The president of the Port Authority of Vigo, Ignacio Lopez-Chaves, and CEO of Natural Gas Services, Josep Codorniu, have signed a framework agreement, the first of its kind in Spain, for the development of sustainable mobility solutions in the port area. The entities have agreed to analyze the implementation of natural gas as fuel for all vessels and propose recommendations that reduce the environmental impact of shipping.
The agreement, which has a duration of two years (renewable), has the primary purpose of proposing, designing and evaluating joint projects that use dedicated or dual-fuel (gas/diesel) liquefied natural gas (LNG) engines. To this end, Natural Gas Services will review marine capabilities for conversion to natural gas and, if the result is viable technically and economically, will request the concession of an emplacement for construction of LNG refuelling facilities in the Port of Vigo. In a separate press release by the Port of Vigo, Lopez-Chaves explained land would be set aside for service facilities “for use by land or sea fleets and other vehicles or machinery, serving inside the port area.”
The collaboration initiative also foresees the accomplishment of a study on the needs of mobility in the port, both maritime and land-based, with the aim to propose alternative fleets that utilise more efficient and environmentally friendly technologies, such as for natural gas, electrical or hybrid.
The introduction of natural gas in the maritime fleet responds to the concern within the European Union (EU) about the negative effect of vessel traffic on the environment. The natural gas, beside reducing sensitively the CO2 emissions, avoids the spillages of fuels into the sea.
Gas Natural Fenosa manages more than 25 natural gas refuelling stations around Spain, with a potential load than the 685 GWh/year, serving most of the 3,500 vehicles traveling in Spain, mainly buses, waste collection companies and fleets.