Enagás quadruples LNG supply to ships in two years

The volume of LNG loaded as fuel by Enagás-operated plants in 2023 amounted to 1,359 GWh, over four times the figure achieved in 2021 (300 GWh), the Spanish energy company has said.

In a statement issued yesterday (28 May), Enagás said it has implemented ‘comprehensive solutions’ by adapting its terminals and building supply barges through its subsidiary Scale Gas, ‘positioning itself as the European operator with the largest aggregate loading capacity.’

The Enagás regasification terminal in Barcelona can carry out direct bunkering operations (pipe to ship, (PTS)) and, since the Haugesund Knutsen, a vessel co-owned by Knutsen and Scale Gas, began operating in Barcelona in early 2023, it has also been supplying LNG as fuel via small vessels (ship to ship, (STS)).

‘Thanks to bunkering operations in the Port of Barcelona, 63,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent have already been avoided,’ the company said.

Additionally, Enagás said that with the start of operations of the Levante LNG vessel, co-owned by Peninsula and Scale Gas, the volume loaded in the first four months of 2024 at the Enagás plant in Huelva has increased by 82% compared to the total supply in 2023.

‘This terminal loads LNG onto STS supply barges and will soon carry out PTS operations,’ said Enagás.

Enagás also highlighted that Scale Gas is building a third LNG and BioLNG supply vessel, with the support of the Spanish Government through Next Generation funds, which will operate mainly in the Canary Islands from 2026, and that the Enagás terminal in Cartagena, which offers PTS services, ‘will soon also be able to offer the possibility of carrying out STS operations.’

In addition to the regasification terminals of Barcelona, Huelva and Cartagena, which are wholly owned by Enagás, the company’s majority-owned terminals in Spain also provide bunkering services: El Musel in Gijón, Saggas in Sagunto and BBG in Bilbao (in which Enagás has a 50% interest) offer truck to ship (TTS) services, and the latter also PTS.

‘The decarbonisation of maritime transport is moving forward with increasingly ambitious targets. The European Union adopted the European Regulation 2023/1805 in 2023, with annual carbon emission reduction targets, and the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) last year revised its strategy to bring carbon neutrality forward to 2050,’ said Enagás.

‘Compared to traditional maritime fuels, LNG practically eliminates emissions of sulphur oxide (SOX), while also reducing nitrogen oxide (NOX) emissions by 80-90% and CO2 emissions by 20-30%. CO2 emissions can be reduced by about two million tonnes by 2030, by using LNG as a maritime fuel in Spain. This would be equivalent to replacing more than one million combustion vehicles with electric vehicles.

‘Faced with a growing demand for bunkering, Enagás is offering new solutions to ensure a cleaner and more sustainable future in maritime transport, increasing its abatement capacity – emissions reduction – by promoting operations based on BioLNG.’

Image: Enagás

Rhys Berry