The Port of Gothenburg is securing its identity as an LNG bunkering port with the soon to be completed permanent Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) bunkering facility. Already well versed in truck-to-ship and ship-to-ship bunkering, ship owners will now also be able to refuel their vessels while loading or unloading cargo.
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 a supply agreement. The shipping sector will be able to 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 market growth. It is also ready for supply of biomethane.
“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.
Swedegas, owned by the Spanish and Belgian gas network companies Enagás and Fluxys, is in the process of developing new infrastructure for biogas, hydrogen, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and liquefied biogas (LBG). The new facility marks the first step in the construction of a broader solution for the gas infrastructure at the Port of Gothenburg, with the potential to connect to the gas transmission network. In time, Swedish industry and land transport could also make use of the facility.
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.
Barents NaturGass is a Norwegian gas company supplying ships and industries with natural gas and LNG. Barents NaturGass has customers in the whole of Scandinavia and is part of the Broadview Energy Solutions group, which is active in LNG distribution all over Europe together with its Spanish partner, Molgas Energy. Bunkering has been an important part of Barents NaturGass´ activity for more than 10 years, and the company is very experienced with nearly 600 bunkering activities per year.