The European Union will co-finance with a little over €1 million from the TEN-T Program a series of evaluations to help make the liquefied natural gas supply for ships a reality on the Spanish Mediterranean coast (including the ports of Barcelona, Valencia and Cartagena). To meet the objective, the technical, operative, economic and legal aspects of LNG bunkering vessel operations enabling medium term deployment (2015-2020) will be analyzed.
The assessments, which were selected for funding under the 2012 TEN-T Annual Program’s priority on new technologies for transport infrastructure, aim to overcome the existing barriers for developing a LNG bunkering supply chain in the region.
LNG is rapidly emerging as a more environmentally friendly fuel for the shipping sector and its uptake is encouraged by the European Union.
The studies will address the transition of both maritime fleets as well as port facilities, reducing the time-to-market of the LNG bunkering service in the Spanish Mediterranean ports. The technical, operative, economic and legal aspects of LNG bunkering vessel operations will be analyzed and there will be an evaluation and design of an optimized LNG supply chain in key Spanish ports of the Mediterranean.
The evaluations will be supervised by the Innovation & Networks Executive Agency (INEA) and are expected to be finished by December 2015.
Source: Innovation & Networks Executive Agency (INEA).