14 May 14

Gothenburg approves LNG port project

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Gothenburg – The City of Gothenburg council has approved plans for the city-owned port to go ahead with construction of its LNG terminal. The construction phase will begin with the demolition of buildings on the Skarvik site. In addition, a new company has been established by Swedegas and Vopak that will jointly build and operate the LNG terminal planned to start up in 2015. The project is part of PoG’s collaboration with Rotterdam port to create LNG infrastructure in time for the 2015 SECA introduction and receives EU support of €34M. Plus, PoG also encourages more environmentally friendly fuel usage by reducing port charges.

Suitably, the terminal will also be located at PoG’s Energy Port, where tankers will discharge at the quayside into a temporary facility for distribution around Sweden to customers via road, rail or, in the future, directly into Sweden’s gas network. Ships that can burn LNG will be able to refuel there too via bunker vessels. Sweden has a policy to move from coal and oil energy, and LNG cuts emmissions NOx and CO2 by 85 to 90% and 25%, respectively, while SOx and particulates are almost zero. Ports of Stockholm’s LNG terminal began operations in March 2012, but as yet only has one shipping customer, Viking Line’s ferry, Viking Grace.

Source: The Medi Telegraph