Construction starts on Port of Gothenburg LNG bunkering facility

Jill Söderwall from the Port of Gothenburg and Johan Zettergren from Swedegas broke ground for the new plant

Construction of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering facility started at Sweden’s Port of Gothenburg.

The facility will open up new opportunities for LNG-fuelled ships that call at the Gothenburg Energy Port. It will become fully operational during 2018, according to a statement by the Port of Gothenburg.

The Port of Gothenburg is not new in promoting LNG as a fuel for ships. The first LNG bunkering took place at the port in autumn 2016, and since then operating regulations and routines have been developed and efficiency has been improved, resulting in a steady rise in the number of LNG bunkering operations.

Today, Nordic LNG supplier and terminal operator, Skangas is supplying vessels with LNG using a ship-to-ship bunkering system at the Port of Gothenburg.

Skangas has now been joined by Swedegas, which owns and runs the Swedish gas transmission network.

Swedegas will expand the number of LNG options at the port with the construction of a facility that will ensure “safe, rapid and effective landside LNG bunkering whilst vessels are loading and discharging at the Energy Port,” the statement said.

“With both Skangas and Swedegas operating at the Port of Gothenburg, we have two companies that complement each other with different offerings. Shipping lines now have a further incentive to consider switching to LNG,” said Jill Söderwall, vice president and head of commercial operations at the Port of Gothenburg Energy Port.

LNG will arrive at the bunkering facility by trailer or in containers, and will be distributed via a 450-metre vacuum-insulated cryogenic pipeline to the quayside.

The 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.

“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 also 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.

The EU has assigned the project PCI (Project of Common Interest) status, which means that it is among the most prioritised infrastructure projects in Europe.

The EU, via the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA), has also confirmed that support measures are in place to ensure the project will reach fruition.

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