Port and Utility Move to Set Up New Logistics Services in Mediterranean
Spain’s Enagás and the Port of Barcelona have agreed to set up new logistics services for liquefied natural gas as marine fuel. “The agreement involves initiatives to be developed jointly to convert the Port of Barcelona into an LNG distribution hub in the Mediterranean,” states an Enagás release.
The organizations “are firmly committed to natural gas, which is currently internationally recognized and promoted as a fuel for the transportation of goods because it represents a truly sustainable alternative to conventional fuels derived from crude oil,” the announcement says.
The two plan to take advantage of existing Enagás regasification facility in Barcelona. “The presence of an LNG supply infrastructure in the port itself is essential,” Enagás says, noting its “much accumulated experience and know-how regarding the treatment of LNG.
‘A Great Opportunity’
“The availability of this plant constitutes a great opportunity to develop the process of changing the type of fuel used in the Port.”
- development of a shoreside berth from which LNG can be supplied to barges and small-size ships;
- modification of a barge to supply LNG to ships;
- design and installation of an LNG-fueled natural gas engine to generate electricity and supply it to cargo ships in port;
- the conversion of straddle-carrier terminal equipment at two Barcelona container terminals to LNG operation; and
- a natural gas-powered tug.
Source: Enagás with HHP Insight follow-up