Following the successful development of DirectLinkLNG® in 2018, Naturgy launched LNGonWheels®, an innovative system that allows the discharge of LNG from an LNG ship to land without the need for facilities at destination. The technology, recognized by the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office with the granting of the “LNG Liquefied Natural Gas Transportation and Distribution System” patent, offers a solution for the problems of LNG supply in those areas where either there are no facilities of storage and distribution of this energy or its construction is not profitable.
The LNGonWheels® system consists of a device that has an innovative module (the core of the patent) to unload LNG from an LNG vessel to a tanker truck barge (patented in early 2019), which moves to land. Once the fuel has been distributed among the tank truck final customers, the barge returns to the LNG vessel to restart the process.
“This innovative system involves a very important reduction of the environmental impact, since it implies its incorporation into the logistic chains, which these difficult access areas already have, for the maritime supply of other essential goods, thus not being necessary the move of large LNG ships to the ports,” said José Miguel Moreno, head of LNG Projects, Engineering & Technology, Naturgy.
“It is also more attractive, since it makes it possible to displace other much more polluting fuels, carrying natural gas to very difficult access points and thus contributing to fostering the transition to a low-carbon economy where natural gas will play a fundamental role,” Moreno added.
The LNGonWheels® solution was devised by the Naturgy team of professionals who created DirectLinkLNG® and was subsequently developed by the technical team of the LNG Projects unit until obtaining the “Approval in Principle”, granted by the prestigious Classification Society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), and is having a great reception from both potential customers and the sector.