Work progresses on the first LNG supply vessel built in Spain

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Will operate in the Port of Barcelona

The project is driven by Knutsen OAS Shipping AS and Enagás, through a Joint Venture of its subsidiary Scale Gas, that will build the bunking vessel

The initiative promotes environmental sustainability in maritime transport, is framed within the strategy ‘LNGhive2’, co-financed by the EU, coordinated by Enagás and led by State Ports

The ship will be chartered by Shell España SA, will use the Enagás LNG terminal, with the support of the Port of Barcelona, for the loading and supply of LNG

The keel-laying ceremony for the vessel took place yesterday at the Armon shipyard in Gijón.

Madrid, 18 March 2021. Work progresses on the construction of the first ship to supply liquefied natural gas as a marine fuel (bunkering) built in Spanish shipyard which undertakes keel laying of the vessel.  This ceremony, which took place yesterday, is a key step forward in the construction of the ship. The project is driven by Enagás that, through its subsidiary specialising in small-scale LNG supply infrastructure, Scale Gas and the shipping company Knutsen OAS Shipping AS, are in charge of the construction of the ship. The project is also being promoted by the Port of Barcelona.

The initiative is framed within the European Union’s funding programme for transport, Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), which has approved EUR 9 million for its implementation, and is part of the institutional strategy ‘LNGhive2’ led by Puertos del Estado. It aims to support the development of the LNG market as a sustainable maritime fuel, in line with the Directive 94/2014/EU on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure.

The ship will be operated by Knutsen OAS Shipping AS and will use the Enagás LNG terminal in Barcelona for the loading and supply of LNG in a charter contract with Shell Spain SA. Shell plans to double its existing LNG bunkering infrastructure on key international trade routes by the mid-2020s and this vessel will play an important role in that journey as we serve more customers in the Mediterranean region with LNG. In 2019, Shell completed the first LNG ship to ship bunkering in Barcelona and look forward to working with the partners in this project on the safe delivery of this vessel, demonstrating their/its ability and commitment to providing reliable supplies within the region that help meet the growing need for cleaner fuels.

Shipyard Armon Gijón is in charge of building the ship. The company, founded in 1963, is today one of the leading private shipbuilders in the European Union. Once operational, the ship will use the Enagás LNG terminal in the Port of Barcelona for the loading and subsequent supply of LNG to ships that berth in the port or make stops to refuel before continuing their route.

In addition to promoting more sustainable maritime transport and improving air quality in the city of Barcelona, this project will be a further step to consolidate Spain and the Port of Barcelona as European LNG bunkering locations.

The ship will have a storage capacity of 5,000 cubic meters of LNG, be 92.75 meters in length, with a beam of 16.90 meters and draught of 4.25 meters. It will be powered by LNG and will comply with all safety measures, as established by the different regulations.

 LNG is currently the only widely available alternative to decarbonize the deep sea shipping sector today. Compared to traditional fuels, it minimizes polluting emissions, eliminates 100% emissions of sulphur oxides (SOx), it reduces 80-90% of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and 20-30% of CO2. In addition, the use of LNG as a marine fuel in Spain will reduce between two and four million tons of CO2 by 2030.

Bunkering operations in Spain

During 2020, bunkering operations in Spain have increased 3.7 compared to 2019 (199 operations in 2019 vs 741 operations in 2020).

According to the DNV/GL certifier, there are 170 LNG-powered vessels operating in the world, 222 on request and 126 that are called “LNG ready”. This new ship will add to the 15 barges that already supply LNG in the world, six of which are operating in Spain, and will reinforce the country’s role in the supply of LNG to ships.

This progress has been made possible thanks to the development and investment of approximately EUR 246 million made by the partners of the public-private initiatives ‘CORE LNGas hive’ and ’LNGhive2’, of which EUR 59 million is co-financed by the European Commission. These initiatives involve 49 partners, 21 public ones that include 13 port authorities and 28 private or industrial.

The European Commission supports the construction of the first LNG bunkering vessel to operate at the Port of Algeciras

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The Project “CORE LNGas hive” and the key projects belonging to the “LNGhive2 strategy key” presented at the Green Gas Mobility Online Event

The Project “CORE LNGas hive” and the key projects belonging to the “LNGhive2 strategy key” has been presented at the Green Gas Mobility Online Event held by Gasnam on 22-24 September 2020

The maritime part of the Gasnam Congress took place on September 23rd; the speakers proceeding from different institutions (both public and private), claimed Spain as a reference in the bunkering of liquefied natural gas (LNG).

The Secretary General of Transport, María José Rallo, presented the new mobility law and the strategy for safe, sustainable and connected mobility in 2030, which places “low emission mobility” as one of its key pillars. She stated, in relation to the use of LNG in transport, that “Spain has positioned itself as a reference for the supply of LNG to ships and the CORE LNGas hive project is a successful example of public-private collaboration that has allowed the development of the sector”.

Furthermore, she was confident about the potential of LNG in the heavy segments of transport, especially in the maritime and railway segments, where Spain has been leading the development of practical experiences at European level since 2014. She considers that in railway field synergies must be created and that all the potential that the use of gas can have must be explored”. In this sense, she mentioned the project of the locomotive between Huelva and the Dry Port of Seville, part of the LNGhive2 strategy.

At the Congress, which counted with the attendance of representatives from Enagás, Puertos del Estado, Port of Huelva, Port of Tenerife and Balearia, Bureau Veritas, Naturgy, CEPSA and the Jovellanos Centre, among others (all of them are partners in the CORE LNGas hive project or the LNGhive2 strategy), the fact that LNG is the best alternative for decarbonisation of maritime transport has been stressed.

Marcelino Oreja, Enagás CEO, highlighted that “in 2020, LNG bunkering operations carried out in Spain have been multiplied by four compared to 2019, which is a symptom of the success of the CORE LNGas hive project”. And presented the information prepared jointly by Enagás, Gasnam and Sedigas “Sustainable mobility is already possible with natural gas”.

Claudio Rodríguez, Enagás’ General Manager and Gasnam’s maritime vice-president, stressed that “Spain is a benchmark in the bunkering of LNG to ships that use this fuel, and is committed to becoming the first and most competitive LNG hub in Europe”.

Fernando Impuesto, Enagás Emprende General Manager and Coordinator of the project, said that “these LNG bunkering operations to ships in Spanish ports have multiplied, largely thanks to the developments carried out within the framework of the CORE LNGas hive project co-financed by the European Commission”. He also highlighted that Spain’s strategic positioning in LNG bunkering has been strengthened thanks to the EU’s support also in the follow-up of this project through the LNGhive2 strategy which, among other developments, will allocate 20 million euros to the construction of two new LNG bunker vessels for the ports of Barcelona and Algeciras, which is a recognition by Europe of the role played by LNG in the decarbonisation of the maritime sector and in improving air quality in ports.

This is just one of the many advantages of public-private cooperation for the development of the sector. Fernando Impuesto, “believes that the objective now is to develop projects based on meeting real client demand and investing in assets that will enable the bunkering chain to be boosted in Spain”.

The European Commission supports new projects to supply LNG to ships in Spanish ports

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Link to information from European Commission

Webinar: “Introducing Simlog’s LNG Supply Chain Tool Update and New Features

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Link to video of the webinar (only in Spanish)

Link to article Transporte XXI (only in Spanish)

Astilleros de Murueta carries out sea trials on the vessel “Ibaizabal Quince”, following the supply of LNG by Molgas Energía.

Link to article of Transporte XXI (only in Spanish)