Sustainable mobility solutions in the Port of Vigo
Spain: Gas Natural Fenosa promotes implementation of LNG in shipping
The multinational energy company and the Port Authority of Vigo (APV) have signed a collaboration agreement, the first of its kind in the country and pioneer in the European Union (EU), to study the use of natural gas as marine fuel. The two-year contract was signed by APV president Ignacio López-Chaves and Gas Natural Servicios CEO Josep Codorniú.
The initiative aims to design and evaluate joint projects for the use of LNG dedicated engines or bifuel (LNG/diesel) engines. Therefore, Gas Natural will analyze fleets capable of being converted and, if the result is viable technically and economically, it will request the concession of a site for construction of LNG refueling facilities in the Port of Vigo.
The introduction of LNG-powered ships responds to the concern within the EU about the negative effect of vessel traffic on the environment, while natural gas not only reduces CO2 emissions but also avoids the spillages of fuels into the sea. "It will involve the joint development of various measures regarding energy efficiency that will ultimately benefit citizens, businesses and institutions," said Lopez-Chaves.
In addition, the collaboration agreement foresees the accomplishment of a study on the needs of mobility in the port, both maritime and land-based, with the aim to propose alternative fuel fleets with more efficient and environmentally friendly technologies, such as natural gas, electric or hybrid.
Source: Gas Natural Fenosa