Construction of LNG facility under way at the Port of Gothenburg

Construction of Gothenburg’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility is now under way at the Port of Gothenburg Energy Port. The facility, which will be built by Swedegas, will open up new opportunities for LNG-fuelled vessels that call at the Energy Port. The plan is for it to be fully operational during 2018.

LNG is currently the cleanest marine fuel available to major shipping operators. The use of LNG as a fuel reduces emissions of sulphur, particles and heavy metals to a minimum. Emissions of nitric oxide are reduced by 80 per cent. The EU has already highlighted LNG as a key marine fuel for the future, and it is being used more and more throughout the world to keep pace with increasingly stringent global emission regulations.

Time-efficient bunkering

With the construction of the Swedegas facility, it will be possible to bunker LNG at the port 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at the same time that the vessel is loading or discharging. The facility will be constructed on shore, and will offer safe, rapid and effective landside LNG bunkering.

“LNG-fuelled vessels are accounting for a growing proportion of the calls at the Port of Gothenburg. This facility will reinforce the Port of Gothenburg as a sustainable Scandinavian freight hub, and is a crucial step towards achieving a more sustainable shipping sector,” said Jill Söderwall, Vice President and Head of Commercial Operations at the Energy Port.

Scalable facility with more choices

The facility will be scalable and can be adapted to the needs of the customer. Gas purchasers will also be able to choose their supplier. LNG will arrive at the facility by trailer or in containers, and will be distributed via a 450-metre vacuum-insulated cryogenic pipeline to the quayside in the Skarvik area at the Energy Port.

The facility marks the first step in the construction of a broader solution for the gas infrastructure, a terminal of small scale, at the Port of Gothenburg. Swedegas owns and operates the gas transmission network in Sweden, and it will be possible for the planned facility to be connected to the gas transmission network at a later stage. The facility can also supply LNG to off grid customers through tankers and/or railcars. This will ultimately allow Swedish industry and land transport to also make use of the facility.

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