GAS NATURAL FENOSA and Baleària successfully concluded the first LNG bunkering held in Valencia. Both companies developed a pioneering project in Spain consisting of the installation of a natural gas generator as well as an LNG tank on the Abel Matutes ferry with the aim of reducing emissions and improving air quality. They recently made the first bunkering in the Turia dock, in the port of Valencia, headquarters of the Baleària terminal.
The operation is another step in the Valenciaport’s roadmap of constant reduction of emissions, eco-efficiency and replacement of fossil fuels by environmentally-friendly energies. The first LNG bunkering in Valencia is a significant milestone because this ship will operate with the auxiliary natural gas engine and the consequent reduction of emissions in the maneuvers of the ferry, both in the port environment of Valencia and in Mallorca, cities that will connect Baleària’s ferry.
The application of this technology in the ship will result in a reduction of emissions and an annual saving of about 4,000 tons of CO2, more than 60 tons of NOx and 6 tons of SOx. “Our commitment to the environment is a strategic determination, based on the use of LNG, as well as other clean energies, and the eco-efficiency of the fleet,” said Baleària president Adolfo Utor.
The Baleària project consists of the installation of an auxiliary natural gas engine (which begins operations in the ports and allows the cancellation of gases derived from petroleum) and a tank of 30m3 (with range for a week) on the ship’s deck 8. The engine, which is used in approaches and stays in port, is fully integrated into the ship’s power plant and can work with any of the own auxiliaries and without visual impact.