Port of Gothenburg Adds LNG Bunkering Option
Demand for LNG as a marine fuel is on the increase at the Port of Gothenburg, and the port is expanding options with a “pipe-to-jetty” service offered by Swedegas at berth 519.
With the opening of the Swedegas facility in August, LNG customers at the port will have three bunkering alternatives: ship-to-ship, directly from a road truck, and pipe-to-jetty. All three methods can be employed whilst the vessels are loading or unloading.
The Swedegas facility will be supplied with LNG via trailers or tank containers, which will be unloaded at a discharge station. The gas will then be distributed via a pipeline to the vessels at the quayside. The facility is scalable and can be expanded to meet the needs of the market. It also has the capability to receive liquefied biogas (LBG). Swedegas always build infrastructure that can handle both natural gas and renewable gas. “It must be simple for shipping to gradually increase the mix of renewable gas as the transition progresses,” says Johan Zettergren, Swedegas chief executive.
“We can see that the demand for LNG will increase at the Port of Gothenburg, and it is vital that the number of alternatives continues to grow,” said Jill Söderwall, Head of Commercial Operations at Gothenburg's Energy Port. “With the Swedegas facility, the port will have more LNG choices than previously on a competitive market with several gas suppliers, whilst at the same time there will be a larger range of bunkering methods. This will offer greater flexibility, more stable access, and better service for LNG purchasers.”
In autumn 2016, the first LNG bunkering took place at the port, and since then the number of LNG-ships have gradually increased. In 2017, 111 LNG-ships called the Port of Gothenburg. From January through April of 2018, LNG was bunkered 44 times.
LNG supplier Skangas is already operating at the Port of Gothenburg, supplying ships with LNG using a ship-to-ship-system. With the Swedegas facility and the entry of the Norwegian gas supplier Barents NaturGass, the range of options will be even greater for shipping companies purchasing LNG at the port, says Söderwall.