Repsol carried out a new supply of LNG to a ship in the Spanish port of Cartagena. The uniqueness of the operation, performed at Enagás’ facilities with the support of the Cartagena Port Authority and the Cartagena Maritime Captaincy, is that it is the first time that Repsol, as a LNG supplier, guarantees the compensation of the total of CO2 emissions associated with the consumption of this gas.
The bunkering was carried out on the Swedish flag vessel Fure Vinga, owned by Furetank Rederi. It is a 150 meter long and 23 meter wide ship that has received 420 m3 of LNG. The operation was possible thanks to the developments and adaptations of the CORE LNGas hive project co-financed by the European Commission led by State Ports and coordinated by Enagás, an initiative that promotes the supply of LNG as fuel in the transport sector, especially the maritime one.
Since 2014, Repsol has refueled 14 different vessels in Cartagena involving the supplying of some 3,550 m3 of LNG as marine fuel. These figures mean that 58% of the operations carried out by Repsol in Spain have been completed in this port.
With this operation, Repsol, in addition to consolidating its position as a supplier of LNG for maritime transport, adds a new milestone as this is the company’s first supply in this area with compensation of emissions through the purchase of CO2 credits (VERs) in the Voluntary Carbon Market. It is one more step towards advancing the goal of being a net zero emissions company by 2050, offering ship-owners the possibility of making their trade routes more efficient and environmentally-friendly.
With the aim of making the Port of Cartagena a European benchmark in LNG, offering new logistics services, bunkering or small scale, the Port Authority is carrying out expansion works at the Principe Felipe dock, with an investment of 9.7 million euros, which will improve infrastructure to provide greater capacity and safety for the loading and unloading of LNG carried out by companies such as Repsol and Enagás, and to move towards a more innovative and sustainable port.