European Commission Selects 7 LNG Projects as Winners for TEN-T Call 2012

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TEN-T LNG bunkering proposed under TEN-T for ports of Barcelona, Valencia and Cartagena

The Trans-European Network for Transport (TEN-T) Call 2012 (Multi-Annual Call and Annual Call combined) has selected seven Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) related projects to be recommended for funding. According to a summary prepared by NGVA Europe, a total of EUR 105 million (USD 139 million) has been allocated.

As part of the TEN-T Annual Call programme two LNG projects have been recommended for funding under priority 2 which specifies “measures to promote innovation and new technologies for transport infrastructure and facilities contributing to decarbonisation or the reduction of external costs in general”.

In addition, the Executive agency also recommended four LNG projects to be funded under the TEN-T Multi-Annual Call as part of the Motorways of the Sea (MoS) programme.

Gasrec Ltd, a member of NGVA Europe, was granted funding for its LNG road transport project in the category “Priority Projects”. NGVA Europe noted with disappointment that this was the only road project selected in this category.

TEN-T Annual Call Projects

1. Flexible LNG bunkering value chain on the Spanish Mediterranean coast (2012-ES-92034-S): Applicant REPSOL Exploración S.A.’s objective is to meet the requirements to overcome the existing barriers for an LNG bunkering supply chain for ships and vessels in the Mediterranean basin. The study will deal with the technical, operational, economic and legal aspects of LNG bunkering vessel operations, in order to enable its deployment in the medium term. TEN-T funding has been recommended in the amount of €1,044,000, covering 50% of the project’s total costs.

2. LNG hub in the northwestern Iberian Peninsula (2012-ES-92068-S): Applicant Regasificadora del Noroeste S.A.’s objective is to develop a hub for LNG as fuel for the Port of Ferrol in the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula. It focuses on the design of the necessary facilities, infrastructure and procedures in order to supply LNG as fuel to vessels navigating on the Atlantic corridor, which belongs to the Motorway of the Sea Western Europe. TEN-T funding has been recommended in the amount of €602,000, covering 50% of the project’s total costs.

TEN-T Multi-Annual Call Projects

3. LNG Rotterdam Gothenburg (2012-EU-21003-P): The project consists of two components: the LNG break bulk facility at the Port of Rotterdam adjacent to the Gate terminal and the small-scale satellite terminal in Skarvikshamnen, Gothenburg. The Action will be implemented by a consortium of LNG Break Bulk Rotterdam C.V. (a joint venture of Vopak LNG Holding B.V. and N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie), Vopak LNG Holding B.V. and Swedegas as terminal and infrastructural operators, as well as the Ports of Rotterdam and Gothenburg. TEN-T funding has been recommended in the amount of €34,272,000, covering 20% of the project’s total costs.

4. SEAGAS (2012-EU-21006-S): This Action is composed of studies that aim at determining the feasibility of implementing LNG bunkering facilities in the Port of Roscoff (northwestern France) and the Port of Santander (northern Spain). They take into account the conformity of the infrastructures and equipment with the standards for risk prevention (Seveso Directive), environmental protection and the eventual constraints, revealed by the impact assessments and the public inquiries. The findings of these studies will be essential to applicant Brittany Ferries in order to decide about the construction of new or retrofitted LNG vessels and for port authorities in Roscoff and Santander for decisions regarding the development of LNG bunkering infrastructures. TEN-T funding in the amount of €1,041,000 has been recommended, covering 50% of the project’s total costs.

5. Pilot: LNG bunkering infrastructure solution and pilot actions for ships operating on the Motorway of the Baltic Sea (2012-EU-21009-P): This proposed Action is part of a Global Project aiming to implement efficient and economically viable solutions to meet the stricter sulphur legislation in 2015 in the Sulphur Emission Control Area (SECA) and support the development of a strong, competitive, and environmentally sustainable shipping sector in the Baltic Sea. The Action is composed of works, aiming at implementing an LNG bunker supply infrastructure for the Port of Brofjorden, Lysekil, on the west coast of Sweden. It also includes technical studies, whose goal is to deploy new LNG technologies in full scale pilot actions (studies) in commercial vessels operating in the Baltic and North Seas. It will establish a complete LNG supply and transport infrastructure including all components required to ship LNG from the supplier to the LNG terminal, from terminal to bunker vessel, and from bunker vessel to the LNG fuelled vessels. TEN-T funding in the amount of €23,103,000 has been recommended, covering some 30% of the project’s total costs.

6. LNG Masterplan for Rhine-Main-Danube (2012-EU-18067-S): The action, which addresses Priority Project 18 (Waterway axis Rhine/Meuse-Main-Danube) will provide a European strategy and pilot deployments both for LNG as fuel for inland vessels and as cargo transported on waterways and distributed via inland ports. The Action consists of a set of feasibility studies, technical concepts, technical trials and pilot deployments of vessels and terminals. It is a multi-partner application of 33 companies and organisations from 12 EU Member States. It aims to provide a platform for key public and private stakeholders, facilitating parallel development of the necessary regulatory framework for LNG as vessel fuel and cargo. It will also deliver initial deployment in terminal and vessel infrastructure. TEN-T funding in the amount of €40,260,000 has been recommended, covering 50% of the project’s total costs.

7. Study to test the potential of Bio-LNG to contribute to European renewable energy targets based on a pilot refuelling and storage network trialled with HGV fleet operators in the UK (2012-UK-26061-S): The Action, proposed by NGVA Europe member Gasrec, aims at addressing the three main barriers to the development of alternative fuels: the lack of infrastructure, the lack of vehicles at competitive prices, and the low consumer demand. Studies will be undertaken including a pilot component to test the use of Bio-LNG in a live trial with HGV operators using a pilot network of open access storage and refuelling terminals serving priority axes in the UK. The main outcome of the study will be a business model and a roadmap for deployment of bio-LNG across the TEN-T network throughout Europe. The project activities include a pilot of five refuelling stations and mobile infrastructure. TEN-T funding in the amount of €5,743,000 has been recommended, covering 35% of the project’s total costs.

Further information is available from TEN-T – Annual Programme 2012 Call results and TEN-T – Multi-Annual Programme 2012 Call results (pdf files), published by Trans-European Transport Network Executive Agency (TEN-T EA) and European Commission.

(Source: NGVA Europe)

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