Naturgy signed the second contract for regular LNG bunkering operations by winning the tender from the maritime services company Ibaizabal for a total of 8 GWh over the next two years, which will mean carrying out almost a hundred bunkering operations in the port of Bilbao during a series of monthly supplies. In this way, the Basque port joins the more than half a dozen Spanish ports that regularly host small-scale LNG bunkering operations.
With the collaboration of the logistics company ESK, the energy company has already supplied 18 tons in Punta Sollona via tanker trucks in TTS (Truck to Ship) operations. Moreover, with the Ibaizabal Quince tugboat, the Bilbao group joins the LNG-powered fleet that operates regularly in Spain.
This contract is in addition to other milestones recently achieved by Naturgy in the bunkering area. On July 31, the company successfully supplied LNG to the vessel ‘Ireland’ in the port of Valencia. This was the first time that LNG was supplied to two different vessels on the same day in the same port, which confirms the growth that the use of LNG as a marine fuel is experiencing.
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 rise of LNG bunkering in this geographical environment and the role that natural gas plays in heavy transport, in this specific case the maritime one.
Naturgy is committed to natural gas in the maritime sector as an alternative to other traditional fossil fuels. Since 2018, the company has carried out refueling operations under the TTS modality in the ports of Barcelona, Valencia, Huelva, Cartagena and Bilbao. During 2019, of the almost 200 TTS bunkering operations carried out in Spain, 70 were carried out by Naturgy, more than 30% of the total.