxide emissions are reduced by up to 90% and CO2 emissions are reduced by around 25%. The growth of LNG as a marine fuel is accelerating following increasingly strict global emission rules.
“We are very pleased to have the opportunity to work at the largest port in the Nordic region and with the shipping companies that use the port. Gothenburg based shipping companies have been amongst the first to adopt LNG in Sweden. Several vessels have already been built and launched which are ready to run on LNG. We are keen to start our LNG supply services and meet the customer’s needs,” said Gudrun Rollefsen, CEO in Barents NaturGass.
Time-effective bunkering solution
Gothenburg’s first LNG facility at the Energy Port will soon be completed. Construction has been in progress since the winter and the facility is expected to become operational in August this year. Vessels can bunker day and night while loading and unloading. Moreover, the facility can over time be expanded to stay in line with the market growth. It is also ready for supply of biogas.
“We always build infrastructure that can handle both natural gas and renewable gas. It must be simple for shipping companies to gradually increase the mix of renewable gas as the transition progresses,” said Johan Zettergren, Swedegas chief executive.
Technical facts The facility is being built at the quayside at the Energy Port at the Port of Gothenburg, where vessels can bunker LNG while loading or unloading. The LNG will be brought to the facility using trailers or containers, which will unload at a discharge station. The LNG will then be distributed via a 450-metre vacuum-insulated cryogenic pipeline to the quays in the Skarvik area at the Energy Port.
Source and more information: Swedegas