First investments expected for 2013
Netherlands: Port of Rotterdam initiates plan to speed use of LNG as transport fuel
Along with a group of private companies, including Deltalinqs, the Port of Rotterdam Authority signed a collaboration agreement with the Dutch ministers of Economic Affairs and of Environment. The project aims to launch at least 50 inland vessels, 50 ocean-going vessels and 500 trucks running on liquefied natural gas by 2015.
Various initiatives are under way to use LNG as transport fuel for trucks, inland shipping, coastal shipping, ferries, fishing boats and tugboats in and around the port of Rotterdam and in the northern provinces. The activities focus on two concrete areas: the Wadden and North Sea area and the Rotterdam-Basel Rhine waterway, including Amsterdam and Vlissingen.
To implement the plan, a National LNG Platform has been set up, which will work together with the government on preconditions. The first investments, as well as actual projects, are expected to be made in 2013. The Platform will target legislation, the legal framework, measures of incentive and social support and environmental management.
A (Dutch) market can potentially be opened up for 2 to 3 million tons of LNG as transport fuel (2030), which represents a reduction in CO2 equivalents of more than 1 million tons per year and in particulate matter of 400 to 600 tons per year. The NOx and SO2 emissions will also drop drastically and noise levels will decrease greatly.
Source: Port of Rotterdam Authority