Swedish infrastructure company Swedegas AB, reports its construction of Gothenburg’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility is now under way at the Port of Gothenburg Energy Port. The facility will open up new opportunities for passing LNG-fuelled vessels that call at the port. The plan is for the facility to be fully operational during 2018.
LNG is currently the cleanest marine fuel available to major shipping operators. The use of LNG as a fuel reduces emissions of sulphur, particles and heavy metals to a minimum. Emissions of nitric oxide are reduced by 80 per cent. The EU has already highlighted LNG as a key marine fuel for the future, and it is being used more and more throughout the world to keep pace with increasingly stringent global emission regulations.
With the construction of the Swedegas facility, it will be possible to bunker LNG at the port 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at the same time that the vessel is loading or discharging. The facility will be constructed on shore, and will offer safe, rapid and effective landside LNG bunkering.
“LNG-fuelled vessels are accounting for a growing proportion of the calls at the Port of Gothenburg. This facility will reinforce the Port of Gothenburg as a sustainable Scandinavian freight hub, and is a crucial step towards achieving a more sustainable shipping sector,” said Jill Söderwall, Vice President and Head of Commercial Operations at the Energy Port.
Scalable facility with more choices
The facility will be scalable and can be adapted to the needs of the customer. Gas purchasers will also be able to choose their supplier. LNG will arrive at the facility by trailer or in containers, and will be distributed via a 450-metre vacuum-insulated cryogenic pipeline to the quayside in the Skarvik area at the Energy Port.
The facility marks the first step in the construction of a broader solution for the gas infrastructure, a terminal of small scale, at the Port of Gothenburg. Swedegas owns and operates the gas transmission network in Sweden, and it will be possible for the planned facility to be connected to the gas transmission network at a later stage. The facility can also supply LNG to off grid customers through tankers and/or railcars. This will ultimately allow Swedish industry and land transport to also make use of the facility.
“As is the case with the gas transmission network, in which both natural gas and biogas can be transported, the new facility will be flexible and can be used for the storage and transport of renewable gas. Customers with access to the transmission network can already choose biogas, and this is something we are looking to extend to the shipping sector as the next step in their transition to environmentally correct alternatives,” said Johan Zettergren, Swedegas Chief Executive Officer.
The EU has assigned the project PCI (Project of Common Interest) status, which means that it is one of the most prioritised infrastructure projects in Europe. The EU, via the INEA (Innovation and Networks Executive Agency), has also confirmed that support measures are in place to ensure the project will reach fruition.
Swedegas owns the gas transmission network, transporting energy to distributors and directly connected customers. The company is in the process of developing a new infrastructure for biogas, hydrogen gas and LNG.