Swedegas is investing in a LNG bunkering facility in the Port of Gothenburg (Sweden). It will be the first Liquefied Natural Gas facility in the largest port of Scandinavia and is expected to become operational in 2018. Belgian natural gas company Fluxys LNG will facilitate the delivery of LNG to the Port with the construction of a second truck loading station in Zeebrugge.
The new LNG infrastructure in Sweden, comprising an unloading station, a cryogenic pipeline and bunkering equipment, will allow vessels to refuel with LNG while loading or unloading at the quayside.
Fluxys uses its terminal at the Port of Zeebrugge for loading of LNG containers and LNG trucks bound for Gothenburg and elsewhere. At present, one of the storage tanks at the terminal is connected with an LNG truck loading station. Although capable of loading 4,000 LNG trucks per year, Fluxys anticipates growing demand from Sweden, hence the decision to increase loading capacity.
Delivering LNG in special isolated LNG-containers or LNG-trucks from Zeebrugge will enable a flexible response to demand for small-scale LNG on this emerging market. Furthermore, the project will consolidate the Zeebrugge LNG Terminal’s standing as a major centre for small-scale LNG in Northwest Europe.
Fluxys says LNG is the best alternative to heavy fuel oil and diesel for marine applications, minimising emissions of sulphur and particulate matter. In addition, its use lowers carbon dioxide emissions by 21% and nitrogen dioxide emissions up to 90%.
The project is receiving financial support from the European Commission through the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), which subsidises projects that boost synergies between the transport and energy sectors with a view to achieving a low-carbon future and strengthening the internal European energy market.
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