EC providing funding for LNG bunkering in two Spanish ports

As new statistics show that LNG bunkering operations have tripled in Spain over the past year, the European Commission (EC) is committing €27 million in funding for LNG bunkering projects at the ports of Barcelona and Algeciras.

The projects fall within the ‘LNGhive2’ framework, led by Puertos del Estado, to support the development of a marine LNG market and to establish and LNG bunkering infrastructure in the ports in compliance with EU Directive 94/2014 on alternative fuels.

The partners in the two initiatives are Enagás, Scale Gas—a subsidiary created through the Enagás Emprende programme—Knutsen, and the Port Authorities of Barcelona and Bahía de Algeciras.

Other initiatives in Spain are already underway for small-scale LNG supply and the adaptation of infrastructure under the European Union’s ‘CORE LNGas hive’ project.

Seven regasification plants in Spain are already adapted to supply LNG for transport, as are some ports, barges and tugboats, port cranes and trains.

Up to June 2020, bunkering operations in Spain increased threefold compared to the same period last year, with 89 operations in 2019 and 297 in 2020.

The volume of LNG supplied as bunker fuel has also almost doubled, rising from 38,663 cubic metres in 2019 to 62,837 cubic metres in 2020

Six of the 15 barges currently supplying LNG in the world have undertaken operations in Spain in recent years, reinforcing the country’s role in supplying LNG to ships from trucks, ships or terminals.

This has been made possible by the development and progress of the ‘CORE LNGas hive’ and ‘LNGhive2’ public/private initiatives, co-financed by the European Commission.

A total of 49 partners are taking part in these initiatives  – 21 public (including 13 port authorities) and 28 private/industrial ventures.

Lesley Bankes-Hughes

Lesley Bankes-Hughes