Sweden’s port of Gothenburg starts supplying LNG to vessels

Sweden's port of Gothenburg starts supplying LNG to vessels

LIQUEFIED natural gas (LNG) has arrived at the port of Gothenburg with the first bunkering of a ship with LNG whilst it was loading in late October. The first ship-to-ship bunkering of LNG at the quayside took place just a few weeks earlier.

15 November 2017 - 20:00 - Update: 17 November 2017 - 01:07

Bunkering of LNG has in the last few weeks become a regular part of operations at the port of Gothenburg, and "thanks to the application of carefully planned instructions and routines it has gathered momentum," a statement from port authorities said.

This milestone has been made possible as the newly constructed bunker and distribution vessel Coralius is operating in the area, and the LNG is supplied by Skangas.

"Five to ten years ago the idea of ships running on liquefied natural gas would have almost been regarded as science fiction. Now we have had seven LNG-bunkerings here in less than a month. It would be no exaggeration to describe this as a major breakthrough," said Energy port operations manager Dan-Erik Andersson.

The European Union's Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive states that it should be possible to bunker LNG at Sweden's core ports of Lulea, Gothenburg, Stockholm, Copenhagen/Malmo and Trelleborg before 2025. The port of Gothenburg is so far the only port in Sweden to realise this goal.

Mr Andersson added: "Ever since LNG has become more commonplace at the port of Gothenburg, with an increase in the number of calls and efficient handling systems and routines, things are continuing to move forward with further bunkering options on the horizon.

"Next year Swedegas will build a landside pipeline for LNG at the Energy port in Gothenburg. The investment will also mark the starting point for the construction in stages of a larger facility that will supply both the transport sector and Swedish industry with liquefied gas."




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