Naturgy inks LNG bunkering agreement with Ibaizabal

Naturgy has been awarded a second contract by Ibaizabal which will see the Spanish natural gas and electrical energy utilities company carry out nearly 100 LNG bunkering operations at the Port of Bilbao over the next two years.

As per the terms of the contract, Naturgy will supply a total of 8 GWh of marine LNG to maritime services company Ibaizabal at the Basque port.

Naturgy has already supplied 18 tonnes of LNG though truck-to-ship operations at the Punta Sollana dock in the Port of Bilbao.

In July, Naturgy successfully bunkered the MV Ireland cement tanker in the Spanish port of Valencia which marked the first time LNG had been supplied to two different ships on the same day in Spain. As’s sister publication Bunkerspot previously reported, MV Ireland was also the first vessel to be bunkered with LNG at the Port of Bilbao in 2017.

Naturgy said: ‘The challenge of successfully carrying out an operation of this type, as well as Spain’s strategic enclave on the Mediterranean merchant routes, demonstrate the boom in bunkering in our geographic environment and the role that natural gas plays in heavy transport, in this specific case the maritime one.’

Since 2018, Naturgy has carried out truck-to-ship LNG bunkering operations at the Spanish ports of Barcelona, Valencia, Huelva, Cartagena and Bilbao. The company claims to have carried out ‘more than 30%’ of the 200 truck-to-ship LNG bunkering operations in Spain in 2019, supplying 1,600 tonnes of fuel.

Rhys Berry

Rhys Berry